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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007
News Categories: Apple TV

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In addition to the iPhone, Apple CEO Steve Jobs also unveiled the retail version of the pre-announced iTV streaming media device. Now called the Apple TV, the living room gadget allows users to wirelessly play audio and video content from a Mac or PC on a television. Jobs said the device will begin shipping in February for $299.

Along with the features previously shown, including the interface and browsing, Jobs revealed that the Apple TV will have a 40GB hard drive (for up to 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each) and is capable of delivering high-definition 720p output. Jobs also said that using high-speed AirPort 802.11 wireless networking, the device can auto-sync content from one computer or stream content from up to five additional computers to a TV.

“Apple TV is like a DVD player for the 21st century—you connect it to your entertainment system just like a DVD player, but it plays digital content you get from the Internet rather than DVDs you get from a physical store,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Apple TV plays the same iTunes content that users enjoy on their computers and iPods, so now they can even watch part of a movie in their living room, and watch the rest later on their iPod.”

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1

This makes me wanna buy a Mac mini

Posted by Fabricate49 on January 9, 2007 at 1:41 PM (PDT)

2

And it only works in HD/16x9! Way to plan that one, Steve-o.

Posted by superape on January 9, 2007 at 1:54 PM (PDT)

3

The question that must be answered is this: will this device allow you to play all the songs in your Itunes library wirelessly, or does it limit you only to what will fit on it’s 40GB hard drive.  If it’s the latter, it ain’t worth it.

Posted by fred on January 9, 2007 at 1:56 PM (PDT)

4

“stream content from up to five additional computers to a TV”

Posted by Aaron on January 9, 2007 at 2:03 PM (PDT)

5

Does anyone know if there is a cable to convert component video to composite or S-video in order to use this device with a regular TV?

Posted by Timothy on January 9, 2007 at 2:04 PM (PDT)

6

Hmm….Let me see if I get this right…I buy TV shows and movies from iTunes so I can play them back on my TV…I think they have this whole thing backwards.

Get Tivo-to-go it works much better.

Posted by podster1 on January 9, 2007 at 2:09 PM (PDT)

7

Yea. Like I really want to pay to watch 640x480 resolution movies on a wide screen HDTV.

Posted by m.s. on January 9, 2007 at 2:11 PM (PDT)

8

I don’t recall all the previously stated functions - will it be able to record TV as well?

Posted by Multimoog on January 9, 2007 at 2:43 PM (PDT)

9

Seems like they dropped support for Windows 2000 too.  Bummer.

Posted by Timmy on January 9, 2007 at 2:48 PM (PDT)

10

No. It doesn’t record anything. You buy content from the internet (iTunes). It’s essentially a 40GB iPod Video without the screen & clickwheel.

Get a DLO homedock and iPod video instead. That way you can literally watch something on your TV then watch the rest on your iPod.

Posted by podster1 on January 9, 2007 at 2:56 PM (PDT)

11

Is the DLO homedock any good?  Will it allow you to scroll through your music on the TV screen?

Posted by Freddy on January 9, 2007 at 3:02 PM (PDT)

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Here’s a link to the DLO homedock deluxe http://www.dlo.com/products/homedoc_dx_Prod.tpl?command=showpage

If you don’t need a remote, just buy a video cable (20 bucks) and plug the iPod video directly to your TV.

Posted by podster1 on January 9, 2007 at 3:12 PM (PDT)

13

it has HDMI out but you are getting sub-par standard DVD quality from iTunes?!...assuming you can get HD quality somewhere online, can this thing handle it?  if so, 40gb is way too small…

Posted by david on January 9, 2007 at 3:14 PM (PDT)

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they haven’t added any HD quality video on iTunes yet have they?  (i did now see where this thing outputs 720p) but that isn’t available yet, right?

Posted by david on January 9, 2007 at 3:18 PM (PDT)

15

does anyone know if this is limited to only play content from the itunes store?

Posted by jm on January 9, 2007 at 3:23 PM (PDT)

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so, this device is for sale is australia, but we can’t acutally buy any video content from the iTunes store yet (aside from a few music videos).

would be good to know if divx videos can be streamed / played through this device.  if not, people outside of the u.s will have little use for it and zero incentive to buy it.

for the time being i’ll just keep plugging my computer direct into tv.

Posted by andrew on January 9, 2007 at 3:23 PM (PDT)

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I was looking forward to this, but for me, it’s a total bust.

I want one unit that does everything A/V. It should play DVDs, organize my music libraries, and replace the clutter of separate DVD and CD players. This just adds one more box to my A/V rack.

I vote for a Mac Mini.

See ya
Steve

Posted by Stephen Worth in North Hollywood, CA on January 9, 2007 at 3:37 PM (PDT)

18

Is this thing was a fraction of the cost it would be a success.  It should be cheap too, it’s all about buying content from itunes.  People pay $50 for DVD players these days, they get free cable boxes from there cable company.  This is a very cool idea, but not for the masses by any means.

Posted by Mike Mann on January 9, 2007 at 3:54 PM (PDT)

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Minor point but as it’s designed to get Apple into the living room they could have offered it in black too.  This white(or is it silver version) would look so out of place with my all black AV equipment.

Posted by 911joe on January 9, 2007 at 4:05 PM (PDT)

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911Joe- That’s kind of the point. You notice it.

Posted by anti-luddite on January 9, 2007 at 4:19 PM (PDT)

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