Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 2nd-gen / MC572
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3 July 2011
Excerpt: I used to think my cable box offered all the programming I needed. As cable prices keep rising, I’ve come to the conclusion that those multi-media boxes and an $8/month subscription to Netflix are a better deal. While I haven’t gotten rid of cable yet, I have pared down some of the programming from Time Warner. I’m using the Logitech Revue with Google TV in my living room for watching Netflix, but I wanted a smaller box to put with my second TV. I decided the second...
Pros: Gives access to Internet programming (iTunes, Netflix, etc), Very easy to set up, Lets you access content on computers and iPods/iPhones/iPads on your local network, Tiny form factor lets it fit in cramped spaces
Cons: Doesn't have a QWERTY keyboard for entering account info and passwords, No HDMI cable provided - and you MUST have an HDMI cable to use it
Review: Apple TV MC572LL/A 2nd Gen (2G) Unboxing & Hookup
1 October 2010
Conclusion: We’d always considered the original Apple TV to be a bit of an odd duck. “Another hard drive to manage and back up? What happens when I run out of room on my Apple TV? It has a hard drive but isn’t a DVR?” Apple must have read our minds (or done their market research) because the newly redesigned Apple TV 2nd Gen model eliminates storage concerns while adding features, and at a lower price point.
Pros: Only two physical connections needed to operate (HDMI, power), New form factor runs cool and quiet., Remote App allows for total control of Home Sharing and Apple TV., YouTube, Flickr, MobileMe, Netflix integration., Advanced connectivity options via Optical Audio, Ethernet (10/100BASE-T), Wi-Fi 802.11b, g, or n
Cons: HDMI cable not included., $3.99 per HD movie, $.99 per HD TV show may be steep for some.
Summary: The new Apple TV is a spectacular hardware upgrade from the old model. The device is easy to use, and excels at two tasks: playing back content from local iTunes computers, renting iTunes content over the Internet, although we're not yet sure just how much content will be available to UK customers. But it's somewhat hampered by a limited selection of TV shows available for rent, and locked out of the larger catalogue of items available for purchase.
Excerpt: The original Apple TV , announced in 2006 and released in early 2007, was Apple’s first take on providing media streaming to the living room. Four years and three software updates later, the Apple TV remained just a ‘hobby’, to use the word repeatedly uttered by Apple executives to describe the product. With the release of the second-generation Apple TV, Apple has dramatically changed the technology while also redefining the product’s target audience.