Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 1st-gen 40GB-160GB / MA711 / MB189
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Apple TV Review
12 April 2012
Conclusion: If you’ve been waiting for 1080p, now’s the time to get an Apple TV, especially if you’re heavily invested in iTunes content and/or you want to beam your media from your Mac to your TV. But if your big-screen TV tops out at 720p, and you just want to stream Netflix and other internet-based content, the 720p Roku 2 HD is only $59.99.
Pros: 1080p support added. Capable streaming from Macs, PCs, and iOS devices. Internet content from Netflix, MLB, NHL, NBA, and more. Streams photos from Flickr, iCloud Photo Stream, and MobileMe.
Cons: Can’t add more content channels or customize interface. Can’t connect it to a TV without HDMI.
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. But since not everyone is in a position to run out and buy a new television to take advantage of these new features, there's the Apple TV, a more-than-ample fix that effectively links the contents of both the home network and the worldwide web to our living room, for...
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)
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 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 video formats Design: The hard drive omission and smaller components allow the overall size to be reduced by more than 75 percent.
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
Conclusion: Now with an improved, streamlined interface, Internet radio, Genius, and LP support—and a lower price, Apple TV is finally a blockbuster home-entertainment device.
Pros: Basically, an iPod for your HDTV. Easy-to-use, efficient, attractive interface. Streams iTunes content from up to six computers. Gives you the ability to rent and purchase content from the sofa without a computer. Integrates YouTube, Flickr, and Internet Radio.
Cons: Requires a widescreen HDTV. No access to App Store (yet). Bundled bare-bones remote could be improved.
Excerpt: (1 items) In its current form, the Apple TV won't follow in the world-altering footsteps of the iPod. With its simple setup, superb streaming, ease of use, and quality output, it's a great piece of gear, but it will have more-limited appeal than the iPod largely because of the nature of DRM (digital rights management) and video.
Excerpt: (1 items) The big picture is that the Apple TV has the potential to change the way we obtain and consume video and, to a lesser extent, audio. It's very easy to get the media you want--provided the iTunes Store offers it--and while HD movie rentals can't be viewed the instant you click the Rent button, with a reasonably fast broadband connection you need plan no more than an hour ahead to watch a fine-looking and -sounding movie on a big screen with big sound.
Excerpt: Steve Jobs said that the Apple TV failed to meet expectations – although “techie” oriented folks such as us were more than pleased with the way it quickly interfaced with iTunes and our home network. But certainly not being able to access the Internet directly other than to watch YouTube was oft-putting, as was the cost for the 40 Gigabyte model (providing roughly 32GB’s of space for use) and how it was tied to a computer and iTunes for use.
Pros: Easy to use and setup; supports ethernet and WiFi, most video content looks good
Cons: High price; gets very hot; cables not included; support few video formats; needs some fine polish overall
Summary: Beautifully designed and incredibly easy to use, Apple TV is a top-notch product for those who are happy to rely on iTunes and Netflix for their TV and movie content. However, it still lacks support for UK services such as BBC iPlayer, which is frustrating.
Pros: Compact design, 1080p resolution playback, Beautiful menu system, Netflix support
Cons: Lacks key UK services like BBC iPlayer, Doesn't support non-Apple formats like Xvid and MKV video files
Excerpt: Apple TV connects to your broadband router or network and earns its name by working with your lounge television, acting as a conduit to allow you to enjoy music and video from the internet. Updated, January 16 2009.