The Apple TV Vision Is Playing Out -- in China

The following video is from The Motley Fool's weekly Tech Review, in which host Chris Hill talks all things tech with Fool analysts Eric Bleeker and Lyons George.

Chinese company Xiaomi is one that tech investors should be aware of. It has not only carved out a lucrative niche for itself in the Chinese Android smartphone market, but it also has a set-top box similar to Apple TV, though it's been tangled up in regulatory problems. Now, however, a leaked factory photo has come out showing a 47-inch TV with features very similar to the company's Xiaomi box, offering connectivity to China's many online streaming sites. Could this be the first smart TV to hit the market? In this video, our analysts discuss why a company such as Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) will be watching this development closely.

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  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2013, at 12:28 AM, doawithlife wrote:

    I can't help but think this is a dead market.

    Roku players and HTPC's are certainly going to be cheaper. A HTPC allows for many many extras and it would cost less. Better yet, use computer/tablet/htpc to control your entire house + your tv.

    Samsung, Razer, HP, and MS all make Windows 8 pro tablets that can be computer, console(mine has Wii, PS2, N64, Nintendo, Gamecube, PS1, Xbox games on it - seems console enough for me; check youtube for videos many have posted them including me), TiVo, Surround sound, network lighting control center, security control center, etc. etc.

    I have my entire life on my Surface Pro, my fiance does the same, we have two back ups of our info in case failure. Honestly this thing replaces more of my gadgets every day.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2013, at 2:13 AM, Petronilus wrote:

    Video on demand services in China have a history of being primarily driven by free pirate services like PPTV. The government of China has traditionally overlooked this and allowed many smaller box companies to sell Apple TV type boxes online e.g. via Taobao. Traditionally these boxes have been flaky and not too well designed.

    What is unique about Xioami is that they seem to have a strong visionary leadership (what made Apple succeed). This is severely lacking in many other Chinese companies. Xiaomi could be an international player against major brands down the road. Most other Chinese brands fail by having nothing on the plate other than aggressive pricing when they go abroad.

    But to become an international brand world-wide, their company name isn't optimum. It's silly but consumer brands succeed also based on how cool and international their name is. Xiaomi is medium bad. Worse are brands like Changhong. But perhaps Xiaomi with some cool products could start a change in the perception of Chinese brands for the better.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2013, at 5:35 AM, DanManners wrote:

    Apple is not coming out with anything but what they have. Other companies will start to take the market by storm. Apple will keep dropping.

    Apple will soon be a marginal player as others steal their marketshare.

    Cook is unable to compete and refuses to do so. This is why he must go before the stock is sub $ 200. At the pace it is dropping it won't take long to get there.

    Apple can not innovate anymore but it also can't even upgrade in a timely fashion. Expect people to hate the new 5s and regret no larger phones.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2013, at 11:55 AM, DeWinter21 wrote:

    Thought I was reading a new comment. Dan Manners . . . again. Don't you have anything better to do?

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