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The Killer Feature Missing in My Apple TV: A Film Archive
I've had an AppleTV (gen 2) unit for a week or two now and it's been a mixed experience. The video quality is terrific, it's pretty darn easy to use (though the Remote app on my iPhone is flakey at best), and I love how it lets me access my 40GB music library.
But there's a big problem I've found, one that really limits my appreciation of the device: I can't rip my DVDs nor can I accumulate a library of favorite movies. I'm a film critic -- see Dave On Film for my reviews -- and if it's a film I enjoy, I'll watch bits and pieces of it at random times, catching a favorite scene or studying a particular aspect.
Works great if I have the DVD, but if I am constrained to watching either films that are in iTunes, I'm stuck having to rent the film each time I want to watch it or pay the higher price to "own" it (which is annoying and expensive if I already own the physical disk). I could use Netflix -- its $8.99/mo all-you-can-watch plan is pretty sweet! -- but Netflix just doesn't have a very wide selection of movies available for streaming, typically sequels and b-list films.
I realize that Apple has no way of knowing what DVDs I own, but the ability to rip them, creating almost-HD quality digital files that I can then access via Apple TV would be a terrific addition. And yes, I have about 40 films I've converted and saved into iTunes. They look terrific on my iPad, but when I stream them through AppleTV, they look surprisingly poor, almost unwatchably so.
The industry needs to figure this one out, in my opinion. At this point I feel like I'm penalized for owning physical media and am unwilling to spend hundreds of dollars to re-purchase the films I already own.
I'll note that this is a problem for all the TV devices I've tried, including the Boxee and Google TV boxes. Anyone have a solution?
Posted by Dave Taylor at October 28, 2010 10:21 PM
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