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Apple tv

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by oneeightyseven, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. rocks

    rocks Senior member

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    I am looking to get either this or a Roku2 XS, which is the better of the two?
     
  2. Jr Mouse

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    Well keep in mind that I am speaking rumors. Could be completely wrong. :)
     
  3. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You can get far more content on a Roku, but the Apple TV has a better interface and is the only way you can watch content bought on iTunes. Also the Roku can be had for cheaper and Apple's device has Airplay. Really depends on your priorities.
     
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    I don't know if this has been covered, but I bought the Apple TV just for its airplay, which is great. I grab any of my mac devices and just hit play, then select the tv and it will play. Iphone, ipad, mac, etc.
     
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    I thought the mirroring was cool, but then I thought, why would you do it other than to show something to other people? The "flaw" with touchscreen is that you have to look and touch whatever. Since there's no "mouse," you have to look down from your tv to your ipad to click what you want.
     
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    I have an apple tv and sure enough it is far more that what I had burgained for. I do not have any problems with it on my end. Well you can never get frustrated by the apple products I am one loyal customer to them.
     
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    Was standing in line for the genius bar the other day, saw the gen 2 Apple TV for like $50, bought it while in line. I didn't realize at the time that they'd just previewed the new one, but since it's mainly the 1080p upgrade, it doesn't bother me, I am not a picture stickler about TV's. I have a 1080p LED but I've never really sat and wasted my time comparing TV's considering the crap that comes on air where I live. I didn't really expect much from this thing anyway, so considering I bought it to fuck around with, it's not bad. It does a few interesting things at least.

    I am finding the youtube function kinda fun and surprisingly less choppy and more usable on my 40" TV than I'd expected, so that is good, will show wife and she will enjoy it. I did the Remote app on my iPhone and that is kinda fun. I can do the Japanese or American iTunes store, so I have an ok range of choices to watch. Going to the DVD rental shop on 3 separate days would pay for the apple TV, so whateva. It should be alright. I will jailbreak it soon and start playing avi's from my MBP or maybe set up a server from my Mini downstairs and just stream lots of shows and movies from near my airport base.
     
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    I'm going to purchase a third gen Apple TV once Mountain Lion is released. I'll be able to FINALLY wirelessly stream my movie collection from my MBA to my HDTV using AirPlay Mirroring. Can't wait.
     
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    Does AirPlay really work well? I don't own a tv but I've been considering this for streaming to a monitor from my iPad when I want a larger display or to show someone something without having to crowd over the 'pad.
     
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    Apple tv sounds great for streaming via Mac to tv but if one wants to stream downloaded (torrent) movies (and doesn't want to mess around with various software installations to enable such compatibility), it seems a generic media player is the way to go. Something like Western Digital Live TV media Player or without the live element, the Digital AV Player.
     
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    With Mountain Lion coming this summer you'll be able to mirror your display directly onto your HDTV through your Apple TV. (AirPlay Mirroring.) You can play any video file on our Mac and it will show up on your HDTV wirelessly. It's a killer feature that kills any need for a generic media player.
     

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