I like mine. I especially like that I can use Airplay and view photos and vids from my iPhone right on the tv. After shooting vids of my daughter at soccer or whatever.. she can watch them on HDTV w/o having to transfer them to the Mac. I give her the phone and she just plays the videos and scrolls thru the photos.
Loc: Petaluma, CA
I love mine for all the reasons Nuc said, plus Netflix. I've only bought one movie through iTunes (To Kill a Mockingbird), and the quality is excellent. Although I'm glad they are adding more channels, it's going to end up a vast wasteland of things I don't want to watch. Just like it's always been.
I'd wait until they introduce something new, but for $99, it's totally worth it.
I love mine too, for the reasons Curtis says. I've seen three or four movies through iTMS and have had only one glitch--rebooted the AppleTV and the glitch went away. Netflix on AppleTV is the cat's pjs. I really also like the Smithsonian channel. If you have a cable connection, you can watch network shows on the AppleTV too. PBS shows are free, but you get them after they've broadcast. The radio tuner is also good--and like Nuc says, airplay gives you access to whatever is on your computer. And set up is typically Apple. No sweat at all.
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Loc: Louisville, KY
I like mine, but when my sister called me asking what can they do with theirs (they just bought one based on their son's recommendation), I told them that they should return it.
Reasons? 1) Movie rentals, while nice not to have to go out and hit the red box up, is expensive. While iTunes does carry more than red box, you can also use Netflix for that at a cheaper rate. Cheaper just to wait till they hit red box for newer movies.
2) She has DishTV (lives out in a small town) and so those channels offered on the AppleTV are wasted on them since you have to have a cable tv provider or be a subscriber to HBO.
I have an AppleTV but those TV channels are wasted on me cause I don't have any of the cable tv providers.
I rip my movies that I own and have them available on the AppleTV. So that's convenient.
Advantages of the AppleTV: the ability to stream your photos/videos/music from your iPhone or mac pretty easily.
The ROKU is VERY tempting because then you can hook up an external HD for expansion and play your movies/TV shows from there...if you were to say download them.
The AppleTV won't allow hooking up an external HD without jailbreaking them, which I don't know anyone that does.
Get it if you absolutely have to and you think you can justify the expense. But I don't recommend it unless you like spending money renting movies/tv shows.
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