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Apple TV and HD quality: It’s not the hardware

Engadget realized that the Apple TV wasn’t going to be a HD powerhouse and their tests have indicated as much — they have also discovered that the problem is not the hardware.

The Apple TV will not sync many videos and Apple has yet to provide any HD via the iTunes Music Store. Sure some of the trailers are in HD, but not all and how can we tell which without watching them.

When Engadget first started testing the Apple TV with a few HD clips they encoded themselves, they were very disappointed and while it is still crazy to compare the Apple TV to HD DVD or Blu-ray, acceptable results are possible. So they opened up their Apple TV and added a few codecs as well as copied over a few videos that would otherwise refuse to sync and they were very surprised at the results, not only were they able to watch some great looking HD, but surround sound came alive with Dolby Digital 5.1 .

The real question is why: why would Apple not support DD 5.1, other codecs and most of all, why wouldn’t they support higher bitrate video than 5Mbps when the Apple TV can play them so well? If the Apple TV fails to follow the iPod in it’s foot steps, we will most certainly blame it on Apple decision to leave these out.

Source: http://www.engadgethd.com/2007/04/11/apple-tv-and-hd-quality-its-not-the-hardware/ 

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