AppleTV purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by arnette, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. arnette macrumors 6502

    arnette

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    I haven't heard any rumors about AppleTV in awhile. I'm really interested in getting the ATV for HD movie rentals, video podcasts and sharing music through the home theater speakers. My plan is to share a 1TB hard drive on the router and keep the media there, streaming via N spec.

    So...

    Any rumors on upgrades to the hardware? Or maybe software? Boxee is dead, which saddens me... was going to hack it but can't get Hulu so now what's the point?

    Buy or wait??
     
  2. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    BUY!

    Boxee is not dead, you just can't use Hulu.
     
  3. arnette thread starter macrumors 6502

    arnette

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    Same difference. It was the biggest plus of Boxee.
     
  4. Advance The Man macrumors 6502

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    I messed around with Boxee on ATV and it was quite unremarkable. Once Hulu was removed, I updated to 2.3.1 and not planning on putting Boxee back on.
     
  5. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    Sorry for my ignorance but what is Boxee and Hulu?
     
  6. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Did you consider a Sony PlayStation 3?

    They play video games, but they also have an excellent interface for media storage and they have a built in Blu Ray drive. (Remember, the HD movies available on iTunes are very, very low bitrate, meaning they aren't really "true" HD, that sort of thing is only available on Blu Ray or HD-DVD).

    As a bonus, Americans have access to a store just like iTunes via the PS3 where you can buy and rent TV shows and movies.
     
  7. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I'd recommend hard-wiring that, especially if you are going to stream HD, or mod it and use the USB port on the :apple:TV.

    I love my :apple:TV. I am really enjoying NitoTV installed on it. I get my RSS feeds, weather, pictures, and movies all in one spot.
     
  8. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Boxee is an add-on to AppleTV that lets you play lots of different media other than iTunes content...

    Hulu is a website owned by NBC/Fox that lets you watch shows/movies with minimal commercial interruption...available only to the US.

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     
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  10. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    You can download tv shows because Boxes will play ANY video type. That is a pretty big plus.
     
  11. arnette thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oooh, this is good. Can you point me in the direction of a tutorial or the software you used? Love to plug the HD straight into the ATV.
     
  12. arnette thread starter macrumors 6502

    arnette

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    I have a PS3... not interested in the online store as the movies/tv shows are quite limited at this point. I'm not too familiar with importing/ripping my media into the PS3 though. I have the weenie 30GB HD in mine (I think.. the small capacity anyway) so are there ways to attach storage? I don't think I have access to the HD without cracking open the case. Blu-Ray will be good though. Looking forward to that.
     

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