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“Apple get it right. Again.”

Written on: 10/01/2012 by glenc (319 reviews written)

I've got a home AV setup which includes a NAS drive for all my photos/videos (we use napster/spotify via Sono's kit for music, so nothing much physically stored), an internet enabled TV, Sky HD box, Blu Ray & Onkyo home theatre kit

I've also got a WDTV live which I bought a couple of years ago to help stream my movies and photos from the NAS drive onto the tv (to show the grandparents pics of the kids etc)

The WDTV is OK but very clunky and as such its not use much in our house.

I thought Id give the Apple TV product a go, even though its doubling up a bit

Im very glad I did.

Just like the iphone 4 I've got, it just works, really well.

You can access youtube on it very easily indeed.

We use our Ipad 2 to access our NAS drive and then the new mirroring functionality to stream that over to the TV via the Apple TV - its excellent

We have also started using BBC iPlayer for the first time really as its now very easy to use - again loading it up on the Ipad2 and mirroring onto the TV. Previously we had a physical lead from the Ipad to the TV but it was pretty clunky, didnt always work and generally a pain - but the mirroring is excellent.

I'm now looking at a trial of Netflix as this Apple TV product has opened up a whole new world of opportunity!

If you can afford £99 (you can get it a BIT cheaper online - £93 ish) Id say get one - but only if you have an Ipad2 already. Without the Ipad2 things like BBC iplayer dont work so for me the value of the Apple Tv is lower

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