New Apple TV almost palm sized
Apple TV relaunched
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
“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
- 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
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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