Familiar Apple TV adds 1080p video support
Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:45 AM
Thanks for this first feedback.
Did you notice any improvement on Airplay mirroring for Games, like Asphalt6 or MetalStorm:Wingman ?
With Apple TV 2 (2010), I experience lags, despite having the Apple TV connected in Ethernet to my WiFi N Router that is close to the TV (and the iPad2 - so max WiFi bandwidth). I was wondering if this was relative to the processor of the Apple TV 2 that is less powerfull than the one of the iPad 2.
So any noticeable improvements ?
Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:33 AM
Will the new ATV output to a 1080i set?
Will it upscale 720p content to 1080i?
Will it interlace 1080p content to display on my 1080i set?
If the answers are mostly yes (1st question is mandatory), then I'm sold!
Posted 17 March 2012 - 06:59 PM
Because for most people it's easier to stream it from the cloud or their computer.
Millions? Hardly! Don't flatter yourself...
Yes, millions. Cloud services are still so clunky that many of us keep media in USB-hdd. As keeping it in MBP or iMac, they do not fit there, so storage at external hdd is the way to go.
Also, MBP/iMac may be tied to work processes and not available for playback.
At some point cloud storage is the way to go but we are not there yet.
Apparently you don't own an AppleTV and you have never used Apple's iCloud (or Netflix or Hulu or Amazon), which is now updated to support movies. How can you claim media files don't fit on your MBP or iMac, but they somehow fit on your USB thumb drive? You make no sense. Movies and TV shows play flawlessly from the Cloud through AppleTV. They also play flawlessly from a Mac, even if the Mac is doing something else. The Mac isn't playing the content for the AppleTV, it is only sending the data so the AppleTV can play it. The AppleTV has 8GB of flash storage so the content is downloaded from the Mac and stored on the flash memory, so the Mac isn't streaming the data for the entire length of the movie. The others in this forum saw right through you. Sounds like you prefer USB drives because of the methods you used to obtain your media files.
Perhaps, I can explain it to you. If the movies are stored in the cloud, they have to be redownloaded every single time they are played. That's a waste of bandwidth. That can be expensive. Look at how much Verizon and AT&T charge for 4G. If they are stored on a Mac, then the Mac has to be turned on and iTunes has to be running. If, on the other hand, the movies are stored on an external disk, that can be plugged into the AppleTV device, then you don't need anything else. The original AppleTV had an internal hard drive that could store a few movies. The second and third AppleTVs are a downgrade from the original.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 04:36 AM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:05 AM
But nothing happens for over a minute, until nearly all is downloaded. And oddly enough I can try to do it on up to three 1080p movies, and I can go back and forth rapidly because I assume all are partially buffered in the Apple TV.
Still, it takes over a minute to even start, and starting with every other format is instantaneous.
Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:42 AM
The only issue I can see is will you now have to pay for some space on iCloud? I find that I have already exceed their "free" space just syncing my iPhone 4S.
I guess Apple will receive multiple revenue streams from Apple TV, iPad, iPhone & iCloud synergy?
Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:35 PM
The content sold on iTunes is 1080p/24 and Blu-ray players and modern HD televisions use this standard, so I don't understand why the Apple TV 3 only outputs at 25 or 30fps. In either of those refresh rates, there's a noticeable jerking every second or so when playing 24fps content. It's really annoying.
Even better, the Apple TV should automatically switch the refresh rate being output to match the content that’s playing. I have content at 24, 25 and 30fps and outputting at the same refresh rate would eliminate the jerking.
Other than that, I love my Apple TVs.