Yet more dust has settled after the Macworld keynote, and I've been thinking about the Apple TV product. I've had enough of watching downloaded TV on the iMac, and want to set up a home media centre. The way I see it, the obvious choices are either (a) use an XBOX 360, which has the added benefit of being able to play Gears of War, or (b) go with a product like Apple TV. I want to be able to get content onto it easily, as well as codecs, and not have to use a keyboard to get it to work. PVR capability is a nice-to-have. And it must support HD content.
As with the iPhone, I have storage issues with Apple TV. The average downloaded (compressed) movie is 700mb (.avi format), season 2 of Battlestar Galactica (compressed) came in at 7gb, and an HD movie can be more than 15gb. So what's the point of releasing a home media centre that only has a 40gb hard drive? Alright, the XBOX 360 only has 20gb (although I gather an upgrade is imminent). But the way I see it, these devices need to hold 500gb of data to be fit for current purposes. And at least a terabyte will be needed in a year's time.
Plus everything you want to download and watch would first have to go through iTunes, apparently. So for most downloads it would need to be processed by iSquint before it'll work on iTunes, then you'll need to wait while it syncs with the Apple TV.
So both the iPhone and Apple TV get little more than a raised eyebrow from me. Sigh.
But apart from that, I'm very happy with Apple today -my iMac died, and when I checked their web site it turns out that my model is subject to a free repair extension program. It is outside it's warranty and I won't have to pay a penny to get it fixed. Hurrah! I suppose some might argue that it shouldn't have broken in the first place, but I'm an early adopter and expect these things to go wrong.
UPDATE 14/1/07: I've done some research and have added a comment to this post with my findings.