Over at Technotainment, Ben Fritz reports about a few new developments in the world of “set-top boxes,” only not really. If you’re one of those folks who says “I get shows and movies from iTunes and Hulu but how do I watch them on my giant home TV screen?”, your day is coming if you’re also one of the many people with an iPhone. First of all, you should be familiar with the fact that you can access this content on your iPhone. Currently, iTunes product is on your iPhone (not big shocker there, yes?) and a Hulu application is coming soon to the popular App Store for iTunes. Okay, now here’s the big news: Apple will start selling an A/V cable that will allow video content from the iPhone to migrate to your television. It used to be all about the Apple TV (which is still a great product), but now you will be able to get the content on your television from your iPhone with the help of a simple wire cable. Not bad, huh? Here’s more from Ben Fritz:
Apple will soon start selling a new set of cables that can connect the devices to a standard definition or high definition TV, so content you’re used to watching on a 3.5″ screen can now go on a 50″-plus screen. The hi-def portion is especially notable. PhoneNews also reports that as part of the iPhone 3.0 launch this summer, Apple will start selling higher resolutions of of it and the Touch that play hi-def content all the way up to 1080i (posing a challenge to Microsoft’s upcoming ZuneHD).
Apparently the plan isn’t just to store content on the iPhone and walk it into the living room. After all, with its maximum 16 GB hard drive, you can’t store that many HD movies on it. But you can probably store a lot more of it on a PC’s hard drive. Then, using the iPhone’s wi-fi capability, users will be able to stream content from the computer to the phone and, via the above-discussed cables, watch it on a TV. Voila: With the purchase of one set of cords, the iPhone becomes an Apple TV.