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AppleTV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV' started by RAC, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. RAC
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    I would be interested to hear what opinions are of the new AppleTV especially when used with the iPad.

    I also have a few questions.

    Does the iPad connect direct to AppleTV or do both connect to your WiFi network?

    If the latter, is there a way to discover the AppleTV MAC address (I use MAC address filtering for increased security).

    I might have to upgrade my network to Wireless N to stream movies, right?

    Can AppleTV work with a Windows :rolleyes: computer?

    Thanks
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    The MAC address can be found in the Settings | About menu or right there on the box --

    [​IMG]

    Apple TV can use WiFi or a hardwired connection to your router. 802.11n would give you the best results.

    Yes, it will work with Windows or MAC.
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    I don't think much of Apple TV. I have a PC with a nvidia 9800 video card and it gives a much better picture than Apple TV. Actually, there is no comparison with a HD media source on an HDTV, the nvidea wins hands down.

    The only advantage of Apple TV is it works wireless over my wireless-n network, no advantage for me since my TV is near my computer and is connected to the nvidea card with a HDMI cable. Going wireless is not worth a greatly degraded picture, IMHO.

    Apple TV was a waste of money.
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    The new AppleTV will not be available for another month. I like the fact that it's only 99$. Is there any memory on the new one? The old had a hard disk...
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    Strictly streaming, I believe. No storage. Therefore you'll have to have a laptop to provide the source for streaming.
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    I'll wait and see but suspect that I won't bother
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    I'm afraid you're right. I wonder then if it will work with an NAS?

    Why is it that we always need to have a computer on with Apple products? In those days of energy saving it makes no sense, we turn out the lights to leave a computer on?
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    No reason it shouldn't work with a NAS if you're running an itunes server. Personally, I'll be using one with the wake on LAN power saving option. I see it not having storage as a bonus personally - I see the ability to have all my media in one location to be an advantage, not a disadvantage - if there was a way of recording direct to my itunes library from my Virgin+HD cable box instead of the internal HD I'd think it was peerfect!

    The rental issue is a bit of a non-starter in the UK IMO, but I'm getting one for the ease of streaming my iTunes library to my AV system. I don't see the 720p as being a real issue, as the things I want to watch in "full" HD I will alway watch on bluray.
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    The current AppleTV links an iTunes library you already have so it can be streamed through another AV System.
    In addition media can be downloaded directly to it and stored there for off-line viewing at anytime.

    The new model will only allow streaming from either local machines iTunes or from the new Rental Store as there is no storage in it at all.

    Great for Apple not so great for the rest of us IMHO.

    N wifi is not required but will be an advantage.
    I have several working with G wifi and it works OK in general.

    In my house I use Mac Mini's to do the same thing much better in all ways.
    Many though prefer the ATV for the simplified (limited) interface and I install a lot of them.

    They have their place for sure.
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    I have an apple tv and love it main difference with new model will be streaming from iPad, iphone3gs or iphone4 and iPod touch later models and any computer with latest version of iTunes loaded.
    One can rent movies direct from iTunes streaming via wifi. Total control using remote provided or using app remote on iPad, iphone and iPod touch. Output is HD or standard

    One will require the latest os loaded on to I devices to allow streaming

    Col
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    I have a question, if I may.

    You can stream movies only from iTunes, with Apple TV? To our tv, right?
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    Man, I'm so glad I have the old AppleTV in this case. The streaming necessity really reduces the reason to have the AppleTV. I bought mine specifically so I could turn the computer off and work straight off of the device.

    What a backwards move.
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    Believe it should be streaming music also, but will have to check the specs a little deeper. I have music, tv shows and movies on my old AppleTV.
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    Basically you can access your whole iTunes library. Video, music and photos.

    Personally, I prefer it to be streaming only - I only have to look after one place for all my media.
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    On that aspect it is good, but the turnabout on that is you ALWAYS have to have the computer on to pull your files from. That kinda sucks. ;)
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    You can stream music photos movies etc from bot only the computer but also from iPad iPhone and iPod with latest os installed
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    My son in-law has the old version Apple TV. I'm going to buy the new version when it comes out. For $99 why not, I don't have a problem with streaming as I never turn anything off anyway. Isn't streaming where everything's going anyway?
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    I currently have an old laptop acting like a NAS for AirVideo anyhow.. So no real difference to me. :)
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    Fine, be that way then. LOL

    If you're currently streaming, that definitely makes sense.
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    I think many folks are missing the point of the new Apple TV. The idea is not to have storage at all, but to stream everything from the web. Netflix, Apple's web content, etc.

    Apple figures the average consumer just wants to rent movies and TV shows, not bother with having storage for all of it. Content in the cloud, that's the plan.

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