updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed September 20, 2006
iTV has small hard drive
Disney's CEO Robert Iger yesterday revealed more details about Apple's forthcoming iTV media hub, which is expected to ship in early 2007 for $299. At the Goldman Sachs conference, Iger not only discussed movie sales during the first week, but also said that the set-top device has a small hard drive so "it can download what you put on the device [from] your computer," which alleviated worries that the iTV would retain its price without having the option of a local cache to reduce load times. Electronista also notes that iTV users choose a particular computer to "feed" their hub, rather than aggregating the content from every connected system automatically. The Disney CEO was impressed with the simplicity and functionality, calling Apple's project a "game changer" that could make Disney and similar media outlets rethink their existing strategies.