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What I want from an Apple TV

I’ve been reading some articles about what the new Apple TV — or iTV or whatever it’s called — will offer: Siri, motion control, cinema display…

That’s all well and good, but what I care about is the user experience. 

So as a user, let me provide a brief example of the experience I want to have with an Apple TV.

[Feet up, relaxed.]

“Siri, I want to watch Community.”

“Would you like to rent it from iTunes, watch it on Netflix, or find it playing live?”

“Find it playing live.”

“It’s going to be on tomorrow at 8pm.  Would you like me to put a reminder in your calendar?”

“No, but please record it.”

“Okay. I’ve set to record Community on channel 606, Tuesday May 8 at 8pm.”

“Perfect.  Actually, I also feel like watching it now, can you please bring up episodes of Community on Netflix.”

“Here are episodes of Community on Netflix.”

“Play Community season two, episode seven on Netflix.”

“Playing Community season two, episode seven on Netflix.

[Feet up, still relaxed]

If the new Apple TV is in the hands of providers like Rogers and Bell right now (as the rumours say it is), they’d better be integrating this kind of functionality into their “TV apps.” 

If anything, I’m sad Telus isn’t in on this right now.  I use Optik TV and their Optik TV app, and I think this would be a great adaptation.