Apple TV emerges from the shadows
Posted 25 January 2013 - 02:14 AM
HDD atv is not going to happen. Fortunately current tv sets can play content from USB HDD, albeit format support is often not very good.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:47 AM
This is only my opinion, both. If you got a recent HDTV buy the box, if you are in the market for a new TV set the whole thing. Anyway my gess is that the concept of TV will be different, but if you can get the "taste of the future" with the set top box, good. Given that, well executed, next time you will be tempted for the whole integrated product.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:24 AM
The FCC itself spends more time scent-marking than regulating.
Even if we had all that we can get we would be both bankrupt and driven insane by the number of boxes, remotes, subscriptions, and wireless/wired interfaces to "have it all".
Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:26 AM
Overall, I'm still happy with the upgrade solely due to the ability to watch HD rendered video from EyeTV at better resolution and fps. But, it appears to be blatantly pushing users to the cloud..
Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:26 AM
I loved my first generation Apple TV, but the hard drive eventually failed a few months ago. I thought about trying to replace it, but it's a true PITA, since the need a disk image from a functioning aTV, the partitioning is wacky, etc. Eventually just decided to get the new (1080p) aTV. I'm pretty happy with it, but would love to have that hard drive, which is especially important if you are in a laptops-only household and you have a decent number of movies converted with handbrake rather than bought directly from iTunes. The design of the new unit is vastly superior to the old (e.g., it doesn't run constantly at about 400 degrees), but I would love to be able to plug in an external hard drive.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:45 AM
agreed. My TV's a 2010 model (bought early 2011) and already the manufacturer isn't supporting all of the latest apps in its online interface (newer APIs, newer, faster hardware).
Am I going to replace a whole TV on a two year schedule? Of course not. But if there were a stand-out product in the small, cheap internet-connected set-top-box space then I'd go for that (I'm just not sure how such a thing can make Apple money by itself. I'm not sure how it can make Roku money, either: apparently it hasn't, so far) knowing that I might need to replace it on a shorter cycle.
I don't think we'll ever see one from Apple with a physical hard drive again though. That way, at least, Apple might sell a Mac to be running iTunes with a video library stored on it (and which, incidentally, can contain more than just iTunes-purchased video.)
Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:41 PM
I think the combination of Apple dumb TV screen and super-smart Apple TV set top box would hit the simplicity sweet spot.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:27 PM
It's a servicing port. If you had to take it in to Apple, the can use it for diagnostic purposes and/or updating software.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:04 AM
My $50 Roku box does most of what I need it to do. It's almost as good as a dedicated Mac Mini next to the TV. I can stream from a Mac on the home network. I can watch Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. I can scrape web sites, via both Plex and Nowhere TV. I can listen to internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, etc. It requires some tech knowhow for the client-server aspects, but not much. It gets more user friendly every day.