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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 MonkeyPaw on 3/20/2007 5:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe this will be what the XB360's live Video marketplace will become? Right now the content is fairly limited, but you can "rent" HD-quality (720p is often an option) movies for a given period of time for a reasonable price (under $5). All MS needs to do is increase the selection and it sounds like they will have what you are looking for. If it takes off, they could make a dedicated set-top box and beat Apple in the media content segment for a change. Heck, a premium XB360 does much (if not everything) of what Apple's machine does already, and it plays games, too. The UI isn't a specialized as Apple's, but that can be overcome if MS really wanted to.


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