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Apple TV has been part of the larger Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) discussion for years, but analysts agree that a 2012 debut is unlikely.
A foray into television is often seen as the inevitable next step for Apple, likened to its entry into the music industry via the iPod or the smartphone industry with the iPhone. However, the dynamics of the television industry are inherently different, and issues such as negotiations to secure content take far longer than people realize.
With Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT ) attempting to leverage its Xbox platform, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN ) ramping up its Prime platform, and even Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) having acquired YouTube, there's little question that TV is an area with room for growth. Nonetheless, Apple TV will require a significant extension of the Apple ecosystem to encompass television, and the logistics of that challenge make it a slow march forward.
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