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Topic # 150782 3-Aug-2014 08:51
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We currently have a TiVo and it has Quickflix (but we hardly use it - a bit like CASPA) as we still have a large Blu-Ray and DVD collection.  The TiVo is in the bedroom as my wife watches the most TV there.  In the lounge we have our main TV and a Blu-Ray connected to our DENON stereo system, when we want to watch movies.  In addition, my PC connects to the TiVo and I can transfer TV films to it and watch them at my leisure.

With the move to streaming movies online (and less disks), I foresee the need to re-evaluate our Movie experience and still be able to watch new movies as they come out.  Our local Video-Ezy store has closed down, so renting physical movies will be a lot harder.  Hence the reason why I think renting movies via streaming will be the future.

In addition, I foresee my PC likely being my last one and will eventually get an Apple Mac Pro, but that is still a few years off.  I have an iPhone 5 and will likely get my first iPad this Christmas or early next year.  Most of my family have already moved to the Apple eco-system and are loving its interconnectivity and ease of use.  For this reason the Apple TV has entered the consideration process.

One thing I have observed is movies have a set release cycle.  At the Movies, at the Video Store or Sky Box Office, on Sky Movies, and then finally on the TV.  However, only popular movies seem to follow this pattern and less well know movies are missing completely.  Many classics are also no longer available either.  e.g. I found it very hard to find "True Romance".

The box we get has to have the following;

- Rent Movies
- YouTube Movies

Nice To Have
- Quickflix
- iTunes

Not Essential
- Live TV
- Sky
- Recording
- Storage

So where do you see home movie watching going and what do you recommend we get in the near future. 

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  Reply # 1100953 3-Aug-2014 09:08
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Sounds like you wlll be fine with Apple TV. (my wife picked it up pretty quickly and controls it from the iPad/iphone).  
You can always change the country setting and do all the other stuff required to stream Netflix (which is better than quickflix). 
In the interim, you could try fatso ! As it sounds like you enjoy the DVD experience. 

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  Reply # 1100957 3-Aug-2014 09:26
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Can you rent on Apple TV? as you can on iTunes?

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  Reply # 1100959 3-Aug-2014 09:29
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KiwiTT: Can you rent on Apple TV?

yes, via itune, quickflix, netflix… take your pick of the apps pre installed on the device. 

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  Reply # 1100961 3-Aug-2014 09:30
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perhaps check out the following for a taste...

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  Reply # 1100963 3-Aug-2014 09:31
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KiwiTT: Can you rent on Apple TV?

Yes, directly from iTunes store, or playing a movie from your PC/Mac that you rented (and downloaded) to there.

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  Reply # 1100964 3-Aug-2014 09:32
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Hi, yes you can rent movies from the itunes store on AppleTV. I purchased one a while back on a whim and never used it much, then all our local rental shops closed (we live in Hataitai) so I had a look at what was on offer on iTunes and have never looked back, no more late fee's, no more returning movies at last moment. Movies are in HD and of seemingly good quality rates, never had a buffer or stutter on my ADSL2+ 15M/0.9M connection with Telecom.


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  Reply # 1100992 3-Aug-2014 10:04
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If you're not wedded to the Apple ecosystem, another option (which I use) is Roku 3 + DNS service (to put you in the US/UK).

The Roku comes with integrated M-Go, which is like Vudu, Blockbuster, Amazon (which are also easily added to the Roku).

All of the above are streaming movie services (like iTunes) and have a large catalogue of new releases for rent or purchase. So easy even my Dad can use it!

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  Reply # 1100996 3-Aug-2014 10:09
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Does Apple TV have a remote, or must I use my other idevice, e.g. iphone, (ipad if I get one)

EDIT: Yes it does

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  Reply # 1101041 3-Aug-2014 11:40
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Very happy with AppleTV, and if you have movies that you have purchased on iTunes already its the way to go.

Another system you might want to look at is Amazon Fire TV, its a bit quicker than AppleTV, and it supports things like Plex media centre and XMBC if you want to connect to other media you might have in the house. (Will not support iTunes, but does allow for Airplay streaming with the right app on the Fire TV).

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