Apple Announces AppleTV

Apple has revealed details on the much-anticipated iTV, actually dubbed "AppleTV". The product aims to spread the wealth of the iTunes store by automatically synchronizing iTunes content from a single PC and streaming to up to five other computers or your television. No, it is not limited to videos, photos and music can be streamed as well. Content from sites such as Apple.com can also be streamed.

AppleTV supports 802.11b/g, 802.11n for wireless streaming and Ethernet connectivity. The device sports a 40GB hard drive which can be used to, for example, auto-stream unwatched movies. The content is saved on the AppleTV hard drive for later playback. Steve Jobs said that the AppleTV has been designed with "widescreen TVs in mind"; it includes an HDMI connector and resolutions of up to 720p. The device also offers component, RCA audio, optical digital outputs as well as USB 2.0 connections. It is unclear whether storage expansion is possible. Jobs said that AppleTV is powered by an Intel processor but did not indicate what model.

Expect the AppleTV to be available for $299 in February 2007.

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News source: Ars Technica

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"it includes an HDMI connector"

I think the Apple site says this is sold seperatley! Amazing if it is!!!! You just spent £200 on a box that you can't connect up to a TV unless you spend another £15 on a cable. FFS!!!

merrsaj said,
"it includes an HDMI connector"

I think the Apple site says this is sold seperatley! Amazing if it is!!!! You just spent £200 on a box that you can't connect up to a TV unless you spend another £15 on a cable. FFS!!!

Um it includes a component connection. What would be the point in including both this and HDMI, people would just be throwing away one of the connectors.

This thing seems quite useless, basically it allows you to stream videos you download through the Apple Store. Unless it supports Divx / xVid it does not seem that useful at all. You can get a the core xbox 360 that provides a helluva lot more functionality than this thing.

I mean who goes to their TV and sits there and plays music? The whole reason to use your TV is to watch something, not to sit at it and look at the cover art while music is playing.

phantasmorph said,
*psst*

You can download movies from iTunes.

*psst* it's still pretty useless if I can't stream all the other videos that I already own that haven't been purchased from the iTunes store.

xxdesmus said,

*psst* it's still pretty useless if I can't stream all the other videos that I already own that haven't been purchased from the iTunes store.

You just add those videos to the media library then and they will be playable.

Toology said,
You just add those videos to the media library then and they will be playable.

They already put out the list of supported video formats and surprise surprise xvid and divx are not on said list.

So you *** own *** DIVX/XVID videos do you? You could just convert them to a supported format. There is not a lot of effort there, and in my opinion, the XBOX is not in any way better than this for non-media (i.e. DVD/HD-DVD) video.

And in response to the comment above about XBOX 360's IPTV which is supposedly so much better than this, then what I have read about both products does not impress me. I would rather just take free-to-air broadcasts (in Australia, cable/satellite TV is only accessed by a small percentage of the population and our five nationally-accessible channels provide enough variety and quality anyway) than some stupid IPTV system that even content providers and ISPs are complaining about.

Cal

Sounds like a Media Center Extender.

I'm kinda wondering what the point of the hard drive is though, if everything is streamed anyway. You'd think they could cut that part out to reduce cost.


And it'll only playback 720p video in one format? And only at 24fps? I guess this is only aimed at movies in HD.

Everything isn't streamed. Content can be streamed in from 5 PCs... You also have one controller PC from which content is synced (I think it was limited to ten pieces of conten though). The HD is also used as a buffer. Content streamed through the box will be stored on the HD for future plaback unless further syncing occurs.