I’m one of the few people out there who own an AppleTV. I bought it originally because I wanted to find a way to get my movies from iTunes onto my TV without purchasing a Mac Mini. Does it work? Sure, but it’s a bit finicky at times. Up until today, I was pretty sure the Mac Mini was my best option. After today’s big announcements, I’m a bit unsure.
Here’s our scenario: We currently have two TVs, and three places where we would like to have them. Room 1 is the living room, which has a 52-inch Samsung DLP, DirecTV HD DVR, the AppleTV, and every game console we own – which is a lot. Room 2 is the bedroom, where we have a DirecTV HD receiver and a 40-inch LCD. Room 3 is the office, which has no cable line or television, but I want one.
In the living room, things are pretty much status quo. The AppleTV feeds music from the iMac in my office, and with the exception of Netflix (which we can get via the Wii, PS3 or XBox 360) we’ve got everything covered. Really, a new AppleTV doesn’t bring anything new to the table in my situation.
At $99, the AppleTV is almost at impulse-buy pricing, so I briefly considered buying one for the bedroom. Thing is, my wife hates the TV in there (I use it to go to sleep), and although she puts up with it, she’d rather it not be there at all.
Finally, there’s the office. There’s not a great place to mount any TV in its current configuration. However, if I were to change a few things around, there’s a spot I could put it with no problems. If I were to do that, the new AppleTV would be perfect. I could still stream my movies from my desktop, but also watch my Netflix queue as well. It could be – in theory – a perfect setup.
Of course, that’s where a new AppleTV would fit into my life. What about yours?