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.
As a media device we loved the Apple TV's simplicity, but we were disappointed by the lack of content available in Australia
Good Gear Guide.au
18 November 2009
Summary: The Apple TV is competitively priced and boasts an excellent interface, so if you want an easy to use, basic solution to rent movies you'll appreciate its simplicity. Unfortunately, the lack of content – particularly the fact that Australian users can't rent TV shows or access a service like Netflix – limits this device from appealing to a wider audience at this time.
Pros: Compact size and design, ease of use and setup, excellent interface, good quality, AirPlay feature
Cons: No way to rent TV shows, no hard drive, HD content limited to 720p, limited content available compared to US