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Apple confirms no more updates to first-generation Apple TV

Apple has confirmed to Ars Technica that it will not be releasing an update to bring the new second-generation Apple TV features such as Netflix streaming to the older device. As with other products Apple has discontinued, the first-generation Apple TV will continue to work in the same way as it already has: users will continue to be able to purchase movies and TV shows directly from the first-generation Apple TV and download new content to the device’s internal hard drive. Notably, however, the first-generation Apple TV will not provide any support for TV Show Rentals, even those rented directly within iTunes 10.

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What a croc of crud. Not being able to rent the TV shows @ $.99 and play them back on the original ATV is just a big middle finger to all of us that helped fund “the hobby.” Apple - prepare to hear from me about this, but then you likely don’t care, as is obvious by this announcement.

Posted by SD in Toronto on September 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM (CDT)


Just a speculative guess on my part, but the fact that the original Apple TV has non-copy-protected component outputs may have an impact on this.  I’m surprised that the movie industry ever went for this arrangement, but it’s possible the TV networks have clamped down more tightly on “analog holes” such as this.

Consider that TV Rentals will require a device running iOS 4.1 or later.  Even the iPad is ruled out for now, presumably until November when iOS 4.2 ships.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 2, 2010 at 4:27 PM (CDT)


You got to be kidding! I totally agree with SD! Outrageous! Well thank you so, Apple!

Posted by Andre in Toronto on September 2, 2010 at 5:28 PM (CDT)


It sure would be nice if they’d take the old ones back and give a credit toward a new one.

Posted by poker-pauly in Toronto on September 2, 2010 at 6:39 PM (CDT)


Oh puh-lease people. A $299 ATV that’s two years old is obsolete. Apple does a great job of upgrading iphone OS and mac OS. You can only take hardware so far. If ATV cost $999, then I would gripe.

And the new ATV is $99. C’mon that’s less than most of us spend at Starbucks or at the movies in a year.

Go buy a Roku. I was about to until I heard of the new ATV.

Posted by drakebullet in Toronto on September 2, 2010 at 11:23 PM (CDT)


I own an original ATV, but as much as I try, I can’t get myself worked up about this issue. I’ve had it for at least three years now. What’s the depreciated value of something like that? $50? Yawn.

Posted by Frank in Toronto on September 3, 2010 at 2:38 AM (CDT)


We still have lots of TV shows to buy and low cost, And the price will drop.


You will be able to rent TV shows on your iMac and stream them to your old Apple TV.

Posted by Macnewton in Toronto on September 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM (CDT)


Actually, it does not appear that you will be able to stream rented TV Shows to the first-generation Apple TV any more than you can stream rented movies to the Apple TV now.  Rented content needs to be moved to the device that you intend to play it on, presumably to prevent you from accessing/viewing it in two places at once.  The movie and TV studios are ridiculously anal about copy protection issues, and it looks like Apple has had to bend over backwards on a whole number of things to be able to provide rental content at all.

The list of devices supporting rented TV Shows is even more restrictive than for rented moves.  iOS 4.1 or later is required, meaning that as of right now, iTunes 10 on your computer is the only device you can watch a rented TV Show on, at least until iOS 4.1 becomes available next week.  The Click Wheel iPods and original iPhone and iPod touch are completely out, as is the original Apple TV. Even the iPad is not invited to the party until iOS 4.2 ships in November.

In fact, it’s not even clear if you’ll even be able to stream rented movies from iTunes 10 to the second-generation Apple TV. The rental system for the second-generation Apple TV seems to rely on live streaming over the Internet, and may not play as nicely with an iTunes library for rented content.  This also means that you’ll want to make sure you have a nice, stable Internet connection before starting a rented movie.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM (CDT)


The new AppleTV software was written for ARM, not x86, which is why it is not being offered for original AppleTV hardware. Frankly, the original AppleTV hardware is vastly superior for my purposes. With HD cable and a PVR, I’m not really interested in renting TV shows. The original AppleTV is great standalone music and video jukebox. I might pick up another one on clearance or eBay, as long as Apple still supports it in iTunes.

Posted by robcj in Toronto on September 4, 2010 at 3:57 PM (CDT)


No biggie. I’ve gotten what I wanted from the first gene. And the new one is cheap enough. I never bought anything on the old one anyway. And the new AirPlay support *could* be way cool if enough apps support it. Pandora, ABC, Hulu Plus support please!

Posted by Fanfoot in Toronto on September 5, 2010 at 1:35 AM (CDT)

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