Apple Begins Shipping the Apple TV
March 20, 2007 9:52 AM
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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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3/20/2007 2:52:05 PM
Considering the movie selection on iTunes is poor, and I can't store DVD's on iTunes, AppleTV is not really on my "must buy" list. A bit of a paper-weight really.
RE: Very limited
3/20/2007 3:25:25 PM
heres all the supported video formats.
Video formats supported: H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store): 640 by 480, 30 fps, LC version of Baseline Profile; 320 by 240, 30 fps, Baseline profile up to Level 1.3; 1280 by 720, 24 fps, Progressive Main Profile. MPEG-4: 640 by 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile.
Get an xbox 360 and windows vista, and stream wayy more. in a nice wmc layout.
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