“This year we got to watch our rented nominated films in our living room on our high definition set thanks to Apple’s newly enhanced Apple TV. With Apple TV you don’t have to use your computer to buy or rent movies, music or download free podcasts to your TV. You can do it from the comfort of your easy chair using only the small Apple remote control. The process is incredibly simple,” Larry Magid reports for CBS News.

“Even though movie files can be large, you don’t have to wait for them to download before you can watch them. Even larger high-definition movies are available for viewing within a minute or two after you order them,” Magid reports.

“I watched one movie in standard definition which looked pretty much like a standard DVD, but when it came to the Oscar nominees, I sprang for the extra dollar which was worth it for the higher, though not highest, quality. High definition movies are in 720p which is basically the same as some TV networks high-def programs. Blu-ray and HD-DVD high-definition DVDs are in the higher 1080p format. To my eyes, the difference between 720p and 1080p isn’t dramatic but it could be for some videophiles,” Magid reports.

“My biggest complaint about Apple TV is that movies disappear 24 hours after you start watching them… To be fair to Apple, this restriction is imposed by the studios and it’s the same with [other services],” Magid reports.

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