September 29th, 2010
Limited codec support.
Requires Apple Home Networking.
Now, many set-top boxes have Netflix and access to the same limited content. I can’t hold all of this against Apple due to movie giants but to me this box is already old and dated. I considered AirPlay when I was hooking up my home theater but it’s simply not nearly as good as Sonos or Squeezebox. Steve Jobs promises video support for AirPlay in the future but video transfer will only work in one direction and having low-res content pipped through a bottleneck isn’t a plus. AirPlay is slowly entering more hardware devices but it’ll never be standard/popular because it’s still just a stepping stone towards a true cloud system. Apple TV is good for a very specific customer. Luckily for Apple, that customer is their own creation.