The second generation of the Apple TV is a streaming entertainment device that delivers content from the internet right into a userâ€™s living room. At only 0.9 inches by 3.9 inches by 3.9 inches and weighing only 0.6 ounces, this small Apple streaming player marks a step forward from the 80 percent larger first generation Apple TVs. This second generation multimedia box delivers a powerful entertainment punch with a maximum resolution output of 720p. The Apple TV allows for streaming content via the built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi system or Ethernet connection. This second generation multimedia box provides fast access to the online world of streaming media. Utilizing A4 processor, this streaming entertainment device runs at low power and does not heat up quickly. In fact, this energy-friendly device uses less power than an average night light.<br><br> Users have the choice of both HDMI and optical audio out connections, making the Apple TV compatible with both newer and older television models. With a simple addition of an HDMI cable, the owners can have their second generation multimedia box up and running in a jiffy. Setting up the Apple TV is a quick and easy. A user needs to just follow a few prompts and enter the necessary details to complete the setup. The setup process also activates the iTunes Home Sharing feature which saves the userâ€™s iTunes information on the Apple streaming player and allows for fast purchasing of content. This second generation multimedia box supports different video formats like H.264, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG and audio formats like AAC, MP3, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV. It can also transmit Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound to a compatible audio receiver or home theater set-up. In addition to accessing online content, the Apple streaming player can also display contents stored on a PC or Mac. Besides, the Apple TV also lets users access cloud content by wirelessly connecting to a userâ€™s iCloud account.<br><br> If a user is already using AirTunes or AirPlay to play iTunes content, the Apple TV can be quickly and easily linked to that set-up. This second generation multimedia box is also compatible with several online content providers, including Netflix , MLB.TV, and NBA.com. The Apple streaming player can also be integrated with popular online media sites like YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe, and users can even stream podcast or Internet radio via this device. For users who like to stay up-to-date on the latest business, international, and finance news, the Apple streaming player offers Wall Street Journal Live. Shows on Wall Street Journal Live include regular updates on market trends, expert financial advice and analysis, and summaries of the latest important news stories.<br> Compact, subtle, and environmentally-friendly, but with the power and capability of a much larger device, the second generation of Apple TV is a great way for classic fans and those new to Apple devices to enjoy their favorite films, TV shows, music, and online content.