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15473 Views 64 Replies 23 Participants Last post by  kcrw
Got my Apple TV 2.0 from FedEx this morning. Here are my first impressions:

1. Its small. I mean really small.
2. It comes with a power cord and remote. You'll need you own HDMI and optical audio cable (if you want to hook it up to your receiver).
3. Interface/controls familiar if you have any apple product.
4. Loaded the apple remote app on my iPad. Makes navigation easy - but more importantly, makes data entry (like accounts/passwords) super easy as it you can use the keyboard that pops up on the iPad.
5. Netflix - looks good but I don't like the interface as much as on the iPad. I don't think it remembers where I left off watching a recording - not sure about this yet.
6. Turned on home sharing and was able to stream anything from my iTunes library (music, video, podcasts) to the TV.
7. You can watch youtube and podcasts (not from your iTunes library).
8. Tried listening to some internet radio - as I expected it to be.
9. Only movie rentals (looks like they are around $6) - you can preview and select SD or HD. No TV shows - but you could stream them from your iTunes library if you purchased TV shows there.

All in all I am quite impressed. Fast, easy to use. I just wish it allowed streaming from outside of iTunes.
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Larry, thanks for the feedback. I am interested in getting one. Did you have an older Apple TV that you could compare to?
What I like about it is that it only uses 6 watts or so. The old Apple TV was about 30 or 35 watts even when in standby
James thanks for the thoughts.

I have considered ATV but the inability to play common video formats (xvid) stops me. I never started using my first gen ATV until I loaded ATV Flash on it.
I have AirVideo but it compresses xvid even further. Fine for watching on the iPad but not tv shows.
iTunes server on DNS-323 never worked for me. Theoretically no reason why it shouldn't work.
Larry, yes you need to use iTunes on your computer. With ATV 1 you could also store them on the hard drive.
Sorry to hear North of Calgary but thanks for the heads up.
I'm pretty sure they are using the 8GB to do movie buffering.
Discussed on this thread already and the answer appears to be no.
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