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
As I said before, if you are a hardcore iPod fiend who spends lots of time shopping iTunes and downloading content to watch wherever your day takes you, the Apple TV may be your dream product. Normal folks that aren’t into watching video and movie son their iPod’s will find the Apple TV to by limited in what it can do. This is a love it or leave it type of product.
Pros: Easy installation, No power brick
Cons: Includes no cables to connect to your TV, Remote is tiny and may get lost easy
Summary: Apple TV provides a slick venue for iTunes-based media in the living room, but the average Blu-ray player now provides a wider array of online media options.
Pros: Provides access to iTunes-based movie rentals, TV shows, music, photos, and podcasts, as well as YouTube videos on your living room TV; streams media from networked Mac or Windows PCs; purchases and rentals can be done directly through iTunes Store on your TV; movie rentals from all major studios include some in HD and surround sound; sleek external design and elegant user interface; simple, streamlined setup; includes state-of-the-art 802.11n wireless networking; smo...
Cons: No support for Netflix, Pandora, and other major online media services found on most new Blu-ray players; doesn't work with older, non-widescreen TVs; movie rentals must be watched within 24 hour timeframe; no subscription payment options; lackluster file support for non-iTunes video formats; oversimplified remote can't control other devices.
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.
Conclusion: There's no doubting the slickness, quality and ease-of-use of the Apple TV. Finally having 1080p support and access to your iTunes TV shows, plus Netflix built-in makes it an attractive proposition at the price. If you've got an iPhone or iPad, it's even better, as AirPlay lets you send your content to the Apple TV, overcoming quite a few of its limitations.