New AppleTV's coming? more storage & DVD drive...maybe

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by thedarkhorse, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
  2. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    very interesting....making it even more easier to hack, with a dvd drive.
  3. Retired


    May 16, 2006
    A major point of the AppleTV is to avoid the DVD stuff, and love the iTunes environment. MOSR is just for laughs, they have NO sources...
  4. macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    I don't see an optical drive in this thing unless they do something with the cooling/ventilation. The heat from the device will burn the optical drive out prematurely...

    Maybe just a SW update to make it able to read an external from the USB port... maybe an external DVD drive that Apple will offer for their new sub-note???
  5. macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    We don't need an :apple:TV with a DVD drive. What we need is for Apple to start making add-ons for this. A unit that looks like this that maybe plays dvds, or HD-DVDs, or Blue-Ray discs (or all of those). This unit would be stackable with the :apple:TV. Also maybe a DVR box in the same design that is stackable.

    Give us the choice of what we want and let the original :apple:TV be the starting point and the base for it all.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    New Rule:

    Never quote Mac OS Rumors.

    I'll let others explain why.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2006
    Peace in Plainfield
    Bill Mahr Hangs out on macrumors? FTW!! :)
  8. macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2007
    i do agree that the whole point of the appletv is to bypass dvds, also for 399, i rather just spend another 100 bucks, and get a refurb mini. It has front row, and a remote, an optical drive, oh yeah, and its a computer. I dont know, its just my dream to have a mac mini hooked up to my entertainment system.

    P.S. is it common for people to use the minis as an entertainment system
  9. macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Yeah a lot of people do that. As well as in their cars, their bathrooms...
  10. macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    You see thats not apples style! Apple wouldn't want you to trail cables behind your HDTV!! They just want one box for everything! No DVD recorders, No DVD Players... All your media and content in one tiny little box.
  11. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    I think Leopard may trigger an update for AppleTV from oct-Jan 08.

    I see more video formats, maybe even screen display from a Mac - a feature of Leopard for remote iChat stuff. Then you could play any native media if it just streamed screen shots.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2007
    Ballarat, Australia
    We're talking about Apple, right?
  13. macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I think the most likely update for AppleTV will be an "End of Sale" announcement.

    Apple has been removing AppleTV displays from stores. They are not promoting the product anymore. Even the Mac Mini hasn't reached that fate yet.

    The iPhone really did steal the show during its announcement...seems like its ignored and forgotten.

    DVD would be silly. The whole point of the AppleTV was a way to bring iTunes to the living room and sell Movie/TV content. Honestly, without the AppleTV, there is no way i would buy TV series and movies for my ipod...or iphone...or laptop...
  14. macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland

    By the way, I was just thinking the :apple:tv could be used as a remote desktop... So you could control your mac from your living room and not only access Movies, TV shows, Music, Podcasts, Photos and YouTube, you could also then access documents, Keynotes...
    Or do tutorials on a big screen, like show how iPhoto works to your family and stuff like that (But I suppose that last bit would be a little naff)
  15. macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    All I want is DOLBY freakin DIGITAL from my ATV!!!!!!!!!! Please figure out a way to passthrough the AC3 stream and I'll be 100% happy with this product. To me that's the biggest drawback for a system that is supposed to play all your movies. I can't watch the Matrix in DPLII!!! Come on!!!

    Please...DD 5.1 support...pretty please...
  16. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Except of course when it comes to adding FM to your iPod. :p

    Given that Costco has gobs of 160 GB :apple:TVs I agree that it's either due for a major overhaul or a fire sale. :(

    I like mine, and would likely pick up a second one if they were discontinued.

  17. macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2005
    Yeah I don't need a DVD Drive, when I want to watch DVD's I place them in my Superior Tosh A2 for it's steller Upconverting. What ATV Needs is HD Content on the Itunes store.
  18. macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Actually, the store I frequent has also started to remove the Mini as well...

    Maybe a convergence of the two???
  19. macrumors regular


    Mar 21, 2005
    Agreed, I have it also. At first I thought the whole upconverting thing was a bunch of BS thanks to this HDDVD player and my cable box (also upconverts via HDMI) I am glad to say I was wrong.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2005
    I agree! I am waiting to buy AppleTV with the hope it will read .avi with AC3 audio or some other Dolby Digital file format soon. I think Apple will start to sell on iTunes movies with Dolby Digital or other 5.1 (DTS or other) so it will need a device to play them properly. What do you think? Until iTunes doesn't offer movies in surround 5.1 (Dolby Digital or equivalent), I won't buy them!
  21. macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    I'm not dying for an integrated DVD player, but I'd welcome one. Sometimes it's still practical to rent a movie, or a friend brings a DVD over to watch.

    It would be particularly appealing if it was an HD-DVD or BluRay player.
  22. macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    e next :apple:tv is gonna have are the following:
    (if it discontinues is another matter)

    -More storage
    -iTunes Wi-Fi Music store
    -Lower pricing
    -iPhone support over Wi-Fi or USB
    -iPod Support
    -5.1 Surround sound
    -New design.
  23. macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2004
    My only requests of a new AppleTV are (two things which could be fixed with a mere software update, but don't make me laugh):

    PLAY ALL functionality
    SHUFFLE ALL functionality

    I do not want to return to the menu after my selection has played. I want it to automatically move to the next selection or pick one at random. You know, like iPods and iTunes have been able to do for years and years and years now. So I can play music videos or short cartoons from a playlist and just let them play and play and play for hours, maybe even days. Can we have this functionality, please? Is it too much to ask or dream about? Is it somehow dangerous, taboo, or forbidden to play too many movies in a row without stopping? Will I grow hair on my palms from this too?
  24. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    My thoughts on this are that it could bring about an interesting possibility. What if there is a DVD drive, plus a dedicated h.264 decoder/encoder chip (like the Elgato Turbo.264). Pop in a disc and the :apple:TV automatically rips the disc to the :apple:TV (and with an internet connection, it can look up DVD information and CD Album info). No bogging down your computer. DVD's, CD's, Picture CD's and a USB card reader; you don't even need a computer to enjoy the :apple:TV.
  25. macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    It will not have a DVD import function 'cos apple wants you to download your movies from the iTunes store, and will certainly will not have a Card reader. Apple NEVER will do a card reader, unless it makes up a new Media card of its own, that I doubt.

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