updated 09:05 am EDT, Tue May 22, 2007
Refurb Apple TV for $250
Apple is offering refurbished versions of its Apple TV at the online Apple Store for $250, a 17 percent discount from its regular $300 retail price. The device, which brings iTunes and other video content to HD-enabled televisions, includes a full one-year warranty and free shipping. Meanwhile, AwkwardTV has been reporting on (as well as adding) many of unofficial Apple TV plugins to its collection, including ones for viewing YouTube videos from the internet (not yet releaesed, video below), streaming content from Apple TV to iTunes clients (Streamer) and playing video on your Apple TV (nitoTV plugin, not yet released; video below) -- both based on the open-source mplayer for Mac OS X. In addition, a new plugin allows uses to download and install any number of unofficial plugins listed at the AwkwardTV Plugins Directory along with the ability to enable and disable AFP and SSH access to the AppleTV (AwkwardTV Loader plugin).
The new unofficial plugin for Apple TV called "A Series of Tubes" brings YouTube video content to internet media hub, expanding its current functions beyond the Apple's limited QuickTime trailer previews and iTunes' top 10 lists. The plugin delivers a number of playlists, including spotlighted YouTube videos along with most commented and most-viewed content (week/month) from the popular video-sharing site. Settings also enable users to cache video content for optimal playback.
The YouTube plugin for Apple TV is not yet available, but the video below demonstrated the Apple TV plugin.