Old Apple TV won't be getting new Apple TV features
Ars Technica has confirmed that the new Apple TV software and features won't be coming to the old Apple TV.
Though it stands to reason, given that the old Apple TV runs a variation of OS X (Tiger?) on Intel and the new one runs a variation of iOS (4.x?) on Apple A4, and Apple probably doesn't want to devote any resources to making a distinct update to a now dead system, those expecting TV rentals and Netflix support will no doubt be unhappy.
However, those who preferred to be able to sync and buy their media on-device won't be shedding any tears, or trying to avoid any updates that take those features away.
Which side are you on? And does this change anyone's mind about updating?
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$100 for a hockey puck that will stream Netflix to your TV? There are much more cost effective options...
$10 for an HDMI cable to plug into your computer/laptop
$70 for a Roku HD that can do Netflix streaming in addition to other streaming services Apple TV doesn't support.
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By the way, if you own an Apple TV, get one of the aluminium replacement remotes. It's so much better than the original one.
If you have a slow Internet connection, then will the new Apple TV even work? The hard drive gives the user the ability to store the entire rental, important if the download speed is slower than the viewing speed. If Apple designed in 8 GB of memory, then a single HD movie rental should work.
There was a demonstration during the keynote that does give an answer on how slow Internet users could use the new Apple TV. You buy or rent the movie on your computer, iPad, iTouch or iPhone and then stream the stored content to Apple TV. That method will work nicely if memory is an issue. Only problem is adding the cost of a new device. Solution: ditch the slow DSL and get a fast cable or fiber connection.
One of these days i may get a cable card for it or see if google tv/dish network is worth anything.
Except you're paying more for the less robust ecosystem of media? It just doesn't seem that logical to pay $100 for a device with the only gain being Netflix streaming. You already have a previous Apple TV box that you planned to keep using you said so the only thing you gain with the new box would be Netflix and the episode rentals? The Roku option gives you Netflix, Amazon VOD, and several other services Apple TV doesn't offer for less money. That seems like the more logical choice, imo. But it's your money, I just figured it was something worth pointing out.
It is BS that they do not add netflix to older apple tv. The only reason they dont is to sell new ones.
You still cant add external harddrives to older apple tv as well. They force people to have them.
One word, UBUNTU......
Apple's greed will be their downfall just like Microsoft. F#$K all giant corporations and their co%k$u(k1ng executroids
Yesterday's announcement was sparse on details and Flash (ha-ha, pun intended!) Steve didn't even demo Facetime on the iPod Touch or speak much on the new camera additions.
Even if they did cut the current Apple TV user base out of an update, the core Apple TV community are "hobbyists" themselves. Sure most have already hacked their Apple TV units to add on Boxee. This gives them a much larger range of content to absorb; even more than will be available on the upcoming Apple TV model.
It handles your existing media the same why the new "hockey puck" will, it doesn't. Since you said you already have a previous ATV for handling that existing media, it's also not relevant to either solution.
It's not so much about $30 upfront as the episode rental fees. Using Amazon VOD purchases you'll do better over time with the Roku then you would with the new iTunes rentals on the new ATV. That's ignoring the other content channels that Roku provides.
And the "ease of use" argument is rather pointless as the Roku boxes were made for that specific reason, just like the ATVs. If you want to compare ease of use it wouldn't be Roku vs. ATV but Roku/ATV vs. something like PlayOn that does DLNA streaming. The new ATV could end up being as robust as the Roku with jailbreaking in the future but then that goes against the whole concept of "ease of use."
Apple may be a greedy corporation, but what company isn't? Also, the 2nd Generation ATV is $99 (less if refurbished), giving you YouTube, NetFlix, and access to your 'limitless' iTunes library. For those (like me) who have A HUGE iTunes library, it can be a lifesaver.
Roku is too expensive and Amazon isn't available for the Mac (as far as their site lists). I also like that I can bring an ATV2 out with me traveling, as well as an HDMI cable for viewing on a TV (assuming the connection is available).