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Apple TV

Apple TV

I don’t usually post about gadgets that have nothing to do with photography, but I received our latest little bit of technology yesterday and have been having lots of fun with it.  And when I say “little bit of technology” I mean LITTLE.  The palm sized box measures just under 4x4x1 inches!  All you have to do is plug the power in and connect to your TV with an HDMI cable, and you’re ready to get started.  So Apple simple.  Right away we connected to our Netflix account and my son started watching Clifford’s Really Big Movie.  The 99 dollar device uses your WiFi or wired network and then you can rent movies and tv shows through the iTunes store at really reasonable prices.  You can also utilize internet services such as Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, internet radio and others.  Lastly, you can also connect to computers on your network and access their music, movie and photo collections to view and play on the device.

Another thing that’s pretty cool is the Remote App for iPhone and iPad which allows you full control over the AppleTV.  I’ve been looking into house wide centralized music systems for a while, considering Sonos and Control 4 but this cute little black box from Apple may conquer all.

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2 Comments
  • Millies
    Posted at 11:43h, 02 October

    So…do you think I could plug the HDMI cable into my Xbox and run it through my old ass tv that way?

  • Jon Roemer
    Posted at 06:21h, 17 October

    Chris,

    The Apple TV is great – especially if:

    -you have an iTunes library of music
    -you have kids (who want to watch the same movie over and over and over and over.)

    I’ve been using it (v1) since it came out a few years ago. If there was a movie we knew the kids would watch more than a couple of times it made sense to buy it.

    Throw in the internet radio and now the new Netflix options…

    We run the sound through a small Denon system (just two speakers w/sub-woofer).

    We still have cable but since the Atv I don’t know that we’ve ever rented via the the cable box. Maybe once?…