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Talk to me about AppleTV please

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by GlocknSpiehl, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. GlocknSpiehl

    GlocknSpiehl NRA Life Member Silver Member

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    My wife went out and bought it because she saw it at a friend's house and thought it would be great for us.

    What's the good and or bad about it?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Dexters

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    Well, it doesn't sound like she made a huge purchase without discussing it with you. Your financial situation will determine that.

    Maybe you can use this purchase as a discussion point for what is on your mind with her.

    I wish you well.
     

  3. ND40oz

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    I use it to watch netflix, works great. If you use iTunes, an iPhone or iPad you can watch stuff from their libraries as well.
     
  4. Deanster

    Deanster Cheese? Millennium Member CLM

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    Oddball device. $99, it takes electronic copies of TV/movies, and puts them on your HD TV.

    I've had mine for a couple years, and mostly use it to stream copies of ripped DVD's I own (certainly none from Netflix, because that would be wrong wrong wrong!). Super-easy, very convenient, especially for stuff the kids watch again and again.

    Over time, we've also accumulated a few seasons of various TV shows from iTunes, which works well.

    Like all these, it's frustrating that it only works well with media from certain sources - you can't watch Hulu or HBO-Go, or whatever...

    But if you have a lot of ripped content or iTunes video, and/or intend to have more in the future, it's pretty cool for $99.
     
  5. DaneA

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    I have one and use it all the time. I have a blockbuster membership and get dvds delivered. I rip all of them and then watch them anytime I want over my apple tv. Also if you have a mac the new version of OS X will allow you to broadcast your screen over the apple tv.
     
  6. 686Owner

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    By new version, he means the version that's due out sometime this month (Mountain Lion).

    edit: actually, i think you can airplay now. Maybe it was mirroring Mountain Lion added.
     
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  7. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Tewwowist

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    There is no bad.

    I've got two of the old ones that have HDDs in them where you sync your media or purchase directly to it. I prefer that method. I don't know why.
     
  8. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    I bought one, loved it and bought one for the bedroom.

    I use mine mainly to watch movies and TV shows. Download 'em, convert to MP4, watch on big TVs in either living room or bedroom. Cheap, only like a hundred bucks, easy to use, no downside at all. Also does airplay (mirroring)from an iPad or later this month from any mac computer. So you're watchign porn on your laptop you say? NO NO, plays right on your TV.

    again, no bad side at all.

    Also is there an Android version? I'm the apple person, the better half is an android fan
     
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  9. BigChuck73

    BigChuck73 Registered Lurk

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    I have one for the bedroom and one for the living room. It's a terrific netflix device, but I also mirror out from my iPad for certain HD games, youtube videos, etc, etc

    For $99 you really can't beat it.
     
  10. boomhower

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    Unless you have a lot of iTunes media you would have been better off with a competing device. The apple TV is comparatively limited on file format capabilities. It's a great box for an Apple centric house though, AirPlay in particular is a very cool feature.


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  11. HexHead

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    I have one along with my Smart TV that does streaming. I like that it has YouTube native on it, Netflix and I use AirPlay a lot to watch sideshows from my iPad of photographs, and stream video from websites. My iPad is an original one, so it doesn't mirror.
    The best part is since I don't have cable, is I can buy TV show episodes for shows I like to watch like Top Shot or Mad Men on an ala carte basis. Made cutting the cable a lot easier.

    It's also fun to surf porn on my iPhone and stream it to the big screen.
     
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    none at all
     
  13. Dan_ntx

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    I'm going to get one today just for the device mirroring feature... We have been house shopping on the iPad and having to pass it around is getting old.
     
  14. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

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    Yes! I have one of the old "first generation" ones. I really prefer it that way because they have the HDDs. I like having the ability to use my AppleTv and not having to have my MacBook on. I guess the newer ones do have the fancy features like more choices of streaming, but I still prefer the old ones where I can store my stuff right on the device.
     
  15. whitetiger7653

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    I love Apple but since everyone here has but nothing bad I will give a flip side argument. I seriously thought about buying one but decided not to. I already have xbox, ps3, and wii so streaming content is not an issue. The major draw which is why I contemplated it was for streaming digital copies of movies I own from my mac, phone, or iPad to my tv. Instead I chose to buy the iPad/iphone 30 pin to hdmi adapter. The only thing I can't stream from with that is the macbook, but I already had the thunderbolt to hdmi adapter.

    So with my setup I can mirror anything I want from any of my devices to my tv. The plus for me is that the little adapter and a spare hdmi cord are highly portable. So I take it with me and my phone to friends houses, vacation, family houses, etc and can stream it to other tvs without having to carry around the apple tv. Which would be insane to attempt on a regular basis.
     
  16. Dan_ntx

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    Where do I get one? And how much?
    I really am only interested in mirroring content from my iPad so if it's cheaper I could live with the cord
     
  17. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

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    Yes that Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter is a great gadget and works like a charm! I bought it off Amazon for about $7.
     
  18. Bren

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    I use a Sony streaming media player to stream Netflix. For Apple, I just download stuff from iTunes and plug my iPod into my TV, so why buy another streaming box that only plays Apple stuff?
     
  19. Rabbit994

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    If your house is Apple Centric, it's a decent device. I use mine to watch Netflix and HBO GO + occasional movie from iTunes. Wife also uses it to play Pandora downstairs while working out.

    Note, as others have pointed out, HBO GO isn't baked into the device, I turn it on my iPhone4S then Airplay it to AppleTV.

    If you don't have any Apple devices and paying 99 dollars for Netflix streaming device seems dumb to you, then yes, it's probably not a good device for your house.
     
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  20. Snaps

    Snaps Hail 2 The King

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    I never used mine for streaming. I just download stuff, put it on my external HD hooked to my router, add the folder to iTunes and watch all the shows and movies. Just watched the avengers again last night.

    Dont need an all apple house, just need to like simplicity