Welcome to the fourth installment of my breaking the dish series, where I report on my experiences with devices I use to take full advantage of the various video entertainment offerings available via my Internet connection.
Today we look at the Apple TV. Out of the box, the apple TV is shaped much like the Roku Player, only smaller. It’s sleek, and black and small, for those who value aesthetics in their electronics, you’ll be pleased.
The Good: The Apple TV emulated its brothers and sisters from the ease-of-use standpoint. It was easy to set up – a few questions answered and I was up and running – all in, I was watching a television show in roughly 9 minutes. For those who know Apple products, Apple TV was no slouch when it came to interoperability (especially with other Apple products). A few clicks on my Windows system and iTunes was set up for “home sharing” which provided a direct link to all the media accessible in my iTunes account. A quick download from Apple (took a bit of searching on the App store) – turned my iPhone into a handy remote. The $99 price tag was reasonable.