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Apple TV - underpowered and a victim of Dr. M

by minimalist / September 14, 2008 4:11 AM PDT

I love all my Apple gear. I finally think there are enough movies and TV shows available in HD to justify an Apple TV so I get the 40GB model. The fact that it acts as another airtunes music streamer is a plus.

After a week of fiddling with it I am done and its going back. This is the absolute worst Apple product I have EVER encountered:

1. Menus are sluggish (or more often completely unresponsive) when synching, even for content that is already on the machine. Either this is crappy firmware or a horrendously underpowered piece of hardware. Either way it fails.

2. DRM issues abound. Content you buy on the Apple TV itself then won't to play with the device claiming "This Apple TV is not authorized to play this content". Double and triple checking the account info and restarting the machine does not good.

3. HD TV shows can;t be purchased on the machine itself. You still have to get them through iTunes and synch them over. Once they sync they start and stop and stutter and freeze. Better yet they may just disappear from the Apple TV altogether.

If this is the best example of what we can expect from downloadable and streaming digital content then I think physical media has a bright future.... at least until we can get rid of the DRM that screws everything up. My xbox 360 plays the content better but it is just as shacked with crappy DRM and a insanely convoluted "points" system for payment.

Its back to renting movies and TV shows via Netflix for me.

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