The baby NEEDS an AppleTV.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mediaboy, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. mediaboy macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2006
    We are having a kid soon and I just realized that my kid NEEDS an Apple TV.

    It just makes fiscal sense.

    The way I look at it, if I can borrow/NetFlix all the Baby programming I need,(Baby Einstein, and whatever else they make nowadays) then I dont have to buy a single DVD. I love buying DVD's but I know that once the kids out grow them, they are heading for the trash. I also don't like to place any DVD's unnecessarily in danger's way and don't have to worry about the DVD case that is sure to make its way into the dogs mouth.

    Since the Baby Einsteins are $20 a piece an NetFlix has 15 for rent, I almost break even just with that first "import".

    I think as a responsible parent, an Apple TV is the only way to go. Maybe its just my uncontrollable need to own anything Jobs puts out, or it actually makes sense.

    What do you think?
  2. ~J~ macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    3rd Rock from the sun
    LOL... are you trying to convince us, or yourself?! :confused:
  3. mediaboy thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2006
    LOL, maybe a little of both.

    But then again, when you figure the cost of a kid ingesting the remote.

    Hmmmmm, need to work the numbers on that one.

  4. mintlivedotcom macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2004
    Baby Einstein DVDs are awesome for kids. My two-year-old loves them and I find myself watching them with him, too. I think they have some sort of imbedded hypnotic aspect about them.

    I have bought used ones from eBay. You could also take your videocamera and tape a toy...just add classical music and you're all set!
  5. mediaboy thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2006
    A friend of mine said the same thing. He calls it Baby Crack. I just refuse to buy anything with middle aged men dancing around. There is just something wrong with that.

    It will be fun! I need to make them a techno geek like me!
  6. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    might work for cats too!
  7. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Incriminating statement... This is stealing... It is OK if you transfer your own DVDs to your AppleTV to protect them from scratches, but at least have the decency to purchase them. You certainly sound like you can afford them if you have the budget for an AppleTV.
  8. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005

    If I had kids they would need to get me this it makes perfect sence :cool:
  9. mediaboy thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2006
    Yup, everyone that owns an Apple TV rips their own DVDs. Right.

    Sorry to burst your bubble.
  10. ingenious macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2004
    Washington, D.C.
    Eh, he didn't say everyone did, he said everyone should.
  11. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    While you're on the shopping list for the new baby, don't forget an eight-core Mac Pro 3.0, 16GB ram, 3TB hard drive, and anything else that may add to the cost...:rolleyes:
  12. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Wouldn't that little remote be a choking hazard? :confused:

    I'm being totally serious.
  13. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    I don't think that the baby would be controlling the Apple TV himself. :rolleyes:
  14. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Barney on demand.
  15. parafish13 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2007
    East Lansing, MI
    Eh...congrats on the kid, but I side with the anti-piracy guys. As a "responsible parent," I don't think you should be teaching a form of stealing from day one.
  16. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Congrats on the kid too.

    Rug rats are expensive, have you thought about just not having a TV full stop?

    I also looked into getting an apple TV for my baby, but in the end, after discussions with my partner, we decided to just put our tv in storage in the attic. Reasons being:

    - Various health bodies recommend little or no tv before age 2.

    - our sprog quickly figured out how to turn the TV on, and was alway turning it on behind our backs

    - she would stand with her face pressed up to the TV glass - eek!

    - we do watch baby einstein etc every now and then, on our laptops, with our kid next to us.

    - on laptops, it is easier to point to the screen and ask various questions / make comments about whats happening - it becomes more of a shared activity.

    - we (parents) spent too much time wigging out in front of the tv in the evening, when just having a nap or a bath or reading something would actually be more restful.
  17. korndog2003 macrumors regular


    May 31, 2007
    Keyser, WV, USA
    LOL who cares if he copies them, oh well, he still paid something, it isn't like he loaded up a torrent, and didn't pay anything for them...
  18. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    We got rid of our TV too. Who wants to sit in front of the boob tube when you could be playing and having fun with your kid?

    Now that she's almost three, she does have some dvd's on the computer... but they don't get watched very often.
  19. KingofAwesome macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2007
    Here's an idea that doesn't dance around the whole illegal copying issue... If you have netflix and there are 15 baby einsteins on there, why not just rent them and return them, the normal way? One a month, for fifteen months, plus you can rent another movie each month for yourself. That's $4.99 times 15 months, which is a total of $75 for over a year's worth of Baby Einstein and a little something for yourself. And it doesn't involve any piracy.

    I don't intend to preach about piracy, but I am not going to go on a public forum and advocate it - especially when it involves spending $300 on another piece of hardware to facilitate it.
  20. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    My Harmony Remote can control the Apple TV...

    It is an issue for small ones though (less than 4).
  21. jruc4871 macrumors regular

    May 4, 2005
    Washington, DC
    I think was based on the same logic. How'd that turn out for them?

    It's still copyright infringement.
  22. randyharris macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2006
    I'm with you RedTomato, I think too many people use the TV as a way to pacify their kids instead of taking a more pro-active approach.

    We allow our almost 4 year old daughter to watch (commerical free) tv for 40 minutes a day, and our 2 1/2 son watchs a 20 minute (commerical free) show about every other day.

    Not so much our son, but our daughter would watch TV all day long if you let her, just a total zombie state. While we didn't go as extreme as you did and pack up the TV, we are very restrictive in it's use, and we adults in the house watch no TV unless the kids are sleeping.

    Oh, and no - you really shouldn't be ripping NetFlix movies no matter how you justify it.

  23. tpete macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2007
    Your kid is going to find one movie that becomes his/her favorite, then watch nothing but that DVD for 12 months straight. You'll be hearing lines from it in your sleep. All the other DVDs -- rented, purchased, or stolen -- will lie useless on your shelf or hard drive. Then, all at once, the kid will never watch any of those movies ever again. The trick is, of course, that you don't know ahead of time which movie your kid will pick. Something to consider.

    I've had friends who tried to keep their kids TV-free. They gave up when they realized that their kids couldn't carry on a conversation in the kindergarten playground. This is hard to believe, but I had a friend whose kid was 6 years old before he could tell the difference between a Red Ninja Storm Power Ranger and a Red Ninja Storm Beetle Ranger Power Ranger. In all seriousness, you can give your kids wooden blocks designed by German scientists with PhDs in neurophysics and behaviorial development, but it's not going to help. As long as they don't overdo it, TV is kid culture.
  24. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    The baby doesn't NEED an Apple TV, the baby NEEDS your love and attention. Too often, parents use Baby Einstein to distract and hypnotize their young kids when they feel like their kids are "too much" work. An occasional movie or TV show is fine, but you had better be there to explain what is going on.

    Face it, kids are a lot of work. If you're not ready to devote your time to taking care of them--and I mean really taking care of them--don't have kids.
  25. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada
    To answer your question


    your baby NEEDS the apple TV

    it is imperative for it's growth and development.

    You have absolutely no choice in this matter. You absolutely need this machine. walk, no RUN to your local store and buy it immediately.


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