Those of you who aren't quite sure whether the free software upgrade is worth your while (it is) or if it's time for you to invest in an Apple TV (stick around for the review) should take a look at Apple's Guided Tour of the new UI. It's not as thorough a video as a nerdlinger would produce—we'd take you through every function, every UI element, every single menu selection—but it does give you the gist of what the device is all about. They spend most of their time on the video functionality, which is most likely what you'll be using this for as well, so it's a good intro for a family member who hasn't ever heard of Apple TV before. [Apple - Thanks Justin!]
heres the deal with apple tv...seriously. i am an avid mac user - my office is completely comprised of mac pros, am typing on my macbook pro, work exclusively on final cut pro, and i anxiously await every mac update and product announcement with serious anticipation, etc. etc.needless to say, i am very familiar with apple products. I also own an apple TV. I bought one mainly so that i was able to unleash my laptop from a hard-drive. I have over 20,000 songs that I want access to at all times - sans computer. first gripe with the new update - the "search" function for music still SUCKS! I have to scroll through all my artist alphabetically in order to find the right band i want to hear. in other words, i have to hold the down button on the crappy (yet intuitive) apple remote for about a minute in order to get to zero 7. not fun. its actually quite terrible. you make great ipods with the ability to scroll quickly through a long list - how hard is this to do to apple tv? ok, that was gripe one - since thats why i bought the device. but yes, it is called apple "TV" and not apple "home stereo".
Nonetheless, as a pro video/film editor i was psyched to be able to check out movies in HD on demand. BUT, holy shit the selection is terrible. I mean AWFUL. Couldnt they have waited to roll this out with more than 80 HD movies? And when i decided to try and rent Blazing Saddles in HD, it said the video wasn't able to be rented any more. Whuh?
Watching trailers in standard-def froze every time and that was on a fast network.
Please - let the hacks begin again. I can hold off on renting movies, but I need a new interface. This Mickey Mouse functionality is awful.
So much more to say, but so tired and disappointed.