Gear Live reviews Apple TV: Small, fast, inexpensive; AirPlay will make people sit up and notice

Apple Online Store“The new Apple TV is a lot smaller, and runs iOS 4, and is priced at just $99. It’s centered around a focus on renting movies and TV shows rather than purchasing them. It’s also got Netflix integration and the new AirPlay functionality that allows you to fling video and audio content from your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch right to the Apple TV with ease,” Andru Edwards reports for Gear Live.

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Five things we like about the Apple TV:

• The size
• Speed
• Home Sharing integration:
You do it once and all your media is instantly available.
• AirPlay: We actually think that people haven’t totally grasped just how big AirPlay is going to be. Apple introduced it as a minor feature for the Apple TV when the introduced it, but once it’s fully rolled out in iOS 4.2 and users are pushing videos they’ve recorded (or really, any H.264 content local or from the web) on their iPhones to their TV with the press of a button, we think people will sit up and take notice.
• Cheap TV show rentals

Full article here.

40 Comments

  1. I’m still curious how the video quality will translate from a tiny iPhone or iPad screen to larger widescreen TVs or projectors. I would imagine that the resolution would be horrible. Has Airplay found a workaround? Any techies out there have any knowledge?

  2. I’m still curious how the video quality will translate from a tiny iPhone or iPad screen to larger widescreen TVs or projectors. I would imagine that the resolution would be horrible. Has Airplay found a workaround? Any techies out there have any knowledge?

  3. Mine is coming this week. Can’t wait. Now I’m going to have to get an HDMI cable.

    I’ll be interested how clean airplay is. I have a lot of video on my home server so it will be fun to see it in action.

    At $99 it wasn’t hard to jump in and buy one.

  4. Mine is coming this week. Can’t wait. Now I’m going to have to get an HDMI cable.

    I’ll be interested how clean airplay is. I have a lot of video on my home server so it will be fun to see it in action.

    At $99 it wasn’t hard to jump in and buy one.

  5. My wife was pissed when I showed up with yet another Apple gadget last week in the form of Apple TV. Then I showed her how I could stream all of our home movies in HD, the auto-generated slideshows from iPhoto, the Netflix interface (the best I’ve seen) and the selection of HD rentals.

    She looked at me and said, “You’re full of shit that cost $99.”

    I showed her the e-mailed receipt and she just shrugged her shoulders.

  6. My wife was pissed when I showed up with yet another Apple gadget last week in the form of Apple TV. Then I showed her how I could stream all of our home movies in HD, the auto-generated slideshows from iPhoto, the Netflix interface (the best I’ve seen) and the selection of HD rentals.

    She looked at me and said, “You’re full of shit that cost $99.”

    I showed her the e-mailed receipt and she just shrugged her shoulders.

  7. I think people may be underestimating just how big Airplay is potentially going to be. With the ability to stream anything from your connected mobile device (eg tv shows, movies, etc) to your television, Jobs has essentially rendered the cable and satellite companies obsolete. He just needs the content now.

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