Conclusion: Many times have my colleagues and I here at Big Picture Big Sound shared the wonders of Internet-ready TVs, as technologies have converged to bring once-unimaginable benefits to the home theater enthusiast.
Pros: A comprehensive portal to our current digital entertainment, plus online rentals, Eye-popping video quality, with 5.1 audio and nifty menus, HDMI-only video output: This thing is hardcore!, iPhone/iPod Touch remote app works great (and impressed the wife), Apple TV on Amazon.com
Cons: HDMI-only video output: Is this thing too hardcore?, High-definition movie rentals painfully slow, Included remote control pales next to iPhone/iPod touch app (see Turn-Ons)
Excerpt: The latest version of the Apple TV is a big change over the previous version, more for what it no longer has than for what it now has. But the real question is; Can Apple TV 2.0 evolve from the realm of a Cupertino plaything, to a viable and worthy entertainment device?
Pros: Plays streaming video/audio/pictures very well, Netflix & YouTube streaming, Connects with MobileMe and Flickr for pictures and video, Streams anything in your iTunes library from a computer, Video quality is great, Interface is neat and simple to use, Small footprint, Easy to set up, Runs iOS gi...
Cons: No Hulu, Limited TV content (only ABC and FOX), Only rents content from Apple directly from device, Streaming from other iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) not implemented yet, Wi-Fi login credentials kept getting lost requiring re-entry, No hard drive connection, No support for displays that...
Excerpt: The Good Smaller design Black housing Simple UI Netflix streaming iTunes rentals YouTube, Flickr AirPlay streaming from iOS devices Streaming from computers The Bad No way to connect to NAS Cannot attach external hard drive Limited access to third-party content providers Limited support for popular...
Pros: Smaller design, Black housing, Simple UI, Netflix streaming, iTunes rentals, YouTube, Flickr, AirPlay streaming from iOS devices, Streaming from computers
Cons: No way to connect to NAS, Cannot attach external hard drive, Limited access to third-party content providers, Limited support for popular video formats
Ready Now & Ready For Future Media: Apple TV 160GB
Personal Electronics buzz
9 February 2008
Excerpt: If you are the kind of person who enjoys being in the curl of the wave or on the crest of the wave, the Apple TV 160GB is for you. Granted, the Apple TV is a console and you need a compatible high definition display or HDTV with compatible HDMI video and audio or DVI or component inputs.
Excerpt: Apple’s cute little silver box bridges the gap between your PC and your home theater. It sets up in minutes and pipes iTunes music, videos, photos, and podcasts, as well as YouTube content, into the living room.
Pros: Blissfully easy to set up. Supports both wired and wireless network connections. Syncs automatically with iTunes. YouTube from the couch!
Cons: Teeny, underpowered remote is easily lost among sofa cushions. Requires a widescreen TV. Video looks a bit soft. No DVR capabilities.
Excerpt: The second generation of Apple’s video serving platform has arrived, three years after the original was released. Looking at it, you’d think the unit was born from a completely different family, so what’s changed?
Pros: Movies on-demand, made easy, Beautifully designed interface
Cons: No TV show rentals in Australia (yet), Some iTunes rentals more expensive via Apple TV, Infrared interference with Apple computers