Familiar Apple TV adds 1080p video support
Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:53 PM
I thought the same thing and actually went a bought the top of the line Roku a couple days ago. I just took it back today. The only advantage Roku has is Hulu Plus but the interface felt clunky and it didnt support very many video formats. I tried watching a movie off a flash drive only to find out that Mpeg4 isnt supported. Thats the format I have all my movies in for my iphone and iPad so there was no way I was going to reincode for another device.
It doesnt connect to home media either so all in all it just didnt cut it.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:06 PM
That's interesting to hear (read) because I've exceeded my 250gb limit on Comcast MANY times due to Netflix and never got even so much as a flinch from Comcast. I wonder if they can tell the difference between Netflix and pure downloading abuse. (I'm sure they can via IP) and they'd be hard pressed to issue you a fine or a limit on something that costs you money. Can you say class action? At either rate, the only time I go over is with Netflix and I don't even come close when not in my movie streaming binges and even though my account clearly shows I've exceeded the limit, my speeds and account remain constant.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:49 PM
Why would you want to do that? You appear to have a Mac or PC, put your content there and ATV will play it. That's enormously easier than messing with a USB drive.
If you don't like iTunes you can use the iOS app Air Video to stream virtually any video file from your computer to your ATV under control of an iOS device.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:43 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:01 AM
And how do you know this? Millions of people don't use the USB ports on TVs either. They don't use them on Blu-Ray players either. How many people carry around USB drives with media content? None?
Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:05 AM
You couldn't turn them off before, so not sure why you see this as a problem. You had to scroll past them to get to other content, so not a big issue. The biggest problem is that the 5.0 software constantly drops the link between your host Mac and the ATV. Pretty much makes the box worthless if it can't play content from your Mac consistently. I already reported the bug to Apple, so maybe it will get fixed. Version 4.4.4 rarely lost the Home Sharing link. Streaming content works fine.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:15 AM
This post has been edited by classicmacs01: 15 March 2012 - 12:16 AM