The iTV set was by far the shining star of the show, hounded by fat, balding, geek paparazzi. The little set top box iTV looks like a half height Mac Mini with the sole purpose of streaming media to a livingroom TV. This is what is known to PC-doods as a Media Center Extender.
Again, it streams those new 640 by 480 pixel movies, music, photos, podcasts, TV shows. There's a power supply inside, USB, 802.11 wireless, Ethernet, HDMI, component, stereo audio, and optical audio out to your TV.
The good news is that even though there's a front row like interface, it looks like it's running fast enough that it won't suck like Apple's sluggish 10-foot interface, Front Row.
Apple's set top streamer won't be in our grubby little gadget mitts until 2007, but we're already asking: Why $299 for something without a drive? I don't know. Call it love.
And we touched it! Jump for some fetish shots, along with some screens. BTW, its a box, so don't expect centerfold-type imagery, mmkay?
(PS, we're not done yet! More posts to come in the next few hours.)
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