Review: Apple TV Just Plain Works

At a Glance
  • Apple's video receiver is stylish and easy to set up, but you're confined mostly to iTunes-supported content. On the other hand, that content now includes downloadable movies.

At a Glance
  • Apple's video receiver is stylish and easy to set up, but you're confined mostly to iTunes-supported content. On the other hand, that content now includes downloadable movies. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Very easy to set up
    • HD movie rentals
    • Offers HD movie rentals
    • 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound support
    • Improved interface
    • Can be used without a computer
    • AirTunes support
    • Ability to stream .Mac Web Galleries and Flickr albums

    Cons

    • Doesn't support non-Apple video standards
    • Slow HD downloads
    • No music video shuffle
    • 24-hour rental period too short
    • No music search feature
    • Playback of HD movies and trailers can be interrupted during download by rebuffering
    • Not as stable as previous software
    • Can't directly subscribe to TV shows or podcasts

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