4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2007 5:05 PM by freeesurfer
AG98 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Can you use apple TV overseas? My sister-in-law is stationed in Germany right now (they have some form of high speed internet connection in their home) and we were thinking about buying one as a gift so they can watch american movies / tv. I looked at the VUDU website and they say you can only use their device in the US. I haven't been able to find out anything about the Apple TV - although I've read some posts that imply you can only use it for music overseas. Has anyone used it successfully overseas for movies and TV? Is there an american version and a european version of the hardware? Just don't want to send a gift that doesn't work.


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  • Simon Teale Level 5 Level 5 (4,680 points)

    It carries a universal power supply, so there is no issue there.

    It also uses HDMI or DVI so there should be no issue with PAL or NTSC.

    Your biggest issue is going to be getting a suitable power cord.

    Or perhaps kicking yourself if it is updated in mid Jan (but that would be incredibly stupid by Apple, just missing the xmas buying season.
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,785 points)

    Important consideration before starting:

    Whats sort of TV do they have?
    Why? Well, AppleTV really needs a widescreen to work best, and additionally it must have either HDMI or component/audio inputs to connect it, as AppleTV does not have composite or S-Video outputs.

    I don't know much about VUDU but it looks like a streaming internet movie service that doesn't need a computer - is that right?

    AppleTV isn't quite the same, you may or may not be aware of some things:

    AppleTV requires a Mac/PC with iTunes to transfer content to AppleTV across the local network (wired ot wireless). If your media content is larger than the AppleTV hard drive (or you just want to) you can stream the material to AppleTV from the computer as you watch it, network permitting. Media ontent is either purchased from iTunes store or added to iTunes by the user - 'rolling your own' is easy for CDs as iTunes can just import them but it's more cumbersome to import your own DVDs etc. even if 'fair use' etc would allow you to do this in your country as there is no official way to do it from Apple.

    Currently AppleTV does not allow you to purchase shows/movies etc itself - this might change but no one knows for sure - so you purchase stuff from iTunes on the computer to then watch on AppleTV. As you can already watch previews of shows/movies from your regional (user selectable) iTunes store there is anticipation that you will eventually be able to purchase via AppleTV. A rental system has also been rumoured but I must stress there are no hard facts and these things may not happen.

    There is one universal AppleTV model that comes with 40GB or 160GB hard drives - the only thing that might differ locally is the mains cable plug which will have different pins for different countries but the usual adapters will work for these.

    Provided the relatives have a US based iTunes account they should be able to purchase stuff from there from anywhere worldwide as the store uses the account rather than geographical location at the time to show what's available - this is my understanding anyway.

    I'm in UK and we've only recently had TV shows/movies to buy via iTunes UK store - basically every country has it's own store content, partly driven by what people want locally, but for movies etc driven by controls imposed by the movie companies more than Apple.

    Hope that's helpful.

  • Macintosha Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    My five cents to comments:
    1.Apple TV has a list of countries for iTunes store-pick yours;
    2.When You uploading movies to iTunes and further to Apple TV make sure codecs that movies are coded matches with iTunes and Apple TV codecs requirements.Unfortunately for me,found that my movies codecs for iTunes does not match with codecs that required by Apple TV to play videos.So,I returned Apple TV back to store till better times.I think it is a hassle-to buy such an expensive product and then make additional adjustments to it in order to make it work.
  • freeesurfer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, it does! Apple even sells it in Germany, the only difference is the power cord. But nevertheless you cannot watch American movies or tv via the internet using AppleTV. AppleTV is only good to watch content already on your computer or YouTube. If you want to buy one anyhow you can do it via Apple in Germany, more expensive (exchange rate!), but no power cord issue.

    Greetings from Germany!