Apple TV is Here

The Apple TV I ordered last week has arrived. It looks pretty cool, much more smaller than I thought it would be. Basically it is this little box attached to your HDTV. Quite similar to Xbox but it doesn’t play games.

It is “mostly” internet. You need to have a High Speed Internet Access to benefit from the Apple TV. It doesn’t have internal hard disk storage but it can play videos from your PC or iDevices (iPhone, iPod, iPad) through the feature called AirPlay. You can rent HD movies ($4.99) and TV Shows ($0.99) from the iTunes Store which is also accessible from the Apple TV.

Although the interface doesn’t look much like the one you see on your iPhone or iPad; Apple TV runs iOS and it does come with all the apps like Youtube, Flickr etc.

What’s Inside The Box?

  • Apple TV
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Controller (it can be used to control iTunes on the Mac as well)
  • Setup Guides

What Can It Do?

  • Rent TV Shows / Movies (in Standard or High Definition)
  • Use NetFlix
  • Watch Photos From Flickr
  • Watch content from your PC / Mac through iTunes
  • Watch content from iDevices through AirPlay

Around the back there’s an Ethernet port, an HDMI port (HDMI cable is not included in the package), power source port, optical audio and micro USB jack. It has built in Wifi so you don’t really need that Ethernet port anyways, although some may prefer connecting Ethernet port for greater internet speed.

Overall, Apple TV is an inexpensive device; a cool combination of hardware and software that is capable of connecting your TV to your personal computers.

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