Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 1st-gen 40GB-160GB / MA711 / MB189
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Review: Apple TV
23 October 2007
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: It may seem a little unfair to include the Apple TV here, and for once it’s not because Apple has an enormous market lead or even the best product in the category. Judged by its specification, the Apple TV is a very poor relation to the rest of the units we have on test here.
Can stream DRM protected content, cheap, great interface
No local storage, needs a Mac to be turned on and running iTunes to stream content
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
Conclusion: In the States, this may be a more immediately satisfying product, but the fact is that the Apple TV does very little and does so at a relatively high cost. The is only AU$50 more than this device and, when coupled to your Windows XP Media Centre or Windows Vista Premium PC, performs all the same...
Pros: Limited format compatibility -- no DivX, Lack of iTunes video content, Unable to make playlists, Limited onboard storage means PC or Mac needs to stay on, Cannot sync iPod
Summary: Der Festplatten-Streamer Apple TV ist angenehm einfach konzipiert und bietet eine ansprechende Benutzeroberfläche. Wenn Apple nun noch ein Software-Update für mehr Videoformate herausgibt und auch HD-Inhalte auf Itunes anbietet, wird das Produkt zu einem echten Knüller.