Originally Posted by pmjoe
People are supposed to buy an Apple TV to watch barely SD programming? All this stuff is so 2-3 years ago. Much of this stuff is in the bargain bin for $7, better resolution, no DRM, doesn't waste disk space or require a computer to play back.
DVDs don't have DRM? Did you really say that? Of course
they do. Their DRM is that you can't watch the movie except if you have the DVD. You can break
the DRM by using Handbrake or Mac the Ripper, but that just like saying iTMS music doesn't have DRM because you can burn it to a CD.
DVDs have some advantages over iTMS movies, but iTMS movies also have an advantage over DVD movies. I've got a movie on my laptop that's also on my tower at home, and it's also on my iPod. I can watch this movie wherever I am. I didn't have to go through a too-lengthy process of ripping the thing, either.
And "All this stuff is so 2-3 years ago"?? That's pretty rich coming from somebody shopping in the $7 bargain bin for movies (Jackie Chan still looks pretty young in your collection, doesn't he?). Who was letting you download movies 2-3 years ago, so that you now can claim you're jaded? In 2004 and 2005, who was letting you download movies, which you then put on you iPod, on your computer, or streamed to your TV?
The iTMS movies are just an option. You don't have to take that option. You can always buy yourself a DVD. But there are people who have iTMS movies on their computer, plus a bunch of other videos they've put in there from other sources, and the Apple TV is a convenient way for them to stream them to their TV. Don't get so objectionable about it, just because you prefer the $7 bargain bin and Walmart.