We have a first generation Apple TV and we have been thrilled with it. I liked the fact that it had a hard drive and you could actually store media on it. You could also use it to sync stuff directly from your computer. We always found lots of content to purchase from the iTunes store. Overall, I have been happy with the Apple TV although it has many bugs.
Setting up the original Apple TV was a little tricky. It had to be paired with a computer iTunes account. If the host computer was turned off then you could only watch what had actually been transferred to the unit. Renting movies was the worst part of the first generation Apple TV. In order to rent a movie you have to download it, then transfer it to the Apple TV. Downloading and transferring could take anywhere from 40 minutes to a couple of hours. While movies were transferring, you could not use the Apple TV. If there was a blip in the wireless, then it would stop and you would have to start all over again.
I set up my mother’s new Apple TV and was immediately surprised at how seamlessly everything went. After it found the network and the computer it was pretty much up and ready to go. You can rent movies from iTunes on the computer where it will stream directly to the Apple TV. The computer has to remain on with iTunes open. What was even better though was renting a movie directly from the Apple TV. It seemed like the movie downloaded very quickly and was ready to play.
The new Apple TV also opens up other avenues for obtaining content. What really made me happy was to see that Netflix was available through it. We may look into getting a subscription to Netflix in the next little bit.
A review of the new Apple TV would not be complete if I didn’t talk about its size. It is so freaking tiny! It is smaller than a slice of bread and about an inch thick.
Seeing as how we bought my mother two Apple TVs, one for each of her houses, and we now know the other TV is way too old we are going to keep the new one and use both. Now, if I can just get it programmed into my Logitech Harmony Remote…