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Old 09-01-2010, 01:15 PM   #1
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New Tool for our AS! Apple TV

Wow! this is a cool gadget for only $99!!! http://store.apple.com/
Its a small tiny little box you plug to your tv and it gives you access to a whole lot of stuff through the free WIFI internet you get at most campgrounds or at home.
It allows you to rent new and current movies and tv shows starting at only 99C!

Needless to say we can't wait to use it.

We use netflix and dvds when on the road but this will free tons of space (in hardware) and no dvds to carry with you. Pretty cool! Especially on a rainy day when the kids are whiny....

anyone as excited about this?
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I do not work for Apple and receive no incentives. I'm just a satisfied customer
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:18 PM   #2
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I already ordered one for mine - stream via WiFi from my MacBook Pro, or my iPad - Hi Def content right to the tv - mounted behind it....

Life is pretty damn nice! :-)
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:22 PM   #3
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this would be the NEW hockey puck thing announced just 2 hours ago?

it does offer potential over the OLDer white ap'l teeveee...

but it's basically a hard drive with a few ports and chips.

the mac mini can do all of this and is still a puter.

many of us have been DOING the same thing on 1-2 tb hard drives for years...
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one thing is sure about NEW mac users...

any new gadget is a wowzer...

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Old 09-01-2010, 02:10 PM   #4
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If you are at a campground, won't you need lots and lots of bandwidth and a pretty high speed connection? I think it will also mean others at the campground will have difficulty getting a piece of the bandwidth. Right now there's competition for space with online gamers, all sorts of other downloads and photo uploads. Sometimes I have to send stuff after 11 pm or before 6 am to get it done. I'm sure the new gizmo is wonderful, I'm just pointing out the effects of this on others.

Eventually we may have sufficient internet access everywhere, but it's going to be a struggle. The US is way behind many other countries, especially those where the government has invested in broadband because it increases economic activity.

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not so sure

We download video (mostly netflix streaming and youtube), upload pics to flickr, share files etc on our laptops and ipad all the time while camping and almost never had a problem.

The real problem actually lies in the shell of the AS!! Sometimes we have to leave the door open or step outside for better reception/faster speeds but that's about it.

We travel in the NE predominantly and have found good WIFI in 95% of the campgrounds. Even up in a remote campground on the tip of New Foundland!
I gather its different in your neck of the woods.

My iphone covers the spots where wifi is unavailable...most of the time AT&T ain't perfect either
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Maybe the NE is more advanced (it often is), but bandwidth is hit and miss in the west. I have had very good wifi at campgrounds in northern Canada in remote places using satellite, but it does depend on how many people are trying to use it.

Sometimes I have to take the laptop outside and have thought about an external high gain antenna, but that means mounting it somewhere on the trailer and pulling the wire inside in a neat way.

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the new Atv is based entirely on the iphone/pad processor and os...

that can be good or bad.

being limited to the video FORMATTING options used on the iphone is bad...

HD in these formats isn't all that great on a larger screen

and captioning or language tracts are limited...which is bad.

making it EASIER to RENT/download from netflix or the eyetunes store is good...

for netflix and eyetunes.

not being completely integrative with OSx is bad...

99$ is good (try finding a LATTE these days for less than 99$...)

and so on with + and - things.

turns out the newest thing is more about simplicity

and apple control than full featured video streaming or downloads.

sorry i INTENDED to delete my earlier post and exit this thread, but goofed on the delete.

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Old 09-01-2010, 02:32 PM   #8
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but it's basically a hard drive with a few ports and chips.
The new AppleTV does not contain a hard drive. It's an ARM processor, ethernet PHY, wifi and PSU in a small ABS box 3" square. It has no moving parts and is not fragile.
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The new AppleTV...
in deed, that's why the posted was INTENDED for the scrap heap.

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For me - $99.00 is a very inexpensive way to get content that I have on my MacBook Pro or iPad over to my TV - yea its only at 720p but that's fine for when I'm out "camping"....

Less expensive then running a HDMI cable to the Bedroom TV or the Living Room TV from the "media box" - I do have a Mac Mini in my Airstream for my music content and if I really wanted - guess I could stream the movies to the iTV with that as well - but I'll have to load the mini up first....

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... guess I could stream the movies to the iTV with that as well - but I'll have to load the mini up first...
exactly.

i like the movie copy to be EXACTLY as original whenever possible for the captioning.

hard drive prices are such that 200 movies on a drive is now less than 1$ per...

and while boondocking takes MUCH less juice to view and without using UP the broadband data account limits.

local wifi FROM the drive is way nicer than sharing or relying on cg services...

many campgrounds have their broadband accounts setup

such that the SPEED changes (downward) as the volume of data transmitted goes up.

it's a hard life, ruffin' it in an rv...

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For me - $99.00 is a very inexpensive way to get content that I have on my MacBook Pro or iPad over to my TV - yea its only at 720p but that's fine for when I'm out "camping"....
or just use a S cable... $5. download movies at night when no one else is hogging bandwidth, and you'll have loads of stuff for the road or camp.

Our motto is 'less is more'.
ie, less stuff to break is less to fix.
i've seen countless threads on electric jacks, electric stairs, problems with senors, tank heaters, satellite breaking, all these fancy gizmos.... granted, its a bit more effort to jack up the trailer manually, but... this is camping! (of course if you are elderly, disabled, etc and require it , its a given..)

We have been without cable in our home since february and have NOT missed it.
on the road i will bring my laptop anyway, so it was unnecessary for us to have a Television - we will watch on the laptop (@ 19" its near the size of a proper Tv anyway!)
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For me - $99.00 is a very inexpensive way to get content that I have on my MacBook Pro or iPad over to my TV - yea its only at 720p but that's fine for when I'm out "camping"....

Less expensive then running a HDMI cable to the Bedroom TV or the Living Room TV from the "media box" - I do have a Mac Mini in my Airstream for my music content and if I really wanted - guess I could stream the movies to the iTV with that as well - but I'll have to load the mini up first....

Yes, but for $34.95 you could get an adapter to connect your MacBook Pro to HDMI and preserve the true HD (1080p) or even use your TV as a 1920 x 1080 monitor. Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support - Apple Store (U.S.).

On the other hand, my TV accepts DVI too, so I can use the adapter that came with my new Mini and accomplish the same thing.
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The US is way behind many other countries, especially those where the government has invested in broadband because it increases economic activity. Gene

Why, that'd be that thar social-ism, Gene. Next thang you'll be agitatin' for "the common wahlfar" or some such.



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