“I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the Apple TV, and plenty of skeptics who think the device doesn’t hit the right technical marks, but I disagree. I think it hits a number of sweet spots that make it one of the most compelling devices we’ve seen in some time. Other companies are trying to get into the living room, but I think this one may finally have the legs it needs to make a big impact in our lives,” Alan Graham blogs for ZDNet. “Bigger…yes I’m saying it…bigger than Tivo!”
“One of the major complaints I’ve heard from people is the lack of a Digital Video Recorder in the Apple TV. I was initially shocked myself and saw it as a major oversight, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense,” Graham writes. “And now…I think that the DVR (of which I’ve owned many), might be reaching the end of it’s usefulness.”
“The Apple TV is a time-shifting media viewer that allows me to buy only the media content I want to watch, when I want to watch it, with pause/rewind/fast forward, at a reasonable price, with no monthly subscription fee, small hardware footprint, works with Macs and PCs, automatically downloads my season passes when available, doesn’t require any BS to move it to my iPod or another computer, could very well stream ‘live’ television like news and sports (as it does movie previews), supports HD, I only pay for content not service, doesn’t force me to watch commercials, and gives me back 18 minutes of my life for every hour I spend watching broadcast shows,” Graham writes.
Graham breaks down why he thinks Apple likely made the right hardware choices when building the Apple TV in his full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “BB” for the heads up.]
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