Big News of the Day: AppleTV

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?

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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  1. I have two TV’s at the moment and I love them…I would love to be able to pass one of them to my family and they can have the access to all of my content because they live next door and are already connected to my network…so I am getting ONE on Day 1 and will see from there…

    I think it is a total home run…I am just wondering if any of the functionality of the new TV will come to the old units…hello software update please