This week Apple finally released version 2.0 of the Apple TV software that was demo’d by Steve Jobs at this year’s MacWorld. This is a big deal because it finally makes the Apple TV a lot more functional – adding the ability to buy and/or rent movies (SD or HD) and TV shows. However, the one question I had was, ‘just how good is the HD video quality compared to Blu-ray/HD-DVD?’ Answer: it’s surprisingly good…ranking #2 – right behind Blu-ray/HD-DVD.
It’s def worth reading the reviews as they have screen shots comparing AppleTV, Blu-ray/HD-DVD, HD Cable, and standard DVD:
- Engadget HD: Sizing up Apple TV’s HD
- AppleInsider: Apple TV Take 2 review (Part 2)
- iLounge: Apple TV 2.0 vs. Blu-Ray, DVD & HD Cable: The Comparison
I haven’t had time to rent an HD movie on mine, yet, but I’ll post a review of my experience when I do.