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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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Lets See.
By Mitch101 on 3/20/2007 2:49:23 PM , Rating: 4
XBOX1 can do this and you can find them for $50.00 just need to tweek the box or buy the Media Center Extender for cheap.

Networked DVD player probably has more functionality and I think a standard definition one is about $130.00. Plobably find one that upscales for that price.

IODATA Linkplayer 2 will do High Definition to 1080i from DVD, Network, or USB connected device and thats $250.00 and been out for about 3 years.

Plus a plethora of other devices that are hard drive based. As low as $40.00 on e-bay that can take a notebook hard drive.

I bet I can find an apple logo for about a buck somewhere and just stick it on any of the above devices and save some cash.

RE: Lets See.
By Frank M on 3/20/2007 2:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
But you've got to remember that the average Apple user thinks that only Apple brand products work with Apple computers and content. This is why you see overpriced peripherals in the apple section.

RE: Lets See.
By Mitch101 on 3/20/2007 7:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
There is an Apple section?

Im picturing the movie the Jerk when Steve Martin is explaining the prizes you can win for guessing your weight. About the same size as the Apple selection.

RE: Lets See.
By atticu5 on 3/20/2007 11:37:09 PM , Rating: 2
you have to remember that the average user isn't that savvy about technology. i don't think my parents would even think of buying an xbox if they wanted to stream movies from their computer. they also wouldn't go thru the trouble of doing a lot of research to figure out what their best option was, they would just want something that works, works well, and that they can take in if something goes wrong.

even i who knows taht you can buy an xbox for $50 and tweak it wouldn't. i don't want to spend $150 less and have to do a lot of extra work to do something if i can just pay to have something that instantly works with my computer.

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