In case anyone is interested, Anand has posted a pretty honest review of the new Apple TV device at the following url: The Apple TV (2010) Review - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News
I have to admit this device interests me a little bit right now, but once I see what the jailbreak community can do with it I might become an actual buyer. Most of my DVD collection is ripped to xvid format and I would love to see someone add some real codec support.
Sure a pc will do a better job at streaming media but where can you find a decent one for 99$ ?
Simplicity for Joe Blogg? Try Joe Blogg's wife who hates computers with a passion...
Apple tv is another setup for us to use their MobileMe. As a paranoid individual those devices ring a loud bell in my head, combine that to the echo there and you'll find an infernal situation...
Somehow it all rings to the iTune of "Data Control". What happens to the data in that cloud when you can't pay for the storage fees? Does it rain down like the data curtains in "The Matrix"? Then, where do you store data, now, if none of your devices can?
Serious question... Can iPad and Appletv stream from Time Capsule without the aid of a computer?
Not white, not black just passionate shades of grey...
Yuno Wataï Minh
In effect though, if you have a WDTV or similar you need to either have a NAS (still a hobbyists thing I'd suggest) or leave your computer on as well; so in that regard they're all pretty much the same.
You will be able to stream direct from devices like iPad to apple tv or iPhone ton apple tv and no computer on after November upgrade
I think iVan is asking about streaming an iTunes library to an iPad or AppleTV - which you need a computer on to do.
You can stream media from your ipad (and persumably iPhone/iPod touch) directly to the AppleTV without your computer on, IF that media is physically on your portable device (as opposed to you using the remote app to make the AppleTV fetch it from your library on a 3rd device)
Oooh.. I have my freshly boxed AppleTV on my lap
All week I have been reading over on the Apple TV forum and some are having problems. In some cases the download times are bothersome. I'm still planning on buying one, updates can fix about any problem. I still think that Apple is the way to go with streaming.
I think peoples internet speeds are always going to be a problem. I've got a 20mb cable connection and it's okay - I wouldn't like to use it on my folks 4mb DSL line though, might be a bit more painful.
Used as a iTunes to TV interface it really is great though
Besides the remote control there isn't any appreciable reason to go from a PC to Apple TV.