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#1 User is offline   BrianB 

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Posted 31 May 2010 - 02:14 PM

I have just read the Blog on this site Where is the Apple TV heading? and I have a few questions about Apple TV compared to lets say Google TV.

So Apple TV is essentially like an iPod where you can store Movies, songs etc that you have purchased from the iTunes Store so you can play it on your TV.

So do you have to have your Mac turned on, on a WIFI network, so you can then connect to the Apple TV to download your content to the box?

Do you have to purchase content from the iTunes store and then copy it onto Apple TV to play it on your TV, or can you stream it from iTunes to Apple TV and then onto your TV set without having to copy it onto Apple TV first?

Is this the main difference between Apple TV and Google TV...whereby Google TV will enable you to connect to the internet via a set top box or Google TV built directly into the TV set so you don't need to have your PC turned on connected to the internet to find content?

So essentially all Apple have to do, is put iTunes on the internet where you can search for movies etc..also make it able to search the rest of the web for content....make the Apple TV box able to connect to the internet directly via your wifi network instead of having to have your computer turned on.....so then you can both stream your content directly to your TV set from the internet via Apple TV or copy it to the Apple TV box to watch later and voila....they will have a competitive product to Google TV?

Am I on the right track here...
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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:30 PM

Wait until WWDC next week.
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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:36 PM

You've over-complicated it.

Yes, you synch an AppleTV with an itunes library on a mac.

If you have synched files, the mac does not need to be on.

You can choose just to stream content from your mac so it needs to be on.

You can purchase content or you can add content manually to iTunes as long as the video is in the correct format for the AppleTV. Most converters have a preset. Handbrake is popular.

Internet on a tv is being replaced by ipads.

AppleTV has a YouTube client.

As Mick said, there may be news at WWDC
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Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:40 PM

AMW also have a blog regarding the future of the tv.
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 08:29 PM

Apple TV and Google TV both are different though the work of both is same but there features are different. Google TV requires 1.2GHz “Sodaville” Atom Processor and 4GB of Memory whether Apple TV requires 1GHz “Crofton” Pentium M Processor and 256MB of Memory. Browsing is possible with Google TV not with Apple TV. The strategy of Apple is to provided contents that people require with a high standard of quality.
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 08:38 PM

View Postjacklinjones, on 21 July 2010 - 06:29 PM, said:

The strategy of Apple is to provided contents that people require with a high standard of quality.


And to lock people into sourcing their content from iTunes.
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