“The new Apple TV is fantastic! Downloading and watching recent movies — in high-definition, from the comfort of your living room — is a stupendous experience,” Gary Krakow reports for TheStreet.com. “It could become habit-forming (exactly what Apple probably has in mind.)”
Apple TV “comes with a cute little remote to handle music and video choices from across the room. Be careful what you press and where you aim — the remote also controls any nearby Mac computers,” Krakow reports.
MacDailyNews Note: Not if you pair your remote with your Apple TV which ensures that Apple TV will be controlled by only one remote. Pair your Macs with their remotes, too, and you’re all set. To pair Apple TV with the included remote, just choose “Settings” from the Apple TV main menu and choose “Pair Remote Control.” Optionally, you can also just press and hold the Menu and Next/Fast-forward buttons for 6 seconds to pair Apple TV and the remote. When you’ve successfully paired your Apple Remote, Apple TV displays a chainlink symbol above a picture of a remote in the setting menu. Apple TV now works only with the paired remote. To pair your Apple remote to your Mac, hold the remote close to the Mac (3 to 4 inches away) and point the remote at the front of the computer. Then just press and hold both the Menu and Next buttons on the remote until the paired-remote graphic appears on your screen (about 5 seconds). That’s it, you’re done!
Krakow continues, “Once you set up your iTunes account… you’re all set. Choose a movie, press the button agreeing to the rental, and the movie begins to download. Amazingly, after about 45 seconds or so, Apple TV is ready to let you begin watching. Appropriately, I chose the fabulous Disney/Pixar feature Ratatouille to test the system. All I can say is wow! Apple TV video quality is spectacular. The audio is pretty special, too. All in all, video rental has never been this quick and easy.”
Full review here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]