Apple TV

The new Apple TV is now available for sale. It’s pricier than the previous version (which is still being sold). The old Apple TV sells for $69 and the new version starts at $149 depending on the amount of memory you opt for (get the minimum).

The old Apple TV is just a streaming device, comparable to Roku. It’s great for watching movies from Netflix, iTunes or other services like HBO, Showtime and PBS.

The new Apple TV is a new type of computing platform. It runs apps including your familar streaming apps, games, and who knows what else. Most apps will probably be games. But even you are not into games, one big advantage of the new system is the inclusion of Siri. You can search for shows using your voice and Siri will show you which of your streaming services has the show you are looking for. This is much easier than typing out the show name with the remote.

You can read more about Apple TV here and Walt Mossberg’s take on it here.

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