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Apple TV with 160GB Hard Drive - MB189LL/A
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Product Description

Your computer is the center of your digital life. Your TV is the center of your entertainment life. Apple TV brings them together. What if you want to play movies from your iPod or computer on your TV? Apple TV brings iTunes Music and Videos to your TV and home-theater system. With up to 200 hours of video, 36,000 songs, or 25,000 photos at your command, there's always something good on TV. With Apple TV, you can browse and watch thousands of free YouTube videos streaming directly from the Internet. Apple TV connects to your TV via an HDMI port or component video and audio ports. Its built-in, superfast 802.11 Wi-fi wireless capability syncs your iTunes library from any Mac or PC in the house. Best of all, what's on Apple TV stays in sync: Anytime you change your library in iTunes, it changes on Apple TV wirelessly, automatically. Audio formats supported - AAC (16 to 320 Kbps); protected AAC (from iTunes Store); MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps); MP3 VBR; Apple Lossless; AIFF; WAV Photos formats supported - JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PNG TV compatibility - Enhanced-def or high-def widescreen TVs capable of 1080i 60/50Hz, 720p 60/50Hz, 576p 50Hz (PAL format), or 480p 60Hz System requirements - Mac or PC, iTunes 7.1 or later / Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later / PC - Windows XP Home/Professional (SP2), 32-bit edition of Windows Vista (requires iTunes 7.2) AirPort Extreme, Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n wireless (wireless video streaming requires 802.11g or 802.11n); iTunes 7.1 or later Unit Dimensions - 7.7 by 7.7 inches (197 by 197 mm), Height - 1.1 inches (28 mm); Weight - 2.4 pounds (1.09 kg) Built-in 48-watt universal AC power supply

Features:
  • Compatible with Mac or PC
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi Wireless
  • 160GB Hard Drive For Up to 200 Hours Of Video
  • Apple Remote

Customer Reviews:

  • Apple TV Take 2
    Apple TV (Take 2 software) and iTunes Rentals are just fantastic. I live in China most of the year and can suddenly enjoy legal content more conveniently and just slightly more expensive than pirated DVDs. This is a big deal. Plus I love how it auto downloads the newest episodes of The Daily Show for just 9.99$ every 16 episodes. Now, if Apple wasn't restricting geographic access by requiring US credit cards, this would put a huge dent into piracy. But what's wrong with you MPAA? You want to sue your customers instead of finding a good solution to getting them what they want? Ridiculously stupid. Anyway, the Apple TV is fast, convenient, let's me have all my photos, music, videos, TV episodes, movies all in one simple place with great seamless integration with my computer. If you like watching TV and movies only on your own time this is your solution....more info
  • A Truly Unique Entertainment device
    Apple TV is a fantastic product and I have to give it 5 stars! The device is different than anything mainstream on the market that I have come across - different from dvd, different from blu-ray, tivo, dishtv/direct tv, etc.

    First the disclaimer on this review: I am an apple fan and have owned an apple computer for the last 4 years so this is coming from an apple user/network point of view. I can't comment on how well this works with itunes on a PC / PC network. You have to have a widescreen tv and broadband/DSL network connection - preferably WIFI or wired with ethernet port close to your TV so you can hook the device up (requires internet connection to function).

    Pros:
    iPods and iPhones are obviously a main staple for many of us today and this device is positioned to amplify the integration of these devices and products in our lives. The largest benefit is it adds value for files that many of us are likely already buying on itunes!!!
    Apple TV is, by design, not designed to be the main storage or hard drive for your video files. My understanding from talking to the apple experts at the store and researching this product is it is primarily designed to move files from your computer (itunes library) to the device to allow you to enjoy them on your television.
    The device can move them from programmed sync scheduled similar to tivo (all unwatched, oldest recently watched, etc).
    Cost for files - compared to dishtv, direct tv, and comcast rental movies - these are a buck cheaper. They for the same price have many new movies in HD files for rental (4.99). I personally have dishtv, but don't have the HD packages. This gives me the ability to enjoy HD on my tv on demand and not pay the 20 bucks + per month for a full package. Purchase of movies ranges from 4.99 to 14.99. These same files can be moved to your iPhone, iPod, iTunes/computer, or Apple TV. This allows maximum usage!
    Ease of set up - I have an apple powerbook, airport wifi router, and a plasma HDTV. Setup took about 5 min with plugging in HDMI cables (not included). Apple TV prompts for the language and then automatically detects the network. I submitted the security information for any computer and it automatically connected, then through prompts had me go to my powerbook and click on the new "DEVICE" on my iTunes and plug in a code given by the apple tv (all prompted). It configured to my itunes and sync'd up. That was it!! You can then manage the device just like your iPod or iPhone by automatically sync'ing or by custom sync'ing by specific files, unwatched, all movies, no music, add pictures or rolls from iPhoto, and other options.
    That's it. no pain.
    The experience is somewhere in between using a computer and a tivo type device. Aside from watching your video files, tv shows, etc that you own there are many cost effective options that are totally free!!! You have youtube available via wifi. This I found incredibly entertaining and adds a new dimension to family entertainment. Disclaimer - there are parental controls on the device, but I haven't tested it with youtube yet so can't comment on that aspect. It was enjoyable to look for files and I've wasted tons of hours just messing with the youtube as a new form of family room entertainment.
    iPod video podcasts! This is a wealth of great info that is totally and completely free! There is stuff for kids like sesame street, dora, and many other options that are just 1 min - 10 min mini episodes to keep the kids and family occupied. There are also the normal pod casts such as Anderson Cooper's 30 min news beat from Fox News and many many others. These allow you to enjoy these as regular tivo streaming content.
    Cost of the device is much cheaper than blu-ray. Though that is changing given blu-ray slowly dropping in price following christmas - but the discs are still ridiculously expensive - this offers content for more affordable.
    TV picture - HD is available and looks great. I haven't experience lagged except when I've opened my laptop and it connected in the background and it was only a few seconds. Otherwise, the picture looks great - DVD to better quality. 1080i...
    Reference the issues of space. I'm told that you can create a library on an external hard drive on your network and the device can accept and utilize up to five libraries. I haven't fully tried this, but do have 2 libraries on my device from the same computer. The external hard drive library will be attempted later - but gives you the idea that you can added a ton of space and not bog down your regular computer.
    Similar to the benefits of the iPod - no discs to scratch. I have little kids so the dvd life is limited for any new disc we bring into our house. The ability to have the file instead of a disc is very beneficial. Combined with just an internet connection and/or just the device and you can take this to a hotel, family member, or other's house and plug in and hook to a tv and instant movies for the family!! ....benefits for the family and ease of packing for those younger families that travel.
    You don't need to utilize the computer directly as it will allow you to download movies directly to the device and doing the streams for youtube and podcasts without a computer (device to WIFI network).
    160GB is probably

    Cons
    Download times for movies can be pretty extensive depending on your internet speed - like 1 hr plus. However, it tracks the progress of your movie download and allows you to start watching your movie in about 20 min once you select a new movie. Its no different than in iPod iTunes download.
    Along with the file sizes, the update of moving movie files on and off the device does take time. Initially it can be frustrating, but by planning a head and waiting the 20 min to start the download, or begin sync'ing before you're ready to watch - you get used to it and once you have items to watch, the device is very easy to live with and utilize as a main staple of your entertainment.
    Content - content is growing rapidly but obviously the device and its success and enjoyment is based on apple continuing to add the new releases to its inventory on iTunes. So far this isn't a concern and content is being added daily and all the new releases are on it!!
    Youtube picture quality is okay and watchable but not HD or even DVD quality for some videos. Others it's great! ...you roll with them and enjoy them for what they are - many may not take up the full widescreen tv but the device will show them as large as it can while maintaining a decent picture quality - on avg 80-90% of the screen size.
    The device is a bit revolutionary and requires some comfort with computers, files management, backing up files to external hard drives, servers, etc. The worst thing that could happen would be hard drive failure and not having the back up files saved. It was really easy to set up and the device does "just work" like much of what I have experienced with Apple products. The follow on skills is the management of your files and ensuring you safe guard them. If you aren't computer savy that you feel you don't know anything about backing up your files and basic file management...this probably isn't for you.
    You need to have a widescreen TV or I'm told you'll get an error. I haven't tried it.

    Overall - great device and definitely TONS of potential and a lot of fun. I've had Tivo, Dish tv's DVR, itunes, and iPod, iPhone 3G, and many other devices...played with blu-ray and HD-DVD....
    This device is by far the most fun I've had out of the box as something truly "different"...
    It was very easy to hook up. I have no major complaints and definitely would recommend to others to consider for their entertainment setups!...more info
  • Apple Tv
    This one is going to take a little getting used to and not sure if we'll get rid of our movie package with our cable company. The movies take a bit to download so there isn't the instant gratification of putting a dvd in and playing it right away or putting the tv channel on Showtime or HBO. The movies that we bought and have downloaded seem to be in HD even though it doesn't tell you if they are in HD. We have downloaded all of our music cd's to the Apple TV and that is amazing! If you leave your TV on and press shuffle music it will show you who is playing and all of your music album covers circulate on the TV screen. Album cover art is so much more appreciated this way instead of cd's being stored in a box or on the shelf. Very impressed....more info
  • Apple TV w/ Boxee Installed Rocks!
    The Apple TV as shipped is pretty cool. Makes for a nice media server and it hooks up easily to your HDTV, to your wireless network, and to iTunes.

    But it gets great when you install Boxee. Then you can stream Internet video to your HDTV instead of watching on your PC. It looks great. Relatively easy to setup following instructions found on Gizmodo.

    I'm very pleased with this purchase....more info
  • Herb
    Great product. Performs as advertised. It allows the combining of photo slide show and the playing of iTunes music....more info
  • Electronic library refresh
    The ATV is a huge IPod interfaced with your TV and audio system. The ATV has a lot of untapped potential in the area of internet connectivity. Hopefully Apple can make this available to the user in future upgrades or updates. The ATV provides a great platform for taking your movies, photos and music otherwise appreciated by a single user on a computer to the entertainment environment of your home. Great entertainment is had as memories flash back watching the photo album screen saver. Also, for those large collectors of CD music the ATV un-taps the depth and breadth of your collection in a single location. Saving you the hassle of physically searching your CD racks for a particular piece of music. Don't worry about space on the ATV, you will be challenged to fill the 160Gb with music alone. Movie buffs will quickly fill the 160Gb and will be faced with choosing what to keep on the ATV.

    If you are new to the digital media world or haven't taken great care in the past to build you media library carefully, you will experience several long hours building or fixing your media library for the ATV. If un-hacked, the ATV conditionally requires the use of iTunes. For those Apple natives this is not a great deal when embracing the ATV. However, PC natives like myself will curse that they didn't record all their music in the universal MP3 format and will be required to convert all WMA files to the apple format (not MP3). Furthermore to make your library make any sense on the ATV, you will need to spend time fixing the structure of your library, like correcting genres, album names, artists names and the painful album artwork which doesn't exist for many of the non mainstream media (particularly classical) etc. From my experience it is best practice for the purposes of quality and consistency to rerip all of your CDs to the universal MP3 format using iTunes and let iTunes manage your media library applying the correct titles and album artwork automatically. Once up and running the ATV will show you the real potential of the digital media world in your home. Keep up the good work Apple!

    If you need any detailed info on the ATV, visit: http://wiki.awkwardtv.org you will find many interesting articles although aimed at Apple natives not PC.
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  • The Only Movie "Box" You Will Need
    Let's be honest - most of us were excited at the idea of Apple TV since we have been making legitimate backup copies of our DVD movies for playback on Video iPods for about 2 years. I have multiple terabytes of my own DVDs converted for my iPod, so the Apple TV was the next step.

    When i got mine, I started reconverting my old DVDs into an Apple TV preset, using Handbrake 0.9.2. The quality of the DVD backup compared to the original is close, with better color and sharpness favoring the DVD. But hey, I never have to look for a DVD again now.

    Some downsides to the Apple TV
    - I did wish it played DVDs in a pinch, but thats what a Mac Mini is for
    - Doesnt appear to support de-interlacing. This seems like a big oversight since I may want to keep some format interlaced, and count on the Apple TV to convert it before sending it our progressive. Instead I have to deinterlace in Handbrake, which lowers the quality.
    - Can't stream photos from your PC, they must be manually copied over. This seems really dumb since I can stream movies and music. What was Apple thinking?

    Overall 4 stars. Great product, just wish it did some more....more info
  • Apple Product Functions Well
    Preforms as described.
    Very satisfied with the performance.

    Amazon performed beyond my expectations in terms of on time delivery
    and keeping me informed....more info
  • a gr8 device but...
    It is a great device, but I don't understand why we can't connect a keyboard and a mouse to it ! ...more info
  • Little Machine, Big Impact!
    The main purpose of this device is to bring iTunes to your Entertainment Center. Therefore, the Apple TV can use audio and video formats that are playable in iTunes or Quicktime. This isn't the multi-format machine I would like it to be, but I knew this before I bought it. Converting content to playable formats ultimately isn't worth the time and effort so I have decided not to use the device for all content. Like all Mac products, this is very easy to use and if you have an iPod or iPhone, you probably depend on iTunes to organize your media. Therefore, it's a natural and simple way to bring your content to your high definition entertainment system wirelessly.

    I had been dependent on an A/V doc to connect my iPhone/iPod to my entertainment system, but the audio quality was poor due to the analog connection, not to mention it's impossible to control remotely since there is no onscreen display. Ultimately, I never used it and my music stayed on my computer. The Apple TV cures this problem entirely, bringing full digital quality audio to your audio system. And since the onscreen menu and controls work just like coverflow on your iPhone/iPod, navigating and exploring your content is a breeze.

    For me, the biggest discovery with the Apple TV has been Podcasting. I have found myself relying heavily on Podcasts for my daily information and entertainment, something I never expected.

    The iTunes movie rentals are probably the main reason this devices exists. I enjoy HD movies, but they are expensive and I usually only watch them once so I rarely buy BD or HD-DVD discs. With iTunes and the Apple TV, I can rent them for a fraction of the cost ($3.99 to $4.99). Admittedly, Apple TV is only 720P/1080i with Dolby Digital 5.1 (not DTS, True HD, etc.), but the quality is excellent considering the cost savings over purchasing a BD disc. You can also rent standard definition movies for a few dollars less. The only drawback is availability of new releases, particularly in HD. Itunes will often restrict new releases to full purchases ($14.99) in Standard Defintion, and later release HD and Starndard Def. Unfortunately, you can only rent HD movies. If you buy, the movie is downloaded to your Apple TV (if rented, the movie is deleted 24 hours after you start watching).

    There are other features which I generally use less, such as Youtube. One of the drawbacks to using the Apple TV is lack of a keyboard. In order to search or log on to youtube, you have to navigate a letter menu to enter the terms. While this is not difficult to use, it makes navigating youtube cumbersome and ultimately inefficient.

    I did have some trouble with the Apple TV losing it's connection over my wireless network while using security encryption. I haven't resolved this problem yet beyond disabling encryption at my router and then implementing MAC filters to prevent access by unauthorized equipment. It also runs very warm so I have to be careful not to damage the finish on my cabinet so it sits on a mouse pad right now. The other minor disappointment for me is the fact that the audio is scaled down to PCM, using Bitstream only when playing a movie in Dolby Digital. If you have a capable receiver or TV, the HDMI connector streams full digital audio, no need to connect a TOS cable.

    All in all, this has become a critical part of my entertainment system that I can't imagine living without.


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  • APPLE TV
    Great device to see photos, movies, videos without conecting to the computer once information is downloaded to the apple tv. The best way to enjoy photos with you family and friends. The picture quality and sound in a HDTV is great. ...more info
  • WOW! Don't know how I lived without it...
    I finally gave in and bought an AppleTV. Don't know why I waited so long. It is so much better than I expected. I love it! I can watch TV from iTunes and my favorite part is the ability to watch my MobileMe movies on my TV!!!...more info
  • Improved Apple TV: how to have ANY content on your TV
    One of the major problems I saw in Apple TV was the fact that in best "Apple style" it was limited to content downloaded from iTunes Store (and YouTube, to be true).
    That always made its utilization limited: too much money and hassle for so little.
    One of my main goals was to able to wirelessly send content like videos/movies/pics from my MAC or PC to it (TV is far from my computers, which are the media centers) and have this content downloaded and stored into Apple's TV local memory (HD), saving potential trouble of having them streamed live to this "hub."
    Well a free software called Boxee -no relation to me- can be installed into Apple TV and can help you to have this done. Hope it helps you as it has helped me, as my main goal is to wathc whatever movies I ahev dowloaded to my computers (not only from iTunes).

    Final 2 cents:
    Apple, wake up: improve you your own product; stop limiting its function too much, just to try to make (more) money. Trade-offs considered you would be bettter off if you were more open......more info
  • Now My Tunes Really Rock
    Apple TV, the way to go, even if you don't have a Mac. I do have a Mac, but I just bought a Dell XPS at Office Supply running Microsoft Vista. It's a sleek black computer and very fast. Using iTunes on my PC just works fine. I can wirelessly play my tunes through my big screen TV and I also have the sound on the TV hooked into a three decade old Yamaha Amp which powers JBL Studio Monitors, so I get great sound when I'm listening to my music now.

    Plus, I've recently discovered hulu dot com, which is a new website that stream tons of movies and old videos on demand and they look just great on my TV thanks to ATV. I'm glad I bought it. I'm enjoying the heck out of it.

    Review submitted by Captain Katie Osborne...more info
  • But what does it do?
    I didn't research this as much as i should have, no. I'm new to apple, and I had been increasingly pleased with what it offered. Streamlined this, idiot-proof that. I figured apple wouldn't manufacture a product with so few uses, moreover one such product couldn't be around since nobody would buy it. But after receiving this product, breaking the holy apple seal, i am going to take a loss and sell this on ebay for some other sucker. I simply HAVE NO PURPOSE for this thing. I was expecting more of an external hard drive capacity. I absolutely despise the DRM on apple content....more info
  • Another Apple Hit
    I have had AppleTV for a week now, and I love it. I purchased an HDTV last fall. The AppleTV easily connected to the TV and to my network. I love video podcasts. AppleTV not only makes it possible to watch them on my TV, it also makes it easy to find them.

    I haven't rented any movies from iTunes, but the movies I've purchased in the past work great....more info
  • pssst.... DVD's are obsolete
    I tried out this unit in my (mostly mac except for my wife's winbox) home so I would be comfortable showing my teachers how it could be used in the classroom and in our new, fairly hi-tech classroom building. I liked it so much that I bought a new one for the school to replace the ATV in my family room that I will not give up. To respond to some of the critics: I've had to reboot twice in a one year period. Putting the unit on standby lowers power consumption and heat.

    It digests audio and video files I send it flawlessly. Sometimes I just get stuck watching my photos as the screensaver and commenting to my wife on this memory or that.

    I can even control it with my iPhone, search YouTube for videos of my son's orchestra at the Interlochen Arts Academy, etc.

    I'm in the process of teaching my teachers how to use the ATV as a tool of digital media in the curriculum. Within a couple of years, I'm projecting that DVD's will be ancient history in my school. They certainly are in my home....more info
  • Amazing product
    So far a great experience with my new Apple TV. Setup was a flash. I was able to connect it, connect to the internet, and connect to my Itunes in less than 10 minutes. I decided to sync all my music/movies/etc so that took all night but you really should only have to do that once. Image quality on HD rentals is amazing and watching shows on a big screen as opposed to my little IPOD is great.

    The only thing I would mention is that at no point did I realize no HDMI cable would be included. Fortunately I had bought an extra one but make sure you but an HDMI cable with the Apple TV....more info
  • Many Faults but Irreplaceable
    NOTE: This review is for the Apple TV 40 GB. Apple still sells it. I bought it in July, 2008 from Amazon. I believe the points I make apply.

    I love Apple computers and I have an iMac and a Macbook and I would never go back to Windows but I have had nothing but trouble with other Apple products such as, Apple TV and Airport Express Base Station. I have a good network setup with a fast DSL connection and I have all Apple products so I thought everything would work great. I bought this Apple TV six months ago so I have given it a good test run and I have done much troubleshooting on all the problems I have had with it. I have it set up to stream all my movies, TV shows, and music from iTunes on my Mac to the Apple TV that is connected to my 42" plasma. (You do this by checking custom sync and then for each tab checking sync ALL and then not checking any specific ones. ) Anyway, iTunes has a major problem dropping the Apple TV. I will start up iTunes, Apple TV will open for a while and then for no reason it will disappear. This can happen when I am watching something on it or not. I have tried everything to solve the problem but I believe it is a software problem with the Apple TV because I have this problem before iTunes updated. I end up having to re-start the Apple TV so iTunes will recognize it, then I turn off Energy Saver on my Mac so it won't shut down when I am watching something. At first, I would do a factory restore but then I would lose any rented movies plus you have to download the Apple TV upgrade every time BEFORE, or iTunes will NEVER recognize the Apple TV (I learned this the hard way after an hour of trying to do it and then finally reading online that the new iTunes wouldn't work unless you update your Apple TV). Then, you have to email iTunes and ask them to let you re-download your rented movies.

    When I first bought my Apple TV I would do a custom sync and then select the sync all unwatched TV Shows. This method would take forever because it involves moving video files back and forth too much and it was too slow. Also, a suggestion, if you are going to buy a lot a videos or movies do it on iTunes and not on your Apple TV because if you do it on your Apple TV then they must be downloaded on it and that is so slow, then they will HAVE to be transferred over to iTunes on your Mac or PC, another slow process if you are wireless. Plus, if you go and buy the HD version you are blessed with two copies of each episode which really takes forever and which I don't need.

    My Apple TV is irreplaceable for what I use it for which is starting with a raw, unwatchable video file and then processing it using software to where its watchable on my Apple TV and in that regard it has more than made up for its inadequacies....more info
  • Military overseas
    I recieved this for a birthday present, but before that I hadn't really thought about getting it before. Since we are military stationed in Japan, we had it shipped to relatives, who then shipped it to us, and we also can't download some other media, such as "Netflix" instant downloads and some tv shows off the web. The Apple TV is very good for iTunes downloads of movies, both purchased and rented. My kids really like surfing "Youtube" on the big screen HD, and the difference is amazing. Downloading between my iMac and the Apple TV was a snap, as they found each other wirelessly and once I selected what info I wanted to sync, it did so slowly by surely. And like I said; no cables between the iMac and the Apple TV, just the power cable and the HDMI cable, and the computer sits across the room.
    Great addition to the entertainment system, and made a great gift!...more info
  • Another great product from Apple!!!
    I waited until I had this item for a year before I wrote a review so I could put it thru the paces. All I can say is that it works great, movie rentals are easy and download fast, not more going to the store. All my itunes music is there and I play it thru my entertainment center. It works great! ...more info
  • A iPod for your HD TV - OK - UPDATED - USELESS
    UPDATE:
    I love Apple products and I think they do a great job. However they have lost points on the Apple TV... $300+ for a piece of garbage. There is a problem with these devices when connected via Wireless N and HDMI....they FREEZE - I had to power cycle my unit atleast once a day during the week and once an hour over the weekend when it was used most.

    I am RETURNING IT!!!!

    Do your self a favor...save up and buy a Mac Mini to replace this.

    Another item you dont want from apple is the overpriced 1tb Time Capsule...it is slow as molasis...sorry...had to throw this in.

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    We have recently converted this family to everything apple...computers, router, etc. The results are fantastic due to the ease of use and build quality you can expect from a company like Apple.

    The last item on the list was the Apple TV.... I got one and was up and running in about 5 minutes with an hdmi cable to my receiver. GREAT...

    I paired it with my itunes library so it could sync...again...very easy. I got some hi-def podcasts and enjoyed them asap....again very easy.

    Everything worked and then I noticed the thing froze up.....nothing..nada...zip....5 minutes later it asked me if I wanted to reboot. It started again.... I have had it freeze on me about 4 times thus far and that is why I am giving it 4 stars.

    The only other gripe I have with this is that the mp3 songs from my itunes library dont sound that great through the HDMI connection. However, I am attributing that to my receiver for the time being and will hope that it gets better.

    Another tiny quirk....if you have a mac laptop and use the apple tv remote...make sure you point the remote to the apple tv..otherwise you will notice that remote is controlling your laptop and the apple tv....it can get annoying. :-)

    Enjoy!...more info
  • Apple TV Box is Awesome..
    I am not a techie by any means, setup was easy, and I like the box so far. I use it to display my digital photos with our music from itunes, great to listen to music with your our photos going by as a screen saver. We have downloaded several HD movies which is awesome, I think the movie rental and price is better than DirecTV, which we have also. The only surprise was with our 2.5M Internet service a HD movie takes around 2 hours of download time before you can start to watch, a standard movie takes about 5 minutes. Not a big problem, we just have to rent movies before we are ready to watch them. ...more info
  • Best Product of 2008
    After iTunes started renting out movies this is no doubt the best product of 2008.It has changed completely my HD experience. Now I rent movies a couple of times a week. Every family member enjoys watching the movies. GREAT PRODUCT!!!...more info
  • Good product
    This would be even better if full intigration with PC or Mac. Would love to see steaming videos this way...more info
  • Excellent product!!!!
    I own an Ipod, so buying an AppleTV seemed like a logical extension. It can do so much more than just listen to music. My kids (4 and 2) enjoy watching YouTube content with it. Let me tell you, by having access to YouTube in your living room, it unlocks a whole new world. Plus, the AppleTV also lets you watch trailers for current movies for FREE. Maybe this isn't a big deal to most people, but my kids love watching the trailers to Madagascar 2 and Bolt and all the other kids movies in theaters. In addition, the AppleTV allows you to rent movies without having to leave the house. This becomes a bigger plus when the movie is lesser-known and not stocked in the RedBox kiosk (where we normally rent movies). And the biggest advantage of AppleTV is Boxee (do a Google search). The AppleTV would be worth it if it had nothing else but Boxee.
    Overall I am very pleased with this device, and have recommended it to others....more info
  • Dr Bob
    This is one of the best entertainment products we have found. It enables us to keep our family entertained with uTube, rental and purchased movies, family albums and music. Set up was easy to do and within ten minutes, we were able to start using the Apple TV...I decided to buy another for another part of our home. There are some products you never heard of, but once you start using them, you kind of wonder how did we ever do without it...this is one of them!

    Dr. Bob...more info