Thursday, December 02, 2010

Apple TV: Streaming and Renting From Devices | Walt Mossberg | Personal Technology | AllThingsD

No clear likely winner in Internet + TV at this point

Apple TV is now essentially a modestly priced adapter that streams video, audio and photos to your HDTV from three main sources: your own computers, Apple’s iTunes service plus a few other online sources, and content on your portable Apple devices using AirPlay.

It’s the polar opposite of the new Google TV, which tries to encompass the entire Internet but is too complicated for mainstream users and costs hundreds of dollars. Apple is offering much less variety in content sources, but with a much simpler interface and a tiny remote with just seven buttons, versus the keyboard or minikeyboard used with Google TV.

Apple TV: Streaming and Renting From Devices | Walt Mossberg | Personal Technology | AllThingsD

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