Originally Posted by snova
For searching content on NetFlix, have you tried using the Apple Remote iOS App on iPhone/iPad. Much faster than using the IR remote. In the Netflix search field you can use your Soft keyboard on the iOS device.
as for supporting more content sources? You lost me. You can Airplay Mirror system wide already from iOS (iPhone or iPad) and Macs. Any App. How does this solution give you MORE content sources? Are you sure your Broadband Upload speed is fast enough to handle transmission of local content back to the Google Cloud?
yes, I've used the apple remote app, it's still easier to just use the netflix app that is optimized for finding netflix content using a touch UI.
And I was referring to more sources that stream directly from the web. For example, vudu. SUre, you can airplay mirror for apple tv, but you have to leave your device on. The few times I tried airplay mirroring to stream content for apps on the iPad the quality wasn't as good as streaming to the device directly. I like the idea of being able to use the netflix, vudu, HBO Go, etc. apps directly on my iPad and just push a button and the tv streams the show directly. The iPad could be the best remote ever if app video apps worked like this.
And I'm pretty certain somebody is misreading something somewhere. There really is no way mirroring involves sending your content to google to have them send it back to your tv. It has to stream directly from your device to the TV.
Certainly there are things Apple TV does that this doesn't do. But the criticism it needs a smart phone or tablet to control doesn't make much sense when people also like using their phone as the remote for apple TV. In our home, we are awful about misplacing remotes. we always know where our iPhone and iPad is.
Again, for a net price of $11.03, I found it interesting enough to try one out. I'm not replacing my AppleTV, I have a spare HDMI connector on the TV I'm going to use it on.
I also don't expect to see commercials on content I don't get commercials on now. If they put commercials on netflix, I will toss it in the trash. I suspect it's reason for existence is to get people watching more youtube content and other google streaming content on their tv. it's only a matter of time before streaming video is a viable replacement for satellite or cable tv.