UnBoxing Apple TV

Apple TV connects to your broadband router or network and earns its name by working with your lounge television, acting as a conduit to allow you to enjoy music and video from the internet. Updated, January 16 2009. Let's get one issue straight from the outset: the Apple TV does not play TV. Or at least, not your usual programmes from Freeview or cable and satellite stations. See also: Original Apple TV review See also: Apple TV Take Two review Apple TV connects to your broadband router or network and earns its name by working with your lounge television, acting as a conduit to allow you to enjoy music and video from the internet. Content can even be streamed from YouTube, and an onboard hard drive (40GB or 160GB) means video can be stored locally too. You set up the Apple TV by wiring to your television through HDMI or component video. Content comes to the device over either ethernet, or wirelessly by 802.11n. Beware though that the video output is tuned to 16:9 widescreen TVs. If you choose a 16:10 ratio 1920x1200 monitor, for example, the image will be slightly skewed. It works seamlessly with audio and video stored in your iTunes library on a nearby Mac or Windows PC. A wide selection of films and TV programmes can now be enjoyed in the UK, using the iTunes Music Store. You can also surf Flickr photo libraries. Video material can be either bought outright, rented for a 48 hour period; or both, depending on the film or TV programme in question. Much of the film content ...

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