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Jobs reveals Apple TV update, HD rentals [U]

updated 01:25 pm EST, Tue January 15, 2008

Apple TV Take 2

Apple chief Steve Jobs today revealed a reworked version of the Apple TV media hub's user interface that is said to be greatly improved from the original, allowing users to pull more content directly from the Internet. The device can now buy music, movies, and TV shows itself, which can sync back to a home computer. It also takes advantage of Apple's new iTunes movie rental service and has the option of receiving iTunes movies in a 720p HD resolution as well as standard definition, Apple says. Owners can now also browse .Mac and Flickr photo accounts directly from the device and create photo screensavers on the fly.

Prices for content are unchanged for the same version of a given video when buying from the hub, and downloads are quick; most videos, even HD, will begin playing in under 30 seconds, Jobs says. iTunes HD rentals cost $5 for new releases and $4 for back-catalog titles. The new feature will be available as a free software update for all Apple TVs. New 40GB models with the features built-in will start at $229 and ship within two weeks from the online Apple Store, as will 160GB models at $329.



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  1. jwdsail

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    HD on AppleTV only???

    Please tell me I'm reading this all wrong...

    From how the announcement was structured, it sounds as if HD rentals will be restricted to the AppleTV???

    I have a Mac mini in my home theater, thanks...

    I'm not going to buy an additional $229 AppleTV for the "privilege" of renting HD content... I'm not *that* interested in rentals in the 1st place.. was hoping for an announcement that HD content would be made available for *purchase*...

    Please tell me this is just a bad mis-structuring of the announcement... I really want to be wrong here....

    jwd

  1. QualleyIV

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    re: hd on appletv only???

    OMG, really, some people never have a good word to say. I have an ATV and I loved it BEFORE the MacWorld announcements. Now, I love it even more. If you're not satisfied with your current hardware, go buy an AppleTV, otherwise, just shut it.

  1. jwdsail

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    re: qualleyiv

    Thank you for your very polite, intelligent, mature reply.

    Have a nice day.

    jwd

  1. Stone Soldier

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    Disappointing

    In my opinions Apple TV wont get mainstream into the living room without a DVD player preferably HD and DVR functionality. I already have all the functionality they just offered on my Xbox 360 and I get to play games as well. Okay I can't stream pictures from Flickr, but apparently the ATV can't either ;-)

  1. hayesk

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    Re: HD on AppleTV only

    jwdsail, you brought that reply on yourself. Instead of simply asking the question, you went on a little rant assuming that HD rentals were AppleTV-only before even confirming it.

    Why not wait and see before complaining?

  1. deasys

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    Re: disappointing

    "I already have all the functionality they just offered on my Xbox 360 and I get to play games as well."

    With your 360, you also get an ugly, big, noisy box with a bad remote control.

    No thanks.

    "Okay I can't stream pictures from Flickr, but apparently the ATV can't either"

    Yes, it can--software update in 2 weeks.

  1. jwdsail

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    re: hayesk

    Sigh,

    Take a deep breath and re-read my post...

    My post, was a post stating that I hoped I was reading things wrong. It was expressing concern.. It was questioning the structure of how these things were being announced/reported... How the h*** is that a "rant"?

    (throws hands up)

    Have a nice day all.

  1. nemolives

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    Disappointed....again

    I was really hoping that along with this would be either the announcement of itunes online TV and movie purchase/rental for Australians OR a HD-DVD/Blu-ray player OR a HD TV tuner. Any one of those options would make the Apple TV a worthwhile purchase for the Aus market. There's very little incentive to buy one of these in Aus at the moment - especially as the 160GB version comes with a AUD$449 price tag.

  1. testudo

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    Well...

    no blue-ray announcement. No built-in player. I told you people!

  1. nemolives

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    Correction

    In my previous post I incorrectly stated that the 160GB version of this is AUD$449 in Aus - that's actually the 40Gb version!. For half the money you can buy an XBOX 1st gen with the HD cables, hack it and load XBMC which can talk to your itunes lib and play all your music and video content. Oh and it can play Xbox games.... Apple have missed the mark in Aus - there needs to be some incentive to spend the AUD$579 for the 160GB version (which is ridiculous). I though Apple were keeping the pricing consistent globally - USD$229 is AUD$254 NOT AUD$449 - we're being ripped off almost AUS$200 on the base model

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