[quote="GIR, post:1, topic:212664"]
I got rid of my cable this spring because I just wasn't watching it, and I was paying for a lot of junk. I watched ewtn, but since it's available as a live stream, it seemed silly to pay for a cable package just for one channel that I can watch for free online, but I digress.
I think devices like apple tv are the wave of the future in terms of consuming media, at least for a guy like me with picky tastes in film, a pay as you go service like the itunes store makes sense. However, until now the apple tv has been prohibitively expensive for me, but now that it's (only) $100 I thought I could justify it, considering one cable bill is usually that much.
But here's the question, now that it's cheaper and has netflix, will everyone run out and buy one?
I own the first version of the Apple TV. I bought it to itemize what little I watch on cable TV by discontinuing the cable service and then using this device. Through iTunes, I can buy seasons of TV shows, rent or buy movies at far less per month than cable. Very convenient to rent without forgetting to take back the discs.
Downside: Not as much diversity in viewing. You can get major shows and movies but pay a premium in storage on the central computer (which is why Apple is steering ATV v2 to a streaming-only version). Those who want to be connected to Fox News or CNN will not enjoy it.
ATV v2 will be worth it only if you have good broadband from Comcast/Cox or similar. Streaming takes a lot to be reliable for the type of data Apple will be passing down.