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Edited by: John P. Falcone
The good: The Apple TV lets you stream all of the movies and TV shows available in the iTunes Store to your HDTV on a rental or purchase basis, with purchases stored in the cloud. Purchased content can also be transferred to other iOS devices for offline viewing. Netflix, MLB.TV, and a handful of other online media services are available, plus music, videos, and photos can be streamed from iOS devices using AirPlay. And Apple TV's user interface remains best-in-class.
The bad: It's a much less useful box if you don't have other Apple devices or don't buy your content from iTunes. Roku's competing boxes offer more streaming services, including Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and Pandora. The Roku LT is also available at half the price.
The bottom line: While it offers fewer native channels than the competition, the Apple TV is an indispensable living-room companion for anyone who's already invested in the iTunes and Apple hardware ecosystems.
The "new" Apple TV is new mostly in name. The box itself is exactly the same on the outside, and the upgrades that do exist are modest--1080p support, a new single-core A5 processor, a redesigned user interface, and improved iCloud video support. In fact, if you flip between the two boxes (as I did during my testing), it's almost impossible to tell which model you're using.
Given that the changes in the new Apple TV are so minor, my buying advice remains largely the same. The Apple TV is an excellent streaming-media box, ... Expand full review
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