Apple’s second generation TV set-top box is now on sale in the UK, giving users the chance to stream HD movies to their TV via iTunes.
The Apple TV box is a quarter of the size of the original device which was on sale in the US. The black plastic Apple TV is 9.9×9.9×2.3cm and weighs just 0.27kg. It connects to a broadband router either via wi-fi (at b, g or n speeds), over a wired ethernet connection or via Apple AirPort Extreme.
Users of Apple TV must have an iTunes Store account to be able to rent films, and if they wish to stream media from a Mac or PC over their wi-fi network, their computer must have iTunes 10 or later installed.
HD movie streaming
HD movies streamed to an Apple TV will cost £4.49, and the device synchronises with other Apple products running iOS such as iPod Touch. iPhone and iPad. Apple TV buyers who own multiple Apple devices will be able to stream media between them for a seamless viewing experience.
Apple TV buyers in the US also get TV shows for 99 cents per episode, but these will not be available to UK viewers.
The Apple TV’s outputs include an HDMI socket for connecting to a compatible LCD or plasma TV, an optical audio socket and an ethernet socket. There’s also a micro-USB socket which Apple says is for service and support. The Apple TV is controlled via an aluminium remote control.
The Apple TV is available to buy online from the Apple website now, to be shipped within 1 to 2 weeks.
- First Look review of Apple TV
- Guide to online TV
- LCD and plasma TV reviews
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