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  1. D. Bowman "Tech Dork" says:
    1,835 of 1,906 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Video Review: Apple TV, so much for so little, October 10, 2010
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    D. Bowman “Tech Dork” (LA, CA) –
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    This review is from: Apple TV MC572LL/A (NEWEST VERSION) (Electronics)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 4:33 Mins

    This is an amazing compliment to your home theater.
    So many features, yet so simple to use.
    My 7 year old son has it all figured out.

    I hope you enjoy the video.
    Let me know what you think.

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  2. Just Another Geek "vikast" says:
    562 of 600 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Apple TV – Good Now, Potential to be Great, October 15, 2010
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    Just Another Geek “vikast” (Simi Valley, CA, USA) –

    This review is from: Apple TV MC572LL/A (NEWEST VERSION) (Electronics)

    I am not an Apple Afficianodo. I don’t wear jeans and black turtlenecks in reverence to Steve Jobs. I don’t hang out at the Apple Store and covet becoming a “genius”; however, I have to give credit where credit is due. The last few products Apple has brought out – the iPod, iPhone, iPad – have been incredible and changed the consumer electronics and media / software landscape. Apple TV is now positioned to do the same, but it will take some more time to fully realize the potential of this device.

    Apple TV effectively allows you to stream whatever is on your iTunes to your TV and home theater system. Moreover, it has built in support for Netflix, You Tube and a few other internet based media content providers. The picture quality and performance for these services are worth the price of admission. There is significant potential to advance the platform – just give it some time.

    System Overview: My Apple TV is plugged into a 60 inch Samsung 1080p LED HDTV via HDMI (video) and a Yamaha Home Theater Receiver via Toslink optical cable (audio). I have AT&T Uverse with their 802.11g Residential Gateway (combination of DSL modem and wireless router) with their Elite DSL service (6 MB per second). iTunes runs on a Dell Desktop with 4GB of memory, Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 500 GB Hard Drive operating on Windows Vista (64 bit) and secured with Norton 360 (firewall, antivirus, etc.). The network handles the Desktop, 2 iPhones, a Blackberry, an iPad, the Apple TV, 4 Laptops, a wireless Printer and a networked wired printer. The Computer / Residential Gateway are in the Den and the TV / Home Theater / Apple TV are in the family room. The two rooms are about 100 feet apart and are separated by five walls.

    Set Up: Easy as pie. It took five minutes to plug in the HDMI cable, the optical cable, the power outlet and then adding it to the wireless network. Sharing iTunes from my desktop to Apple TV took another 20 minutes, since I had to download the new version of iTunes and restart my computer and Apple TV. Apple really makes it easy – I didn’t have to make any adjustments to my firewall settings to share iTunes on the desktop with Apple TV. I also downloaded the Apple Remote on my iPhone and iPad, which took another 5 minutes.

    User Interface: Apple’s secret sauce is the simplicity of their products. Apple TV is no different. The menu is very simple – Movies, TV, Internet, Computer and Settings. Movies and TV are for renting content directly from iTunes within Apple TV. Internet gives you access to Netflix, You Tube, etc. Computer gives you access to iTunes on your computer. Settings allows you to change the various Apple TV options. The remote control is Apple’s usual model of minimalist efficiency, with a menu button, a play / pause button and an iPod like controller. The supplied remote works well with Apple TV, but is a bit cumbersome when one has to enter data (e.g., e-mail addresses, search on YouTube or Netflix). A much better solution is downloading Apple Remote on your iPhone or iPad. It basically turns the iPhone or iPad into a big touch pad that allows you to use gestures to control the Apple TV (e.g., swipe left, swipe right, double click, etc.). Moreover, it automatically provides a keyboard when one is asked for text input (e.g., for search). Apple remote is free on the App Store.

    Netflix Streaming / Video Quality: Setting up Netflix was quick – basically just enter your e-mail address / password and you’re ready to go. I watched some TV from BBC, a foreign flick and Iron Man. Each program loaded quickly – less than 30 seconds. Picture quality was good to great, depending on the source material. Picture quality was comparable to DVD for SD material(perhaps slightly better), but slightly less sharp than upconverted DVD or blue-ray. HD Programming looked like the HD on-demand programming through uVerse. There was enough of a buffer that there was no jittering, pixelation or stuttering on the streaming to the TV. Sound quality on the stream was good – I don’t think they stream in 5.1, so the video stream doesn’t leverage the subwoofer. Considering that I’m running a heavily taxed wireless system on 802.11g with a 100 foot distance between Apple TV and the Gateway, the picture quality and streaming performance are impressive. Having this quality of Netflix compatibility is worth the price of admission by itself.

    iTunes Streaming: I streamed some music from my Playlists from the Computer. Sound quality is good, but not great. My Yamaha CD Player sounds better, but it can only hold 5 cds. Having access to my entire library is very useful, so you lose sound quality but gain convenience. iTunes streams not only the music, but also the cover art. After a few minutes, Apple TV switches into screensaver mode and starts transmitting pictures to the TV along with the music. I also streamed some videos…

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  3. ShutterBug says:
    345 of 383 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Unrealized Potential (so far), October 2, 2010
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    ShutterBug (Oklahoma, USA) –

    This review is from: Apple TV MC572LL/A (NEWEST VERSION) (Electronics)

    PROS
    *Low Power (less than 6 watts)
    *Compact
    *Good-looking UI
    *Netflix support (unlike previous generation AppleTV)
    *Remote App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
    *Airplay (though basically we just have Airtunes functionality until iOS 4.2 comes out for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch).
    *Closed Captions (Content dependent)

    CONS
    *Lots of “Loading…” screens
    *No Local Storage! (must stream over Internet or via iTunes on PC/Mac using Home Sharing. I know you were trying to cut costs Apple, but why not at least allow local USB storage? I know, I know: DRM.)
    *IR Sensor inferior to previous generation AppleTV (requires more direct line of sight)
    *Lag before videos and podcasts start playing (even when located on a local computer)
    *Netflix controls are not as good as Roku. Infrequent keyframes makes it hard to rewind to an exact spot. Roku does much better (and even PS3 Netflix controls are better).
    *Podcast controls sometimes get confused (screen indicates reversing at maximum speed, but video is actually reversing at 1x)
    *Doesn’t precache artwork icons (Scrolling down through a list of podcasts or Netflix movies, it loads the screen with empty icons then slowly downloads them. This happens no matter how long you wait before scrolling down. Sometimes, it never gets around to downloading certain icons. Hey Apple, how about displaying the name of the movie while you are retrieving the artwork so we can start using the interface even if all of the artwork isn’t there?) [Update: there may be some precaching going on, but just not in a very intelligent manner. I have about 170 movies in my Netflix instant queue and a 1.5 Mbps DSL connection so that may contribute to the slowness displaying artwork. If you have a very fast internet connection, you will probably have minimal delay.]
    *No Pandora
    *No App support (Yet? Come on Apple, enable App support. It won’t take long before we have lots of useful 3rd party apps. I’m sure Pandora would be one of the first and then NPR and local weather forecast.)
    *No 1080p – 720P only (Yes, most people don’t have the bandwidth to support 1080p streaming over the internet, but someday we will. Also, it would be nice to be able to show your 1080p video you shot with your new camcorder or high-end DSLR.)
    *Rotten Tomatoes movie reviews are not available for Netflix movies.
    *Remote app could display the actual menus for faster selections.
    *Home Sharing must be activated for a specific single account. (Result: If both you and your spouse have an iTunes account you will have to choose one or the other and will only have access to media in that person’s iTunes account.)

    UPDATE:
    Removed from Cons:
    “*Can’t add internet radio stations to a favorites list (and there are hundreds if not thousands to scroll through).” Someone commented that you can add a radio station to your favorites by holding the center button down. I tried this and it works. Not sure how you’re supposed to know this as it’s not mentioned in the brief instruction book.

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