Topic: Apple TV
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Description:
The Apple TV makes accessing different types of media like music, movies and television shows easier and improves the quality with HD technology. Just by using an HDMI cable numerous facets of media like podcasts, shows and movies are all on demand. Buyers are given access to the largest movie library in the best high definition quality available and given the options of purchasing their favorite shows only a day after they air in high definition. The Apple TV turns consumers' televisions into a multimedia device that does far more than let one watch different TV shows and bought/rented DVDs. Photos, videos and pod casts are brought to the big screen and shown in vibrant high definition quality. The Apple TV makes your television a better music player alternative giving buyers the option of buying their favorite tunes with their home theater and even buying from the iTunes store. With wireless channeling through the television, your music library syncs to the television as well as giving you the ability to sync videos and songs to your computer, iPod and iPhone.



Applications:
Apple TV Provides access to a variety of free and premium media content--including movie rentals, TV shows, music, photos, podcasts, and YouTube videos--on your living room TV; streams media from networked Mac or Windows PCs; purchases and rentals can be done directly through iTunes Store on your TV; movie rentals from all major studios include some in HD and surround sound; sleek external design and elegant user interface; simple, streamlined setup; includes state-of-the-art 802.11n wireless networking; smooth streaming.

Features: What it can do
The Apple TV is probably best described to the uninitiated as "a networked video iPod for your living room." The small set-top attaches to your TV and streams all manner of media--video, music, and photos--over your wireless or wired home network. The specifics:

Movies: Any movie available from the iTunes Store can be viewed on Apple TV. Movies are available only for rent: $2.99 for older titles, $3.99 for new releases, and a buck more each for the HD versions.

TV shows: TV shows can be purchased from the iTunes Store for $1.99 an episode, or a whole season for a bulk price. Most current TV shows can be purchased. Shows are not yet available in HD, but the bitrate on the standard-definition video quality has been revved up, so they now look better on big-screen TVs.apple_tv.jpg

YouTube: YouTube has been converting the bulk of its video content to h.264 versions that are optimized for the iPhone and Apple TV. The videos are directly accessible through the Apple TV's main menu, under sensible submenus such as "featured," "most viewed," "top rated," and the like. You can also log in to your YouTube accounts and access your favorites.

Music: The Apple TV can be used to buy music directly through the iTunes Store and to stream songs already in the library on your networked computer. (Audiobooks can't be purchased through the on-screen interface, but they can be streamed from networked computers to the Apple TV.) Shocking, despite being available on the iTunes desktop software, Internet radio stations are not accessible on the Apple TV.


Web Resources:
http://www.apple.com
http://www.nytimes.com

Terminology:
High-Definition Television (or HDTV) is a digital television broadcasting system with higher resolutionSDTV than traditional television systems (standard-definition TV, or ). HDTV is digitally broadcast; the earliest implementations used analog broadcasting, but today digital television (DTV) signals are used, requiring less bandwidth due to digital video compression.

MP3 is a patented digital audio encoding format using a form of lossy data compression.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transmitting uncompressed digital data.

DVD stands for Digital Versatile/Video Disc, DVDR stands for DVD Recordable and DVDRW for DVD ReWriteable.

Citations/References:
http://www.apple.com/appletv/whatis.html
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-media-receivers/apple-tv-40gb/4505-6739_7-32306442.html
http://gizmodo.com/355843/apple-tv-20-review
http://www.macintouch.com/reviews/appletv/

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