I thought about doing a review of Apple TV that simply said
It’s fucking awesome.
but I decided that would be kind of a cheesy jip.
Here’s something a little more substantive.
Apple TV’s pretty great. For 99 bucks( + 20 or so for the HDMI cable) you can make killing brain cells and losing the ability to carry on a conversation seem new and exciting again.
As per usual, the set-up is typically Apple-ian. It’s quick and no-muss. You hook the little Apple TV device up to a power source near your TV, then use an HDMI cable to connect it to your TV. That’s it. After using your regular television remote to punch in the proper Input setting (which will probably be HDMI 2 or HDMI 3 on your set) you’re good to go.
Using your Apple remote, you’ll do things like punch in your WiFi settings and turn on Home Sharing, which allows you to play your iTunes library through your TV.
All told, it probably took me 20-30 minutes to get everything set up, and that’s because I’m used to having access to a keyboard when setting up accounts. When you use the Apple Remote, you’re scrolling letter to letter, which takes some time.
And that brings me to perhaps my only complaint about Apple TV. The Apple remote is the same remote you get with Macs and I–I imagine–most Apple products. It’s little and sleek and minimalist (has only 3 buttons, really). Which is nice to look at, but doesn’t always make getting from menu to menu very efficient. Let’s put it this way, you’ll be pushing the “Menu” button a lot. It’s a small quibble but definitely a quibble worth mentioning.
This is boring. Let’s get to the fun stuff. Apple TV allows you to do all sorts of neat things like
- watch YouTube videos on your TV
- Stream a huge portion of the Netflix library (Seriously, you get access to shitloads of movies and TV shows. Pretty much the only thing you can’t get are, like, the movies that came out the day before.)
- look at flickr photostreams
- play your iTunes library though your TV
It’s a trip to have all that media at your fingertips.
And, really, who would not want to see my son making monster noises on a 42-inch flatscreen?
Apple TV’s also let me check out a couple of shows I’d been meaning to watch for, like, ages and because life got in the way never did. See? Apple TV is so good it pwns LIFE!
Do check out “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” and “Portlandia.” I’m loving what I’m seeing so far.
What? I have an obsession with David Cross of creepy stalkerian proportions? Forget that. That does not make me biased.
Finally, there’s this: