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Does anybody know anything about apple tv?
would you reccomend it?

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I had it once, and i would not recommend it.

I would only recommend it if you use iTunes as your single media-storage-hub. If not you probably have to hack the unit or re - encode a bunch of videos to make them work.

In my opinion the hardware in the box is also to weak, it didnt play all hd movies i threw at it.

I would probably look at the popcorn hour box instead.

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Strukt do you have any infomation on the "popcorn hour box"

I was thinking about just buying a mac mini and using that??

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Yeah it would work fine i think

You can read more about popcorn hour here: http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/

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ok if i tell you what im trying to achieve then maybe you can advise further.
i want to be able to buy or rent movies online and store them on some kind of a system.

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Nathan, you are in the UK, aren't you?

There isn't a huge array of options (i.e. I don't think Popcorn Hour is available here) - but it seems like TV will suit you. You can read about it at www.apple.com/uk/appletv or ask here any questions
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yes i am in the UK

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can i use my currant broadband router to sync the files from apple tv?

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I'm loving my appleTV. I've had it for about a year and a half, no issues at all, I love it's wireless N. It's quality is fantastic.

You will have to convert any old media/dvd's for it. I use this:
http://www.techspansion.com/visualhub/

Fantastic product. I couldn't be more happy.

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When i had AppleTV i also used VisualHub to convert the videos. It worked wery good but it was a bit tedious task in my opinion. Not converting the videos, that was easy with visualhub. It was just all the waiting.

If the ATV would support more codecs from the beginning i would probably never have sold it ...

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ok if i tell you what im trying to achieve then maybe you can advise further.
i want to be able to buy or rent movies online and store them on some kind of a system.
Connect your mac to your TV with an HDMI cable. Or yes, you could buy a mac mini and then connect IT to your TV. More codec support, and ability to not only use amazon and itunes movie rentals and purchases but also any other computer feature.
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I have an AppleTV, and I enjoy it for the most part. My biggest complaint is the download speed. I rented an HD movie from iTunes, and it took almost four hours to download. Personally, when I rent a movie, I would like to watch it right then and there and not have to wait hours for it.

But everything else is nice. Sync-ing with your iTunes library is easy, and I really enjoy being able to play my iTunes music through my home stereo system without having to plug in my iPod.

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Hours??? Are u on dial up? When I rent or buy a movie it pops up a box a minute or 2 later that says you are ready to begin watching. You don't have to wait until its 100% done to watch it. Apple TV is great. I use it mostly for lots of the HD podcasts. But the movies look great on it too.

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OK call me stupid but what do you meen convert my videos (i understand what this is) im not sure y i would have to do it?? do you meen items that i have already purchased on my mac??

please explain

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Anything you get through itunes should work with no problems on an AppleTV. The files I convert are mostly my old DVD rips, created into AVI on my MythTV. Thankfully, the visualhub would let me process batch jobs, and I would do 6 or so a night.

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