September 30th my shiny new Apple TV 2.0 arrived.
In our apartment, on the shelf just below what can become an inadvertent alter to Apple consumer electronics, we have three boxes. In each box a collection of A/V cables, remotes, adapters, accessories and paraphernalia. None of these boxes contains an HDMI cable. I've never owned an HDMI cable. I have only a single DVI to HDMI cable that fills one of the three HDMI ports on the back of our foolishly large HDTV.
The AppleTV has HDMI and Optical.
Several days later and a trip through the freak show that is Best Buy's HDMI aisle later. As an aside, Monster is still at it. Apparently I can buy a four foot long gold plated HDMI cable with $100. Or I can buy a no-name generic cable for $24. Or I can buy a no-name generic cable on Amazon for $6. I paid $24 because I didn't want to wait another moment to bask in the glory that Steve and the AppleTV were going to bring into our humble living room.
AppleTV: Working -- Painlessly. If you've setup a Tivo, a XBOX, a PS3, a Wii, ... just about any consumer electronics not made by Scientific America, you know exactly what to expect. You have a remote, there's an onscreen keyboard, and you're off. Type in some tedious shit and there you go. If you have an iPad or an iPhone you can mate them with the AppleTV to vastly improve the on screen experience. Or, you survive with the ubiquitous generic Apple remote: it's the same one you use with their Laptops. It works fine.
Netflix - It works, like magic. It's better than on my Laptop.
AirTunes - Stream music from iTunes on my Laptop to the AppleTV and into my stereo. It worked, like magic, for about 90 seconds. Then it the audio got choppy. Then it stopped. It could be that my absurdly fast top of the line Macbook Pro with can't stream MP3s and run the screensaver at the same time.
iTunes TV - It worked the first day. Tonight I tried to watch Lie to Me and it's yet to get past Loading. Maybe I should reboot. That said, I'm excited to see that they have two BBC stations. Even though it failed tonight I can't help but think that I'm better off than with Comcast or Time Warner Cable.
Home Sharing - It works, like magic, if we're going by 1st edition D&D rules: Today, for the first time, I was able to share Music and Photos from my laptop to the AppleTV. It didn't work at all for the first week and it hasn't worked since this afternoon. Can I get a new set of dice please?
Flickr - It works, provided the photos you want to show are public.
MoblieMe - No clue, I pay for MobileMe so I can find my phone.
YouTube - Works as expected.
Podcasts - Works as expected.
I was disappointed this evening when I tried to watch Lie To Me via iTunes.
I've been disappointed trying to play music from my Laptop to the AppleTV.
I've been disappointed trying to play music on the AppleTV from my Laptop.
Then again it was $99, it plays Netflix really really well and that's why I bought it.
I give it a: B-
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