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Today Apple released it’s second version of it’s AppleTV product. To go along with the new iTunes movie rental service, Apple’s new version of the AppleTV has had a nice update. A quick feature rundown: No computer required Rent movies directly from the AppleTV (HD movies […]

Today Apple released it’s second version of it’s AppleTV product.

To go along with the new iTunes movie rental service, Apple’s new version of the AppleTV has had a nice update.

A quick feature rundown:

  • No computer required
  • Rent movies directly from the AppleTV (HD movies for $3.99; $4.99 for new releases)
  • DVD quality and HD quality + Dolby 5.1
  • Buy music directly from AppleTV
  • Browse podcasts (audio and video)
  • Browse photos from Flickr and .Mac
  • Sync with iTunes
  • Preview movies and see what other users have rented
  • Run photo screensavers pulled from .Mac web galleries

There has also been minor price drop from $299 to $229.

All of these features will be available as a free software update in about 2 weeks. Good news is that you don’t need to purchase a new AppleTV to get all of the new stuff!

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  1. Wow, I was surprised to see all of this offered as a free update. Now I’m definitely going to be picking up an tv very, very soon.

  2. It is still disappointing that there is no DVR function. I felt like this could have been a much more monumental change to the Apple Tv.

  3. Still no hardware updates. Apple TV desperately needs an HDMI out. Otherwise renting HD movies will be pointless.

  4. Since the refurbished 160GB tv dropped to 279.00, I ordered one. :)

  5. New 160GB are $299 at least at some Costcos.

    #3, Apple TV has had HDMI out since the beginning. What are you, a troll?

    I’m still probably returning mine in favor of a Mini, since I can then use my EyeTV to get old VHS tapes into iTunes/Frontrow

  6. Reply to Bob Smith;

    Apple TV does have an HDMI output. I have been watching fantastic HD content since buying the Apple TV the first week it was released in 2007. I record HD over air broadcasts with an EyeTV Hybrid (transferred to iTunes automatically) and also watch HD podcasts. The new software update will allow me to skip Blu-Ray for a while and still rent 720P content for display on my home theater projector, which doesn’t support 1080P or non-hdcp content anyway.

  7. I am too old to be up on all the tech, but just bought a 52″ Bravia LCD 1080p with a Blue-Ray. Am I going to be disappointed in my viewing experience if I buy an Apple TV and download HD movies via Apple vs renting dvd.

    thanks,

    Leonard

  8. Reply to Leonard, I don’t believe you will be disappointed if the content is 720p. Apple indicates it will be HD so we can only conclude that means 720p. I have been watching HD podcasts and they look fantastic! Happy viewing!!!!!

  9. When as this supposed to release? Two weeks starting when?

  10. Reply to Leonard…….Although it is 720P it is compressed meaning that it will look better than a standard DVD but not as good as HD over satellite/cable and definitely inferior to a Blu-Ray or HDDVD disk. It all comes down to the mbps that each avenue can support among other things. I know that this is a broad swipe at explaining it but it gives you an idea of what to expect. I own an AppleTV as well and I am eager to rent an HD title now that the software update is out. I hope to be pleasantly surprised. So far none of the trailers are in HD so I guess we’ll all have to rent some content.

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