The iTV (not the product's final name) is slated to go on sale early next year and works in conjunction with Apple's new iTunes 7. The most substantial upgrade to the program since its debut in 2001, iTunes 7 offers movies for download in near-DVD quality (resolution is 640x480 – four times higher than the quality available previously). You can watch the movies on your PC or iPod – or wirelessly stream content through your iTV on a high-definition television (the box also comes equipped with an Ethernet jack for wire hook-ups).
Currently, 75 movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Rock and The Rookie, are available for download. You can download movies the same day they're released on DVD. Pre-order and you pay $12.99 per film; wait a week and cough up an extra two bucks. Library titles are priced at $9.99 every day.
Also available on the new iTunes are downloads of popular video games (Tetris, anyone?) for $4.99.
You can get your game fix – or your Keira Knightley/Sean Connery fix – by —Erin McCarthy
Listen to senior technology editor Glenn Derene discuss the future of television on The Seniorhelpline Show: