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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: Thats it?
By themadmilkman on 3/20/2007 11:19:56 PM , Rating: 3
Why is it so hard for people to understand that some people DON'T want to play games?

RE: Thats it?
By darkpaw on 3/21/2007 4:51:37 PM , Rating: 2
Then they could buy one of the numerous other video only solutions for lots less. Either way, this is an overpriced and/or underperforming pile of crap that will sell just because apple is stamped on the front.

Steve Jobs is the PT Barnum of the 21st Century and theres more suckers then ever.

RE: Thats it?
By Phynaz on 3/21/2007 5:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
this is an overpriced and/or underperforming pile of crap

So, how long have you been using it to make this determination?

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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