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Posted 09 January 2007 - 03:09 PM

Apple today premiered two new products at Macworld Expo San Francisco, the Apple TV and Airport Extreme with 802.11n networking.

Apple TV is an easy to use and fun way to wirelessly play all your favorite iTunes content from your Mac or PC on your widescreen TV, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts.

Using Apple TV's stunning new interface, anyone can quickly browse and view their entire collection of digital media from across the room using the simple and intuitive Apple Remote. Apple TV easily connects to almost all modern widescreen televisions, and will be shipping in February for just $299.

Apple TV has a 40GB hard drive to store up to 50 hours of video, 9,000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each and is capable of delivering high-definition 720p output. Apple TV is easy to connect to a broad range of widescreen TVs and home theater systems and comes standard with HDMI, component video, analog and optical audio ports. Using high-speed AirPort 802.11 wireless networking, Apple TV can auto-sync content from one computer or stream content from up to five additional computers right to your TV without any wires.

The seamless integration of Apple TV and iTunes lets users choose from over 250 feature-length movies and 350 TV shows in near DVD quality; four million songs, 5,000 music videos, 100,000 podcasts and 20,000 audiobooks. Users can enjoy their favorite music on a home entertainment system and view slideshows of their photo albums on a widescreen TV. Apple TV makes it easy for users to explore their entire media collection with an easy to use and intuitive new interface. With the Apple Remote, consumers can easily browse through their favorite movies, TV shows, music and photos from up to 30 feet away.
Apple today also took the wraps off Airport Extreme.

Based on 802.11n, AirPort Extreme extends a wireless network to even more areas in a home or office and makes streaming digital content and transferring large files faster and easier. The new AirPort Extreme Base Station features a sleek, new design with connections for networked computers, printers and a USB hard drive to quickly and easily share files or back up valuable data and content.
For more on Airport Extreme or Apple TV, follow the link below to Apple's web site.
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Posted 09 January 2007 - 03:42 PM

well, we were all expecting the Apple TV, but we get 802.11n in the airport extreme too. which is a good thing...

apparently, its meant to be capable of 540mbps, which is faster than Firewire and USB2... but realistically, its only going to be about half that.

not shabby. not shabby at all.
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Posted 09 January 2007 - 03:50 PM

AppleTV: if I stream video sources other than iTunes purchased media, I'm in. too bad it's not a full on DVR tho.
iPhone: I love it, I want it, I have absolutely no use for it. Won't buy one, but it is very cool.
Airport Extreme: 802.11n. Nice. Won't buy it. Waiting for the 802.11n Airport express.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 10:43 AM

That's all nifty stuff but I'm not interested in it.  I don't have any wireless devices in my home network thanks to Apple refusing to support the G4 cards anymore.  My lack of laptops reenforces my lack of a need.  As far as TV goes, my satellite system includes DVR and I subscribe to NetFlix and pretty much don't give a fig about TV shows except for a few.  

I'm not sure if AppleTV lets you view your cable or satellite programs through it or if it contains DVR, but if you don't have Tivo or other DVR device, and AppleTV does, then you will really like this for the DVR alone.  DVR is the next greatest step in television watching since VCR and I can't recommend it enough as a device to improve your TV watching experience.  Pause live TV, push button recording, easy retrieval of recordings, never watch another commercial again.  For someone unaccustomed to that technology, it will blow you away.

[edit - oops I missed Rev-o's post.  No DVR?  Bummer.  They really missed an opportunity]
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