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Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: Catzilla
Date: September 05, 2012 06:05PM
$265 for a 2, $97 for a 3. Why?
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: September 05, 2012 06:10PM
You can Jailbreak them.



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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: spacescape
Date: September 05, 2012 06:32PM
I saw $150ish for AppleTV 2's... Where are you seeing $265? Because I'm probably going to list mine ASAP if they are $265!
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 05, 2012 06:32PM
$265? Has the market lost their minds? I thought $100-$150 was ridiculous, but $200 plus? Pure insanity.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 05, 2012 06:33PM
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spacescape
I saw $150ish for AppleTV 2's... Where are you seeing $265? Because I'm probably going to list mine ASAP if they are $265!

I should have waited a moment to post and simply quoted you with a "This" for emphasis.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: Z
Date: September 05, 2012 06:34PM
yeah, if they're going for 265, I'm going to clean up the local CL and resell...
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: September 05, 2012 06:34PM
They are going for $200 to $250 if you JailBreak them and load up all the little apps and whatever.



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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 05, 2012 07:13PM
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They are going for $200 to $250 if you JailBreak them and load up all the little apps and whatever.

I get it. Still crazy. At that point, just buy a device that supports apps. You could get an iPod touch and Appel TV for those prices. AirPlay works well enough.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: Catzilla
Date: September 05, 2012 07:15PM
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I saw $150ish for AppleTV 2's... Where are you seeing $265? Because I'm probably going to list mine ASAP if they are $265!
Down to $260.

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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 05, 2012 07:26PM
Wow - I have one more still to sell!

I think I'll go ahead and find someone that wants to trade for a new ATV3.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: guitarist
Date: September 05, 2012 08:02PM
I'm tempted to sell mine as well, I have a 2, and a 3. Having done the jailbreak thing on an Apple TV (and explored all the extras) I was underwhelmed, and am happier with the straight version.

It could be because I'm a Mac user, not a Windows user. I suspect that a jailbroken Apple TV is more useful to those already familiar with and invested in non-mac media storage and streaming and codecs and so forth.

Or, those that dislike Apple's way of organizing and streaming media.

It's hard to imagine that the virtues of extras like Boxee and XBMC are that compelling. I had the opposite reaction, when using these alternative media gizmos. I thought "this must be what it feels like to use a windows media device--this is such a headache, poorly executed, inferior, unstable, and not beneficial".

Still, the desirability of a second-generation Apple TV is puzzling. Paying that much extra for a media streaming device with a shelf life this perishable (the hardware keeps evolving, it's a new medium) seems a tad compulsive.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: Kramerica
Date: September 05, 2012 08:29PM
There are many Youtube videos with folks showing off their jailbroken ATV2's if you want to see what people are doing with them. I think the main draw is free access to just about any movie or tv show out there via some of those add-ons.

I sold mine on ebay and paid for all of my ATV3 + most of my initial ATV2 cost as well.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: stephen
Date: September 05, 2012 08:44PM
I have a 2, I believe. I wonder if it will be worth this after whatever next is announced.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 05, 2012 09:00PM
As a Plex user, I understand the beauty of such unsupported add-ons. However, the normal iOS Plex Client being controlled by an iPod touch and then AirPlayed over to a current gen Apple TV works well enough that I wouldn't bother jail breaking a 2nd gen Apple TV.

Not like jail breaking is any less a work around than AirPlay.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: olnacl
Date: September 06, 2012 05:30AM
I have mine listed on Amazon for $175 and have had no bites yet. I believe the reports of big money are based on "hoped for" sales. Just my 2ยข
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: DRR
Date: September 06, 2012 09:17AM
I had an ATV 1 40GB and an ATV 2, last month I sold the ATV1 for $90 and the ATV 2 for $185, more than enough to buy 2 new ATV3s.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 06, 2012 09:41AM
.....large inheritance.....????



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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: guitarist
Date: September 06, 2012 03:04PM
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There are many Youtube videos with folks showing off their jailbroken ATV2's if you want to see what people are doing with them. I think the main draw is free access to just about any movie or tv show out there via some of those add-ons.

...which is where the disappointment come in. Take note of what's out there. The internet has a cornucopia of video content. But on closer examination, how useful or desirable is it? The signal-to-noise ratio is unfavorable. Full-length television shows and motion pictures? Good luck. A very uneven, rocky, weed-infested terrain.

If it's current broadcast content, or DVD-quality movie content--you know, stuff that networks and movie studios own--it's very, very limited. Good enough for casual watching, if you don't mind secondary material. But not deep enough to cut your cable for. A consumer is better off collecting and ripping DVDs to HD, or using a pay service like Netflix.

What you can find plenty of is the second and third-tier stuff, podcasts, news and entertainment trivia videos, amateur dog and cat home movies, game reviews, technology news, and junk from websites that you didn't watch on your computer in the first place.

As a movie buff, and fan of good TV dramatic series, I was horrified at how inconvenient and low quality the available content is. And also annoyed by how unstable the hacks made my Apple TV. Rebooting several times a day, and troubleshooting, was a headache.

But if I were a male in my 20s, instead of my 50s, it'd be different. I'd be thrilled to demonstrate that I can screw "The Man", unlocking a media player to get "free" content, that I wouldn't care about the quality. I'd just be happy to show off my skills at subverting Apple's iTunes Store, and Apple's limited codecs, so I can watch porn, cooking shows, and dog and cat videos! In my mom's basement, on my outdated, hacked, overpriced Apple TV.
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Re: Why are Apple TV 2's so expensive?
Posted by: StingMe
Date: September 06, 2012 11:46PM
Looks like I need to sell my parents' ATV2 and get them a three - they're not really into hacking grinning smiley
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