Apple TV Review

Apple TV (2nd Generation)I recently bought myself a 2nd generation Apple TV for the front room. Now I have had it up and running for over a week I thought I should post a quick review of the device.

I have had a computer connected to my main TV for about 5 years now but it was slowly getting used less and less as the time it takes to power up was not very practical. I decided to look at what main uses I required and then set about finding a replacement with a quicker bootup process. As you can probably guess by now I ended up going with the Apple TV. I am not exactly an Apple fanboy but I do have an iPhone and love the simplicity of the interface so that helped make that choice.

So let’s get into what my requirements were and how the Apple TV stacks up…
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Life Without TV

Old broken TVI have a Sky+ HD box at home and there are a lot of series that my wife and I have recorded, ready to watch, at any one time. We tend to watch a block of 24 or Lost, for example, in one go.

Unfortunately the box seems to have died. I can’t even get it to power on even after many a phone call to Sky customer services.

This causes two problems for us, trying to remember what was waiting to be watched or recorded and the fact that until an engineer comes out to replace the box we cannot watch any TV at all…

At first this was a bit scary. Life without TV, even for a few days, is pretty much unheard of unless you are off on holiday or something.

Now don’t get me wrong it is not like we both spend all evening in front of the box but we usually put our feet up for at least an hour and watch something before we go to bed.

So how have we survived…
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Avatar Review

Official Avatar ImageThis week I went to the cinema to watch the film Avatar (IMDb), and it had such an effect I felt that I had to do a review here on my blog.

I haven’t actually been to the cinema in a few years now as I felt the price was too steep for quality that I can reproduce at home with my high definition TV and Sky HD or Blu-Ray on the Playstation 3. I know this means that I have to wait a while to see the latest films but I am very patient so this does not bother me.

Anyway this was a film that I have been looking forward to for a while and with the added draw of 3D, which I cannot reproduce at home, I thought this would be worth checking out at the cinema.

As for the film then, Whoa! It was amazing. Not so sure about the 3D aspect of it though…

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