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Since Apple TV was first introduced in September 2006, it hasn’t been a massive hit.  Although, Jobs says “those that do use it, love it”.

At the recent Apple media conference, the 2nd gen Apple TV was launched.

Like the new iPod lineup – and anything Apple – it’s tiny by comparison. About a quarter of the size of 1st gen Apple TV and “you can hold it in palm of your hand”.

Other than size, what’s the deal?

  • Built-in power supply, HDMI connection
  • Ethernet, WiFi
  • Apple Remote
  • All rentals, no purchases (no rent = no storage)
  • Everything in HD (when available)
  • Streaming – no syncing from computer
  • Photo slideshows

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“What sort of stuff can you watch on it?”

  • Largest online library of HD movies from $4.99 (day out), cheaper thereafter
  • HD TV shows – $0.99 to rent, commercial free
  • ABC and FOX only ones so far onboard, Apple hoping for other networks to follow
  • Netflix free content to watch (subscribers only) – streamed
  • Watch YouTube
  • Photos from Flickr
  • Content from MobileMe
  • Podcasts
  • Internet Radio

With TV episodes, you can list your favourite series and it keeps track of which episodes you have and haven’t seen.

AirPlay – Stream content from any iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) to Apple TV

How much & When is it available?

Priced at $AU129 ($US99).  Available now with shipping 2-4 wks: Order Apple TV

 New Apple TV almost palm sized

With HD Movies as soon as they’re released on DVD (“in most cases”), you can stay at home on the couch and watch from $3.99 (SD) or $4.99 (HD). Rentals are available for 30 days, or 48 hours from the time you first watch. TV episodes from $0.99.

If you download the Remote app from iTunes you can use your device as an extra remote – and AirPlay (update available soon) will mean you’ll be easily able to stream content directly from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

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