Instead of a regular Practical Mac column this week, I reviewed the Apple TV: Computer, television learning to get along.
Despite my few reservations, the Apple TV is compelling because Apple has done the living room right. The quality of the experience stands out the most, supported by the overall polish and attention to detail ranging from the easy navigation to the drifting photo screensaver that kicks into gear to prevent screen burn-in on plasma displays.
You’ll also notice that Apple hasn’t made HD programming available, contrary to my last post. I think it’ll come at some point, but it’s not there yet. In addition to the large amount of bandwidth required to download a feature movie, I’m guessing the entertainment studios are still wary about offering high-quality HD video of their movies online without more DRM than Apple currently offers.