According to sources for the Globe and Mail, Canadian telecom giants Rogers and Bell are looking to become launch partners with Apple for the rumored iTV. One of the main concerns surrounding the TV is whether or not Apple can secure content deals, but if they loosen up just a bit, they should have no problem signing major networks…
The report claims that the television will be controlled using voice commands via Siri as well as by motion gestures using a built-in camera. Since Apple doesn’t currently have any Kinect-like hardware or software, we’re a bit skeptical about the latter, but there is no telling what features Apple will cram into the set in order to make it stand out. Basic motion tracking (like the effects found in Photo Booth) may suffice for simple gestures, but if you have more than one person sitting on a couch, accurate input may be tricky.
“They’re not closed to doing it with one [company] or doing it with two,” said one source who is familiar with the talks. “They’re looking for a partner. They’re looking for someone with wireless and broadband capabilities.”
Another source says that the companies already have a prototype of the Apple Television in their labs.