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Old Mar 28th, 2012
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How about Apple TV?

Ive been playing with it for a little while now and I think its pretty good! The interface is great and the quality out of the 1080P is not up to K Scape BR playback standards but for renting some lighter fare, its really more than fine.
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I LOVE my AppleTV, but don't (yet?) see it as an alternative to Kaleidescape. Love it for buying on occasional TV show I want and missed, I use it for getting to Netflix streaming, and love the airplay and photo features. But it's not a whole-home high-end way to navigate owned movies, to watch movies many times, to enjoy bonus content and features, etc. that's why i bought Kaleidescape.

AppleTV going to a faster processing and (finally) 1080p does signal good things may be coming...
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I can tell you on my 64" plasma a sample of 1080P I tried looked very pleasing.

Its really not an alternative to K for many of us here, BUT, while I like owning the movie, I think there many that do the math and say- gee for $5 or so I can rent a HD quality movie whenever I want and I'll probably only watch it once anyway. Compare with spending the money for the disc which is many times that plus the server and other equipment.

I guess while Apple TV isn't truly an alternative for us here, I can see some people cross shopping it and other devices.
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I can tell you on my 64" plasma a sample of 1080P I tried looked very pleasing.

Its really not an alternative to K for many of us here, BUT, while I like owning the movie, I think there many that do the math and say- gee for $5 or so I can rent a HD quality movie whenever I want and I'll probably only watch it once anyway. Compare with spending the money for the disc which is many times that plus the server and other equipment.

I guess while Apple TV isn't truly an alternative for us here, I can see some people cross shopping it and other devices.
I don't know why I couldn't buy my movie from apple and store it on my K system. Once on the system I would continue to get all the K benefits......Right?
I know we can't do that now but perhaps the current realities for K might prompt them now to consider it seriously.

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I am about to get Apple TV but I am planning on using it for auditioning shows/movies, if I like something I will still buy a hard copy.

Apple TV has enormous potential given the might of Apple it will be interesting to see how it develops.

I am a collector and I still prefer a disc on the shelf and a copy on the server. If I own a hard copy I am assured of its future availability.
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Peter the reason right now is legal and technical. I don't think the K system supports the files in the format they are but both of these could be overcome. It would be nice to have the K as a kind of high end NAS.
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I am about to get Apple TV but I am planning on using it for auditioning shows/movies, if I like something I will still buy a hard copy.

Apple TV has enormous potential given the might of Apple it will be interesting to see how it develops.

I am a collector and I still prefer a disc on the shelf and a copy on the server. If I own a hard copy I am assured of its future availability.
I'm a collector as well. There is still some distance to be covered with respect to uncompressed bit for bit originals but I honestly believe it will happen. The current arrangement with Apple (aside from the aforementioned quality) is actually a superior arrangement to buying the physical disk. You can download the movie to your own storage system. You can stream it formatted to your iPad, iPhone(heaven forbid), pc/Mac or tv/projector. If you lose your movie you can download it again. I haven't tried it yet but if it works as advertised you can match your standard movie and they will recognize a master copy in the cloud and offer a free upgrade to HD (note thats not Blue Ray quality yet). You can rent a movie to watch before you buy. I own more movies than I care to admit that I probably would never watch a second time but would have risked a rental if it was convenient.

Also Apple is committed I believe to a well resourced long term product strategy that will continue to build value over the next decade. The only downside I think is the lack of protection for obsessive collectors who can bulk up their collection with a simple click of a mouse.

I just wish I could integrate all of these benefits into my Kaleidescape system.

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That pretty much sums me up right there-- and I suspect we are not uncommon.
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I love the new Apple TV. If you have young kids, the Netflix interface is great. We used to watch netflix through the app on our BluRay player which only showed what was in your queue and it was in a linear format and had the grown-up stuff mixed with the kids stuff.

The Apple interface has a "just for kids" section which shows your queue, but more importantly shows suggestions and under what I call the "cool factor" it has a characters section which shows a picture of the main character (e.g. sponge bob, spider-man, elmo) of a show and your child can just select the character to watch the show. My 5 year-old can independently operate it perfectly (which is perfect for a 6AM weekend wake-up) (Please note: this is not intended to be support for using the TV as a babysitter but as a training mechanism for future home theater enthusiasts)

and as others stated - pretty fast and picture quality is very good (watching it on a 65" plasma)
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And they still call this just a "hobby"... I wonder what happens when they decide its an actual business...
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