Apple TV + Netflix Basics

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Huntn, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. Huntn, Dec 5, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2010

    Huntn macrumors G5

    Huntn

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    If you know of a good link it would be appreciated.

    My questions:
    1. My understanding is a computer is required to set up Apple TV with an iTunes account, but a computer is not required to stream video to your TV using Apple TV- It functions as a stand alone unit?

    2. With Netflix can movies be stored on a streaming/dvr unit or are they sold only as streaming? Would this be a reason to consider something other than Apple TV?

    3. Are there any resolution limits with Netflix or can you get 1080? Answered: Apple TV limited to 720p.

    Thanks!
     
  2. peterjcat macrumors 6502

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    1. You don't need a computer to stream to the Apple TV from the iTunes Store or from Netflix -- anything else (eg your own movie/music collection) needs a computer running iTunes to serve up the content.

    2. Netflix is streaming-only on all platforms. If you want to download stuff for the short term (rentals) or long term (purchases) there are other services available on other boxes but I don't think any of them have a Netflix-style all-you-can-watch pricing plan.
     
  3. Huntn thread starter macrumors G5

    Huntn

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    Thanks for the info! I've decided Roku is a better option mostly because of the better available resolution. We watch a lot of "on demand" content through our cable provider and I'm hoping the streaming via this box will be as seamless.

    Question:
    I thought I read that Netfliks is streaming in 1080. Any big visual difference between Blu-Ray and 1080 streaming content or does it look the same?

    Thanks!
     
  4. newagemac macrumors 68020

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    Netflix does not stream in 1080p to ANY device. If you are interested in a device that streams Netflix, the Apple TV is pretty much your best bet even regardless of price.
     
  5. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    I believe a computer is required (or some web access) to set up Roku. I have both a Roku and an ATV2. For the ATV2, you enter your user/pass right on screen and it sets it up with no other work.

    With Roku (or Samsung Apps device for that matter), you get a code from the device that you enter when you login to Netflix from your computer and enter the code. That syncs the device with your account.

    Both seem to look good. I like the ATV2 better for Airplay and access to my iTunes libraries on other computers.
     

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