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Apple TV (launched September 2010) (Old model) (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Apple
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  • Stream films, TV programmes, music, photos and more to the redesigned Apple TV
  • Connect to your widescreen TV and wirelessly sync your iTunes library
  • Rent films, ad-free and in HD with Apple TV. HD films start from just £3.49, SD films from £2.49
  • Control with the free Remote app or stream content from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with AirPlay
  • The new Apple TV is energy efficient with an incredibly small carbon footprint

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.9 x 2.3 cm ; 549 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
  • Item model number: MC572B/A
  • ASIN: B0040GIZUC
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,260 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Apple TV has been redesigned to be small in size but big on entertainment. Rent from a selection of the hottest HD films. And stream photos and music from your computer to your widescreen TV.

Apple TV, streamlined
Apple TV, streamlined

Design. Apple TV, streamlined

Our most entertaining design yet
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.

All streaming. No hassle
All streaming. No hassle
All streaming. No hassle
Everything you want to watch - films, TV programmes, photos and more - streams wirelessly to Apple TV. That way you don’t have to worry about managing storage or syncing to your iTunes library. HD film rentals play over the Internet to your widescreen TV, while music and photos stream from your computer. Either way, all you have to do is click and play. Since Apple TV features a powerful A4 processor, it streams everything effortlessly, without frozen screens or stutters. Video looks crisp and clear. And just like watching a DVD, you can fast-forward through opening credits, pause for a popcorn break or replay a hilarious scene until you memorise every line.

Get connected with Apple TV
Setting up Apple TV is about as simple as it gets. Just plug the power lead into the wall and connect Apple TV to your widescreen TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately). Since everything streams wirelessly to Apple TV, that’s all you need. Well, that and a comfy sofa.

HD Films. Instant film rentals--It puts the cinema in home cinema

No more waiting for DVDs or watching stale blockbusters on cable. With Apple TV, you get instant access to the hottest Hollywood titles and new releases. Popular films are never out of stock and you can rent as many as you want. That's perfect for those spontaneous film nights (or afternoons or mornings). Search by top films, title or genre. Read a quick film review and watch the trailer. Once you find what you're looking for, simply press Play, and in seconds, you're watching the opening credits with cinema-like Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.* SD rentals start from just £2.49, and HD rentals from £3.49. You have 30 days to start watching, and once you begin, you can watch as many times as you want in 48 hours. (*Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound is not available with all HD rentals.)

Tune in to web favourites
YouTube, MobileMe and Flickr. Tune in to web favourites

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YouTube, MobileMe and Flickr. Tune in to web favourites--The Internet's most wanted. Now on your HDTV

Put down your mouse and grab a remote. In addition to films and TV programmes, Apple TV gives you access to some of your favourite Internet content - and makes it even more entertaining by giving it the film-star treatment on your HDTV. Browse and play YouTube videos, watch your favourite HD podcasts and listen to Internet radio through your home entertainment speakers. Apple TV even lets you access Flickr photos and MobileMe galleries. From the biggest screen in the house.

Photos, music and videos. Be VIP of your TV

Turn your TV into an HD photo album

With Apple TV, every megapixel of every photo looks amazing. Big, bold and in glorious HD: it's the treatment your digital life deserves. So instead of huddling around a computer screen, you and your friends can relive memories from a comfy spot in your living room. Or add some life to the party with a photo slideshow. Select an album, pick a slideshow theme and finish it off with a soundtrack featuring music from your iTunes library.

Your music
Your music. Your speakers. The perfect duet

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Your music. Your speakers. The perfect duet

You've got tons of music on your computer. But the best speakers in the house are part of your home cinema system. Apple TV connects them without missing a beat. Your iTunes music library streams directly to Apple TV. So you can sit back, choose a tune and enjoy the music.

Give your digital collection some airtime

Those films and TV programmes you bought on iTunes don't have to stay on your computer. For maximum entertainment, stream your digital collection over the air to your Apple TV. Just don’t forget to get the best place on the sofa.

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. The perfect companions to Apple TV

The perfect companions to Apple TV
iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. The perfect companions to Apple TV

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Channel surf, tap and flick with the Remote app

Control Apple TV using your iPhone or iPod touch. Download the Remote app free from the App Store. And with a flick of your finger, you can rent new films and browse your media collection. Remote uses the same easy-to-use interface you already use to browse music and video on your Multi-Touch device. So straightaway, you know how to navigate. If you want to find something specific, use your device's QWERTY keyboard to quickly tap out the title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen. Then keep tapping to play, fast-forward, rewind and pause to your finger's content.

If it's on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it's on Apple TV**

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:
  1. Start watching a film or TV programme on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  2. Tap the AirPlay icon and choose Apple TV.
  3. Whatever you’re watching will instantly begin streaming to your widescreen TV.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

237 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 July 2011
I read the reviews and online discussions before springing for the Apple TV. Most of them are from December or earlier. Without disputing the experiences of earlier reviewers, it's clear now that many of the glitches have been ironed out, and the Apple TV which I'm now watching works well, and intuitively. That said, Apple TV is not a magic trick and will perform no better than your internet connection will allow.

What it's like when it's working right
When it's operating as intended, Apple TV allows you to rent and watch HD TV for (typically) £4.99 for 48 hours access. The picture is pristine, and, once loaded, plays without any of the glitches or artefacts you get with BBC iPlayer or 4OD. You can also watch YouTube videos, and listen to radio. For some reason, you can further watch American baseball, if this appeals. As well as downloading directly from the internet, you can stream from an iPhone, iPad, or computer with iTunes installed and WiFi.

Connections
There is just one HDMI output, and no HDMI input. This means that you have to have a free HDMI port on your TV, or swap plugs, or use an HDMI splitter. Some splitters will work, others won't. Generally speaking, splitters that are actually physical switches should work, whereas splitters that look for an active signal may be more problematic. There's also an optical out, but no analogue out. You can either get this from your TV, or some other device that accepts optical audio. Getting the signal in is by ethernet or wifi. Doing it by wifi is asking for trouble, because it will slow the whole connection down, especially if there's a of competing wifi in your area.

Limitations
The Apple TV can't download video faster than your network connection allows.
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429 of 458 people found the following review helpful By Jo the bulb on 27 Dec. 2010
This is a gorgeous looking device, absolutely tiny, and a joy to set up (plug in, connect to the TV, enter your network details & you are ready to go). But for a UK user for now, it is the content that is severely lacking, and since it is a device that lives or dies by what it can deliver, that is quite a problem.

The film download service seems reasonably priced, but compared to my Virgin Media VOD, it's a slow process. Browsing YouTube & Flickr are initially both fun, but neither has a great deal of long-term appeal to me.

The worst part is that if you have spent some time collecting all of your various iTunes libraries onto a single, central NAS that can then be shared by all of the Apple devices in our house (several laptops, a desktop & an iMac) using the iTunes sharing function on the LaCie NAS, this is simply not compatible with the Apple TV, that needs to connect to a computer running iTunes to share the media. It's a counter-intuitive step, really, requiring you to have an iTunes computer *and* the Apple TV to be running at the same time to stream - how is that good for economical power use?

To sum up, the pros are that it's tiny, looks lovely and produces good quality images and sound. However, for me the cons are pretty serious: no access to UK-based streaming media (iPlayer, 4OD etc.), no UK-equivalent to NetFlix, no NAS sharing of media, whether video, music or images. I have seen criticism that it's HD-output is only 720p, but on my television, it still looks very good, so that is not really a con for me

I said before: 'All of this, I am sure, could be, and may well be, fixed in a software update in the future. But for now, for a UK user, the Apple TV is a nice toy, but not really a useful media device'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Andrew T Gibson on 14 Dec. 2010
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I received the Apple TV as a birthday present in November 2010 shortly after its release.
I was a little vexed that apple removed the hard drive, meaning all existing films you own need to be sent from your computer with itunes turned on. However my laptop is always usually on so this did not present a huge problem.

The ios update in late November allowed me to be out and about listening to my iphone, come home and send the audiobook or film without wires direct to my apple tv to continue listening or watching. This is a great feature I can also send photos I have taken, however videos you have taken are not allowed at present, I hope this will be changed with a future update!

My broadband connection is too slow to stream hd rentals so I have switched this off in the settings (allowing slightly cheaper standard definition rentals too), however I noticed at peak times I was still having problems streaming movies in standard definition so have reverted to renting them on my macbook through itunes (usually takes 40 mins on 2mb broadband) and then playing this through the apple tv once the movie has downloaded preventing any stutters or streaming problems.

I enjoy watching weekly video podcasts and have family mobile me photo and video streams set up to be viewed. However I cant help feeling that a few features are missing. The new apple tv uses the same a4 chip as the iphone 4 and ipad and indeed is ios based, so why are there no apps? Perhaps this will be resolved which future updates to compete with google tv and other devices which offer love film streaming services, and other additional benefits.

its a nice little box which will be used a lot over the christmas holidays, however needs apps to compete in this market and 99p tv episodes which have not reached the UK shores unlike in the USA where tv episodes are 99 cents.
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