So over the weekend I spent some time downloading content and using just the AppleTV as my main source of television entertainment. The cable man comes by today to cut the cord, and we’ll be off to the races, but there are a few things worth noting from the get-go.
First, the quality of video files from one company to the next seems to vary drastically. That’s something that I didn’t really expect (although, I probably should have). For example, I was not pleased with the latest episodes of SNL or South Park that I downloaded on Saturday. They look terrible on my television…SNL is so pixilated, I thought I was watching a YouTube video blown up to full screen.
Most of the NBC shows, however, all look pretty darn good. Shows like Heroes, Andy Barker P.I., Raines, The Office, and 30 Rock all look rock solid. I’m not sure who is doing the SNL enoding…but fire them and give it over to the guys doing the rest of your programming NBC.
I also downloaded a few movies…The Prestige and The Royal Tanunbaums…and both of them look pretty good. I think “near DVD quality” is probably accurate…but I do have to say, I have very little motivation to download more movies from iTunes if they’re only going to be “near DVD”. I can go buy a DVD…and seriously, with as long as it takes to download the movies and transfer them to the AppleTV…I could have just as easily gotten in the car, driven to a store, purchased the DVD and returned home…and in most cases the DVD wouldn’t have been much more expensive…and in A LOT of cases…the DVD would have been significantly less expensive.
So, for now, I don’t think I’ll be spending TOO much time in the movie section of the video store…
Check back tomorrow as 30 Days of AppleTV continues….