Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Apple TV - £124.99

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Product Description:
The sleek new Apple TV has been completely retuned for your entertainment. It's 80 per cent smaller than the previous generation - even with a built-in power supply. Which makes it perfect for sitting neatly on a widescreen TV stand or squeezing into a crowded media cabinet. Not only does the new Apple TV have an amazingly small footprint, it's also incredibly energy efficient. It stays cool without a fan, so it's never noisy. And when it's not filling your living room with drama, romance and comedy, it uses less power than a night light.

You can already stream music and video from your computer to Apple TV. With AirPlay, you can stream music and video from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch too. So if you feel like watching a film you have on one of your devices, you don't need to rent or buy it again. Just tap to start playing content on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then tap again to instantly stream whatever you're watching - or listening to - directly to Apple TV. (**AirPlay is coming soon and will be available on all iOS 4 devices.)

How it works:
Start watching a film or TV programme on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Tap the AirPlay icon and choose Apple TV.
Whatever you’re watching will instantly begin streaming to your wide screen TV.

Box Contains
Apple TV
Aluminium Apple Remote
Power cable

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Apple TV
(TV, mobile, streaming)
customer reviews (Yes)
RRP: £130.14
Under 10 Quid Price: £124.19
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I've owned the ATV2 for a number of months now but never found the time to write a review. Over the past month with the release of the updated BBC iplayer and the addition of an iPhone4s and iPad2 to the household the atv has really started to shine. Streaming iplayer directly to the atv using mirroring is great, showing picture slide shows with music or just surfing the web with the family being able to see what you're looking at without all crouching round a laptop is brilliant.
If you don;t know how to use airplay mirroring just google it as it's really easy to set up. And now with netflix available it really is starting to be a must have device for apple fans.
You can preview films you might want to watch, quickly scan through hundreds of covers to pick something (it used to take me 30 minutes working through the text-only Virgin film-on-demand menus just checking the titles), and even watch previews of films now in the cinema. The choice of films is a _lot_ better than Virgin's ever was. The streaming from iTunes, iPhones and iPads is flawless, and the whole thing is just a much better quality device than anything I've ever previously plugged into the TV set.
It's the viewing quality which really impresses, though. On our 720p TV, the HD quality is as good as BBC HD, and approaches the quality of Blu-Ray, without the slow unresponsiveness of many Blu-Ray players. Crucially, it is streets ahead of iPlayer, 4OD and Demand5 in the smoothness of its playing. There are not glitches, sudden stops, degraded pictures of the kind that we get on other services (using the same internet connection). This is by design, and is the reason why you have to wait a long time for the film to be ready: once the viewing experience starts it's perfect.

Something else which is nice about this is that it doesn't impose itself on your other web activities. While waiting for a film to download, I watched an episode of How I Met Your Mother on 4OD. The predicted download time for Apple TV went up dramatically, but it allowed me to watch 4OD without any more than the usual connection problems. Likewise (also for a hike in predicted download time) I was able to surf the web, pick up my email. and generally not be bothered. This is important if you intend to watch a film in the mid-evening, but want to carry on surfing beforehand.

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