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By Carl Howe

One of the footnotes in Ars Technica's excellent in-depth review of the Apple (AAPL) TV box had a link to the image below. What is shown there is a list of Automator actions shipped as part of the Apple TV software.

For those not up on Mac OS X, Automator is a system for automating workflows in Mac OS X. It uses published actions by programs, allowing authors to sequence actions in different programs and link their outputs and inputs together using a graphical interface.

Unix geeks can think of it as a graphical interface for shell scripts, but because Automator actually uses published Apple Events, it differs in detail and its ability to use individual functions of large programs.

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What's interesting about the picture above is that the published Automator actions for Apple TV include:

  • New Audio Capture
  • New Video Capture
  • Start Capture
  • Pause Capture
  • Stop Capture
  • Sure sounds like someone at Apple has plans for Apple TV to grow Digital Video Recorder [DVR] functions. Perhaps these hooks are there to facilitate the deal with Miglia we forecasted a couple weeks ago?

    Source: Are There Plans For Digital Video Recorder Capabilities on Apple TV?