Tom! You have been missed! Thanks for the info and link. I hope you are all around when I get this puppy.
The Apple TV2 doesn't have a hard drive anymore, so any content displayed needs to be streamed. Anything an Apple TV does can essentially also be achieved by connecting an iPad via HDMI to the TV, except for 5.1 sound that is.
I have also considered the purchase of an Apple TV, but in the end couldn't justify it‘s purchase.
The model 1 AppleTV was white and had a built in hard drive where you stored your media, that is no longer necessary since you can share your media library with your other Apple devices. I think he is saying that if you have media stored on your iPad you can get a
cable to plug it directly in to your TV and share it that way.
P.S. You can rent flicks from iTunes and stream that also
Last edited by b00bie; 03-29-2011 at 07:22 PM.
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The Apple TV streams audio and video, this includes Youtube, Netflix and iTunes movies from iTunes (PC/Mac). The Apple TV then connects to the TV via HDMI.Originally Posted by SweetPoison
Any of this can also be done the same way with an iPad. You can connect the iPad via HDMI to the TV, stream movies from your desktop iTunes to the iPad and display it on the TV, play Youtube and Netflix, etc.. The two devices just function in a very similar way.
There are still advantages the Apple TV has over the iPad, just not enough for me to buy:
- Remote control for Apple TV (the iPad cannot be remote controlled, so you would need a long HDMI cable to have it in range to control videos, etc. while watching TV)
- the Apple TV is always there ready to be used, while the iPad might be used by someone else.
- Dolby Digital 5.1 (iPad only supports 2.1)
Btw. this is my personal opinion. I can see various cases where the Apple TV will be useful, especially in families.
Last edited by DontUnderstandMyIpad; 03-29-2011 at 08:22 PM.
The (black) AppleTV (2) is a good device. You plug it into the wall socket, connect to the TV, and then go through the setup program. Whatever router you use to connect to the internet is your access to iTunes/Netflix/and all others. For example, I download videos from available sources onto my desktop and convert to iTunes. From there, I watch the shows on my TV through the AppleTV. I can also watch the shows on my iPad, but that is a different story.
Except who wants to sit right next to their TV using their iPad which now has a big cable hanging out of the side?Originally Posted by DontUnderstandMyIpad
The thing I really like about the AppleTV is being able to be around the house, tap away from a web page on the iPad, hit the remote app, flick through all my music, pick an album, hit play for it to go straight to my Home theatre set-up, and just tap back to a web page. I admit I really only use my AppleTV as an iTunes 'front end' for my HTPC (take a look at the other thread here!), but that - along with the remote apps for the iPad/iPhone makes it worth the $100 to me. I do think you have more utility for it in the US as well - I wish the AppleTV had BBC iPlayer, etc on it over here..
These guys are right. Decent inexpensive cables will do just fine. It's all digital. You either get a picture or you don't. There's really no in-between. The differences in video quality between a cheaper cable and a more expensive one are so minute most people don't even notice and videophiles spot only because they know what to look for (and they're more sensitive to subtle changes).Originally Posted by SweetPoison
Anyway, Fry's there in Roseville has a 6' Atlona HDMI (single band, which is fine for most people) for $5.00. A 10' one for just under $9, etc.
Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad using iPF