I have a Samsung LN32B460 HDTV and would like to watch streaming video from Netflix. I am not a gamer; I am over 70 yrs old - I just want the easiest and most cost effective way to do this. I have heard of using X-box 360; Roku: Wii; Apple TV; etc...
After reading about these - I am more confused than ever. Can someone make it simple for me?
#1. Is your internet connection in the same room as the TV? No it is not - there is a router so wifi should work, right?
#2. What is your budget? Would like to keep it as inexpensive as possible
If the answer to #1 is 'No', then I have to know the answer to this:
#3. Do you have wireless internet in your house/appartment now? Yes there is but it is upstairs
#4. Is there anything EXCEPT Netflix you want this device to be able to do?? maybe Pandora music
#5. Are there any other devices in your home you want this device to work with? interesting question....would love to know what you would reccomend whether I say yes or no. Is it even possible to use Netflix on 2 different sets?
My gut impression of your original post would be to suggest the Apple TV.
As for Apple TV - can you buy it anywhere besides an Apple store? Can't wait to hear what you reccomend. Thanks in advance for your help.
#5. Based on your requirements, A) 'The ability to watch Netflix on a 720p tv' & B) A wireless connection, the options you have a quite large. Based on this see below for options and thoughts:
Almost all newer computers or gaming consoles will be able to handle the requirements you have as long as they are wireless. But the cheapest of these newest computers is still 3 to 4 times more expensive than the cheapest option that will fill your need - the Apple TV.
Here's where I'm coming from...
I've got a computer hooked up to my HDTV right now that I've replaced cable with. We use it to watch Netflix, movies, Hulu, and various other TV programs that are on various websites. I put about $800 into this PC...Now, what do we use it most for...Netflix and DVD movies. Now this computer is also storing our entire DVD collection...very nice to have all our DVD's at our fingertips with the click of a mouse button.
We have another TV (in our bedroom) hooked up to a previously unused Wii...we run Netflix on this...now, it was a standard def. TV, so the capabilities of the Wii fit perfectly. The Wii is NOT HD compatible....The Wii can only output standard definition; the image quality would not match the capabilities of your 720p TV...this why I am not recommending a Wii for your purposes.
We have a 3rd TV which is currently hooked up to a PlayStation 2...I am considering getting an Apple TV for this Tv so I can watch something while in the office working. In this scenario, the Apple TV would fit the bill perfectly for me. I want to watch Netflix exclusively in this location.
For your purposes, I think the Apple TV would fit the bill perfectly.
As for your question about where to get an Apple TV....almost any electronics store online or brick & mortar. I don't think the price will vary due to Apple...I have never seen an Apple product with a different price store to store.