Not only do we miss out on TV rentals on the new Apple TV (they are currently only available in the US), it also looks like Australian early adopters are facing a delivery delay on the new media player.
Apple sent out shipment notification emails on 27 September advising that the Apple TV would be delivered by 1 October. That day is today, and the TNT tracking website is showing a connection delay in Hong Kong, despite the fact that the Apple TVs have been sitting there since 28 September.
Of course, this delay likely only affects those who ordered 2 September (the day the Apple TV was announced), as current orders have an estimated shipping time of 2-3 weeks.
Rest assured, I’ll be reviewing the Apple TV as soon as it arrives. Whenever that may be. I’m as keen as anyone to see just how good it is without some of the US-only bells and whistles (such as Netflix and TV rentals).
Our shipping details are below. Let us know if you’re seeing anything more promising.
UPDATE: At least one lucky Western Australian has taken delivery of a new Apple TV, so there may be hope for us yet. Or, as he said on Twitter, perhaps AMW’s Apple TV was booked for a Virgin Blue flight and couldn’t check in.
UPDATE (4 October): Looks like Apple TVs are arriving for most people today. AMW took delivery of one of the miniscule devices this morning. Stay tuned for a full review some time this week.