Apple TV streams from iTunes, Netflix and your PC
$99 box fee for subscription TV
Apple TV ® has been updated again with subscription services in mind- with a start up fee of $99 for the new model. Of course, the new Apple TV can be used to stream videos, music and music from network computers, but its real power comes in connecting to iTunes, Netflix and other apps supported by Apple TV.
Both devices will stream movies, music and photos wirelessly from a nearby PC using Wi-Fi. But, to watch TV shows or movies, they require renting a streaming video. Each unit has its own sources of content.
Streaming movies and TV shows instead of download them or buying DVD may emerge as the new delivery standard. If renting streaming videos becomes popular, it may make DVD's and Blu-ray disks and players obsolete.
The new Apple TV
The small black box, which fits in your hand, has built-in HDMI, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an internal power supply. The whole unit is less than four inches square. It is 80% smaller than the previous generation. It requires an HDMI connect to a HD TV in order to work.
It has an optical-audio port, an ethernet jack and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi networking to stream content from nearby computers.
Rent movies from iTunes
Apple's new Apple TV ® has an easy way to watch HD movies and TV shows on a HD TV.
Apple TV users select from the largest online catalog of HD movies to rent for just $4.99, this inlcudes watching streaming first run movies. iTunes has a catalog of over 7,000 movies with more than 3,400 in HD. Most new releases are available the same day they are released on DVD.
Rent TV shows from iTunes
Apple TV also has the largest online selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents an episode. Currently, the 99¢ HD TV rentals only available in the US.
Thousands of commercial free, HD quality TV episodes are available on iTunes® for just 99 cents. The content is updated daily as new shows are broadcast.
There is a period of up to 30 days to begin watching the episode, and then, 48 hours to finish watching. You can watch multiple times.
Stream web apps over Apple TV
You can also stream video content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from PCs and Macs to an High Definition TV.
Stream your PC entertainment content over Apple TV
Watch slideshows of your photos on your HD TV using Apple TV’s selection of built-in slideshows. Stream content from your PC or Mac to the Apple TV via a home/office Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection.
Purchase Apple TV online or in store
Apple TV, which comes standard with an aluminum Apple Remote, will be available through the Apple’s online store, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.
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