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The sleek new set top box from Apple is sure to please home theater fans

After a brief period of delay, deemed necessary for fine tuning, Apple is beginning to ship its Apple TV set top box. The unit was originally slated for February of this year but was pushed back two to three weeks into March because of last minute adjustments to the product's operating system.

The Apple TV is shipping now for a flat price of $299 USD. Apple supplies a remote, the Apple TV itself and a power cord. The system connects to a local network via Wi-Fi or by wire, allowing users to stream movies and media onto their large screen TV. Beyond movies, the Apple TV also allows playback of music from an iTunes library. At its current single configuration, the Apple TV is equipped with a 40GB hard drive for store content locally, as users will be able to sync their iTunes content to the box.

Users are required to have a TV with at least RGB component input but a TV with HDMI or DVI input is preferred. There is an optical output for multi-channel audio but no coaxial SPDIF. Many audiophiles tend to prefer using coaxial SPDIF for lower jitter. Most users will be connecting the Apple TV up to a home receiver for the best experience.

Shipping begins now and orders are expected to move out of warehouse in three to five business days.

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RE: so it streams content?
By Suomynona on 3/20/2007 2:42:25 PM , Rating: 1
There isn't any HD content available for it anyway, all iTunes video is 640x480.

RE: so it streams content?
By tuteja1986 on 3/20/2007 11:52:25 PM , Rating: 1
Apple TV as product is that great... Its not providing you with loads of feature but knowing mac fanatics they will buy it without the question. Also the Interface is medicore and still needs working.

Now if Apple i TV supported OGM , MKV , XVID , DVIX , VLC .. ect than it would be worth.

RE: so it streams content?
By HavenBartton on 3/21/2007 8:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
Now if Apple i TV supported OGM , MKV , XVID , DVIX , VLC .. ect than it would be worth.

Perhaps only video power-users need these codecs, but I think it's the most important factor for my home system. I bought a really crappy DVD player because it supported XviD when other better players didn't.

Heck, aren't MKV/OGM/XviD open-source anyway? Not like it'd be difficult to get licensing, and they aren't hugely complicated encoders, why do companies avoid implementing them in DVD players and such?

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