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Old 02-23-2008   #13
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If it stops pouring I might hit the Apple store today!
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Old 02-23-2008   #14
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Andrew,

You are also using the 802.11g versions correct? Any issues with streaming you've found? I hate to say it, but if I did go this route, and it will depend on what jobs pan out in the next four or five days, I would likely redo my home network to be 802.11n for them as my one AE has been close to the range limit, but that brings in a whole other can of worms, and would likely mean going apple for routers (for convenience), which is a little more expensive, but works so well.....

I just about have myself talked into it, and as tomorrow is Sunday and no gear will come in the mail then, I might just go buy it then and play around with it.......

Once again I have talked myself into spending $$ in seconds!

I am Ken, and I have a problem......
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Old 02-23-2008   #15
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My AppleTV's are all first generation models which have been upgraded to, I'm assuming, the latest specs. I have no issues streaming content via my AT&T U-Verse high speed internet router. When ever I restart my iTunes my downstairs AppleTV (the farthest from my office) takes about 5-10 seconds longer to come online but once it's locked it never loses the signal. I stream all content from external hard drives too, and still no hiccups or stalls. Truly, it's a solid product in that it does what it advertises. The video codecs were crap in the beginning but they are much improved and with proper ripping rival SD DVD. Music is the same as its always been. Use lossless compression and you'll be fine. The trick to remember is, the AppleTV is going to try and download your content right off the bat, you have to tell it to stream. I think that's a bit of a mistake on Apple's part but oh-well it's an easy fix. It's a fun little box to mess around with. Download the latest version of Handbrake (free on the internet) and you'll have a blast. For video art and details to round out your video info go to impawards.com and imdb.com. Between those to sites you'll have all the hi-res poster art and info you need to build your little movie/music server on the cheap. Anything else I can help you with let me know.
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Thanks Andrew,

I'll call you if I hit any jams but suspect I can get it together from here

You are so the man!
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Kenny,

I think you mentioned that you have an Apple computer. A lot of folks don't know this, but the Apple base stations can be "chained" together to perform one big nework. It is part of the way that they, and the Apple network, are designed to work.

I have a 2 story house with a basement, and was having a hard time getting total coverage. I purchased a base station for each floor. My internet connection is on the top floor. When you set up the each base station in the Apple network with the Apple administration software, you tell it whether it is the first base station, a pass-through base station or the last base station. It is intended for schools and small office buildings, but I figured I would overkill it, as I was getting frustrated.

In the end, I have a base station for EACH floor, so each floor is like it's own sub-network. I can walk floor-to-floor in my house with my laptop and never lose coverage. I have never had any issues since. I also have Airport Expresses in the network. Each base station also has an ethernet jack, so I have the base station in my basement, right behind my equipment. I plan on hardwiring the AppleTV to it, when I get one.

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Okay, so the girlfriend and I rented another HD movie from iTunes via the AppleTV and I found a few things I'd like to share with you. First, this little service is addicting. It's perfect for movie watching on a rainy day (which we've had nothing but for the past week). So we rented The Heartbreak Kid in 720p HD for $3.99. Again, it took about 45 seconds before it was ready to play and once it started it never missed a beat. Video quality was good. Most of the film takes place outdoors with plenty of light which helps with the natural color saturation, edge fidelity, depth and overall HD-ness of the picture. The black levels were good however, not quite as vivid and deep as I would've preferred. Motion was smooth and for a downloaded HD image being streamed to my source device, all artifacts and macro blocking were pretty much non-existant. I truly believe one would be hard pressed to tell downloaded HD media (in 720p) from a disc spinning the exact same thing. The compression is such that you really don't feel like you're watching a sub-par image. Sound quality was also good, however The Simpson's movie was better. Now, I had not seen Heartbreak Kid before last night so I have no true basis of comparison however, I enjoyed the film and felt that it looked very good given the circumstances and appreciated the connivence of the whole transaction.

Now, one thing that did tick me off was that downloaded HD content via the AppleTV stays on the particular AppleTV you rented it from. There is no sharing between multiple boxes. THIS IS A MAJOR OVERSIGHT and a HUGE BUMMER. I have an AppleTV in every room in my house and the ability to move from one TV to the next in streaming HD is cool, but during late night viewing somewhat a necessity as I've often started a film in my main theater only to finish it in my bedroom. Every other device I have (including the AppleTV with SD material) can achieve this feat, but not the AppleTV HD. Made me mad. If you rent via iTunes on your computer (which is SD only) you can share it with your AppleTV network same with all iTunes purchases as well. I hope this is just a version 2 omission and will be rectified in the near future. other than that, I have little to complain about when it comes to the HD rentals through AppleTV. Although I do wish I could purchase them. I didn't think that would be a big deal, and it's not, but last night after watching the film I did want to add it to my library permanently and Apple could've made a few more bones if they allowed me to do so. I'm sure HD ownership is coming..
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