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Andy0568
Sep 29, 2010, 09:34 PM
Two days early! Very cool features for the price. On my 52" Panasonic, most YouTube videos are grainy are pretty lousy looking. Apple store seems neat--great for new movies or shows, or renting older movies. Netflix integration is nice; video quality isn't stellar. Just my $0.02



BigDukeSix
Sep 29, 2010, 09:40 PM
I will be anxious to hear what others have to say before I commit to it. Thanks for your first impressions.

blueprint1983
Sep 29, 2010, 10:10 PM
what about itunes movies

Andy0568
Sep 29, 2010, 10:18 PM
what about itunes movies

HD trailers look pretty good, but on my 52" television screen (which is probably a tad larger than the average), the difference between 720p and 1080p is noticeable. Sound is crisp. My girlfriend and I have an early morning tomorrow, so we aren't renting an HD movie until tomorrow night (Get Him to the Greek).

roland.g
Sep 29, 2010, 10:21 PM
It's funny that many people are responding to the new price, new Netflix integration, etc. I wonder how the original Apple TV would have done if it was launched after the iPhone and iPad success. I suppose in a way this one benefits from being a 2.0 hardware/4.0 software version too. But really I think it is the iOS and those devices that pave the way for this to be more successful than necessarily a change in hardware or features or even price, though I'm sure the lower price doesn't hurt.

Andy0568
Sep 29, 2010, 10:23 PM
It's funny that many people are responding to the new price, new Netflix integration, etc. I wonder how the original Apple TV would have done if it was launched after the iPhone and iPad success. I suppose in a way this one benefits from being a 2.0 hardware/4.0 software version too. But really I think it is the iOS and those devices that pave the way for this to be more successful than necessarily a change in hardware or features or even price, though I'm sure the lower price doesn't hurt.

I think you're absolutely right.

firstapple
Sep 29, 2010, 10:24 PM
I am currently trying out some of the free tv show rentals they have. My opinion, the video quality is great. Youtube videos depend on the quality they were uploaded in, but most I viewed were rather grainy (but I don't plan on using this for Youtube).

Streaming from my MacBook gave me great quality as well. Not Blu Ray quality, but definitely 720p I would say. I am fairly happy with my purchase and I look forward to future updates! If they can bring Hulu Plus I would be one happy camper!

OptyCT
Sep 29, 2010, 10:29 PM
With YouTube videos, I'll probably stick to 720p videos. Still waiting for my ATV, it's currently in Anchorage, AK.

Andy0568
Sep 29, 2010, 10:31 PM
If I'm listening to the radio and switch inputs to cable tv, will the Apple TV automatically turn itself off?

Whorehay
Sep 29, 2010, 10:37 PM
If I'm listening to the radio and switch inputs to cable tv, will the Apple TV automatically turn itself off?

If it's anything like the original AppleTV, probably not. I'm guessing it barely sips power though, especially compared to the original.

CrAkD
Sep 29, 2010, 10:55 PM
the one gripe I have with the new ATV is HDMI only. it works fine for my plasma but at $99 Id put them all over the house. unfortunately all my other tvs arent HD. I dont even know where im going to put my old one yet as only 2 of my other tvs even have components and their not in places I really need an apple tv.

BoulderBum
Sep 29, 2010, 11:02 PM
Can anyone say whether or not you can still "favorite" Podcasts so you can play them on-demand instead of downloading?

blueprint1983
Sep 29, 2010, 11:04 PM
I think you're absolutely right.

Why would I want to get Roku or Google TV when I already have devices that seamlessly integrate together w/ IOS? Not only that but Apple has a track record of leaving room for improvement for products after release. Funny thing about that last sentence is that even if Apple doesn't improve it like we'd want them to, there's a jailbreak for that feature eventually. I didn't even mention the price til now. It's a shame that ATV wasn't this successful at its first launch years ago.

It's just too easy to justify this purchase for apple consumers.

blueprint1983
Sep 29, 2010, 11:06 PM
(Get Him to the Greek).

Good movie

How was the remote as far as using it for typing?

Can you use the iPhone as a keyboard or no?

Last question, for your movies on your iTunes account not bought from iTunes, did they play fine or did you have to convert? ie - home movies, tutorials, etc..

Andy0568
Sep 29, 2010, 11:09 PM
Good movie

How was the remote as far as using it for typing?

Can you use the iPhone as a keyboard or no?

The Apple TV remote is OK--a little slow to type, but the iTunes Store and Netflix are good at predicting your search once you enter in the first few letters. It is much easier to type out words using the Remote app from an iPhone, though.

PurdueGuy
Sep 29, 2010, 11:12 PM
Streaming from my MacBook gave me great quality as well. Not Blu Ray quality, but definitely 720p I would say. I am fairly happy with my purchase and I look forward to future updates! If they can bring Hulu Plus I would be one happy camper!

What were you streaming? It will stream at the original quality. iTunes won't transcode to a lower bitrate if your home network can't handle a constant stream. It will buffer instead.

akal575
Sep 29, 2010, 11:18 PM
I'm actually having a problem with my atv. I rented robin hood and it won't prompt me to play it so I click on the robin hood icon and it says "ready to play in 184 minutes" lol I'm a bit puzzled to say the least

PurdueGuy
Sep 29, 2010, 11:21 PM
I'm actually having a problem with my atv. I rented robin hood and it won't prompt me to play it so I click on the robin hood icon and it says "ready to play in 184 minutes" lol I'm a bit puzzled to say the least

How fast is your download speed? The AppleTV won't play until it has enough buffered (it has 8 GB of storage onboard) so that you won't have to stop to watch the entire thing.

It bases when it has enough on how fast it is downloading. If you have really slow internet, it will take a long time. If you have really fast internet, it will usually be ready in a minute or less.

Plutonius
Sep 29, 2010, 11:26 PM
the one gripe I have with the new ATV is HDMI only. it works fine for my plasma but at $99 Id put them all over the house. unfortunately all my other tvs arent HD. I dont even know where im going to put my old one yet as only 2 of my other tvs even have components and their not in places I really need an apple tv.

I would get an Apple TV but my TV is also not HDMI. I'll probably get a Roku HD to stream Netflix to my TV.

akal575
Sep 29, 2010, 11:29 PM
How fast is your download speed? The AppleTV won't play until it has enough buffered (it has 8 GB of storage onboard) so that you won't have to stop to watch the entire thing.

It bases when it has enough on how fast it is downloading. If you have really slow internet, it will take a long time. If you have really fast internet, it will usually be ready in a minute or less.

I pay monthly for 7 Mbps with my Internet provider so I dont see why that would be the problem. It's like the most expensive option they offer. To be honest with you, I think it's my PoS linksys router that is causing this. Ive been having problems with Xbox live lately and I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and get an airport extreme which I have been holding off on doing lol. I used to use an apple airport express but unfortunately I recently needed a wireless router with more available ports so I regretful bought a linksys router. Stupid decision on my part, should have just gotten the airport extreme from the getgo

PurdueGuy
Sep 29, 2010, 11:32 PM
I pay monthly for 7 Mbps with my Internet provider so I dont see why that would be the problem. It's like the most expensive option they offer. To be honest with you, I think it's my PoS linksys router that is causing this. Ive been having problems with Xbox live lately and I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and get an airport extreme which I have been holding off on doing lol. I used to use an apple airport express but unfortunately I recently needed a wireless router with more available ports so I regretful bought a linksys router. Stupid decision on my part, should have just gotten the airport extreme from the getgo
Is is a cable modem? During the evenings, you're likely to have issues getting 7 mbps.

Try running a speedtest.
http://www.speedtest.net/
http://myspeed.visualware.com/

Pillar
Sep 30, 2010, 12:57 AM
thanks for the informative feedback, for i'm looking to get one in due time.

wgary
Sep 30, 2010, 01:12 AM
Two days early! Very cool features for the price. On my 52" Panasonic, most YouTube videos are grainy are pretty lousy looking. Apple store seems neat--great for new movies or shows, or renting older movies. Netflix integration is nice; video quality isn't stellar. Just my $0.02

I currently use Tivo to stream Netflix to my big screen and often have issues with quality, which may be due to video quality or network health or both. Other times it looks near-HD. Do the problems you are seeing go beyond these "normal" Netflix issues?

wgary
Sep 30, 2010, 01:14 AM
With YouTube videos, I'll probably stick to 720p videos. Still waiting for my ATV, it's currently in Anchorage, AK.

Mine just left Anchorage. I'm stoked!

mroddjob
Sep 30, 2010, 04:39 AM
Like the look and price of the new atv, never really paid attention to the first gen atv's so don't know all the differences, but for someone in the UK where you can't get netflix or tv show rentals what are the benefits of the new version against the old version or even a mac mini? apart from the obvious price difference.

RandomNinjaAtk
Sep 30, 2010, 04:51 AM
The difference between the old and new is hardware/os

- New one runs IOS vs Modified OSX
- New one runs better hardware, which means I can encode my blu-rays in higher quality 720p bit rate/settings and it will handle it like no problem whereas the old one will just stutter/struggle with it.
- Also the new one has the potential for Apps which is crucial which the old one will not.
- And AirPlay for the new one is going to be awesome once all third party apps on the IOS devices are enabled, that's a great feature the old apple tv does not have.

hdsalinas
Sep 30, 2010, 02:07 PM
how can you encode bluray movies on a mac?

trip1ex
Sep 30, 2010, 05:12 PM
If it's anything like the original AppleTV, probably not. I'm guessing it barely sips power though, especially compared to the original.

This one sleeps. You can set the sleep timer too.

wjlafrance
Sep 30, 2010, 05:16 PM
how can you encode bluray movies on a mac?

One route is by installing Windows, but I would think you can do it with HandBrake.

Applepi
Sep 30, 2010, 05:57 PM
I've spent more than a day now with the Apple TV and I must say I am impressed. This is my first Apple TV, so I guess there is still that "new" factor but it's like nothing I've owned before. Picture quality is great on my 32", sound is superb. I also really enjoy that I can watch my podcasts on demand and go back and rewatch some older ones with ease.

I recently moved and have so far gone a month without cable tv, I was waiting for the Apple TV to arrive before I made my decision on fully ditching cable. I think it's safe to say I will. Netflix, Youtube, and the iTunes store are more than enough to satisfy my minor entertainment needs. Well done Apple.

Andy0568
Sep 30, 2010, 06:13 PM
I hope the YouTube functionality gets an update. There doesn't seem to be any way to see if you have new videos from your subscriptions. Also, a lot of my subscriptions seem to be missing from the "YouTube Subscriptions" page, which I think is a bug (have ~45 subscriptions, only 1/3 are listed).