New Apple TV £79.20 + £4.20 Delivery at TJ Hughes using code TJSAVE20. Also available In-Store or by calling 0845 605 1912. Possible 4% Quidco bringing price down to £76.03. - HotUKDeals
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Cheapest I have seen using voucher code.

System requirements
Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, or n) wireless network (wireless video streaming requires 802.11a, g or n) or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network
iTunes Store account for renting movies and TV shows
Netflix account for streaming Netflix content
For streaming media from a Mac or PC:
iTunes 10.0.1 or later; iTunes Store account for Home Sharing
Our most entertaining design yet.
The sleek new Apple TV has been completely retuned for your entertainment.
It’s 80 percent smaller than the previous generation — even with a built-in power supply. Which makes it perfect for sitting neatly on a widescreen TV stand or squeezing into a crowded media cabinet.
Not only does the new Apple TV have an amazingly small footprint, it’s also incredibly energy efficient. It stays cool without a fan, so it’s never noisy
And when it’s not filling your living room with drama, romance, and comedy, it uses less power than a night-light

Technical info - http://www.apple.com/uk/appletv/specs.html
- gavjbrown

As it's been raised multiple times in various threads:-

Yes it runs XBMC
Yes it decodes 1080p mkvs (with some skipped frames on high bit rate files)
No it doesn't output in 1080p - only 720p as it's a hardware limitation

:)
- bez
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#2
Hot - got one and just put XBMC on it
#3
wozwebs
Hot - got one and just put XBMC on it


I have only got windows so stuffed for a JB for a while.
#4
Nice price! Tempted....
#5
Great media device. Might get another for the bedroom.
#6
is this hd 1080p with hdmi
#7
pulsaruk
is this hd 1080p with hdmi

It will play 1080p through XBMC - http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMC_for_Mac_on_Apple_TV

However, it will only output 720p

Edited By: Sootie on Jan 26, 2011 22:21: Incorrect info
#8
does it have hdmi?
1 Like #9
gavjbrown
wozwebs
Hot - got one and just put XBMC on it


I have only got windows so stuffed for a JB for a while.


Wont be long.
#10
pulsaruk
does it have hdmi?


Yes.
#11
Will this work with XBMC? The text suggests it's generation 2 - 'It’s 80 percent smaller than the previous generation' - and the XBMC link Sootie provided states only generation 1 is supported by XBMC.
#12
Ignore my previous posting - link available from the XBMC page shows it's now available for generation 2 as of 6 days ago!
2 Likes #13
£50 and perhaps Apple you may make me buy my first product from you.
#14
Nope the box can accept a 1080p input with some missed frames but can only output 720p. The front end of xbmc is good but the Apple hardware is hardly up to the job. My advice would be to wait for the a5 CPU version.
#15
i have a popcorn hour and a acer revo with xbmc i want to know is this better than wdtv? as they are roughly both the same price and if i install xbmc on the apple tv can it still connect to tinternet without loads of hassle
#16
Darn, I ordered one from Amazon for £90 at the weekend specifically to put XBMC on, even more annoyingly I would have it here in front of me now if had't missed the postman this morning!

I wonder if since the news broke about XBMC last week Apple have seen a sudden upturn in sales...
#17
achmelvic

I wonder if since the news broke about XBMC last week Apple have seen a sudden upturn in sales...


I doubt it, only the occasional "enthusiast" would bother to jailbreak it.

Comparisons to WDTV Live etc seem to fail to take into account that this is essentially a front end for iTunes and not a general purpose device.

If you want to play everything get a WDTV, if you live in iTunes get an Apple TV.

Edited By: Tenex on Jan 26, 2011 20:28
#18
Sootie
pulsaruk
is this hd 1080p with hdmi

1080p through XBMC - http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMC_for_Mac_on_Apple_TV


it doesnt output 1080p it downscales to 720p :(
#19
Sootie
pulsaruk
is this hd 1080p with hdmi

1080p through XBMC - http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMC_for_Mac_on_Apple_TV


Thats not the case with this (AppleTV2). It's output is locked to 720p, though it can take in 1080p sources. The link in your post is talking about the first gen AppleTV.
#20
Hi guys. I see Xbmc mentioned alot and always wondered whats so good about it? I have Wdtv and find the support great but the layout clunky. Would this be a better option?
#21
Excellent price for an excellent example of JUST HOW GOOD AND GODLY iTUNES IS.

Seriously though, it looks like it's worth a punt just because of XBMC. Otherwise a REVO is better in my opinion.
#22
gbspurs
Hi guys. I see Xbmc mentioned alot and always wondered whats so good about it? I have Wdtv and find the support great but the layout clunky. Would this be a better option?


after youve tried both the wdtv live menu and an xbmc menu you wont go back....get it! :)

I just wish this apple tv2 would output 1080p :( I know you dont really see the difference unless you have a 50" tv but its still a dealbreaker for me, daft i know :s

Ill stick with my revo ;)

Edited By: pc5020 on Jan 26, 2011 20:38
#23
Free delivery voucher has expired as it was only valid for last weekend, therefore price comes to £83.40. Can anyone else confirm this?
#24
great price still thinkin of gettin one
banned#25
You have not included the delivery in the final price, it is £83.40 not £79.20
#26
Free delivery code seems to have expired as it was only valid during last weekend, it gives you "We're sorry, but that does not appear to be a valid promotion code. Please recheck, and try again." when you try and enter it. Therefore the price with the 20% discount and £4.20 delivery comes to £83.40, can anyone else confirm this?
#27
Layout great but support for 1080p and dts passthrough n/a
#28
I use mine just to stream music to my stereo from my iTunes library and control it from the iPhone Remote App. It's a bit like a Sonos system in that respect, but FAR cheaper ;)

It's a worth while buy if you're iTunes centric.

For video rentals it's a bit...well....Meh!
#29
Pants it doesn't play AVIs
#30
gavjbrown
wozwebs
Hot - got one and just put XBMC on it


I have only got windows so stuffed for a JB for a while.


Just download Sun Vitualbox, and a Mac OS X virtual machine from a torrent site. If you like.
#31
Tenex

I doubt it, only the occasional "enthusiast" would bother to jailbreak it.



Probably true but I was thinking that the sales of Apple TV have always been pretty low for an Apple product, I can remember when there was talk of Apple cancelling the whole concept so it's kind of surprising that they even brought out a second generation. It's probably the least know of all Apple products unlike the iPhone/iPad etc.

I've seen more online about Apple TV in the last few days than since the device came out last autumn time, all thanks to XBMC. So in that sense I was wondering if there's been maybe a 10-15% upturn in sales in the last week.

For those wondering about making the switch to XBMC, as has been said above it's amazing, especially considering it's free! Yeah it's not perfect and does require quite a bt of effort to sort out your media library but if you've got a lot of video & audio it's the best interface I've come along in the years of playing around with HTPCs, the Alaska skin is beautiful.

If anyone is not sure just download it for your Windows/Mac/Linux computer and have a play around with it. The benefit of the new ability to put it on Apple TV 2G is the size and cost for such a small device to plug into ya TV.
1 Like #32
mzpresto
Pants it doesn't play AVIs


when you install XBMC it does and a whole load of other formats
#33
guys is this the Apple TV2?
#34
Opethian
Excellent price for an excellent example of JUST HOW GOOD AND GODLY iTUNES IS.

Seriously though, it looks like it's worth a punt just because of XBMC. Otherwise a REVO is better in my opinion.


dude the revo is around three times as more expensive
#35
Sootie
pulsaruk
is this hd 1080p with hdmi

1080p through XBMC - http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMC_for_Mac_on_Apple_TV


It will decode 1080p but the apple tv is restricted by its hardware to output to 720p
#36
NiggyG
Sootie
pulsaruk
is this hd 1080p with hdmi

1080p through XBMC - http://wiki.xbmc.org/?title=XBMC_for_Mac_on_Apple_TV


I stand corrected.

Thats not the case with this (AppleTV2). It's output is locked to 720p, though it can take in 1080p sources. The link in your post is talking about the first gen AppleTV.


Question: Does the Apple TV 2nd gen output 1080p video?
Answer: No. The new Apple TV "hockey puck" is fully able to decode and play your 1080p videos using Apple's secret/private VideoToolBox API for hardware-accelerated decoding, but the video display is currently limited to 720p. The 1080p video is decoded, then down-scaled in hardware to 720p. This is low on the priority list to "fix", as it may be a hardware limitation and the ATV 2 has limited hardware resources (only 256MB RAM, etc.)
#37
Yes & Yes
Majnu
guys is this the Apple TV2?
#38
Majnu


dude the revo is around three times as more expensive


More like 2.5 times the price but yeah there is almost too much of a price difference to compare. Plus if you're a fan of small devices this is just over half the size (180x180mm vs 99x99mm). The Revo is a good PC but if you're only going to use it for streaming media from another source over a network then an Apple TV with XBMC is the better option IMHO. Albeit the lack of 1080 is an issue at this price it's worth it just for for the next six months until either the next generation of Apple TV come out or someone else come up with a comparable product which does output at 1080p.
#39
Even at £83, a small, quiet, hackable all-in-one Media Centre is fantastic value.

Cheers OP.
#40
Not really all in one its already limited to 720p and no dts passthrough. I was tempted by this until I read of restrictions, its a bit poor considering my tvs free built in media player and my wd hdtv both do 1080p no sweat. Even my 29 quid hisence cheap Chinese media box does flawless 1080p. Might be perfect for some and its cheap enough but Apple need to launch an a5 CPU version soon.

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