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Apple TV
« on: September 09, 2010, 01:38:43 PM »
There was a thread a while back about broadcast TV alternatives and Apple TV was discussed. I don't remember if the consensus was positive or negative. I'm considering purchasing it and was hoping some of you would share their opinions on it before I make a decision.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2010, 01:45:22 PM »
There's a brand new Apple TV model so all previous discussion is out the window.  $99 is a whole different ballgame than $249 or whatever it was.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2010, 01:49:30 PM »
Sorry, didn't mean to post yet...

I meant to add, the consensus was varied depending on what the individual wanted out of the device.  As a cheap hookup for an HDTV, and a way to playback rented or purchased movies or TV shows from iTunes, plus stream all Netflix's available on demand content, it's hard to beat.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2010, 01:33:52 PM »
  $99 is a whole different ballgame than $249 or whatever it was.
That's what I was thinking. Watching rented movies, tv shows or streaming Netflix programs was just what i had in mind. Nothing fancy.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 06:03:00 PM »
I'm still looking into a possible Apple tv purchase. I've been reading up on it some and see that it streams iTunes, Netflix and youtube but no mention of others such as hulu, vudu or any others. Is it safe to assume it does stream those?
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2011, 06:05:36 PM »
No, the new iTV doesn't support the other devices. I think they simplified it to try to get the price to under $100.  I think the Roku box does support Hulu though.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2011, 06:31:21 AM »
We bought a sony blu-ray player on sale over the holidays that has wi-fi - and netflix through it is fantastic.   

99% of our viewing on our Mac Mini out in the living room is Netflix streaming also - so it basically allowed us to get blu-ray into our bedroom along with Netflix.

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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2011, 02:33:14 PM »
Thanks for the info. Truth be told, any one of these devices would probably satisfy my current needs. I just keep thinking that once I get into it I'll want more.  ::) The story of my life.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 03:10:47 PM »
If it were me, I would try to prioritize what you want the box for (one function versus another) and that might help you decide.

If you want primarily something to play iTunes movies and TV shows, with Netflix streaming in 2nd place, get an Apple TV.

If you're more interested in Netflix alone, then Roku makes more sense because it's cheaper. $59 is cheap enough you could use it for a while and give it to someone else, if you end up getting a different unit that does what the Roku does (say, a new blu ray player).  Actually the Roku site has a really useful comparison chart of features:

http://www.roku.com/netflixplayer/

It actually doesn't appear the Roku box supports Hulu at this point.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011, 03:13:05 PM »
Sorry, I was wrong. The Roku supports Hulu Plus which is an $8/month version of Hulu (paid to Hulu, not Netflix)
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2011, 06:49:23 AM »
I agree with Mike - make a list.  :-)

We wanted a 2nd blu-ray player - and I really wanted a ps3.   Store salesperson said we should just get the ps3, all articles say just get the ps3, all recommendations say ps3 is a great blu-ray player.   It is.

But - wow - hated it as a blu-ray player from a using the remote point of view - and going into the ps3 menus, etc...  

I also wanted the ps3 in my bedroom - and we play dvd's all night long (old b/w tv shows to fall asleep to - and then set the timer on the tv to turn itself off...) - I didn't want to wear a ps3 out like that...

So in the end - we ended up with a ps3... and 3 months later - a new blu-ray player.    

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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2011, 12:00:38 PM »
It's true, using a PS3 controller to deal with blu-rays, DVDs or playback of downloaded videos, is less than ideal, especially since the controllers don't stay charged as long as a normal remote. They do sell a remote for it, but I don't have one.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2011, 02:23:04 PM »
We have a PS3 with the extra remote & that seems to work great for us.  We use a media server download for the PS3 called Playon.  For a one time fee you get access to all sorts of premium channels including Hulu.  I paid only $39.95 as the one time fee, looks like it's not at $79.95.  That is supposed to get you access for life. 

You can also access you computers audio, video & pix through Playon.  We've been very happy with how it works.

Just read somewhere yesterday that some new TV's will come with a red Netflix button right on the remote.  Cool.

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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2011, 02:28:58 PM »
I have the ps3 blu-ray remote...  it seems ultimately stupid to have this a complaint - but the "stop" button is exactly where "pause" is on every other remote in the house.  Depending on the situation - a stop can be 2 minutes or 5 if it doesn't remember where we were on the disc.  Yeah - I know it's silly and most people don't mind it - but I found other people complaining about the remote.  :-)

Honestly - the main reason we did what we did - is I really wanted the ps3 in the bedroom - and I didn't want to use it as our all night player...   we wear out dvd players.   We used to wear out vcr's.   

I can't sleep without the tv on initially.
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2011, 02:46:38 PM »
I have the ps3 blu-ray remote...  it seems ultimately stupid to have this a complaint


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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2011, 03:01:59 PM »
ha!   however I kept hitting that darn "stop" button... argh.  Very frustrating.   

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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2011, 10:00:21 PM »
   

I can't sleep without the tv on initially.
I understand. For me, it's a box fan.  :)
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Re: Apple TV
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2011, 06:56:53 AM »
Oh yeah - before I met Heidi it was always a box fan.  I couldn't sleep without it.  And then I found out Heidi can't stand white noise... at all.   (in fact the last week has been miserable for her as we've had 4 fans on in the basement drying up the water from the big snow melt / rain storm...).    So we found that watching old tv shows on Nick at Nite helped us sleep - and then we taped our favorite shows - when Nick at Nite went to color shows.   Now we have most of our favorites on dvd.  The nice thing is having a timer on the tv so it's not on all night - and I also have a custom setting on the tv to drop it to fairly dark.
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