Apple TV good choice for 46" LED?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by suss2it, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. suss2it macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    I recently bought a LED 46" screen TV. I don't want to waste money on a Bluray player since I believe the future is in streaming and almost all my movies/TV shows are ripped and in iTunes. I've transcoded all my 1080p stuff down to 720p, because I watch most of my stuff on my 32" TV/monitor, but now that I have this 46" I'd like to stream my content to it, but I have a few questions regarding streaming & the new Apple TV.

    • How well does the Apple TV actually stream?
      I just did the speedtest and is this good enough to stream 720p HD files efficiently?

    • I'll primarily be streaming from a Macbook and a Windows 7 machine, it is possible to stream from multiple sources right?
    • Is there a maximum bitrate that it can handle before playback becoming choppy?
    • Can it playback videos varying from sizes 1-7 GB without playback being choppy?
    • Is it possible to jailbreak? If is there a store akin to Cydia on it?
    • Is a HDMI cable included in box or any other cables?
    • What are some other boxes that stream that you would recommend?

    Also right now I'm not interested in stuff like Hulo since it's not allowed in Canada or Netflix since I don't have a membership, but I am interested in legally streaming videos from official sites like Global TV. Is that possible?
  2. Icculus macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Frisco, TX
    No idea on this one, sorry.
  3. suss2it thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2009
    Then why did you bother posting:confused:
  4. benoitgphoto macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2007
    #1 : Stream very well if you are wired connected to the Apple TV OR you have a fast and reliable WiFi n network
    #2. 15 Mbps is OK to stream
    #3 : You can Stream from multiple iTunes library with Home Sharing
    #5 : Yes if the Video is within the specs of the Apple TV. I have a 720p video of 22 GB that I stream from my iTunes library without a glitch.
    #6: It's seems possible to Jailbreak...look around and you will find all the info
    #7 :No HDMI cable in the box
    #8 : Don't know.
  5. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    Wow, a little politeness will get you a long way. Ease up on people.

    About your TV question. The Apple TV is not made for certain TV technologies. Plasma, LCD, LCD-LED, DLP, won't matter.
  6. OasisNYK macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2004
    I agree it is not made for certain technologies but the OP did ask if it was good for a 46 inch LED - if it is 1080p there are better options out there like the PS3.

    However, it is a good option if you want access to itunes content and just netflix. In my opinion I would only use it if you are looking for a cheap option or if you only have a 720p television. If you have 1080p and a really beautiful screen - go with the PS3.
  7. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    looks great on my 42" Viszo. Your posted speed test result has no bearing on streaming material from your own iTunes library. You would want either ethernet cable or a wireless N network (also stated above).

    My current internet at home tops out at 10 M/bs up and so far the material i have streamed looks very good also. Now that is netflix and i know you say that netflix is not open to you but I would guess it is a good example of how well material streams from the internet.
  8. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    They're so cheap though, you could theoretically connect one to every tv in the house.

    I'll be getting one for my 2 flat panels - the 50" 1080p Pioneer plasma in the theater room and the 26" 720p Samsung LCD in the bedroom. The resolution limitation on AppleTV doesn't matter to me, as I use my Pioneer Blu-ray player for 1080p viewing. Broadcast HD is 1080i or 720p anyway, so, there's no image quality loss by playing this content on a 1080p tv.

    And, to address the PS3 point - keep in mind that noone has been able to name a single title yet streaming from Netflix in 1080p on the PS3. Until they can prove it, save your $300. The PS3 is still a hell of a Blu-ray player though.
  9. CrAkD macrumors 68040


    Feb 15, 2010
    Boston, MA
    It'll look ok but you should of gotten a plasma ;)
  10. emaja, Dec 2, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2010

    emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Don't give up on Bluray just yet. Good players can be had for less than $100, so through one in the mix for those DVDs you can't rip or the ones with subtitles that you might not be able to get just right.

    Streaming works GREAT. I have mine connected wirelessly and have very few stutters on HD content that I purchase, rent, or have ripped from my own DVDs. I am very happy with its performance.

    Yes. That is easily selected from the ATV's menus. You have to choose a streaming source.

    5 Mbps (5,000kbps) is the number I have seen, but most of my stuff from Bluray is much less than that using the Handbrake presets.

    Yes. I don't think file size is an issue since it has read everything I have thrown at it just fine.

    Can't help you there. Sorry.

    Nope. ATV, power cable and remote. That's it.

    Some people are fans of the Western Digital WD TV Live Plus, but I have no experience with it. It supports 1080P and does Netflix as well as Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Pandora, Flingo, Live365, Deezer, Mediafly, and Accuweather.

    Overall, I really like mine. I have both. I have always streamed to either unit, but the addition of Netflix - and the $99 price - is what made the decision easy for me.

    Sorry for the rambling. I wanted to be as thorough as I could be.

    Edit: I stream to both a 32" LCD and my 50" Sony DLP and I am extremely happy with the picture on either TV.
  11. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Why? Spend more $ on electricity? Heat the living room?
    I have an AppleTV2 connected to a 55" LED LCD (Samsung), and it looks fantastic.
  12. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Still looks and performs better than LED-LCD :cool:
  13. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    I agree. I have both a PS3 and an AppleTV. Both look great, but I am only viewing them on a 37" 720p LCD. On a 1080p set, the PS3 wins. However, the PS3 is three times the price, and, while it does a lot more, it does things that the OP doesn't necessarily care about. If you're not into gaming or watching Blu-rays, then the PS3 is overkill.

    What the AppleTV really has going for it are 1) price, 2) ease of use and UI, 3) very nice integration with the iTunes ecosystem (if that is your thing; this is a con if it is not), and 4) the possibility of future expansion via AppleTV iOS apps. No one knows for sure about that last point.

    For straight-up streaming of iTunes content and Netflix, you can't beat the AppleTV. I will say though that while I like Netflix on the AppleTV, I actually prefer the interface on the PS3. But that could be because I have used it for longer and am more accustomed to it.
  14. Icculus macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Frisco, TX
    I responded to each question below the actual question, the only one I didn't know was the last one.
  15. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Most would overlook the quote, and not notice your replies inline. (I did the same thing). All most saw was "No idea on this one, sorry." and thought that was it.

    When replying to multiple items, a good idea is:
    Answer 1....
    Answer 2....
    Answer 3....
  16. Icculus macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Frisco, TX
    Will Do!

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