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New Apple TV - £91.67 Delivered @ Amazon

£91.67 @ Amazon
Good price? Dixons/Currys/PC World: £101.01 Play: £99.99 Apple TV redefines what your HDTV can do. A new design provides instant access to your favourite content. Rent or buy HD films. Buy… Read More
merb0786 Avatar
6y, 4m agoFound 6 years, 4 months ago
Good price?

Dixons/Currys/PC World: £101.01
Play: £99.99

Apple TV redefines what your HDTV can do. A new design provides instant access to your favourite content. Rent or buy HD films. Buy HD TV programmes. Listen to your iTunes music or Internet radio on your home cinema speakers. Show off your photos in high definition. Even watch YouTube. All from the comfort of your sofa.

Specification:

Ports:
HDMI
Optical audio
10/100BASE-T Ethernet
Built-in IR receiver
Micro-USB (for service and support)
Video Formats:
H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5Mbps, 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Audio Formats:
HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV / Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through
Photo Formats:
JPEG, GIF, TIFF
Wireless:
802.11n Wi-Fi (a/b/g compatible)
2.4GHz and 5GHz
Power:
Built-in 6-watt universal power supply
Processor:
Apple A4 Processor
System Requirements:
AirPort Extreme, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n wireless network (wireless video streaming requires 802.11g or 802.11n) or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network
iTunes Store account for renting films
For streaming media from a Mac or PC: iTunes 10 or later / iTunes Store account for Home Sharing
In the box:
Apple TV
Aluminium Apple Remote
Power cable
Documentation
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1 Like #1
Good price but I hate the advertising "Apple TV redefines what your HDTV can do" not if it's stuck at 720p ! I might be interested when they launch the A5 Cpu version that can do 1080p.
1 Like #2
loopie
Good price but I hate the advertising "Apple TV redefines what your HDTV can do" not if it's stuck at 720p ! I might be interested when they launch the A5 Cpu version that can do 1080p.


Typical Apple mate!

But we all end up buying an Apple Product eventually... LOL
#3
NOTE: It only does MP4 unless you jailbreak folks.
banned#4
It's NOT a tv !
#5
Pluun
It's NOT a tv !


yeah, would have been better named "apple's tv companion"
#6
Good price for an Apple TV, but really the Roku box is a much better product. The Apple TV has always been the one Apple product that kinda sucked :-/
#7
I've got one in the lounge... I like it, but I don't love it... Airplay is impressive if you have a use for it... Allows you to stream from your iphone/ipad/ipod touch to the apple tv - useful for showing photos from my phone but everything else (music/video) must be in the itunes library to get onto your portable apple products, so might as well stream from there and save my battery.
#8
Good price though - heat added
#9
do these little boxes really have much of a market anymore now that internet tv is becoming the norm?

Obviously if people want this sort of thing and aren't planning on getiting a new tv its not a bad idea, but is that really a market?
3 Likes #10
It always amazes me how Apple manage to sell sub standard products at massively over inflated prices and get away with it.

I have an iPhone by the way and the lack of Flash compatibility is a disgrace for such an expensive product yet I too got sucked in.

"Redefines what you HDTV can do" has to be the most laughable statement anyone has made for years. It actually LIMITS what your TV can do to 720p and the format they choose. They must believe their own hype.

As a deal, its a good deal so I'm not knocking it. But I wont be buying one.
#11
Got one a couple of days ago, jailbroke it - installed xbmc, very happy, its worth it for that alone.
#12
£85 delivered with a years warranty direct from apple, referbished yes but still a years warranty as you get with the new ones

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FC572B/A
#13
Stelph
£85 delivered with a years warranty direct from apple, referbished yes but still a years warranty as you get with the new ones


http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FC572B/A


Yeah but its refurbished... lol
#14
well worth it for xbmc
#15
merb0786
Stelph
£85 delivered with a years warranty direct from apple, referbished yes but still a years warranty as you get with the new ones

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FC572B/A" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">
http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FC572B/A

Yeah but its refurbished... lol

Yep, I'd rather pay the extra £4.84 for a brand new one
#16
Hot!
#17
msharif911
It always amazes me how Apple manage to sell sub standard products at massively over inflated prices and get away with it.


Not quite sure why you think it's "sub-standard". It does exactly what Apple says it can do; it's well built and reliable. maybe it doesn't do some things you want to do, but that just means its not the product for you. Likewise; I wouldn't say 85 quid is "over-inflated' in this marketplace.

msharif911

I have an iPhone by the way and the lack of Flash compatibility is a disgrace for such an expensive product yet I too got sucked in.

Sucker! Maybe that limits your credibility as a commentator on technology choices then?
msharif911

"Redefines what you HDTV can do" has to be the most laughable statement anyone has made for years. It actually LIMITS what your TV can do to 720p and the format they choose. They must believe their own hype.

Maybe that's true if you think the only important thing about TV is resolution. Personally, I like to use my TV for watching things, rather than getting hung up on the technology.
msharif911

.... I'm not knocking it......

Really? I wouldn't;t like to see your comments about something you really don't like then X)
#18
once its jailbroken can you plug an external hd into it and play from xbmc?
#19
So once jailbroken and with xmbc installed can I then stream any movie for free or do I have to pay per movie I watch as if I was renting it? i.e if I pay £85 is that the only cost for access to unlimited movies.

If I have to pay per movie then what is the point.
1 Like #20
ukbondraider
So once jailbroken and with xmbc installed can I then stream any movie for free or do I have to pay per movie I watch as if I was renting it? i.e if I pay £85 is that the only cost for access to unlimited movies.

If I have to pay per movie then what is the point.


Whats the point of paying for anything? Why pay for an Apple TV? Or even a TV? In fact why not just live down the dump and scavenge for food straight from the bin lorries.

If I have to pay per meal then what is the point.
#21
You can't plug an external HD in as there isn't a USB port. There is a micro USB port, but this can't be use for that purpose.

I just have all my movies on a computer and xbmc picks them up via SMB (windows file share) on the wireless network at home. Best thing is the device is so small you can unplug it and plug it in anywhere in the house and you have the interface.
#22
Hmmm... How come my previous post was deleted? Was it because it contained an image?

Edited By: Lewman on Mar 18, 2011 10:30
#23
ok thanks mate
1 Like #24
The only reason to get one of these is if you have stuff on iTunes that you want to watch on your TV. If you're not hooked up to the IV of Apple products, then you're much better off getting a WD Live, AC Ryan PlayOn, PCH or something similar.
#25
We cancelled Sky movies and got one of these instead, now we watch the films we want to watch, on a pay per view basis, but are still saving money on the deal we had with sky.

One word of warning, the content available to rent from this is pretty poor unless you create create a US iTunes account and buy dollar vouchers from ebay. Once you've done that it's one amazing piece of kit - one for those that don't think they should get everything for free.
4 Likes #26
Redefining what my HDTV can do?

Doing exactly what my xbox and PS3 can do, but worse, in lower definition and without even allowing me to plug in a external hard drive...

Silly Appleface/
#27
amdavies
The only reason to get one of these is if you have stuff on iTunes that you want to watch on your TV. If you're not hooked up to the IV of Apple products, then you're much better off getting a WD Live, AC Ryan PlayOn, PCH or something similar.

Not really, jailbreak this and put XBMC on it, much better interface than WD Live etc. Only reason for getting one of these is XBMC imho.
#28
msharif911
It always amazes me how Apple manage to sell sub standard products at massively over inflated prices and get away with it.

I have an iPhone by the way and the lack of Flash compatibility is a disgrace for such an expensive product yet I too got sucked in.

"Redefines what you HDTV can do" has to be the most laughable statement anyone has made for years. It actually LIMITS what your TV can do to 720p and the format they choose. They must believe their own hype.

As a deal, its a good deal so I'm not knocking it. But I wont be buying one.


The sooner Flash dies and HTML5 takes over the better. Flash is an awful terrible excuse for technology that should die a thousand deaths.
#29
Gazmus
Redefining what my HDTV can do?

Doing exactly what my xbox and PS3 can do, but worse, in lower definition and without even allowing me to plug in a external hard drive...

Silly Appleface/

It doesn't claim to "redefine what your games console can do" dies it? The tagline could apply to near anything you plug in to your TV. If it adds features that your TV alone doesn't have then it's "redefining what your HDTV can do". The statement is appplicable to the Xbox, PS3, Sky Box, TiVo and any number if other appliances, the only difference is Apple are the only ones with a mind to make that rather obvious claim.

The new AppleTV is quite a nice product for a simple to set up and use media streamer. The poor compatibility lets it down, but the UI, ease of set-up and tie in with iOS devices are far better than what the competition have pulled off. Jailbriken and with XBMC installed it becomes a seriously powerful bit of kit!

Still, I'm gonna wait on the next gen model. With an A5 SOC it should be able to pull off 1080p and I suspect they'll add the app store and Safari around that time too.
1 Like #30
no .mkv support unless you want to keep another pc which defets the object of this
#31
I got one with a bunch of Amazon vouchers I had left, so I only ended up paying about a tenner for it, but I think it's a nice bit of kit. Tiny, quick and easy to use, hooks up to your Mac (or PC) and streams from your iTunes account... nice.

And yes, I'm sure there are other products out there that will do different bits better, but to be honest... I'm happy enough with it. For the odd movie rental (that isn't available via Xbox or Sky) it's ideal and for everything else it streams from my Mac.

I'm sure the next version will be the one to get though, as others have said. 1080p support really is a must, as well as a better UK movie rental connection to ensure you can get the latest releases.
#32
loopie
Good price but I hate the advertising "Apple TV redefines what your HDTV can do" not if it's stuck at 720p ! I might be interested when they launch the A5 Cpu version that can do 1080p.

HD can be 720p or 1080i so they can say that. Sky HD is only 1080i. what they cant put is FULL HD
#33
spoonofmilk
I'm sure the next version will be the one to get though, as others have said. 1080p support really is a must, as well as a better UK movie rental connection to ensure you can get the latest releases.

I wouldnt hold your breath, the reason apple offer the AppleTV is to encourage you to buy/rent films via itunes (im sure if they could block you ripping your films to your own itunes account they would).

Currently, and for the forseable future (since the internet infrasructure is not good enough to support it), iTunes HD means 720p and so I seriously doubt that the next AppleTV will support 1080p ouput. The next big thing that will come on the appleTV will be apps
#34
if you want to do the things the apple tv should, you'll need a mac mini running plex, then you'll be as happy as a pig in the proverbial
#35
Any advantages over the WDTV live?
#36
montana78
loopie
Good price but I hate the advertising "Apple TV redefines what your HDTV can do" not if it's stuck at 720p ! I might be interested when they launch the A5 Cpu version that can do 1080p.
HD can be 720p or 1080i so they can say that. Sky HD is only 1080i. what they cant put is FULL HD

What's Sky got to do with it thought. The reason for getting one of these is to jailbreak it and use XBMC with it, but it can't output 1080p. Only film material is shown anywhere in the world in 1080p, there aren't any HD decoder boxes that can decode video material at 1080p 60fps (as virtually all TV programs are 60fps...well technically 1080i\60fps\50fps (60\50 fields blended to create 60 frames).

Programs like Lost and American imports are shot in film but day to day broadcasting is always 60fps.

The loss of 1080p for those American shows isn't really a loss anyways since the bitrate required to do 1080p justice is never used and American 1080p transmissions are plauged with macroblocking. You might think Sky is bad for it, but on their main channels they are top notch compared to the 1080p tosh picture americans put up with,
#37
montana78
loopie
Good price but I hate the advertising "Apple TV redefines what your HDTV can do" not if it's stuck at 720p ! I might be interested when they launch the A5 Cpu version that can do 1080p.

HD can be 720p or 1080i so they can say that. Sky HD is only 1080i. what they cant put is FULL HD


What's Sky got to do with it thought. The reason for getting one of these is to jailbreak it and use XBMC with it, but it can't output 1080p. Only film material is shown anywhere in the world in 1080p, there aren't any HD decoder boxes that can decode video material at 1080p 60fps (as virtually all TV programs are 60fps...well technically 1080i\60fps\50fps (60\50 fields blended to create 60 frames).

Programs like Lost and American imports are shot in film but day to day broadcasting is always 60fps.

The loss of 1080p for those American shows isn't really a loss anyways since the bitrate required to do 1080p justice is never used and American 1080p transmissions are plauged with macroblocking. You might think Sky is bad for it, but on their main channels they are top notch compared to the 1080p tosh picture americans put up with,
mobbsy9
Any advantages over the WDTV live?


Yep, you get to enter a special club that allows you to pipe on about what a fantastic company Apple are and why their products are so overpriced.

I'm pretty sure the hardware in here is more powerful than a WDTV. I don't think this is bad value to be honest if you jailbreak it. If you want 1080p MKV support you're looking at spending about £150 on a net-top nvidia ION box. Even they aren't perfect and stuttering is a problem no matter how much the XBMC developers try to fix it, you will also need to buy an IR receiver. It's quite difficult to set up and not for most people really unless your into your computers and what not.
#38
I have found in my experience the stuttering of MKVs is solved by either having media streaming via UPNP (such as tversity,twonky,ps3 media server etc) or setting your media files up as an ftp server.
#39
Can't believe you can't connect a hard drive to it, fancy needing to keep a PC on to stream to it, think i'll stick with the WDTV for now, unless the next model sorts these issues.
#40
would love to see someone port boxee to it also,

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