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  • Sign me up for the new AppleTV. Awesome pricepoint, tiny footprint in the home theatre, so long Blockbuster late fees!
  • Glad to see buttons back on the Shuffle...
  • ...but why make the Nano a touchscreen? The reason I don't like using my iPhone as an iPod is because of lack of external buttons. Really wish this obsession with touchscreens would end. Getting rid of the videocamera seems silly, and it looks like they may have removed the ability to watch video? Oh well, maybe the older Nano will be cheap in the refurb store! Looks like a far superior product compared to the new one.
  • "Ping"...? Really? That's the best they could come up with? Not sure if anyone at Apple has heard about Microsoft's Bing, but... Why does everything have to revolve around social networking nowadays? Wow I sound old, and I'm supposed to fit in that demographic.
 

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I wouldn't get involved with anything from Apple.
Just glancing at the headlline, Sounds like a waste of money.
 

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Aside from being smaller and black, not being able to purchase shows/movies, and adding Netflix (which as of yet wouldn't be available to us anyway), what is different with this from the last version of AppleTV...looks pretty much the same to me.
 

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I wouldn't get involved with anything from Apple.
Just glancing at the headlline, Sounds like a waste of money.
Now there's some sound advice! :rolleyes:
 

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I'm thinking that I won't be able to resist buying the new Apple TV. If it was able to stream video from my PCs, it would be a slam dunk at $99. Even so, it does provide some nice options to get movies and TV shows at reasonable price points. Being able to stream video from my iPad is also a winner.
 

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Evidently, AAPL is going after the burgeoning network player/streamer market at the established price point of $99 (WD, Asus, PopBox and many others).

I would have thought it better (from a user perspective) had they incorporated DVR capabilities into the box, but that would have driven the price higher.

Many users will prefer the Netflix all-u-can-eat model, but Stevie has landed a coup with day one releases. IMHO, it also won't be easy to convince users to pay 99-cents "rental" for a TV show with Hulu providing free content to US households.

Still, the final summary is that AAPL is extending iTunes to video content (movies and TV), so expect the Ovis aries population to open its collective wallets again. I'd rather buy more AAPL instead of its products.
 

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Aside from being smaller and black, not being able to purchase shows/movies, and adding Netflix (which as of yet wouldn't be available to us anyway), what is different with this from the last version of AppleTV...looks pretty much the same to me.
Switching your viewing back and forth from the iPad(I guess the iPhone too, although I'm not a fan of watching TV on a pocket device) to the AppleTV is an awesome new feature, IMO. And if we get $.99 TV shows in Canada, that would be cool.
Today's Apple event was all about multimedia integration, and I must say, pretty impressive.
 

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If we're SOL for renting future content, Netflix streaming (since they're coming to Canada), can we still sync rentals to the local hard drive, etc. I don't mind not getting the new OS.

The ATV doing 720p has never been an issue.
 

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$119 in Canada.

Apple today announced the new Apple TV which offers the simplest way to watch your favorite HD movies and TV shows on your HD TV for the breakthrough price of just $99. Apple TV users can choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for just $4.99, and the largest online selection of HD TV show episodes to rent* from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents.

Apple TV also streams content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from PCs and Macs to your HD TV. Enjoy gorgeous slideshows of your photos on your HD TV using Apple TV’s selection of built-in slideshows. Apple TV has built-in HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an internal power supply for easy set-up, and features silent, cool, very low power operation in an enclosure that’s less than four inches square—80 percent smaller than the previous generation.

“The new Apple TV, paired with the largest selection of online HD movie and TV show rentals, lets users watch Hollywood content on their HD TV whenever they want,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “This tiny, silent box costing just $99 lets users watch thousands of HD movies and TV shows, and makes all of their music, photos and videos effortlessly available on their home entertainment system.”

Apple TV users can now rent thousands of commercial free, HD TV episodes on iTunes for just 99 cents, with up to 30 days to start watching and then 48 hours to finish—or watch multiple times. Users can also rent over 7,000 movies with over 3,400 available in HD, with most new releases available the same day they are released on DVD.

Apple TV also gives access to the Netflix streaming catalog for Netflix subscribers, and the ability to browse and search, rate content, add to or remove from your queue, or instantly stream straight to your HD TV. Apple TV users can also enjoy millions of YouTube videos, more than 200,000 podcasts, 4,000 Internet radio stations and personal photos from MobileMe and Flickr with several gorgeous new slideshow themes. Music, videos and photos can also be streamed from PCs and Macs, turning your HD TV into the hub of your home entertainment system.

Apple TV set-up is quick and easy with a single HDMI cable connection (HDMI cable sold separately). Just connect Apple TV to your HD TV, join a Wi-Fi network and with a few clicks on the seven-button aluminum Apple Remote, you have access to amazing content. Users can also control Apple TV with their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using the Remote app, available as a free download on the App Store?.

Pricing & Availability
Apple TV will be available late this month for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) and can be pre-ordered beginning today on Apple’s online store (www.apple.com). Apple TV, which comes standard with an aluminum Apple Remote, will be available through the Apple’s online store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple TV requires an 802.11b/g/n wireless network or Ethernet network, a broadband Internet connection and a high definition TV capable of 720p. iTunes TV show rentals and Netflix are only available in the US. Netflix features require account subscription. iTunes movies rentals are only available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

*99 cent HD TV rentals only available in the US.
 

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I just ordered mine... :)

For $109 (that's with my corporate discount) this was a no-brainer really...

I don't have an AppleTV right now and although I did rent a few movies through the PSN store I find the selection to be less than satisfactory. This will let me get access to the iTunes movie store for the occasional rental, let me stream my music easily, will work with my iPad etc.

Also, compared to firing off the PS3 this will be much quieter and will use a lot less power to do much of the same job.

Now the only problem is waiting a month to get it... :(
 

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I don't like the 20% surcharge in Canada. I realize that as a one time expenditure it's nothing, but I guess it will carry over to the rental prices too. If so, no Apple TV for me.
 

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I really hope Apple intends to also improve the rental library on iTunes. Too many times I see movies available for rent for only a very short period of time (like 4 weeks). Then you can only buy it afterward.

Or they're available for rent 4-5 weeks after the DVD/Bluray release.
 
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