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YouTube Coming to Apple TV

Highlights:
* In Mid-June, there will be an upgrade to all AppleTV devices allowing them to play "selected" YouTube Videos.
* Full library of YouTube videos will be available in the "fall".
* Starting tomorrow (May 31st) an AppleTV with a 160GB Hard Drive will be made available for $100 US more ($399 US -- presumably $449 CAD?)

Weird Things:
* The AppleTV won't just connect to YouTube and play the videos, it'll connect to different servers and play videos that have been specially converted to AppleTV friendly formats.
 

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And I just bought an Apple TV....

Can anyone get me some ice for this burn? :yikes:
Well, you'll still get the YouTube "update" -- you just didn't have the option of paying $100+ more for a 160GB HD instead of the 40GB.

You can always buy your own aftermarket HD and put it in. You will void your warranty though. XX)
 

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All of YouTube videos will be converted to AppleTV format eventually (no doubt h.264). Will YouTube make h.264 their default codec?
Yup, according to an interview with Apple VP David Moody, YouTube will be encoding all new videos in H.264 natively starting in June, and will gradually get their back-catalog converted by the fall.

Even right now, they don't natively store their content in flash AFAIK... They just render it to flash on-the-fly for web-based playback.

Of course, whether it's going to look any good on a large HDTV via the Apple TV is anybody's guess, and will probably depend largely on the source content itself.

As for the 160GB upgrade... it's kind of a non-issue for me, as I have a back-end computer on all the time anyway, so my Apple TVs can stream whatever isn't synced to them. Really, I just use the sync feature to keep a manageable and navigable subset of my full library on the Apple TV to make it easier to quickly find the TV Shows I'm following, versus browsing through a library of dozens of shows (and hundres of episodes for some shows).

Since I only bought my second Apple TV on Saturday, however, I'm still within the 14-day return period. I'm switching that one out for a 160GB unit because I can, but I'm really not sure how much of the 160GB I'm going to use.
 

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As for the 160GB upgrade... it's kind of a non-issue for me, as I have a back-end computer on all the time anyway, so my Apple TVs can stream whatever isn't synced to them. Really, I just use the sync feature to keep a manageable and navigable subset of my full library on the Apple TV to make it easier to quickly find the TV Shows I'm following, versus browsing through a library of dozens of shows (and hundres of episodes for some shows).
I use mine the exact same way. The streaming feature has worked very well.
Looking forward to the YouTube update...
 
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