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Apple kills AppleTV with own product

Well, it was, after all, just a hobby project.

So, why should I create such a blasphemous, over the top blog title? Because it is true.

Introducing the iPad2. It has been out now for a couple weeks, and I managed to get one this past Tuesday. Even, before I bought the iPad2, I bought the new AV cable that connects to any iPad and allows you to connect an HDMI cable to it.

Here lies my point.

With this new cable and the iPad2, everything you see on the iPad2 is now displayed on your HD TV. Yes, basically, everything. For example, the Netflix app shows the splash screen on the TV until you start playing a streaming video, but it is still fully functional.

So, if everything on the iPad2 shows up on the TV with this cable, and everything you can get from your AppleTV you can get on your iPad2 plus way more (Imagine Angry Birds on your 65″ LED HD TV), then why do you need an AppleTV if you already have an iPad2.

On Apple TV, you get iTunes TV and Movies, Netflix, Podcasts, and a few others, as well as your iTunes collection from any computer and also Airplay from your iPad, iPod, or iPhone. Can you think of any of these AppleTV apps that you can’t also get on your iPad2. But can the AppleTV get Angry Birds?

Airplay being wireless is nicer because you don’t have this cable from your iPad to your TV, but Airplay is still limited to what you can view from your devices to your TV, and many of the apps, that also play videos, haven’t supported it yet, so all you get on the TV is the audio.

And there you see my point. I get a lot more from the iPad2 connected to the TV than I get from AppleTV. Also, more than I get from GoogleTV, which I also have.

Try it out, you’ll see what I mean. The iPad2, connected with HDMI cable is what I thought Apple TV should have been in the first place with iOS and all these great apps, with the iPad or an iPhone as the remote/touch pad.

Mark

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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.