Farhad Manjoo at Slate has published an interesting opinion about how Microsoft will dominate television streaming, not Apple. Manjoo suggests that the TV of the future is already here in the form of Xbox 360, which is capable of many of the features that Apple’s television set is rumored to have.
For starters, Microsoft’s six-years-old gaming console has quickly emerged as a leading portable media player due to its revamped interface and voice activation feature — think Siri — through the Kinect peripheral. Talking to your TV is already possible, even if Apple calls it “revolutionary” or “magical” when they release their rumored television set…
Furthermore, Microsoft has added several third-party services to Xbox Live including Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, and on-demand video from cable and satellite providers. And just this week, the Redmond-based company will be launching Comcast’s Xfinity on-demand service, as well as apps for HBO and MLB.TV.
The Apple TV set-top box doesn’t provide nearly as much access to content, nor can it play video games like the Xbox 360 is intended to do. On top of that, Apple has had trouble securing content for its rumored television set, but still plans to launch its TV streaming service by December.
There have been numerous reports about a potential Apple TV set, beginning in February 2011 when an Apple job listing was uncovered based on TV power supplies. Since then, we’ve heard about an iOS-powered Apple TV set, which could have a 55″ display powered by Apple’s A6 system-on-a-chip.