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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 08:22 PM   #11
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You mean rentals through iTunes, obviously, right?
Well yeah, but it doesn't have to be through iTunes on your computer. You can select a film, watch the trailer, have it start to download and be ready to watch in less time than it takes to go and start your car to go to the movie store, if you have decent internet speeds. There's quite a selection to choose from, including new releases, though I understand Netflix is more extensive if you're looking for films from the older catalogue. Personally, I can't see much reason to rent movies any other way.
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 08:54 PM   #12
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Sorry. I guess I'll find the 2nd generation ATV thread.
Or start your own thread to avoid confusion as to which apple tv is being discussed as evidenced below.

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Well yeah, but it doesn't have to be through iTunes on your computer. You can select a film, watch the trailer, have it start to download...
On my 1st gen I have to go to iTunes to confirm the details before it starts downloading not sure how it works on the 2nd gen unless my situation is unique for some reason.
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 08:56 PM   #13
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Even without Netflix there are tons of movies and TV shows available to rent for both first gen and second gen TV's. Movie rental alone makes it quite worthwhile IMHO.
And one new release rental almost pays for NetFlix for a month...
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 09:12 PM   #14
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And one new release rental almost pays for NetFlix for a month...
Perhaps, but there's a reason people prefer new releases. At least ATV never runs out of copies of new releases. Tons of older movies sit on the shelf whether at the video store or the Netflix/iTunes cyber-shelves. You can also find specials on iTunes just like in the rest of the real world.
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 09:29 PM   #15
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Or start your own thread to avoid confusion as to which apple tv is being discussed as evidenced below.



On my 1st gen I have to go to iTunes to confirm the details before it starts downloading not sure how it works on the 2nd gen unless my situation is unique for some reason.
Since the OP pretty much abandoned this topic, I don't see why we can't discuss both versions. Might be more helpful that way. I use both myself, and I find I can rent movies without the computer even being on, as long as the WiFi network is on. High speed Internet also makes download times much faster, and having your computers on gives you more content to stream. One cool new feature in ATV 2 is the ability to "beam" content from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch directly to your ATV2. Great for when friends are over.
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Old Feb 22nd, 2011, 02:29 PM   #16
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Just a personal statement:

I have one of each generation. I like the new AppleTV for it's "beam" ability (thanks fjnmusic) and NetFlix, but I like the classic for it's "load and go" of content and browsing of music videos.
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