View Poll Results: Apple tv vs. xbox 360
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I have both...
- 12-08-2010, 03:58 PM #26
- 12-08-2010, 04:04 PM #27iMore Intermediate
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Last edited by futurecode; 12-08-2010 at 04:09 PM.
- 12-08-2010, 07:35 PM #28
i think you need to know what you want to stream as well. do you want to stream your own content of just netflix? is it drm'd itunes content or tons of ripped video? Do you have tons of formats or already device compatible, are you willing to reencode what you have or does what you buy have to play everything without any hassle? Do you need 1080 hd? Is the addition of a gaming machine a decent value add?
if you have a hard drive full of files like i do, all three (xbox, ps3, and appletv) have limitations. For example i have a 360 but it won't play any mp4s over one gigabytes. That's a pain cause to get 1080p video it's gotta be closer to 10 gigs per file. It won't read .mkv files of any size either. Which mean if you download mkvs you'll have to convert them to mp4. the 360 will only play aac in a certain format. this is NOT to bash the 360. i only use 360 as an example cause i know the requirements and limitations best. ALL and I mean ALL of the options have file format limitations on streaming. And i took my entire collection and ripped it to mp4. I have hd movies ripped as hd quality and they are over 4 gigs. That is why earlier i said i prefer the western digital wdtv. it doesn't have those limitations. there are issues with subtitles, internal subtitles
if you adore all things apple, dont' care about streaming your own content and never will, apple is fine of if you don't mind reencoding everything you have to one formats appletv can stream appletv may be the right choice. if you have tons of drm'd itunes content you may want apple tv cause it won't play on the other choices. I also think apple tv is limited to 720p but i'm not positive so if you don't care about HD then the apple tv is fine. Oh as a side note networking all of these can be a pain in the *** cause for some reason they are fickle. But once it works it seems fine.
But as to streamers you have more options then just xbox and ps3 and apple tv. Like popcorn hour, wdtv, and i know there are others.
haven't read these but someone at least made a token attempt at comparison
Apple TV vs. the competition -- how does it stack up? -- Engadget
New Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Xbox 360 and Others
Last edited by 9thWonder; 12-08-2010 at 07:43 PM.
- 12-09-2010, 06:37 AM #29iPhone Nanite
- 2 Posts
I used to own both. I sold my xbox a few months back because my PS3 satisfied all my gaming needs. I got the apple tv on the first occasion and for me, it was the right device. All I was truly looking for was a way to unleash my iTunes library onto my HD tv and therefore, for anyone that already has a PS3, I would say go for the cheap and efficient Apple TV instead of the xbox!
- 12-09-2010, 07:58 AM #30
- 12-09-2010, 09:22 AM #31
I'm really not even sure that it is a fair comparison between the Apple TV and a 360 or PS3. For one thing, both the 360 and PS3 output in true full HD. I know that many people don't really see this as a big deal but I for one think it is. The other thing is that a game console can deliver many different types of entertainment as opposed to the Apple TV which really is only good for iTunes and Netflix content.
- 12-09-2010, 09:28 AM #32
- 12-21-2010, 07:13 AM #33
- 01-07-2011, 05:44 AM #34
- 01-07-2011, 11:38 AM #35
- 01-19-2011, 02:53 PM #36iPhone Newbie
- 30 Posts
I have both the Appletv and the xbox360. I like the appletv. i use it for my netflix streaming and airplay of pictures. But I have to say I much prefer my xbox360. It acts as my mediacenter extender and as such, I can play my MKV and avi files without conversions and gives me access to 3 tuner cards i have attached to my HTPC so i can watch television. To boot it too has netflix but I'm too cheap to pay for gold membership.
- 01-21-2011, 10:50 AM #37