View Poll Results: Are you happy with your Apple TV?
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- 10-11-2010, 10:20 AM #2iPhone Nanite
- 1 Posts
Maybe once they put apps on it.
I got an Xbox 360 shortly after getting the AppleTV. Personally, I find the Netflix functionality of the Xbox to be superior to the AppleTV. And when the new Kinect module starts shipping, not having to pick up a remote to interact with the Xbox looks pretty interesting/promising. I was surprised at how the AppleTV user interface seems to be unfinished and/or lacking in several places. I have never purchased any TV, movie, music from iTunes, so I don't really have a huge library to stream via AppleTV. With the Xbox having or getting soon Netflix, ESPN3, and Hulu Plus, unless Apple really steps up to fix the user interface issues and get more content available on AppleTV, I'll probably be selling my AppleTV unit.
- 10-11-2010, 11:12 AM #3
I stuck the AppleTV in the grandkids play room... I had ripped my movies to .m4v format and stored them on my hard disk using Handbrake... so now it's a simple matter of streaming the movies to the play room - no more missing, scratched, broken or peanut-butter coated DVDs to mess with... life is good... if I could just find that Apple remote again... * sigh *
- 10-11-2010, 11:39 AM #4
- 10-11-2010, 12:02 PM #5
I'm $99 Happy.
- Netflix. Not only the ability, but the interface is wonderful
- Screen Saver. It's just nice.
- Rental Prices. NBC is nuts if they think $.99 is "too cheap" to rent TV shows that I can easily acquire for free at multiple sources. And $4.99 movies are a tough sell to me because I use RedBox for $.99 movies
- Media Formats. I'm entrenched in iTnes but sometimes you have a stray non-mp4 file that you want to play and simply cant (yet) on the aTV
- Hulu Plus. I know it's not App Season for AppleTV yet, but with Hulu stretching out to other devices like Tivo, Roku and PS3 then Apple will fall behind if they don't get Hulu on here quick.
Overall I love my AppleTV but its not worth more than $100 to me.
- 10-11-2010, 02:53 PM #6
- 10-12-2010, 03:41 AM #7iPhone Nanite
- 5 Posts
I agree with Urkel! Well put... Netflix, photos & screen saver, $.99/$4.99 vs redbox,
One of the biggest reasons I wanted an iPad was to stream photos for my family. Now I may not need one.
I won't use the music feature much as I have my very large library already setup with wireless to my home theater but who knows the Internet radio section looks like a good start.
As far as the remote goes... We don't need it as the remote app for iPhone works nice. A bit sensitive with the swipe feature but useable. My remote is always in my pocket.
- 10-12-2010, 08:24 AM #8
Got mines yesterday and I'm extremely happy. Netflix, MobileMe, YouTube, Internet Radio, Streaming from my Macbook Pro, and once I can stream from my iPhone I'll be one of the happiest persons on the planet.
However, one thing I would like to see implemented is streaming audio to Airport Express when watching movies via Netflix or streaming from my Macbook Pro. This would make ATV the cheapest entertainment system available. But IMO, it already is. Now bring on the apps!
- 10-13-2010, 08:07 AM #9
Don't need one for the big screen that has a PC and PS3 hooked up to it and sound system.
But I got an apple tv for the living room and 46" tv in there. Wife and kid love it and its easy to use. I think that's the key. I don't think either of them are ready for google tv and a thousand buttons. It looks a mess.
Move itunes library to its own 2tb harddrive in PC and streaming away.
I liked Urkel's reply. It's 99.00 good with some potential down the road through upgrades/jb to be even better.
Last edited by cardfan; 10-13-2010 at 08:10 AM.
- 10-13-2010, 06:59 PM #10
- 10-13-2010, 10:01 PM #11
- 10-14-2010, 01:21 AM #12
This is what you buy someone that wants something easy to use. And that's really the only problem i have with Apple is that philosophy sometimes leaves advanced users wanting. That ease of use and "just works" comes with a lot of Apple controlling the user experience unless you jailbreak or find ways to make it work for you.
But in Apple's defense, if they want Joe Blow down the street to buy this, then that's what they have to do.
- 10-23-2010, 01:13 PM #13
I just got mine yesterday. Very easy setup and easy to use. So far I am loving it! No problems whatsoever. I was surprised at how small the device was and the size of the box it came in. Now I gotta work on ripping all of my blurays to my pc.
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- 10-27-2010, 08:11 AM #14
- 10-27-2010, 03:44 PM #15
It's fantastic... I have 2 of them... one in the family room, one in the grandkids' play room. I have all of my movies ripped (thanks, Handbrake) and stored on an old machine running iTunes... running Home Sharing and streaming kids movies to both rooms on demand. No more broken disks or peanut-butter encrusted disks...
Last edited by Fausty82; 10-28-2010 at 09:26 AM.
- 10-28-2010, 08:58 AM #16
I'm debating on the Apple TV, I already have a PS3 for Netflix (which I love) but am very interested in streaming audio from my iTunes library of which the PS3 sucks at. If the Apple TV were "App Compatible" per say, I'd buy one today.
- 12-18-2010, 12:27 PM #17
I just bought mines a few hours ago. Radioshack actually sells it now, and I had some stuff to exchange so I used the credit for the apple tv. I like the fact that I can stream my iphotos wirelessly via iphoto/itunes and listen to my music on the home theater system and be anywhere around the house to control it. I definitely love to be able to browse the web with it. I have the REMOTE app for my iphone and it works well, but other than that it's still too early for me to gauge how much I'm going to use it and how much I'll "love" it. I guess time will tell. I will say that I love the new airplay feature and I've that you can use airplay to send music and movies from your iphone or ipad to your apple tv via airplay. I have an airport express and LOVE that feature, but the airport express is connect to a desktop speaker that i have in my office, so I've been able to take advantage of my home theater set up. I am hoping that Apple TV is going to change all of that.
- 12-18-2010, 12:59 PM #18
I've had my apple tv for just over a month and I use it everyday. Not only for movies and tv shows but for streaming music over my receiver through the optical cable. The post above me, what do you mean by browse the web?
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- 12-18-2010, 09:28 PM #19
- 12-19-2010, 08:53 AM #20
Xxjoker, I mean the ability to go onto any Internet site. Having full access. Like maybe with an update apple would add the safari app and we can use our iPad for the keyboard and view any site from your big screen tv. It's not a necessity but rather a luxury. My iPad does a great job, but since I have an apple tv now connected to my tv why not make it as great as it really can be.
- 12-20-2010, 06:26 PM #21
I got one about two weeks ago and to be perfectly honest I'm rather disappointed with it.
I'm from Portugal so using Netflix is a no-go for me unless I go through ridiculous trouble of buying a new router and setting up a VPN just so I can use it.
I got it mainly as the center of my home media center.
But right now, without being able to jailbreak it and use PLEX, actually having to convert all my stuff into .MP4 is just a gigantic hassle that I don't have the time for.
Fact is that if you can't get Netflix on it, then there really isn't that much of a point of getting one until you can JB it for PLEX or anything else that allows for all formats.
- 12-29-2010, 08:15 AM #22iPhone Beginner
- 51 Posts
Not to mention, the iPad interface is so incredibly fluent and easy to use making the experience that much better.
However, I will agree that apps need to come to this thing as soon as possible. I'll be spending a reasonable amount of time if I can have a browser and a few other apps that I prefer (Pandora).
- 12-30-2010, 09:13 AM #23
Using it as a music player is a good option, and one that I'd love to explore further as soon as I can purchase a decent amp.
The main thing I don't like about it is that it is rather limited in terms of formats that will play, so that would be one of the first things I would change when I'm able to JB it.
- 12-30-2010, 10:01 AM #24iMore Beginner
- 75 Posts
I've had mine for a month + and I really like it. Won't say love it, but I really do like it a lot. I like the netflix on it, it's so much better then the netflix app on my blu-ray player, and while I have an xbox 360, I don't subscribe to the gold membership, or even have it connected to the internet so that was not an option for me. i've been ripping blu-rays like crazy ever since I got it, while it seems silly to go through all the hassle of thatfrom the outside, once you get the process down, it's not that hard, and then i wind up with a file that will play on any of the iphones we have as well, I have to travel for work a good bit, and I never went through the process of converting stuff to mp4 formats so I could watch it on my iphone on the plane, now I have a growing library of tv shows and movies that I can watch on the big screen or on my iphone, which is awesome for serial TV shows (dexter, mad men, etc).
All in all I think I like the ecosystem of it the most right now. I'm really waiting for the JB to hit to see what this thing can really do.
- 12-30-2010, 11:29 PM #25iMore Newbie
- 36 Posts
I've had mine since the launch in October, and besides the small bugs that most everyone else has seen, (Netflix is unavaiable, sporadic HDCP errors, ect. which are few and far inbetween) I love it. The intergration with Netflix, and the abiltiy to rent TV shows and movies from iTunes helped sell me on it. As a result we have taken our cable bill that was once $130 to just a $60 internet only through Comcast. So for a simple $103 investment (99 + 4 HDMI cable from Amazon), we have cut our monthly bill in half. Thank you Apple!