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Did Dell Invent AppleTV before Apple?

By Brian | January 16, 2007 | Share on Facebook

I just got one of those Dell catalog e-mails, and discovered the
DSM-510 High-Definition Wireless Media Player with Intel Viiv Technology among the ads:

[The DSM-510] streams music, photos, and high-definition (HD) videos to your home entertainment system from your Intel Viiv technology based PC using Ethernet or USB connectivity. It supports high-definition video in Windows Media® Video9 (WMV9), MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and DVR-MS formats able to connect to HDTV with HDMI connection and standard TVs with Composite Video connection.

This sounds suspiciously like what AppleTV does, no? And the price ($181.80) is very similar as well.

Does anyone know if Apple was trumpeting something that has been around for a while now, or if there are real differences between these devices?

Topics: Tech Talk | 1 Comment »

One Response to “Did Dell Invent AppleTV before Apple?”

  1. Jeff Porten says at January 16th, 2007 at 9:19 pm :
    According to the breakdowns I’ve read, there’s only one breakthrough technology in the AppleTV: the 802.11n 100Mbit wireless. And since that’s a standard spec, Apple gets a first-to-market rather than an innovator badge here.

    My thinking is that the Front Row UI in AppleTV is the real selling point, along with the integration with iPods and the iTunes store. The device itself is no big deal, but the software is what makes it the gizmo to beat.

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