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Rumored Apple HDTV May Be Called “iTV”, Might Partner with Carriers for Programming

Aside from the usual iPhone and iPad rumors that we have been getting recently, rumors about an Apple branded HDTV have been making the rounds lately. And for the latest buzz, the new Apple HDTV might indeed be called the iTV. More details after the jump.

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According to a new report by Bloomberg citing Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek, the new Apple branded HDTV will most likely be called the iTV. On his notes addressed to clients, Misek added that Apple is looking to buy programming licenses by working with its carrier partners Verizon and AT&T. It is also possible that Apple will “leverage content into a YouTube-like model” where user created videos of iPhone and iPad will be utilized. Misek also claimed that Apple will likely stay away from original programming which is nothing short of surprising. No details regarding the ETA of the product was mentioned.

In a related news, it is said that BestBuy is currently conducting a survey that aims to gauge consumer interest for an Apple branded television concept. According to a copy sent by a reader, the survey goes like:

Please read the concept below carefully as it will appear only once. The next 4 questions will be based on this description.

Be one of the first to get the all new 42? Apple HDTV at Best Buy for $1499. Apple finally reinvents what a TV can do:

  • 42? 1080p LED flat panel display
  • Incorporates Apple’s operating system (iOS) found in its current Apple TV set top box which allows you to purchase and stream movies and other entertainment from the Internet
  • Download and use apps from the App Store. Can you imagine playing Angry Birds on a big screen in your living room?
  • Supports Apple’s new iCloud service for storing your movies, TV shows, and music content that you’ve purchased from iTunes and beam them to your Apple HDTV.
  • Use your iPad or iPhone as a remote control, and do everything from controlling your TV, to purchasing new shows and swapping content between your Apple devices and the iCloud service.
  • Built-in convenience with built in iSight camera and microphone for Skype.
  • In addition to iTunes, stream content from popular sites such as Netflix, YouTube, and flickr.
  • Available for $1499.

BestBuy Apple TV Survey
So what do you think? Are you excited for an Apple Branded HDTV? Will you buy an Apple HDTV once it comes out? [via 9to5Mac]

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