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dturner

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I was set to get Apple TV for Christmas. So I started looking around at some of the newer movies to get an idea of cost but instead something else caught my eye. Several of the movies I looked up were either not available in HD or if they were HD it is for rental only. What's up with this? If I'm going to do this I want to be able to buy,not rent, HD versions of a movie.


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psylichon

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#2
ATV is really set up as a rental machine with no built-in storage. You can always purchase your movies elsewhere and import/convert them into iTunes for streaming to your ATV.
 

MNJON

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Nov 21, 2007
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#3
ATV is really set up as a rental machine with no built-in storage. You can always purchase your movies elsewhere and import/convert them into iTunes for streaming to your ATV.
What is the best/easiest program to convert store bought movies (DVD's) to import them to iTunes and then to my ipad or iPhone?
 

dturner

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#4
ATV is really set up as a rental machine with no built-in storage. You can always purchase your movies elsewhere and import/convert them into iTunes for streaming to your ATV.
Thanks Dave. Didn't realize it was geared toward rentals.
I already have a nice blu-ray DVD player so I see no need for ATV. I can see its purpose if a person leans more to renting than buying though.


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psylichon

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I already have a nice blu-ray DVD player so I see no need for ATV. I can see its purpose if a person leans more to renting than buying though.
You can think of it as a cheap way to get into a HTPC setup. If you keep movies on your phone or iTunes, it's an easy wireless interface to get it on the big screen. I have a couple HTPCs so the ATV is a bit redundant for me.
 
#7
I got my Apple TV a month or so ago and LOVE IT!

Aside from being able to watch my iTunes stuff on it, I can watch my collection of saved web videos, podcast & keynote addresses on "The Big TV". I've also ripped a few DVDs for it and they look good as well.

Another thing that I love about it is, I can play my music through the stereo now. Used to be I'd burn a CD and play it through the DVD player, or just play it on the computer and turn it up loud.

I don't have broadband at the house, so I can't take advantage of the online stuff, but it makes for a great media streamer for me. I've even added an extra 1Tb drive into the PC so I can load up more stuff. :)

What it ultimately comes down to is, will it do what YOU want it to do.
 

hustle

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just jailbreak your Apple tv. set up xbmc and never rent another movie again. infact you can even cancel cable