Apple TV delays for some Aussie buyers

Xavier Verhoeven
1 October, 2010
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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.


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  1. Daniel says:

    I had this happen on my iPad order. It was in this status for 3 days then it just showed up on my door step.
    So we may still get them today…..

  2. AMW staff says:

    I hope you’re right, but I’m not holding my breath.


  3. NickT says:

    I’ve called my local TNT office.. I’m definitely not getting mine today. Really hoped it would be here for long weekend too.

    Might be a good excuse to go and pickup the GoFlex TV to play with instead then! :^)

  4. NickT says:

    Maybe we can blame Virgin Blue’s computer dramas? :^)

  5. DigitalPulse says:

    Apple have updated the estimated shipping dat to 1 – 2 weeks. Yesterday it was 3 – 4 weeks

  6. Pat D says:

    Things are looking up. My order now says Shipment in transit. Location – Sydney.

  7. Greg Ramsey says:

    I received my TNT delivery of my new Apple TV on Thursday, September 30.

  8. Russell says:

    Received mine last Thursday !!

  9. NickT says:

    Wow.. an update… finally! :^)

    03 Oct 2010 17:36:58 Sydney Shipment In Transit.

    So maybe Tuesday after all??

  10. chase says:

    My Apple TV just arrived.

  11. NickT says:

    Yay!! Just got mine too… WOWSER! Loving it! :^)

  12. Serge says:

    Good people.

    1. My MacBook catches apple TV remote commands. How do I disable it?
    2. Why rent for the “Away we go” is $6.99 through apple tv, and $5.99 through the iTune Store.


  13. Serge says:

    Good people,
    Please ignore 1. from my comment above.

  14. AMW staff says:

    Serge, the $1 difference is for HD. By default the Apple TV will rent the HD version – but only the SD version is available on your Mac (in Aus at least).

    You can opt to rent SD versions on your Apple TV in Settings.


  15. Serge says:

    Thanks Xavier!

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