Apple TV is a device developed by Apple that facilitates the streaming of video, audio or images from a variety of sources, including the iTunes store, YouTube and other Apple devices or a PC running Microsoft Windows. The WiFi enabled device was initially released in 2007 and has gone through three release iterations with the most recent coming in March 2012. The device must be connected to a high definition television or monitor via an HDMI cable and also connected to a local network via WiFi or Ethernet.
The latest version of Apple TV supports H.264 video up to 1080p at 30 frames per second, or MPEG-4 up to 720x432 pixels or finally Motion JPEG up to 720p at 30 frame/s. This is sufficient for high quality video to be streamed via the Apple TV device with M4V, MP4, MOV and AVI supported. From an audio perspective the device supports MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF and Dolby Surround Sound. JPEG, GIFF and TIFF are the supported image formats.
WMV files are a type of video file (usually containing audio) from Microsoft. These files can be played on a variety of video players on both Mac and PC machines. Some WMV files may have digital rights management (DRM) protection which prevents users from making unauthorized copies of files purchased in online stores.
Windows Media Video (WMV) is a compressed video file format for several proprietary codecs developed by Microsoft. These files are based on the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format encoded using the Windows Media Video (WMV) codec.
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