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Five Things We Don't Really Like About Apple TV

Apple recently released an upgrade to their $99 set top box called the Apple TV. It now supports 1080p video which is a good thing. An Apple TV is a hockey puck-sized device similar in size to other set-top boxes like the Roku or Western Digital's WD TV. While we think set-top boxes like the Apple TV deliver a lot of content to your TV set for a reasonable price, we have some issues with the AppleTV for the following reasons:

Where Are the Apps?



While the Apple TV does allow you to run a number of built-in apps, it doesn't offer the ability to run apps from the app store. Wouldn't it be nice if you could access the Apple App Store, download a free game and play it on the big screen? We guess you'll have to wait for the rumored Apple-branded HDTV set that may make the scene in 2013.
Movies and TV Shows Are Pricey
With an Apple TV you're pretty much limited to what you can "buy" in iTunes. Not that there isn't a generous amount of programming available, it just costs you a few bucks every time you want to watch something. Although Apple offers most of the popular movies you'll have to pay $5 to rent an HD version or $20 to buy the 1080p version. Of course, Netflix is available if you have a subscription but you won't find Amazon or Blockbuster on Apple TV.
Where's Hulu?

Although there are plenty of TV shows to watch on an Apple TV, Hulu, the biggest player in streaming shows is nowhere to be found. Hulu has become one of the more popular places to get the latest shows and programming. It's available on just about every other streaming box from Blu-ray players to connected TVs. Why doesn't Apple offer it? There are rumors that Hulu may offer an AirPlay "enabled" version of its app which theoretically be able to send Hulu content through an Apple TV to your HDTV set.
AirPlay is a Proprietary Sharing Protocol
Airplay allows you to display content from devices like MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads on your HDTV set through your AppleTV using a sharing protocol called AirPlay. It's a very useful feature but there is also another industry sharing protocol called DLNA which is supported by all the major consumer electronics manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, Western Digital and others.
No Third Party Channels
If you have a Roku box you may have come across third party directories like rokuguide.com which lists hundreds of third party channels, many for free that provide all kinds of interesting programming. These third party channels have helped grow the Roku ecosystem and made Roku a very attractive device.
Own a Bunch of Set-top Boxes
For less than $200 you can buy an Apple TV, a Roku or WD box and an HDMI switcher so you can have the best of all the set-top worlds. On the other hand you may just want to buy a connected Blu-ray player for under $100 that offers most of the streaming content you'll want to watch.

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This retina display is really clear. First for small gadget in APple it stared coming for iPad 3 and then it came for the new Mac Book Pro 2012 that was launched in WWDC 2012. If you consider Apples' other gadgets like TV, we hope that they will soon launch a Apple TV 3 with the same feature.

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Criticize an Apple product

Criticize an Apple product and sit back to listen to the howls. Why are the members of the AppleCorps so touchy? Mark C makes good points but his tone is so defensive that reading his post makes me want to whack him on his head.

I'm no fan of MS and its bloatware but that doesn't make Apple any hero, not in my book. Long, long ago Jobs decided on a market strategy that avoided head-butting Gates by defining Apple as a Premium Brand as opposed to MS's obsession with market share. Neither gives a damn about their customers, except as providers of cash flow.

In terms of functionality, they're a wash. I've used both, Macs at work and PCs at home, and they're both crap; each in its own way and for the same reason. Neither company writes for the consumer and both worship at the alter of Top Down Hierarchies: Hitler and Stalin, like the Church, had it right, just did it wrong.

For Gates, his is the worship of the fearful and insecure; for Jobs, he was just hardwired that way. Either way, the consumer suffers along with anyone bold enough to try to write for the consumer independently.

Whack me on the head all you want

It won't change the facts. Nor was I defending Apple, just taking exception to declarative statements on a site that puts itself out as authoritative, that are clearly false.

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So you got a better alternative than what's out there? Or are you just whining because you have the mic?

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For a few bucks, you can add

For a few bucks, you can add a ton of functionality to the AppleTV with aTV Flash. You have to jaibreak it, but Firecore gives super easy instructions on how to do that. Well worth it.
http://firecore.com/

Adding Tags and Cover Art Made Easy

As an add on to starflyer's comment, the shareware app I use to add tags and artwork to the movies I rip and that I record using EyeTV HD is called Subler. Super easy to use. It requires no knowledge of where or how iTunes stores the information shown on the Apple TV screen.

http://subler.en.softonic.com/mac?ab=3

AirPlay and DLNA are NOT the same thing

You seem to imply that AirPlay and DLNA are the same thing, and that Apple is taking a proprietary standard and foisting it on people over an already existing open one. This belief just shows a complete failure to understand how either technology works. Anyone who has played with both can immediately see the difference.
First of all, AirPlay is a push technology. You push audio or/and video from a device to another. Typically an iPhone/iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
DLNA is the other way round. It lets a device advertise what content is available and a client will pull from it.
While the DLNA has given lip service to adding push functionality, essentially zero practical effect has come of it. The advantages to push are many:
• AirPlay can be used to get synchronised playback from many different units. Multiple DLNA can playback the same file however, they may not be in sync. In fact, there is very little chance they will be.
• Want to stream internet content? Good luck with DLNA!
• Using push technology allows Airplay mirroring. There is no such equivalent for DLNA.
• Since DLNA simply streams the files, it is limited to the end device's codecs. It is also unable to stream content, such as window contents, or, as mentioned, internet streams.
In addition to these advantages of push, because it uses mDNS zeroconf, Airplay also allows MUCH easier set up and device control. DLNA doesn't give you quite the control over endpoint devices the same way that Airplay does.

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"You seem to imply that AirPlay and DLNA are the same thing" . . . No he doesn't. Reread the paragraph with a little less bias.

It's a very useful feature [AirPlay] but there is also another industry sharing protocol called DLNA which is supported by all the major consumer electronics manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, Western Digital and others.

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Perhaps you should read it again

The quote you copied exactly proves my point. The author clearly implies that the two technologies do the same thing, and server the same purpose. They do not.

Since you don't know that

Since you don't know that DLNA can push, then you clearly are an ignorant person who's opinion doesn't matter.

A Couple Nitpicks

Wouldn't it be nice if you could access the Apple App Store, download a free game and play it on the big screen?
Have an iPhone or iPad? Play all your games mirrored to the TV through AirPlay. I've played Angry Birds plenty of times on my 50" plasma. Looks great too!

With an Apple TV you're pretty much limited to what you can "buy" in iTunes.
I have ripped my entire DVD/BluRay library into iTunes complete with tags and cover art. All of these are available to my Apple TV.