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Investor's Business Daily reports that the Apple TV will be shipping on Tuesday. This information is not particularly top-secret, as all early web-orders for the Apple TV reflect a March 20th ship date.

The Apple TV was originally set to be shipping in February, but was delayed until March.

Apple has already seeded users with software updates to support the upcoming product. iTunes 7.1 introduced a new "Apple TV" preference menu that shows all available Apple TV's.

Meanwhile, as reported by iLounge, the latest Quicktime update introduced a "Export to Apple TV" feature for Pro users.

Export to Apple TV creates not only full DVD-quality 720 by 404 videos, but also 1280 by 720 videos. These videos are viewable in iTunes, but cannot be transferred directly via iTunes to an fifth-generation iPod.

The 1280 by 720 pixel resolution, also known as 720P, is one of several high-definition video formats supported by current televisions.

Last week many customers reported pre-authorization charges for the Apple TV appearing on credit cards.
 

blueflame

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Apr 3, 2003
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To bad. i wish apple made one of these sans the hdd. I would love yo pay 179 for something like this. to be honest, I do not know why they just didnt make this into their airport extreeme router. I would snatch one up in a second.
 

Peace

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Apr 1, 2005
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To bad. i wish apple made one of these sans the hdd. I would love yo pay 179 for something like this. to be honest, I do not know why they just didnt make this into their airport extreeme router. I would snatch one up in a second.

To make it into the router one of two things would happen.

1. the router would be stuck next to the television for life.
2. Wide screen TV's would have to become wireless.
 

Naimfan

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Sounds like good news to me.....and it seems to open up a whole new range of possibilities.......

Bob
 

Multimedia

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Jul 27, 2001
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Direct Connect Is Even Better But Impractical For Many Families

First post Woo!!

AppleTv still is not going to work out the way Apple wants it too

I think it could if it were at least $199

I don't know how much of a mass market there is for a $299 device to stream video.
It's redundant for me 'cause I am directly connected to a 40" Samsung LN-S4095 1920x1080 HDTV which affords me a superior set of services including video from two EyeTV HD tuners.
 

danielsan26

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Oct 26, 2004
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I remain skeptical, the FCC has yet to announce its approval.

Go here.

Do a "generic search"

Grantee code "BCG"

Date Range: "01/01/2007" to tomorrow (or whenever)

The only device approved this year is the new Airport Extreme.
 

macboy62

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Sep 13, 2006
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Do you think they will be in the Apple Stores on that date?

We have a new Apple Store opening here in Tokyo on the 21st (20th USA). I would love to find one on display Wednesday morning.
 

iDave

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Aug 14, 2003
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To make it into the router one of two things would happen.

1. the router would be stuck next to the television for life.
2. Wide screen TV's would have to become wireless.

Actually a combo router/aTV makes some sense. Since your TV is usually next to where your cable comes in the house, it's a logical place for your router (if you have cable internet). Add a few TV ports to the back of the router, a hard disk, a few more guts and voila! Then I'd also make it a PVR, if it was up to me. :)
 

bobjob186

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Apr 16, 2005
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I bet the first day this thing comes out we'll get complete instructions on how to expand this baby to 250gb+ then I'll be going down to the apple store and picking it up. Think about it, download all the movies you want upstairs transfer over to the Apple TV and you have the most extensive video library ever at the press of a button. Question though, will it play avi straight out of the box???
 

theheadguy

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Apr 26, 2005
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I remain skeptical, the FCC has yet to announce its approval.
Go here.
Do a "generic search"
Grantee code "BCG"
Date Range: "01/01/2007" to tomorrow (or whenever)
The only device approved this year is the new Airport Extreme.
Correct me if I'm wrong... but... why would they need to grant FCC Approval? It's using 802.11g and 802.11n which is used in many devices. Other than that, it has a little hard drive (like any current DVR) and an already used remote control. I guess I don't see what's so new about it aside from using iTunes as the source... ::shrug::
 

Multimedia

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Apple TV Is Not A FCC Device Is It? Or FCC Doesn't Keep Their Website Current

I remain skeptical, the FCC has yet to announce its approval. Go here. Do a "generic search": Grantee code "BCG" Date Range: "01/01/2007" to tomorrow (or whenever)

The only device approved this year is the new Airport Extreme.
I don't think the FCC has jurisdiction over Apple TV do they? If they do it could be like any other government beurocracy that doesn't keep their website current ever.
 

danielsan26

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Oct 26, 2004
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I don't think the FCC has jurisdiction over Apple TV do they? If they do it could be like any other government beurocracy that doesn't keep their website current ever.

Actually, all the airport extreme approvals were up the same day they were approved, the day after keynote if I remember correctly. Also, the FCC has to approve every consumer wireless device individually, whether using standardized frequencies or not.
 

macboy62

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Sep 13, 2006
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Tokyo
Actually, all the airport extreme approvals were up the same day they were approved, the day after keynote if I remember correctly. Also, the FCC has to approve every consumer wireless device individually, whether using standardized frequencies or not.

So, does that mean that the FCC approvals could be posted on the 20th or just a day/s before?
 

JackSYi

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Special Apple Announcement Tuesday?

I believe Apple TV shipment is going to coincide with an announcement of the Leopard release date and the announcement of iLife 07 and iWork 07.
 

matticus008

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Jan 16, 2005
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To make it into the router one of two things would happen.

1. the router would be stuck next to the television for life.
2. Wide screen TV's would have to become wireless.
Or...
3. People could keep their existing router wherever they want it and get a bonus extender out of the :apple:TV.

As it stands, people have to have a separate router anyway, so if it were built into the Airport Extreme for a lower price, it would let some people do away with the extra device and for others it would simply make no difference that :apple:TV has wireless routing.

Of course, the original suggestion is not going to happen. One of these without a hard drive would be stupid (unless you enjoy buffering pauses), and taking the hard drive out has no substantial price impact (a 40GB hard drive is not more than $35 or so), and so the end result is that it would increase Airport base station price considerably and wouldn't work very well for video streaming.
 

danielsan26

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Oct 26, 2004
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So, does that mean that the FCC approvals could be posted on the 20th or just a day/s before?

I don't know, the FCC ID's have to be printed on the device, as they are on the bottom of my airport extreme, which got its approval a month and a half before it shipped.
 

macboy62

macrumors regular
Sep 13, 2006
104
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Tokyo
I don't know, the FCC ID's have to be printed on the device, as they are on the bottom of my airport extreme, which got its approval a month and a half before it shipped.

Ummm, doesn't look like I will be seeing an :apple: TV on Wednesday's :apple: Store opening then. Never mind a free T-shirt will still go down well.
 

MacinJosh

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Jan 29, 2006
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Export to Apple TV creates not only full DVD-quality 720 by 404 videos, but also 1280 by 720 videos. These videos are viewable in iTunes, but cannot be transferred directly via iTunes to an fifth-generation iPod.

The 1280 by 720 pixel resolution, also known as 720P, is one of several high-definition video formats supported by current televisions.

740x404 is NOT full DVD quality. 854x*** (NTSC) and 1024x*** (PAL) is the full DVD resolution. Why? Because anamorphic widescreen video is stretched to display it in the correct aspect ratio. Even though the native resolution is 720x480 (for NTSC), the resulting image would be 854x480 when properly stretched. No point arguing this fact as I can provide all the evidence there is. Go google it or Wikipedia it.
 

macinfojunkie

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Jun 4, 2005
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Sun will shine, earth will rotate

In unrelated news it was also confirmed this morning that the Sun did indeed rise in the east and is rumoured to be on a trajectory to set somewhere in the west early this evening. It has also been confirmed that the Earth is indeed still rotating, despite concerns that rotation might be suspended due to delay in shipping the new Apple product: despite all evidence pointing to the contrary.

Come on, this is hardly news, let alone a rumour ;-)
 

Jim Campbell

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Dec 6, 2006
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A World of my Own; UK
I bet the first day this thing comes out we'll get complete instructions on how to expand this baby to 250gb+ then I'll be going down to the apple store and picking it up. Think about it, download all the movies you want upstairs transfer over to the Apple TV and you have the most extensive video library ever at the press of a button. Question though, will it play avi straight out of the box???

I don't get it. I don't understand why everyone keeps banging on about a bigger HDD in this thing. It's not supposed to house your video library - that's the point of it. You've already got a video library on your Mac or PC which - traditionally - is sitting in your spare bedroom (or somewhere other than your living room).

The point of AppleTV is to enable you to access that content via your HD TV without having to move it.

Why does everyone seem to find this so hard to grasp?

Cheers!

Jim
 

dante@sisna.com

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Apr 21, 2006
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Amen

I don't get it. I don't understand why everyone keeps banging on about a bigger HDD in this thing. It's not supposed to house your video library - that's the point of it. You've already got a video library on your Mac or PC which - traditionally - is sitting in your spare bedroom (or somewhere other than your living room).

The point of AppleTV is to enable you to access that content via your HD TV without having to move it.

Why does everyone seem to find this so hard to grasp?

Cheers!

Jim

At least some of us get this.

I agree -- the HDD is ONLY A BUFFER.
 

SPUY767

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Jun 22, 2003
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i have use these for about 2 weeks grate tool takes some time to convert but if you install it on multiple mac os journaled partitions and have multiple dvd drive you can do few at one time which speeds up the Process and i have not ran into an dvd that i could not ripped because of encryption
http://www.mp4converter.net/appletv-video-converter-mac.html

Poor english, shady links. . . Anyone know anything about this other than the fact that this site is selling something for 35$ that Handbrake does for free?
 
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