Strolling down a local mall, I found out that the Apple TV is already available in the Philippines for about 17K.
I was not really interested in buying one at this time and I think the Philippine market is likewise not ready for this one yet. And here are my reasons:
1. You have to buy an HDTV first.
While it is true that the costs are coming down (the 32″ megapixel ones are nearing the 50K mark the last time I checked), I think the cost is still out of reach for most Filipinos.
2. The presence of alternative acceptable solutions.
Even assuming you have something that can handle an Apple TV, there are alternative solutions to stream your content to it, and these solutions even include non-iTunes content. Personally, I just run off my content via the VGA port, with decent results…
3. And the top reason for me: Lack of content.
For as long as the iTunes Store is not servicing the Philippines, that Apple TV will be a hard sell. Of course, there are other ways to put content there, but I think the effort will not justify the purchase.
Feel free to disagree, however…
But that Apple Airport Extreme Base Station at 14K is another story…