I got an Apple TV today. I got it largely so I can watch Battlestar Galactica, season 4, in HD. And so I can watch Torchwood, season 2, which I downloaded back in July but haven’t gotten around to watching yet.
It was relatively easy to set up, but I’ve hit a few snags. The biggest one involves syncing my videos from my PC to the Apple TV. I fully expected that an initial sync between the PC and the Apple TV would take a long time. However, I didn’t expect that the sync would hit some kind of snag and abort after 5 minutes, every time I try to run it. Looking at the forums at Apple’s web site, it seems like this is a fairly common problem. Reading through a few threads, it seems like the only foolproof way to do an initial sync is to use an Ethernet cable. Unfortunately, I don’t have an Ethernet cable long enough to reach from my router to my TV here in the apartment. I’ll have to borrow one from work tomorrow. I think that this is a pretty big problem — syncing with a PC is pretty fundamental to the operation of this thing, and it should really be able to do it wirelessly. I don’t need it to happen fast, but it should *happen*. I can download pretty big files to my PS3 and my Tivo over the wireless network, no problem, so I know it’s not a problem with my network.