Turn Your Pain Cave Into a Pain Orchard: The Apple TV Review

Most of us are fully bunkered away in our pain caves, spending evening after evening sweating out intervals. for hours. Needless to say, having some good distraction in our “pain caves” is a necessary defense against insanity. Triathletes have tried everything: Boombox, iPods, cell phones, and TV’s. Before long, with all these electronics lying around our bikes and treadmills, our cave looks like a smelly, sweaty Circuit City…..or just Circuit City. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could combine everything together in one nice little package without having to watch it on a screen smaller than a Joule? Behold, my tech conscious tri geeks, the fully operational battlesta….I mean..Apple TV!

The Basics:
So, I would consider myself a techie, but not a super techie by any means. So I am going to skim over most of the useless details and cut to the chase: whether it works or not. Basically, Apple TV is a tiny little box that you connect to your TV via a HDMI cable. It wirelessly connects to the internet, and in turn streams things like movies, tv shows, music, and photos to your presumably big ass TV. Prior to the current version of Apple TV, you had to download materials and sync with the Apple TV Unit before watching it. Now, with the dimunitive black Apple TV all that inconvenience is avoided.

Now with the new model, you can stream movies from any Mac or idevice. So iPad to TV. iTunes on your MAC to TV. iPod to TV. So, per the folks in Cupertino, you could be sitting on your trainer, iPod in hand, and beaming tunes or Ironman videos to your TV during Zone 4. So, does it work? Lets get unboxing..


Boxing is in true Apple fashion. Simple. Clean. Same on the inside.

Still simple on the inside.

Underneath the TV Unit is the swank remote.

Sexy, dont you think?

Out of the box, two cables in…..

And there we have it:


And how well does the streaming work you ask?

Since installing it last night, the family and I have been exploring a whole new world of entertainment. HD Youtube Videos, Netflix, iTunes movies, iTunes music. It works. It works very well. And no, it does not upload movies on a geological time scale. 20 seconds max for a full HD film. TV shows in 15-20 seconds.

Another quick point that initially led me away from Apple TV is the fact that it puts out in only 720P. For some reason that maybe the guys at Best Buy can tell you, it doesn’t matter when it comes to streaming video. HD video looks SUPERB.

My only negative so far is that you need to have a good router for this thing. I had a two year old N+ draft router, and that made load times a little too long. So I upgraded to the “pretty fast” router today, and now things work like clockwork. So in short…

It works. It works well.
Its a no brainer.
Installation takes about three minutes.

Make sure your wireless network is up to date.
Still cant stream videos taken with your iPhone camera or third party apps. Well, not legally.

And does it make riding indoors a whole lot better? Im sorry, I cant hear you over the awesome I’m controlling on my big screen with my iPad.

About Ironvan

From couch potato to Ironman triathlete in 2 years.

Posted on November 24, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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