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You either love it or hate it. I think its a good price seeing as you dont rely on cashback as per the bestbuy deal. Nectar points too!
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#1
Been hovering around this price on Amazon for a while now. Keep wanting to get one but I already have a WDTV Live which IMO is superior to the Apple TV so don't where I would use it if I did get one.
#2
Great price, to let all the others know.

This will only stream contents from iTunes, so only 720p MP4 films and your music, don't expect anythign else.
#3
Anyone know of anything that will either stream content (mkv etc) from my mac to my telly?

Ive been looking at the wdtv live hub...any recommendations?

Ive tried streaming to my ps3 but to no avail so im gonna stump up some cash

Edited By: defard on Jan 16, 2011 15:47
#4
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defard
Anyone know of anything that will either stream content (mkv etc) from my mac to my telly?

Ive been looking at the wdtv live hub...any recommendations?

Ive tried streaming to my ps3 but to no avail so im gonna stump up some cash

I have windows running on my mac and stream through to my lynksys dma200 . works a charm , but you do need a copy of windows and and VMfusion, works well though, can run both mac and windows at the same time
#5
defard
Anyone know of anything that will either stream content (mkv etc) from my mac to my telly?

Ive been looking at the wdtv live hub...any recommendations?

Ive tried streaming to my ps3 but to no avail so im gonna stump up some cash


http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/30399/ps3-media-server/

Tried that?
#6
kyleb
defard
Anyone know of anything that will either stream content (mkv etc) from my mac to my telly?

Ive been looking at the wdtv live hub...any recommendations?

Ive tried streaming to my ps3 but to no avail so im gonna stump up some cash


http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/30399/ps3-media-server/


Tried that?


yep....doesnt detect the PS3 for some reason and my network knowledge could fit on the back of a postage stamp lol

ive got vmware fusion but didnt think that hidef files would be streamed good enough in emulation..will gie it a bash though thanks!
#7
Plex'able'
#8
defard
kyleb
defard
Anyone know of anything that will either stream content (mkv etc) from my mac to my telly?

Ive been looking at the wdtv live hub...any recommendations?

Ive tried streaming to my ps3 but to no avail so im gonna stump up some cash

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http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/30399/ps3-media-server/


Tried that?


yep....doesnt detect the PS3 for some reason and my network knowledge could fit on the back of a postage stamp lol

ive got vmware fusion but didnt think that hidef files would be streamed good enough in emulation..will gie it a bash though thanks!


I get it sometimes on windows where it doesn't work to fix i do the following

Turn on ps3 & login
Close ps3 media server completely
Restart ps3 media server program
Restart the ps3 media server http service - can do this via the gui once you change where album art is downloaded from

This usually fixes it for me bit of an **** but works superb afterwards
#9
Alternative popcorn hour has fantastic reviews, not sure of mac support though http://www.popcornhour.com
1 Like #10
What is more interesting is when Apple starts allowing Apps on it. Speculation, but iPlayer, Video Podcast streaming, Sky, Virgin......

Pros:

* Tiny, sleek case design.
* Easy to connect to an HDMI-equipped HDTV and setup for streaming.
* Easy to use interface (although text entry can be quite awkward without an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad).
* Easy to stream iTunes content from a Mac or Windows PC (and iPod touch, iPhone or iPad) as well as support for Netflix (US Only), YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe streaming as well.
* HDMI, optical digital audio, 10/100Base-T Ethernet and 802.11n support standard.
* Support for "true" 5.1 channel surround sound and 720p video.
* Inexpensive

Cons:

* Limited functionality -- does not play CDs or DVDs or have any ability to record programming.
* No cables provided as shipped. Compatible cables have to be purchased separately.
* Does not support older HDTVs that lack HDMI support.
* No official internal storage or the ability to store content.
* Hardware cannot be upgraded -- processor, RAM or storage.
* Limited support for audio and video formats. No support for 1080p streaming.
* Small selection of rental content on iTunes, no ability to purchase content directly.


Edited By: Wicked Lester on Jan 16, 2011 23:50
#11
i think its only a matter of time before Apple release an actual TV linked to an i-store. next diversification for the juggernaut that is Apple.
#12
RicardoTheMerciless
i think its only a matter of time before Apple release an actual TV linked to an i-store. next diversification for the juggernaut that is Apple.


This will never happen.
#13
With the superior WD Live range of products, there is absolutely no reason to buy this inferior product.
720p max playback and limited file type playback alone kill this product.
Ive owned the WD TV live for a long time and it plays everything you can throw at it, and the hub version has everything you need except the proverbial kitchen sink.
Im no Apple hater - in this case there are clearly simply better products available.
#14
Better off getting the older one from eBay. Cheaper, local storage and you can put XBMC on it easy and stream virtually ANY format from your PC/NAS Drive etc.
#15
Not worth buying now, wait for the next version with A5 chip that'll allow 1080p content and most possibly proper apps support.
1 Like #16
bandyrooc
RicardoTheMerciless
i think its only a matter of time before Apple release an actual TV linked to an i-store. next diversification for the juggernaut that is Apple.


This will never happen.


More like touch screen TV, what else??? - they have made there point on iPhone and iPad and got well in to market - RASPECTTT
banned#17
It's NOT a tv !!!:{
#18
bandyrooc
RicardoTheMerciless
i think its only a matter of time before Apple release an actual TV linked to an i-store. next diversification for the juggernaut that is Apple.


This will never happen.


Exactly what an apple fanatic said to me 7 years ago when I said the next step from the ipod would be to have a mobile phone on one.
#19
I'm waiting on the Plex guys to release their Apple TV version, then it should be a really competent device. Its in beta atm
1 Like #20
Time was when Apple were the outsiders in the IT world, the 'alternative' choice. And if you didn't like the big corporate monsters like IBM or Microsoft you'd choose Apple. Makes me laugh to think about that now.

Animal Farm, anyone?

BTW this product is overpriced (well it does say Apple on it), the WDTV Live is cheaper and better.
#21
a3lawy
Not worth buying now, wait for the next version with A5 chip that'll allow 1080p content and most possibly proper apps support.


The current version of the ATV is only 4 months old, I wouldn't expect a refresh (or the announcement of a refresh) for at least 6 - 8 months at a minimum. Look how often they refreshed the old one!

I agree though - when you can stick apps on this thing it'll be great; but I think the A4 chip should be able to handle that easy enough.

Whilst the refreshed ATV would probably be able to handle 1080p (with A5 chip) I don't think Apple will be moving iTunes off 720p for a while - just a gut feeling.

BTW, still rocking my old 160GB ATV and loving it (having ripped my DVD's) :)
#22
Good priced, tho still overpriced in the uk when comparing to the USA, I was lucky to pick one up over there when it was released and it's only 70-75 pounds there

Those of you saying the wd range beat this aren't completely correct either, fair enough it's only 720p and limited video format support but the user interface is much better for the average user than a wd live for exampe (looks better and seamlessly syncs with iTunes), plus you can use it to buy or rent videos direct from your sofa and if you have an iPhone/iPod touch, airplay (where you send video from your iPhone to the tv) is amazing. Especially if you find videos on YouTube/vimeo and want to enjoy them on the tv rather than the 3.5" iPhone screen

Essentially if you are happy to have your media within the iTunes system then this is a great buy
#23
CoenFan
Animal Farm, anyone?


Ewww!

Wait, are we talking about the same Animal Farm?
#24
think id prefer google tv
#25
If anyones after an alternative, the AC Ryan Playon! (Mini) HD is good- the drive-less one is £80, the one with a hard drive enclosure is about £130. The Asus Oplay is also worth a punt, at a similar price. Both will do MKV's as well as a lot of other formats.
#26
You get Nectar points at Amazon?
#27
robjd
You get Nectar points at Amazon?
Yes, go through the nectar website and then select amazon.
#28
Paying Apple prices for 720p only must seem like madness to even the biggest Apple zealot
#29
As OP says, you either love it or hate it.....

I have one but im a sucker for the user interface and the fact that it just works with my itunes library with artwork and the likes... easy access to all the podcasts plus the radio function works well too.
Im sure i read somewhere you can JAilbreak it and can/will be able to stream mkvs etc...

If you have an iphone/ipod and you dont mind converting some video stuff over using handbrake then go for it!
#30
jalaldevil
Great price, to let all the others know.

This will only stream contents from iTunes, so only 720p MP4 films and your music, don't expect anythign else.


Take a look at Airflick which uses VLC or FFMPEG to transcode other types of files and streams them to the Apple TV using AirPlay..

http://ericasadun.com/ftp/AirPlay/

Personally I still prefer using my PS3 and media server but as the new ATV uses the same A4 chip as the iPhone/IPad I am expecting big things for this from the jailbreak community in the next 12 months.
#31
fresno bob
Paying Apple prices for 720p only must seem like madness to even the biggest Apple zealot


I hear this a lot but...literally the only 1080p content I ever watch is Bluray and certain games. TV doesnt come in 1080p
#32
I agree with an earlier poster about the simplicity, ergonomics and aesthetics of the Apple TV interface. I switched to the iPhone and iMac for the same reasons - Apple just do great user interfaces. If things are complicated to use, they dont get used in my experience.

I already have the older (160GB) version, which I love, but I'm about to get one of these new black ones for the bedroom.

Available from BestBuy for £79.99 after 20% Quidco cashback - only reserve and collect at the moment though sadly.

Edit: Sorry, just realised cashback doesn't apply to reserve & collect - damn!


Edited By: petepda on Jan 17, 2011 13:00
#33
I have been thinking about this about getting this, the pro's are the neat design as always with apple, the UI and low power consumption. I am not too worried about 1080P, although it would have been nice 720P is still excellent quality. I am more concerned that you need to have a PC/Mac running to stream content, I was hoping it could be done from a NAS with an itunes server but apparently not, it need a full itunes application running.
#34
does the old apple tv play mkv files etc and does it only play itunes content?

It might be the perfect solution for me
#35
fresno bob
Paying Apple prices for 720p only must seem like madness to even the biggest Apple zealot

My TV is only 42" and I sit far enough away for 1080p to not have a marked benefit over 720p, and with my broadband provider only providing 1-2mb broadband I wouldnt even download 1080p rentals from itunes even if they were available, it would just take too long, so in my case the AV is perfect

As with a lot of technology, it is each to their own
#36
defard
does the old apple tv play mkv files etc and does it only play itunes content?It might be the perfect solution for me

It only plays itunes content unless you hack it to run XBMC/Boxee using a USB stick, you can read about it here:

http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/
#37
pabosotf123
I have been thinking about this about getting this, the pro's are the neat design as always with apple, the UI and low power consumption. I am not too worried about 1080P, although it would have been nice 720P is still excellent quality. I am more concerned that you need to have a PC/Mac running to stream content, I was hoping it could be done from a NAS with an itunes server but apparently not, it need a full itunes application running.

Yes that is the only drawback really, im hoping someone will be able to work out a workaround (perhaps a NAS with itunes server) but im not sure if that would ever be possible

if you have an iPhone/iPod touch then the airplay feature is excellent, makes browsing the web for videos great fun since you can find them on the iphone (very intuitive) and then "send" them to your TV to watch
#38
defard
Anyone know of anything that will either stream content (mkv etc) from my mac to my telly?Ive been looking at the wdtv live hub...any recommendations?Ive tried streaming to my ps3 but to no avail so im gonna stump up some cash


Vuze should achieve what you need and its free andc relatively easy...

Using a phone to reply to this so can't post a link I'm afraid... Google Vuze Mac and you'll find it
#39
Stelph
pabosotf123
I have been thinking about this about getting this, the pro's are the neat design as always with apple, the UI and low power consumption. I am not too worried about 1080P, although it would have been nice 720P is still excellent quality. I am more concerned that you need to have a PC/Mac running to stream content, I was hoping it could be done from a NAS with an itunes server but apparently not, it need a full itunes application running.


Yes that is the only drawback really, im hoping someone will be able to work out a workaround (perhaps a NAS with itunes server) but im not sure if that would ever be possible

if you have an iPhone/iPod touch then the airplay feature is excellent, makes browsing the web for videos great fun since you can find them on the iphone (very intuitive) and then "send" them to your TV to watch


Or if you have a Mac you could use Airflick (Am I repeating myself?) X)

http://ericasadun.com/ftp/AirPlay/
#40
marcosdjcm
fresno bob
Paying Apple prices for 720p only must seem like madness to even the biggest Apple zealot


I hear this a lot but...literally the only 1080p content I ever watch is Bluray and certain games. TV doesnt come in 1080p


Nothing is broadcast over 1080i, the yanks use 720p due to their NTSC frame rates. I hate Apple I'm not trying to justify them, it's just how television is.

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