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Question About Apple TV

With Apple TV you can access and download stuff from iTunes, correct? I believe I also read you can access your Movies folder from your Mac computer, is this correct?
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Yes, access to the iTunes store is built in so you can rent/buy movies; buy music; listen to podcast.

Yes, you can either have your iTunes sync your music/movies in your library onto the AppleTV or do a "shared" library model where it streams it from the computer the library is on.
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You're paying $300 for a box running a modified version of iTunes

get a ps3. Same price but a lot more functionality
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Re: Question About Apple TV

As long as I can access my videos that are in my movies folder on my iMac it's worth it because I have a ton of downloaded avi or mpeg files that I haven't watched yet because I'd rather watch them on my TV and my iMac is in another room.

Plus I had a PS3 and it was an awful piece of garbage, had so many problems with it.

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Re: Question About Apple TV

Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post
You're paying $300 for a box running a modified version of iTunes

get a ps3. Same price but a lot more functionality
Don't be ridiculous. An apple tv with a 40 gb can be had for $120-$150 at most.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Originally Posted by Nefarious View Post
Don't be ridiculous. An apple tv with a 40 gb can be had for $120-$150 at most.
new? where?

can you add more storage to it? ipods have more storage
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Re: Question About Apple TV

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As long as I can access my videos that are in my movies folder on my iMac it's worth it because I have a ton of downloaded avi or mpeg files that I haven't watched yet because I'd rather watch them on my TV and my iMac is in another room.

Plus I had a PS3 and it was an awful piece of garbage, had so many problems with it.

with the latest firmware Sony has added a lot of functionality including Netflix rentals.
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post
new? where?

can you add more storage to it? ipods have more storage
Refurb 40gb directly from Apple carrying the same 1 year warranty:

$149

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom.../ipod/apple_tv

They can be had on eBay for less.

A brand new 160gb version is only $229 on Apple.
http://store.apple.com/us/browse/hom...co=MTAyNTQzMjU
To me that's wasted money.

Who needs more storage on it? He's going to be streaming to it. If he needs more storage it is cheaper to buy an external 1tb for under $100 and hook it up as a share.

If he truly wants more storage then there are relatively easy step-by-step instructions to upgrading the hard-drive. A 320gb WD scorpio would cost less than $100.

The only caveat I will say as it will not play HD content (720p & 1080p) that he himself might rip. It will obviously play any of the HD content purchased or rented from the iTunes store. The processor just isn't strong enough.

If he wants to stream something like that then he needs to look more at a HTPC like an Acer Aspire Revo or the potential of the Dell Zino HD.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

and for an extra $150 you get a blu-ray player, video game console and all kinds of online access
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Re: Question About Apple TV

I'm not arguing against a PS3 route. I'm just saying that Apple TVs are a reasonably priced solution for what he's trying to achieve and can be had for well under $300. The Dell Zino has an blu-ray drive upgrade option, as well.

I haven't used a PS3 but have used WD TV Live; XBMC; Boxee; and other solutions and none of them beat the simplicity, in terms of interface, of the Apple TV. When significant others are involved that has to factor in, as well.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post
and for an extra $150 you get a blu-ray player, video game console and all kinds of online access
I already have a BD player and I can get Netflix rentals through my XBOX, so getting a PS3 is not for me.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

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As long as I can access my videos that are in my movies folder on my iMac it's worth it because I have a ton of downloaded avi or mpeg files that I haven't watched yet because I'd rather watch them on my TV and my iMac is in another room.
I don't think you can do this unless you install something like Boxee on your AppleTV. Unless I'm doing something wrong, or something has changed recently, the AppleTV does not natively play avi/mpeg files. The only movies it will play are ones that iTunes can play.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Better and easier solutions would be atv files or Nito Tv.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Originally Posted by eatntae View Post
I don't think you can do this unless you install something like Boxee on your AppleTV. Unless I'm doing something wrong, or something has changed recently, the AppleTV does not natively play avi/mpeg files. The only movies it will play are ones that iTunes can play.
Can anyone else confirm this for me please?
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Never mind, I remembered I have a program that I can use to convert the files into mp4 files and add them to iTunes.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

I'm interested in the Apple TV myself. Aside from wirelessly syncing the Apple TV with my iTunes library, can I move video content to it by physically connecting and syncing (as I do with my iPod)? I see there is a USB 2.0 jack in the back, and I assume this is its intended purpose. I don't have a lot of digital video content, but I'm sure I'd be more likely to watch what I have on the HDTV instead of my PC (whose playback is always choppy) or my iPod.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Wait until January 26th at the minimum. Rumor is apple
just scheduled a media event for that day
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Originally Posted by al_bundy View Post
Wait until January 26th at the minimum. Rumor is apple
just scheduled a media event for that day
I suspect there'll be another media event scheduled after that one before I'm in a position to act, but thanks for the alert!
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Re: Question About Apple TV

The rumor is a subscription plan is coming for tv shows. $30 a month gets you unlimited or a large number of downloads
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Not trying to hijack the thread, but for unprotected avi, or mp4 files, I load them on an external drive and connect that to my Xbox 360 and watch on my big screen. The External drive has my back up for Itunes and when I connect it to the Xbox, I have access to it. The only files that wont work will be those that are DRM'd ( bought from Itunes store or the digital copies that are downloaded from the Itunes store).
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Only reason I prefer the ps3 is the lack of blu Ray on the 360
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Re: Question About Apple TV

Content can be streamed or synced to the ATV.

If Apple wants to stay in the game they'll need to roll out a newer ATV that can handle high-def content outside their own proprietary/store files.

I have an ATV in the kids bedroom & master bedroom. Removing the home theater one to replace with a Dell Zino HTPC so I can do high-def content.
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Re: Question About Apple TV

I got Apple TV for Christmas today! Yea for me!

Anyway, I got another question. I synched up my iTunes with Apple TV, I then added some trailers to my iTunes I had downloaded on iTunes from another computer, but they don't show up on my Apple TV. Do I have to re-synch or something to get it to see these?
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Did you synch or share? If synched then they would likely be under Movies - My Movies
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Re: Question About Apple TV

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Did you synch or share? If synched then they would likely be under Movies - My Movies
I thought I synched, it has that like sideways 8 next to it when I looked under Computers. I added the trailers to that computer AFTER I synched though, should that have anything to do with it?

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