dealsapple tv at best buy for $89.99 + free shipping

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same price at amazon & no tax.

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Save your Money, the only reason to own this over other boxes would be the Apple Media or Airplay.

I own one and Apple decided to reward my loyalty by jacking up prices on rentals and hiding early releases.

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Dang. I just bought one yesterday!

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Any whispers about a jailbreak yet?

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Unless you've already invested in an Apple household (Macs, iPhones, iPods), this device is a very poor choice among some really great devices. WDTV does so much more than this, for the same or less money.

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@subrec: If you bought it from BB they will refund your money for the new on-sale price.

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Save your money, this is only for people have an iPod, ipad, Mac, or that like youtube or Pandora. So unless your 1 of those billion people, forget it.

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I have 2 Apple TVs and I love them. Now, I do have iPhones and iPads in my home, but no Macs (cant afford them). But I stream my mp4 movies to my Apple TV from my PC almost exclusively. I do admit there are other fine products out there, but if you have/love your iPhone/iPad you will love having the Apple TV.

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I wish I never bought this paperweight. The main purpose of this device is to get you to buy content from Apple, and it's useless without a Macbook.
I'm amazed how much better my OLD WDTV Plus is. With ATV, you can't see any media on your own network, no support for CIFS/SMB/NFS/FTP/UPNP/DLNA/SCP or just about anything but playing media from a Macbook, or from paid streaming services.

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@jaf323: You can stream audio, images and video from your computers on your home network that are running iTunes.

I have a WDTV but stopped using it as it seemed to be more difficult for my wife and kids to use.

Of course some hate iTunes, others find it helpful. If you're the prior, this isn't for you. If you're in the latter group, you may want to consider an Apple TV.

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I made the mistake of installing iTunes once. I will never make that mistake again. Anything that requires iTunes to work will never see the inside of my home.

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jaf323,

You just aren't using it right. If you have an Android, then it makes sense you wouldn't have much use for it for streaming. If you have an iOS device (i.e. iPhone, iPad) then you can stream video to it from your device. So say you go to the park, and you take video and pictures on your iPhone. You can then go home and stream it to your Apple Tv to show your family and friends. I use it all the time because I'd rather watch video there than on my small screen on my iPhone or iPad. You can also mirror your device. This isn't that useful that often, but what I've done is play games with friends, like the app Songpop so we all hear the music and people yell out the song names, so it makes it a multi-person game. This sounds boring, but we did this for hours on two different occasions and it was quite entertaining.

You can also stream music to it.. My girlfriend and I both play music a couple times a week from our iPhones or iPads while cooking, relaxing etc.

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So aside from streaming, I haven't used my Macbook pro with my Apple TV in probably over 2 years. It just isn't practical. And I usually don't want to see old videos on my big screen tv. It's too much work to pull out the Macbook etc. Other things you can do are paid services. We use Netflix which is pretty great, but you can also use the Netflix App on your iPhone or iPad which is a better more interactive experience than the more limited Apple TV and remote. So choose what you want and stream away. If you have HBO, you can get the HBO Go App and stream that as well. Or go to a friend's house that doesn't have HBO, but has an Apple TV, and stream HBO there.

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We also use it a lot for the free services too. Youtube is pretty great on it. Anything on Youtube that you would watch at home on your iPhone or iPad you should be streaming to the Apple TV for a larger better experience. It also has Podcasts built in. You can save favorite Podcasts and it will populate and notify you of new Podcasts. I only watch the video Podcasts as I can't sit through audio Podcasts. It's very cool. It's basically like on-demand video from your cable/satellite provider.

So there you have it. You don't need a laptop, just an Apple TV with the remote, and you can do a lot. But if you have an iPad or iPhone, or iPod Touch you can do a lot more and you'll have a much more immersive, great experience.

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Oh and I forgot to add Apple Movies. Sure a Redbox, even on Bluray, is cheaper than even a 3.99 Apple movie, but it's mostly convenience and selection. Let's face it, Redbox is great, but they rarely have movies you want to see if you rent from them often. Apple movies has a large selection and we can almost always find something to rent, where at a Redbox, we walk away often without any interest in what they are offering. The movies are only good for 24 hours if you rent, but they have a more expensive purchase option too. Check it out!

Cheers,
Joseph

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@fuzi719: Thank you for your valuable input. Your perspective is unique and challenging, and is certainly NOT indicative of bandwagon-jumping or attention-whoring on your part.