YouTube on The Tube
Apple TV is bringing the Internet’s most popular, originally created content to a living room near you by wirelessly streaming videos directly from YouTube.
“This is the first time users can easily browse, find and watch YouTube videos right from their living-room couch,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “YouTube is a worldwide sensation, and Apple TV is bringing it directly from the Internet onto the widescreen TV in your living room.”
Since it launched last month, thousands of the most current YouTube videos are already available. The company is also adding thousands of new files each week until its full catalog is available this fall.
YouTube members can also login to their accounts on Apple TV to view and save their favorite videos.
Apple also announced that it is blocking access to MySpace in all Apple store locations due to overwhelming customer use. High access levels of the social-networking site were reportedly preventing other shoppers from accessing store products for test purposes.
Netflix, QVC.com Lead in Customer Satisfaction
Netflix and QVC.com top the list when it comes to satisfying their site visitors, while PCMall and PCConnection.com have “the most opportunity for improvement,” according to the Top 100 Online Retail Satisfaction Index released by market-research firm ForeSee Results.
Netflix and QVC tied with a score of 85, while Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, L.L. Bean and Apple followed with ratings in the low 80s or high 70s. Nordstrom lead high-end retailers with a 73, but was beaten out by mass merchants such as J.C. Penney and Target, each of which scored 76. Wal-Mart scored a 75.
Etronics.com, PCConnection.com and PCMall.com rounded out the bottom of the satisfaction index with scores of 68, 67, and 67, respectively.
Long lines greet iPhone debut
CUPERTINO, Calif. The long-awaited debut of Apple’s iPhone was greeted with long lines outside of Apple and AT&T stores on June 29 with some people camping out days to get one. Analysts expected Apple’s new smart phone to sell about 200,000 units during its first weekend in release.
The combination phone and Web browser is selling for $499 for a basic phone and $599 for a version with 8GB of memory. The sleek phone that’s operated with a touch screen also comes with an iPod and a camera. The phones are being sold exclusively at 166 Apple stores and 1,800 stores operated by service provider AT&T. Apple ceo Steve Jobs said he hopes to sell about 10 million iPhones during its first year on the market.
CE vet Callahan passes on
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. CE veteran Phil Callahan died from what is believed to be a heart attack June 26 at the age of 57.
Callahan spent several years at Mitsubishi and also held positions at Sumiko, Hitachi and Princeton Graphics Systems. In June 2005 he founded a public relations and consulting firm named Callahan Public Relations and Consulting.