As we turn into the home stretch here, I find myself torn.
On one hand, I have to say that I am happy with the AppleTV.Â Not just as a device that plays my iTunes videos on my TV, but as a replacement for my cable bill.Â Even if, when I total up the money spent in the last post, it comes out to be more than my cable bill and dvd purchases would have been – I still don’t intend to get the cable hooked back up.
Because this works.Â Most of what I watch looks good, and I get to keep it.Â I own the shows that I have purchased, and I can watch them on my iPod, my Macbook Pro, or my TV with no encoding hassle, or worry that it won’t work with the stuff that I use ( I realize that if I was using non-Apple products it would be an issue…but I am using Apple products, so it’s not for me).
I’m also not worried about the eventual upgade to HD in iTunes because (based solely on my own speculation) the EMI deal with iTunes sets a precident, and I expect to be able to download HD versions of the stuff I have already downloaded (should I choose to) for a small fee.
When writing about it, all I can think about are the things that I don’t like…so I’m afraid it gives the impression of being unhappy with the device.Â I can still say that I wouldn’t recommend that a videophyle purchase it…and I am still surprised that there is no non-podcasting HD content available…
All of that said, we still have 8 days to go before the final verdict is in…so we’ll see.Â If it explodes between now and then, I’ll be very unhappy.