Originally Posted by hvn4179
No local streaming from either NAS or computer? Can video be played from an attached usb drive? I see photos were able to display from a local computer and I guess a usb drive. $99 is a good price if it can do like a typical realtek or sigma based streamer.
It will stream from any Windows or Mac computer having iTunes and also from iPad, iPhone, iPod,... This is a big deal as it gives you portability between devices. On my current Apple TV I can stream stuff from a WHS unit. I can't stream stuff from my Drobo FS unless I use XBMC or Boxee or nitoTV.
If I were in the US this new ATV would be appealing, especially given the Netflix and other net content. For people in Canada this is not as appealing, unless Netflix up here is reasonably priced. Even then I still don't see why someone would choose Netflix over TMN on demand.
Of course this new ATV will not be for all. However, it's not the devil that some might think. What it isn't is a unit to manage locally ripped bluray video, and hence it isn't for the very top a/v enthusiast. It does fit in well with the iPhone, iPad, iTunes environment. No amount of discussion will win over those uncomfortable with Apple's approach. That's ok, as it's just another option.
I personally will replace my ATV with a new one. It will do everything the current one does in my situation. One thing is won't do is run Boxee or XBMC, but then a Boxee Box would be better for that. I doubt that this new ATV will be as open as the previous one, despite the USB port.
I wonder if this is a reason why the PopBox is having problems getting Netflix. Compared to this atv the
PopBox is an open door.
Not sure about TV rentals or purchases. The price is not unreasonable, but like pay per view movies this is not as appealing to many of us compared with the netflix type model.
Interesting. Not overwhelming but there are just too many constraints in the video and ebook publishing worlds to expect revolutionary products.