I'm considering getting an apple tv mainly for the TV shows. I do not plan on using it for movies except maybe for a rent here or there. I'd rather buy movies in Blu Ray for the 1080p experience but mainly just for the TV shows is it worth it?
I won't attempt to argue a matter of personal preference, but this mentality does perplex me-- I've heard similar sentiments from friends and family. If you waited so long to jump into DVD, why is the introduction of BluRay a "burn" for you? You intentionally waited until the format had aged considerably, then are surprised when a superior alternative presents itself soon afterward? It's not like BluRay showed up the day after DVD launched, it was literally 10 years later.My opinion is that the Apple TV is totally worth it. I also think that it might just be ahead of it's time. I held out switching from VHS to DVD as long as I could, but when I did I spent lots of money buying new DVD's and coverting my VHS library over to DVD also. Needless to say, when Blu-Ray entered the picture, I felt burned. In a very short span of time I spent hundreds of dollars switching to the next big thing. I swore I would never let that happen to me again. So when the Apple TV came out, I converted all my DVD's to digital format and sold them. My opinion is that for right now I'd rather have convenience over Hi-Def. And I'm much happier for it.
It's a burn cause I spent lots of money just to have the format replaced by a more expensive, technically superior, format. The introduction to Blu Ray was nothing like the intro to DVD. VHS at least had a long enough life span. When I finally made the switch to DVD I just assumed a superior alternative wasn't right around the corner. After the introduction of the Apple TV I just said, "This is the future of entertainment." Eventually technology will catch up with what the Apple TV is trying to do and Blu Ray will become obselete. I can't justify spending hundreds to switch to Blu Ray so thats why I made digital copies of the DVDs and sold them. I'm not sure what the next step is after Blu Ray, but I'm positive that one day everyone will want to carry their entertainment where ever they go and will look back and say why did I waste all my money on discs. The Apple TV route, for me, offers a cheaper alternative for owning good quality movies with the convenience of press n play. No fiddling with discs or tacking down lost/misplaced discs.If you waited so long to jump into DVD, why is the introduction of BluRay a "burn" for you?
It's a burn cause I spent lots of money just to have the format replaced by a more expensive, technically superior, format. The introduction to Blu Ray was nothing like the intro to DVD. VHS at least had a long enough life span. When I finally made the switch to DVD I just assumed a superior alternative wasn't right around the corner.
You're comparing a $600 (minimum) device to a $229 one? Isn't that apples and oranges?It's fine. But I think the Mini is a better, more well rounded solution.
Why? The WD TV Live and an external HD here in Norway will cost just under $200 and give you 1080p. I really don't understand why Apple doesn't introduce a new AppleTV with improved hardware.If you come in expected 1080P and terabytes of storage in a $200 box you are a fool.
BUT if you dump cable/satellite which will save you 80-100 bucks per month, the $30 for a full season of shows doesn't seem all that expensive anymore.I went to the Apple store and saw they have network TV shows, but I don't think it's worth $1.99 each