“In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a revolution going on in how people watch movies and TV. Traditional services like cable and satellite are losing ground, as more people are streaming content directly from the Internet, using services like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Video On Demand. The revamped Apple TV is the company’s aggressive move to capture the streaming-video business: for just $99, you get access to Netflix, YouTube, TV, and movies from the iTunes Store, plus all the music and videos on networked computers running iTunes,” Matthew Moskovciak reports for CNET Reviews. “And with a pitch-perfect design and user interface, it’ll be hard for Apple fans to pass it up.”
“Tech enthusiasts have been referring to AirPlay as Apple TV’s secret weapon and for good reason,” Moskovciak reports. “The basic concept behind AirPlay is that you’d be able to take any content–music or video–playing on your iPhone and ‘push’ the content to your Apple TV with a couple of taps. The most basic implementation of AirPlay will include any media that plays in the iOS device’s native media player, but the Apple representative we talked to mentioned that developers will have the ability to add it to their apps as well. So the idea is, if you’re listening to Pandora on your iPad, you’d theoretically be able to easily push that to your Apple TV, getting around the issue of the Apple TV lacking an App Store. (At least for those who own iOS devices.)”
Moskovciak reports, “That’s the idea, but unfortunately we won’t get to test out AirPlay until November, when Apple releases the iOS 4.2 software update. It will also depend on how many third-party apps support it. Bottom line: if AirPlay works as advertised, it has the potential to be a game-changing killer app for the Apple TV, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
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