Has the UK Apple TV (2nd gen.) situation improved since launch?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by King Mustard, May 11, 2011.

  1. King Mustard macrumors member

    King Mustard

    Oct 15, 2006
    I was reading the CNET UK review and spotted some issues. However, the article was written around the time of the product's launch, so things are likely to have changed since then.

    Can someone let me know if the following three points have improved?:

    Also, anything else you wish to add regarding chances since launch? :)
  2. DJHack macrumors regular

    May 6, 2011
    Cardiff, Wales
    Nowt has changed on pricing :)apple:TV2 is now £101 thanks to VAT increase!) and we still can't rent TV shows - again, thanks to good old copyright :(

    However, I do still like using it for AirPlay and streaming. Having moved to VirginMedia for internet, streaming films in HD is also a breeze. If you like video podcasts - they stream well too.

    All in all, I think it's vaguely worth it's money in the hope that some future update will make better use of the local storage and services available. :D
  3. heliocentric Guest

    Nov 26, 2008
    it outputs at the wrong refresh rate, so is usless if your wanna player most pal content
  4. bpaluzzi macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2010
    Playing PAL content with no problem here.
  5. -SD- macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    Peterborough, UK
    The only real way to improve the :apple:tv here in the UK is to jailbreak the thing and load up XBMC (or similar).

  6. Mr-Kerrse macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Indeed i would not have bought it if the jailbreak wasn't available. Apple movie rentals are way over priced !
  7. MacRy macrumors 601


    Apr 2, 2004
    I use it for streaming to and renting movies and it works just fine.....well....apart from I keep getting issues when renting movies that won't play and display an error message. I have to email Apple support to get them to refund my money and remove the movies. That's not quite so sexy and very un-Apple-like in that it doesn't just work. Anyone else experience this issue?
  8. dickovski macrumors regular


    Nov 17, 2007
    Norwich, UK
    +1. I bought it and jailbroke it straight out of the box. Love my XBMC streaming from an external drive attached to my imac. Never used iTunes with it.
  9. heliocentric, May 12, 2011
    Last edited: May 13, 2011

    heliocentric Guest

    Nov 26, 2008
    yeah it plays it...at 60hz! :( not 50hz...

    google it
  10. bareskillz macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    London, UK
    I'm selling mine, it's a cracking device with so much potential but it's just not there for UK users.

    No BBC iPlayer - something that even the Nintendo Wii can do is a major fail.
    I've jailbroken it, to run XBMC and even have a BBC iPlayer plugin but it's all to clunky, plagued by Apple Update avoidance issues and too much hassle for what should be a simple tv media adapter.

    Perhaps I'll revisit the device when and if they sort themselves out. For now I've just bagged a MacMini and will make this my HTPC.
  11. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2009
    Mine gets used every single day. It's absolutely the best Apple device I own, no question. Streams my digital collection perfectly, and is great for the occasional movie rental on a whim. I also use LoveFilm though; I imagine that only renting films from Apple could get pretty expensive.

    A software update to include BBC iPlayer and LoveFilm digital streaming would be fantastic though.
  12. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    Just a clarification here as I've spent a lot of time looking at this.

    The ATV2 queries your TV's EDID for its preferred framerate and outputs at that. For most TVs in PAL countries, this will result in 720p output at 50Hz. But for some TVs, it will result in 720p at 60Hz. I have a Panasonic TV that prefers 50Hz and a Samsung monitor that prefers 60Hz.

    I have a lot more 24/60fps material than 25/50fps so for me the problem with the Apple TV in the UK is that it outputs at 50Hz and not 60Hz. But either problem can be fixed by interposing something in the HDMI chain that overrides the TV's preference (eg an HDMI Detective, a video processor, or perhaps certain AVRs).
  13. Grasbak macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2006
    yes, i have had issues renting movies. 2 out of 4 failed to begin with. I did get refunds - in fact second time I got 2 credits as well. But like you say, i didnt "just work". I also had friends round as well, so not a good advert.

    Also have had problems with home sharing, although things have worked well recently with both issues.

    Would love to see iPlayer etc available, but seems unlikely to get it on the AppleTV itself - I don't see why we can't get it via airplay.

    It gets plenty of use, renting films - playing eyetv recordings, watching podcasts, using airplay for music....

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