AppleTV

Well, I just saw an article in NYT titled, “What the Heck Is Going on With Apple TV?“. It notes that Apple seems to be stuck when it comes to the Apple TV. Apparently, it wasn’t even mentioned during Apple’s quarterly earnings call yesterday (July 21).

Well…my husband I have an Apple TV. Mark really got quite interested in it and then he got me hooked on it. It was a way for us to watch HD movies on our (then) new HDTV. We didn’t have a PS3 at that point to play BluRay DVDs and the AppleTV allowed us to rent movies and watch TV shows. We’ve had it for over a year now and some days it makes me quite angry, but over the past few months I’ve just come to be at peace with its many quirks and funky moods.

The downsides….well, it freezes if you change the channel while watching anything. And we’ve had some problems sometimes where we’ve rented a movie and when we press play, the screen goes white. A lot of time the screen flickers green when it’s restarting. One time it got so angry we had to do a factory restore. We lost everything that we had bought on it because it was too angry to sync it to our iTunes before the factory restore — the only option we had to save the thing was factory restore. I know that there are more things that it has done because it’s really quite quirky – I just can’t think of them at this point.

But the virtues of AppleTV is that you can rent all the new movies (and lots of older movies) from your couch. No car ride to Blockbuster. No waiting for Netflix to come in the mail. And no skipping movies like Netflix Instant Watch feature. The movies don’t stream; they are actually downloaded. Also, you can have your pictures in iPhoto play on your TV as a screensaver. It’s handy. You can buy a season pass for a TV show and then have all of the episodes automatically download when they air. This may not sound appealing to some, but we don’t subscribe for Cable and we don’t get any basic channels – so it’s extremely appealing to us.

Others have suggestions for the AppleTV, like What’s Next for Apple’s Living Room Strategy? and What features should the new Apple TV have?, but to me it seems like they really need to work out the bugs first. As much as I have come to love and appreciate our AppleTV, the thing is a special needs electronic device. Literally. We have it on it’s own switch because we don’t want to feed it power on a constant basis. That makes it too angry.


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