Will the ATV Ever Support 1080p HD?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Steelers7510, May 20, 2011.

  1. Steelers7510 macrumors 6502

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    I recently purchased myself a Late 2010 Apple TV got it all setup and realized that it only outputs 720p. In this day and age I just assumed that it was going to output 1080p. Usually I'm not one to make assumptions, but I slipped up this time. Anyway the point of this post is to find out if anyone has heard anything about apple releasing a software upgrade that would allow for 1080p. I don't see why the current hardware wouldn't be able to support, so I guess it's just a matter of apple pushing out the update.
     
  2. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

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    You can stream 1080 if you jailbreak your ATV and install XBMC

    But personally if you wanna stream 1080 without a problem i suggest that you have a 1000mbps wired lan

    I have a 300mbps WIFI lan and I still get lag when watching 1080 and sometimes 720p
     
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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  4. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    Gigabit ethernet won't matter... the LAN port on the AppleTV (either version) is only 10/100. There are people who have had better luck both wired and wireless (personally, I use 802.11N 5GHz).
     
  5. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

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    really it's only 10 100?

    Well **** me lol

    Any I am on WIFI N 5Ghz and I do get lag on 1080 movies
     
  6. nwcs macrumors 65816

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    Eventually, yes, Apple will make an Apple TV that can output 1080. Probably not for a couple years, though.
     
  7. northy124 macrumors 68020

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    Yes the :apple:TV will support 1080p eventually, it does support it now unofficially so you could hack do it that way :)

    However I'd personally of gone for the Mac Mini as it appears to be a better HTPC than the :apple:TV.
     
  8. hbunting macrumors newbie

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    Forget about 1080p.. Let's bring gaming and more video streaming options (e.g. hulu plus) to the appletv.
     
  9. nwcs macrumors 65816

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    It still won't output a 1080p signal
     
  10. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, like AdrianK posted, that claim has been debunked.

    However, I would say that 1080p will probably come with ATV3, when they put the A5 chip in there. My reason for thinking so? Because the iPad 2 supports outputting 1080p video to an HDTV, but the iPad never did.
     
  11. dynaflash macrumors 68020

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    Correct, the only atv of any Gen / Mod is an atv 1 running xbmc Linux with a Broadcom Crystal HD chip, Then you actually output 1080P (note, the same setup running osx instead of linux will *not* output 1080p due to memory limitations).
     
  12. Steelers7510 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I never have any problem streaming 1080p content so I'm really not concerned with lag. I would just like apple to give you the option for it in the settings panel. So if you have the TV and internet speed to support it you at least have the option. Here's a copy of a speed test I just did this morning using 802.11n wireless.

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