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TechRestore offers pre-upgraded Apple TVs

updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu April 5, 2007

Pre-upgraded Apple TVs

TechRestore today announced that it has begun offering pre-upgraded Apple TV systems that are pre-configured with storage upgrades of up to 160GB. The 160GB units allow for up to 200 hours of video storage, 36,000 songs, or 100,000 photos, according to the company. Apple began shipping its Apple TV set top box in late March for $299 with a 40GB hard drive that stores up to 50 hours of video. The device wirelessly streams media from a computer in the home to the living room, where it connects to newer TV sets. Users control the Apple TV via a tiny remote control that ships with the unit, and can access all iTunes content on a full-sized TV with on-screen menus. TechRestore upgrades are priced from $400 (80GB) to $500 (160GB), and the company includes a 1-year warranty on upgraded Apple TV systems.

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  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's the point..?

    While academically interesting, and while I understand that there is always a market of morons willing to pay good money for pointless things, I fail to see the point of upgrading storage in an AppleTV.

    It is NOT a jukebox, but streams the content from a paired iTunes running Mac. It is that Mac which needs all the storage in the world, not the AppleTV. At 50 hours of video stored in the default AppleTV, it's hardly going to run out of space, unless we're dealing with people with absolutely no life at all.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Think different, zink

    Let's not bash people for wanting to do things diffently. This is not a case of 'one size fits all. Having read a lot of different user experiences in ref. to the Apple TV it is clear that performance is MUCH better if the video is synced or stored locally. Also, if you cannot utilize a wired connection and you have a lot of wireless interference you may not enjoy your experience. Having the video stored locally makes a lot of sense. It is not your way, but it is A way...

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But it is to expensive

    You could buy to Apple TV's for the price of an upgrade of just a hard drive which aren't that expensive. Don't buy and upgrade, do it yourself. Those prices are rediculous!

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    for different reasons

    "While academically interesting, and while I understand that there is always a market of morons willing to pay good money for pointless things,"

    I do agree with this part_ TechRestore is up-charging a boat load of cash for something that can be bought for $80 or so and installed in less time than it takes for TechRestore to ship it to you_

    I don't have one [yet] but I assume that the Apple TV will play media that is resting on it's own internal drive ?

    This being the case I have a 160Gb drive sitting around full of movies stored on it and no place to play them except my computer on a 19inch CRT_

    If [when]I get an Apple TV - I could very easily dump a chunk of that onto the internal drive and have it play right to my much larger LCD-based HDTV_ then if I wanted to watch something I'm not constrained to sitting at my computer/desk but instead can go stretch out on the couch_ And I won't have to worry about streaming anything_

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