Apple has today announced its second generation Apple TV which offers consumers the simplest way to watch favourite HD films and TV programmes on their 720p HD capable HD TV for the breakthrough price of just £99.
The new Apple TV users can choose from the largest online selection of HD films to rent, including first run movies for just £4.49, and the largest online selection of HD TV programme episodes to rent* from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents.
Apple TV also is also capable of streaming content from Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, as well as music, photos and videos from PCs and Macs to your HD TV.
The Apple TV also features built-in slideshow function allowing users enjoy gorgeous slideshows of their photos on your HD TV using Apple TV’s selection of slideshows.
The new Apple TV comes equipped with built-in HDMI, 802.11b/g/N Wi-Fi, Ethernet connection, and an internal power supply for easy set-up, and features silent, cool, very low power operation in an enclosure that’s less than four inches square — 80 per cent smaller than the previous generation.
The Apple TV users can now rent thousands of advert-free, HD TV episodes on iTunes for just 99 cents, with up to 30 days to start watching and then 48 hours to finish — or watch multiple times.
Users can also rent over 7,000 films with over 3,400 available in HD, with most new releases available the same day they are released on DVD.
The new Apple TV also gives access to the Netflix streaming catalogue for Netflix subscribers, and the ability to browse and search, rate content, add to or remove from the queue, or instantly stream straight to your HD TV.
Apple TV users can also enjoy millions of YouTube videos, more than 200,000 podcasts, 4,000 Internet radio stations, and personal photos from MobileMe and Flickr with several gorgeous new slideshow themes. Music, videos and photos can also be streamed from PCs and Macs, turning your HD TV into the hub of your home entertainment system.
Apple TV set-up is quick and easy with a single HDMI cable connection and all it requires is just connection of Apple TV to a HD TV, join a Wi-Fi network and with a few clicks on the seven-button aluminium Apple Remote, users have access to amazing content.
Users can also control Apple TV with their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using the Remote app, available as a free download on the App Store.
Apple TV requires an 802.11b/g/n wireless network or Ethernet network, a broadband Internet connection and a high definition TV capable of 720p HD resolution playback. The Apple iTunes TV show rentals and Netflix are only available in the US. and Netflix features require account subscription, though iTunes movies rentals are only available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
“The new Apple TV, paired with the largest selection of online HD film and TV programme rentals, lets users watch Hollywood content on their HD TV whenever they want”, said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “This tiny, silent box costing just £99 lets users watch thousands of HD movies and TV shows, and makes all of their music, photos and videos effortlessly available on their home entertainment system”.
Pricing & Availability
Apple TV would comes standard with an aluminium Apple Remote, and will be available late this month for a suggested retail price of £99 inc VAT. from Apple’s retail stores and Apples Resellers.