Apple TV Launch Delayed

According to a statement from Apple, the AppleTV, which was originally slated to ship this month, has been delayed until the middle of March. The reason for the delay is currently unknown. "Wrapping up Apple TV is taking a few weeks longer than we projected and we now expect to begin shipment mid-March," said the Cupertino, California-based company. The $299 device was first previewed as iTV in September and formally announced in January at Macworld Expo. The idea behind the product is to be able to sync downloaded content from iTunes to a television. AppleTV supports 802.11b/g, 802.11n for wireless streaming and Ethernet connectivity to its 40GB hard drive. The device includes an HDMI connector and resolutions of up to 720p.

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It just uses the AppleTV for local content. It pulls what it needs from your iTunes computer (Win/Mac) over the wireless/ethernet. Like GP007 said, it is a media extender in the way that an Xbox 360 is a media extender for Windows Media Player only. I for one look forward to getting one. I prefer iTunes over WMP ANY day of the week! I can EASILY attach an external 500GB Firewire drive to my system JUST for content and put it on my Mac OR my Win machines and have the AppleTV pull from it.
Would it be nice to have the Xvid/DivX built-in?? Yes, but I will work around it...

It is obvious you do not know how a media extender works "Xbox 360 is a media extender for Windows Media Player only" is very incorrect.Yes, you can stream from WMP to the XBOX using Windows Media Connect, but you can also remote the entire Windows Media Center UI to the 360, meaning that I can watch live TV with full PVR functionality, watch recorded TV, listen to music, etc. - and it can do it in HD. I have an OTA HD card in my computer, and can stream live HD to my 360. I can download HD movies and TV shows from marketplace, watch HD DVDs with the add on, and more.

An extender can do much more than what the AppleTV can do.

Point well taken. I DON'T own an Xbox and have no plans to pocket any money in MS Inc. So I was going off what some other's had told me. Thanx for clarifying... 8)

And that is the problem. You may wish to read this thread: http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=38421

Rather than finding out the truth, you are willing to believe any anti-"M$" BS that you may read on the net, then parrot it out as if it were true fact. Thus, leading many others to believe what is incorrect. You don't want to send your money to MS, that is fine, but without your incorrect statements, you may have lead somebody to get something that they do not want (Apple TV) when they may have wanted something else (a true PVR in media center and an extender).

I assume you are an Apple fan, instead of trying to "Think different", try thinking for yourself.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't it play Xvid and Divx as long as you have the codecs installed on your computer? I'm not too sure on this one, but that's what I thought...

MasterC said,
Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't it play Xvid and Divx as long as you have the codecs installed on your computer? I'm not too sure on this one, but that's what I thought...

Nope, it works with iTunes formats only (so mp3, aac, mp4, h624).

Heard that this might happen a few weeks ago, but, I was holding my breath that it would ship on time. Oh well.....

Express said,
What?!! There people are planning to buy this expensive device with crappy specs? :blink:

Expensive? Maybe, depending on what you are planning on doing with it. But what is crappy about it?