MacNewsWorld reviews Apple TV: Priced to sell at just $99

Apple Online Store“The new $99 price point is perfect and competitive,” Chris Maxcer reports for MacNewsWorld. “I know that when I was trying to find a unit to test by calling around to the various Apple Retail Stores in the Seattle area, it was flying out of stock before I could get into my vehicle and drive to the store that had received a shipment. It took me several days to be in the right place at the right time to snag one. I predict that this holiday season, Apple’s so-called ‘hobby’ device will sell surprisingly well at the $99 price.”

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“Because not all television networks are willing to play nice with Apple’s $.99 television show rental model, a consumer might think that some shows simply don’t exist within Apple’s iTunes ecosystem,” Maxcer reports. “Case in point is the new FX show ‘Terriers.’ When I searched for it from my new Apple TV, I couldn’t find it at all. But when I did the search on my MacBook, I found the show for sale in the iTunes Store. To watch ‘Terriers’ from the new Apple TV, you’ve got to buy the show on your computer first, then stream it from your computer. That’s a serious irritation for happy Apple customers who are simply trying to be good media consumers.”

MacDailyNews Take: Really? A “serious” irritation? You have it way too easy, Chris. It’s minor. In fact, here’s a revelation: Your MacBook is portable. Carry it over to the couch, if you want to be a potato. Or wait a month for AirPlay.

“Will more networks eventually come on board? Hopefully, but it’s not a given,” Maxcer reports. “Minor annoyances aside…”

MacDailyNews Take: All of a sudden, and rather inexplicably, “serious irritation” has morphed into “minor annoyance.” At least he got it right the second time. And, blame the networks, not Apple.

Maxcer reports, “Minor annoyances aside, the new Apple TV retains most of the functionality of the older version, plus adds new rental features and offers up a foundation that can be wildly upgraded by Apple with possible (and likely) app functionality. If you’re willing to pay for content on an a la carte bases, especially when you consider the $99 price point, you just can’t go wrong with a new Apple TV — especially if you’re willing to buy or rent from your computer first, instead of fusing your backside to your couch.”

MacDailyNews Take: Again, you have a MacBook, Mr. Potato Head. Until or unless certain networks wise up, you can buy or rent and stream to your Apple TV quite easily without ever leaving your beloved couch.

Full review – which is actually a good review despite our serious irritation over a minor annoyance – here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s no wonder that a large percentage of U.S. citizens make the inhabitants of the Axiom look emaciated and WTF is our coffee already?!

42 Comments

  1. The irritation of having to purchase from a computer will be fixed for iDevice owners once Airplay is working. Then you can purchase on your iPhone or iPad/iPod and stream to your AppleTV. The problem I am having is that season pass shows now require a password to download, so they don’t download automatically. This is a pain as it requires me to go to my iTunes “server” in the basement to enter the password so the shows can download.

  2. The irritation of having to purchase from a computer will be fixed for iDevice owners once Airplay is working. Then you can purchase on your iPhone or iPad/iPod and stream to your AppleTV. The problem I am having is that season pass shows now require a password to download, so they don’t download automatically. This is a pain as it requires me to go to my iTunes “server” in the basement to enter the password so the shows can download.

  3. If they are moving the device away from its dependency on computers, it does suck that there isn’t an option to purchase on the AppleTV and have it sync to the your computer … even better, how about an option that if your computer is on and itunes is open (which it probably would be, for streaming) why not allow users to “buy” things on the AppleTV when really all it’s doing is controlling iTunes on the computer to buy it remotely.

  4. If they are moving the device away from its dependency on computers, it does suck that there isn’t an option to purchase on the AppleTV and have it sync to the your computer … even better, how about an option that if your computer is on and itunes is open (which it probably would be, for streaming) why not allow users to “buy” things on the AppleTV when really all it’s doing is controlling iTunes on the computer to buy it remotely.

  5. “Really? A “serious” irritation? You have it way too easy, Chris. It’s minor. In fact, here’s a revelation: Your MacBook is portable. Carry it over to the couch, if you want to be a potato.”

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    Actually, I agree, it’s not minor. Expecting consumers to search twice on two different devices and/or carry their MBP to the couch is something that most ordinary folks wouldn’t think of or do.. That’s a serious flaw in the business model that needs to be corrected somehow..

  6. “Really? A “serious” irritation? You have it way too easy, Chris. It’s minor. In fact, here’s a revelation: Your MacBook is portable. Carry it over to the couch, if you want to be a potato.”

    _______________

    Actually, I agree, it’s not minor. Expecting consumers to search twice on two different devices and/or carry their MBP to the couch is something that most ordinary folks wouldn’t think of or do.. That’s a serious flaw in the business model that needs to be corrected somehow..

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