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     Tuesday, April 03 2007 @ 06:31 PM EDT

    Since the AppleTV has come out, this is no longer a main peeve of mine (just a pet now), but I was never able to get the Podshock mp3 feed to work with my TiVo. I think it may have to do with the character set of the XML file, but I am not 100% certain. It would be cool to get Podshock on the TiVo, like I get RocketBoom, but it is no longer a focal goal for me. The one problem with the AppleTV is that streamed enhanced podcasts do not display their chapter artwork, only a single image. I think synced enhanced podcasts work fine, but then I have to wait for the sync to listen and watch.

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     Tuesday, April 03 2007 @ 06:46 PM EDT


    Hmm... I did not know about the problem with TiVo. I have a DirecTV/TiVo (combined satellite receiver with TiVo built into it -- this way it does not have to recompress (re-encode) the video/audio, it records the stream directly from the satellite). It does not offer podcasts or TiVo-2-Go Frown though.

    I do validate the RSS feed each and every time it is updated with a new podcast. So the XML code should be good. I will look further into though.

    I LOVE the AppleTV so far... It is still at version 1.0 now, so I am sure there will be some improvements coming soon. I would imagine one of them will be seeing the chapters embedded in the Enhanced Podcasts. I must admit, I was surprised it was not already supported.

    Most of my issues with AppleTV right now are things that I am sure will be addressed with software updates.

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     Sunday, April 22 2007 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    I had similar problems trying to get Podshock on my Tivo. At least in my case, it was the fact that I was pointing to the AAC feed and not the MP3 feed. Tivo doesn't support the AAC format.

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     Sunday, April 22 2007 @ 03:26 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  kwlinder] I had similar problems trying to get Podshock on my Tivo. At least in my case, it was the fact that I was pointing to the AAC feed and not the MP3 feed. Tivo doesn't support the AAC format.

    Podshock has an MP3 feed, and I was trying that. I seemed (as best as I could tell from the error message, it was a character encoding issue, but that didn't make sense to me.

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     Sunday, April 22 2007 @ 10:51 PM EDT
    Are you guys happy with your apple TVs? I want to get one to access my itunes music library through my receiver (with a good on-screen interface - so my wife and kids can use it). It looks cheaper than buying a second i-pod and a doing station. I am waiting a little though, as it has been leaked that a higher HD capacity version is about to be released.

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     Sunday, April 22 2007 @ 11:22 PM EDT


    I am very happy with it. Yeah, there are a few areas where it can be improved, and I am sure it will via software updates (there is a built in update feature... it is currently at version 1.0). It came just in time to fully enjoy the red-eye trips to the UK for the latest episodes of "Series 3" Mr. Green

    I am also finally catching up with some of the pending podcasts which I had fallen behind with... before AppleTV I had over 200 unheard/unwatched podcasts, now I am around 127 or so. (Keep in mind that new episodes are constantly being downloaded, so catching up is a slow process).

    So yeah, after one month with it, I am very pleased with it.

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     Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 08:42 PM EDT
    Louis, have you tried converting any mpeg-2 files over to the Apple TV? I've tried a couple of programs, and none of them are picking up the audio track..

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     Wednesday, April 25 2007 @ 11:32 PM EDT
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    It came just in time to fully enjoy the red-eye trips to the UK for the latest episodes of "Series 3" Mr. Green


    Does the Apple TV play DivX files? (I thought not). Do you covert your red eye delivered FedEx parcels or are they in a Quicktime friendly format?

    My red eye deliveries play on a Philips DVD/DivX player with a USB port for a thumb drive.

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     Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 10:19 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  kwlinder] Louis, have you tried converting any mpeg-2 files over to the Apple TV? I've tried a couple of programs, and none of them are picking up the audio track..


    I think I may have converted MPEG-2 files for it, but I can't honestly recall now. I will need to check when I get home if I have done any for the Apple TV.

    But what I do recommend is Visual Hub, it works like a charm. It very nicely encodes video and optimizes it for Apple TV (along with various other possibilities). I haven't had any problems so far with it. I have been very pleased with the results as well.

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     Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 11:29 AM EDT
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    [Quote  by:  Louis]

    It came just in time to fully enjoy the red-eye trips to the UK for the latest episodes of "Series 3" Mr. Green


    Does the Apple TV play DivX files? (I thought not). Do you covert your red eye delivered FedEx parcels or are they in a Quicktime friendly format?

    My red eye deliveries play on a Philips DVD/DivX player with a USB port for a thumb drive.


    There is a hack that was detailed on the web the very week the AppleTV started shipping that enables it. But I couldn't be bothered with it... at least not yet. But who knows, perhaps a future software update to it will add this automatically without the hack. I've just been transcoding to H.264 optimized for Apple TV (see my previous post in this thread) in the meantime.

    It is just nice having all your viewing delights right there on AppleTV, all accessible via the menu anytime you want to watch it.

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     Thursday, April 26 2007 @ 09:16 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis]
    [Quote  by:  kwlinder] Louis, have you tried converting any mpeg-2 files over to the Apple TV? I've tried a couple of programs, and none of them are picking up the audio track..


    I think I may have converted MPEG-2 files for it, but I can't honestly recall now. I will need to check when I get home if I have done any for the Apple TV.

    But what I do recommend is Visual Hub, it works like a charm. It very nicely encodes video and optimizes it for Apple TV (along with various other possibilities). I haven't had any problems so far with it. I have been very pleased with the results as well.

    Cheers,
    Louis


    Thanks, I'll have to check Visual Hub out, is one of the few programs I didn't try (and there are a ton of them out there).

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     Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 01:02 PM EDT
    I have DirecTiVo and the HD version but have not hacked either since upgrading the SD one to 500GB and even then not installing any of the cool features like the Home Media. My old hacked DirecTiVo died. I'll have to look into getting the current ones hacked to listen to podcasts when the 1TB drives become available and I can build my 2TB unit.

    As for AppleTV, that 40GB drive is well too small! My iPod has TWICE that capacity! So I can only store the 5 most recent podcasts on the unit. It's a pain because Apple support for Podcasts is abominable in so far as it makes no sense to me to listen to Podcast 76 before 75 before 74 before 73. I want to hear 1 then 2 then 3. Is that too much to ask? Don't they understand that some podcasts are sequential and may refer to prior episodes? What about podcast dramas? First you find out how the Doctor escaped from the deadly Reston Ebola, and then you hear an episode that sets him up to be infected!

    So what is the workaround? Make a smart playlist. Only now, you can't access the 'Release Date' field in the column headings for sorting, so you have to sort the list manually.

    To add insult to injury, on the AppleTV, smart playlists referring to podcasts are not populated. So all your work to get the podcast to play in the right order on your iPod and iTunes fall to naught with the AppleTV. And then, things like today's weather I only want the absolute most recent, but for Podshock, I want every one I've not yet listened to (27-76 -- Podshocks are a bit hard to listen to because you have the slide-show feature -- which is coool! -- so I never feel right just putting it in my pocket or listening to it in the car in case I miss the associated image which is why it is taking so bloody long to catch up).

    And then converting the stuff I get from my Theoretically Outgoing Really Righteous Enigmatic Network Teammates is no less painful. RSS parsers for Azureus help with the constant monitoring for a new post, but conversion still takes hours because I don't want to use an iPod resolution -- I want an AppleTV resolution (generally the same resolution as the original video file -- iPods are much lower resolution). And the conversion is NOT automatic, though once conversion is begun, the rest is automatic. I am working on a patch to Azureus that will automate the conversion step when the Download is complete, but that will take some time and may not be done until the Sci Fi Channel premiere of Series 3. *sigh*

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     Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 01:18 PM EDT
    Hack your appletv and make it do all kinds of cool things
    like watch divx movies.

    I highly recommend hacking one.

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     Thursday, May 24 2007 @ 10:30 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  TimeHorse] ...
    As for AppleTV, that 40GB drive is well too small! My iPod has TWICE that capacity! So I can only store the 5 most recent podcasts on the unit.


    Yeah, I felt the same way at first. My iPod is twice as big... why make the Apple TV only 40GB? But with that said, I have set my Apple TV up in a way that it does not fill up the hard disk. I found that streaming content to be very quick... so I only keep a small portion of my music library on the Apple TV, as I can stream the rest if I really need to listen to it. This frees up space for video and photos... and of course podcasts.

    [Quote  by:  TimeHorse]
    It's a pain because Apple support for Podcasts is abominable in so far as it makes no sense to me to listen to Podcast 76 before 75 before 74 before 73. I want to hear 1 then 2 then 3. Is that too much to ask?


    I know they list them from the latest episode on the top of the list, and the oldest on the bottom list. So I just play them bottom up.


    [Quote  by:  TimeHorse]
    So what is the workaround? Make a smart playlist. Only now, you can't access the 'Release Date' field in the column headings for sorting, so you have to sort the list manually.

    To add insult to injury, on the Apple TV, smart playlists referring to podcasts are not populated. So all your work to get the podcast to play in the right order on your iPod and iTunes fall to naught with the Apple TV.


    Yeah, hopefully this will be addressed in a future software update. You can not even make a playlist of music videos for shuffle play (well, you can make it, but it just won't play them... only one at a time as you select them). I sent Apple feedback on this, as I am sure others have as well. Along with some other minor bugs and some suggestions.

    I would suggest you and others do the same, use the Apple TV Feedback Form to voice your concerns and suggestions.

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    And then converting the stuff I get from my Theoretically Outgoing Really Righteous Enigmatic Network Teammates is no less painful.


    Ahh... is that what the kids are calling it these days? Wink I like that.

    [Quote  by:  TimeHorse]
    RSS parsers for Azureus help with the constant monitoring for a new post, but conversion still takes hours because I don't want to use an iPod resolution -- I want an AppleTV resolution (generally the same resolution as the original video file -- iPods are much lower resolution).


    I use Visual Hub on the Mac and find the results to be very good with their conversion to Apple TV setting. It is only for the Mac though, I am not sure what platform you are using. But I am sure there are other converters out there, and there must be something good available for Windows (anyone? Bueller? Bueller?)...

    I know that QuickTime Pro will export for Apple TV as well. I can only assume that is available for Windows, but I am not sure if you are not using a Mac.

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    More Saturdays of nursing the PC...


    Oh, I guess that answers my platform question. Yeah, I feel your pain. It would all be easier if the BBC just offered the episodes on the iTunes store like various other television series. They could be legally purchased and automatically synced with your Apple TV (and iPods).

    Cheers,
    Louis

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     Friday, May 25 2007 @ 12:56 AM EDT

    I actually got a call from an Apple sponsored survey on the AppleTV, so I assume they are going to compile the feedback to improve the product. I didn't jump on the iPod bandwagon until the third generation. Now I don't know how I got by without an iPod... hopefully the next software revision will improve the utility of the product. I see photo streaming as one of the killer apps. The ability to display all those lovely digital photos on a large HDTV is something many people would love to be able to doŚwanna see the pictures from my last vacation? This is the perfect medium for viewing digital photos. So the AppleTV needs more flexibility in navigating and displaying ones photo collections. Also the handling of podcasts needs to be improved.

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