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Originally Posted by steelbom View Post

The codecs are only a problem if you happen to have ripped all your movies in that format, that aside... I don't see what else these box sets do that the Apple TV doesn't do? And I'd bet after being jail broken you can do a lot more than any of those other box sets can.
The first Apple TV couldn't even do 720p without lag. Oh and they only sell 720p from the store.

I shouldn't have to jailbreak (void the warranty) something to use it like I want. I will admit to iTunes though, no other way to go if a user is already invested in that ecosystem. Codecs are a major issue, I have TVs that regularly don't play .aac files, which a lot of my music is in even though I don't use iTunes. It's irratating, but I deal with it because I chose the codec when I originally ripped the music. It's also about the playback. There's no reason why their streaming content isn't already 1080p, nor why the original apple tv couldn't play it wink.gif.
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Don't a lot of smart TV's do that already? (not rhetorical)

This. and blu-ray players...home theatre systems...... it's called DLNA...and it's about to get better. I have a feeling that most people that purchase this already have 2 or 3 internet/streaming/dlna capable devices in their TV/AV setups. Dems the beans though. thumb.gif
Edited by Nocturin - 2/28/12 at 10:01pm
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Don't a lot of smart TV's do that already? (not rhetorical)
Well I'm not sure, I don't own a smart TV. That aside, I'd have to see a good UI / setup on a TV before I'd yield it's better than what the ATV offers, I find it quite convenient and easy to use. No problems, ever.
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I shouldn't have to jailbreak (void the warranty) something to use it like I want. I will admit to iTunes though, no other way to go if a user is already invested in that ecosystem. Codecs are a major issue, I have TVs that regularly don't play .aac files, which a lot of my music is in even though I don't use iTunes. It's irratating, but I deal with it because I chose the codec when I originally ripped the music. It's also about the playback. There's no reason why their streaming content isn't already 1080p, nor why the original apple tv couldn't play it wink.gif.
Flashing it shouldn't void the warranty, and even if it did (I'm pretty sure I remember on their site it says it won't), there's no way to prove that you did it. Well, actually there is a reason -- the first Apple TV's video decoder was just enough for 720p, in fact, just a bit too weak. It was based off OS X Tiger, and used an Intel CPU. (You could pickup a new $30-$50 decoder (or w/e it's called) and replace it for 1080p.) The Apple TV 2's processor simply isn't powerful enough for 1080p, it's the 1GHz A4, and it's based off iOS. The A5 is, however, and the A6 should dominate it.
Edited by steelbom - 2/29/12 at 2:34am
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I love my TV, bought it 2 years ago and it plays everything but ogg. As it has a usb port on the side I can hook a external hard drive up to and watch slides of pics, watch movies and lisen to music. I mean its not great for music due to the crap speakers but omg I watched Star Trek the new one in 1080P through the Tv's media player and my jaw dropped as it was the first time I had seen a movie looks good at 47 inches.

But it supports sub title files too so you can watch your fav jap anime if its not in english yet tongue.gif
 
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I love my TV, bought it 2 years ago and it plays everything but ogg. As it has a usb port on the side I can hook a external hard drive up to and watch slides of pics, watch movies and lisen to music. I mean its not great for music due to the crap speakers but omg I watched Star Trek the new one in 1080P through the Tv's media player and my jaw dropped as it was the first time I had seen a movie looks good at 47 inches.
But it supports sub title files too so you can watch your fav jap anime if its not in english yet tongue.gif

Same with my tv I got a few months ago--think I said this in a previous post, and it also has netflix, pandora, amazon video, and a few other streaming apps native on the TV in addition to DLNA interface for network streaming. But as someone pointed out earlier, despite lots of TV's having these capabilities, Apple will be the one to revolutionize it. I can't say the interface is perfect on my TV, I would still say it's fine, but not quite...simple and intuitive enough to make it truly popular in the way that Apple can. It's a shame, but it's also the truth. And the other thing is that new TV's with these capabilities cost a few hundreds of dollars, upwards of 1-2k depending on size and type of TV (3d, etc.). Apple TV modules will allegedly only run $100. Guess there's also the Boxee as an alternative, so I'm curious how the new Apple TV will change things.
    
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Hmm? You'd mock a $99 quad-core set top box that lets you Stream everything you own to your HDTV?

He actually has a point here. At the moment I don't think there are any set top boxes that let you steam 1080p content for $99 or less.
    
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He actually has a point here. At the moment I don't think there are any set top boxes that let you steam 1080p content for $99 or less.

True. Boxee can play 1080p content, but at $80 higher, it's going to be hard-pressed to keep market share just on price alone (let alone against Apple's marketing strategies).
    
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Raspberry Pi + XBMC ftw!!

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

For $35.. you get 1080p playback biggrin.gif
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Not everyone wants a long HDMI cable running through the house anytime they want to watch a movie. That aside, as I said above, for $30 you can "jail break" your Apple TV 2 which adds a whole lot of extra functionality.

LOL your serious? I take it you think it's just too hard to go out and buy a long HDMI cable for like 20$ online.

It's funny you say the average user doesn't have a computer near their tv (be it a HTPC or a PC in the living room), then you go on about jail-breaking it to get the same functionality a windows PC would give you. Your average non-OCN user doesn't jailbreak their products either, plus with a Windows PC as your media center you get full functionality already built into it.

Furthermore, anyone with a PS3 or 360 can already stream pretty much any format you want to your tv with programs like PS3 media streamer.

Face it, Apple TV is nothing but a platform extension of iTunes. It's optimized for iTunes content and NOTHING else.
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Does it have any App support? Or you are just limited with Stock Apps? I am really thinking of getting one.

Trust me, do not get apple TV. The *only* reason to get it is if you love paying for overpriced itunes content, Roku and WD TV are far better. Far, far better.

They both offer models that support usb 3.0 external hd's, more video formats, more streaming formats, and netflix, hulu, etc and so on. ATV is not the best product in this field.
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The content you stream is from your computer, although you can rent movies from Apple. It's also integrated with iTunes Match. You've got YouTube, Netflix, and other apps too.

The downside is that you have to install iTunes, which is basically bloatware on any Windows PC (adds 3-4 background processes and nags you about updates)



Also the iPad 3 isn't paving anything but vertical black bars with that 4:3 aspect ratio.
    
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