One month with AppleTV 2.0

Yes, I pre-ordered the new AppleTV and have been using it for the past two months.

I cancelled my Verizon FIOs TV Service two weeks ago.

I really like the new look of the AppleTV. That small little box looks really cool on my entertainment system furniture.

Setup was too easy, plug it in and plug the HDMI cable to my AVR. I think adding it to my Logitech One remote was more difficult. The UI for entering your username password for Netflix etc was not clean. The typical letters in keyboard layout but only move to the left or right with the remote makes for a slow process. But quicker than I found with my Samsung 3D Blu-ray player. (More about that in another post)

Once all the username/password has been entered you are good to go.

My wife, Franziska, was a little hesitant to cancel our TV service, but I assured her that while not every show is free, or every thing you can watch on TV is available, in the not to distant future that will change. Now she loves AppleTV, and had vowed to not pay for a single show, rental or not. Instead she says that she has way more than enough content to watch through Netflix and Podcasts. She is focused on Suze Orman show for now.

I really like the UI and watching shows too, but I am still waiting for the ability to load iOS apps. That is when AppleTV will really stick out.

I like GoogleTV too and think they have a bit more at this moment that makes it a better choice for now. That logitech keyboard is really cool. Wish they included a blu-ray player in it like Sony’s standalone player. A stand alone player is great for those that don’t want to buy a new Sony TV to get Google TV.

But for only $99 for AppleTV, it is a great deal, I might get both. I saved over $1000 a year on cancelling my cable, so there is some money left over to get both.

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