From the article: Defining Apple TV Take 2
Steve Jobs has repeatedly called the Apple TV a "hobby," indicating that Apple may not have high - or serious - expectations for the Apple TV. Years after its release, the Apple TV still doesn't have features many say it should. But what do you think? Is the Apple TV just a useless hobby? Voice Your Opinion
Bought yesterday, returning tomorrow
- $54 for season one of Scrubs is a bit much. Free on DVD at our local library. Does nothing, but if you really need to spend cash on old video, almost all new Blu-ray players have apps to Hulu, Netflix, etc. If Apple put a browser on the box, it would have some value to the user, but would be useless to Apple. I am amazed that millions of people actually bought and kept this thing.
- —Guest Marty
- I unfortunately own an ATV3. It can't be jail broken, so all you get is paid iTunes store content, streaming of stuff on your iTunes PC/Mac and a load of crummy American services, including Netflix. You can't use LoveFilm. You can't use iPlayer, or ITV player. Or 4OD. Or 5Player. Or .AVI/divX files. Rubbish, completely rubbish. Do yourselves a favour and put your £99 towards an XBox. At least that will do the basics.
- —Guest Fletch
New with it
- I just got the Apple TV 3rd gen. It is great--all my apps work with it. My only complaint is that if you use it to listen to your music over AirPlay, it will not work great and then goes away, but still a great product from Apple. (Using iPod touch 5G)
- —Guest New user
Apple TV Installation
- If you have a universal remote that controls your entertainment center, you will need to have your A/V installer reprogram the remote. Those instructions are not available to retail customers. [I believe this depends on the kind of universal remote you have. I have a Logitech remote that can be programming from my Mac and I was able to configure it to control my Apple TV pretty easily. -- Sam]
- —Guest John Snyder
- OMG!! Can you say yes or no before saying your freakin' explanation!?!
- —Guest Me
Turn ATV to stand by - a faster way
- After your step 1, u can just press and hold the play/pause button for 3 seconds, it will go to stand by mode.
- —Guest Eric
- I went to the Apple Store for a cover for my iPad 2. Got an Apple TV. The family is having a ball with it. Love it--great product.
- —Guest rcarp
Apple TV makes a great paperweight
- Apple TV is a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. Other than streaming iTunes and looking at bad acne on your teenager's pictures, it doesn't do much for me. I had hoped I could mirror television shows I had missed, Dishnetwork movies that are available on my iPad app, and Amazon movies. Sadly, Apple has seen fit to block any video content that does not originate through their own pockets. This was a Christmas present that I'll be returning. If you search online, others are doing the same. This is a case where this is going to affect how people generally feel about Apple and it's going to impact their future sales. I know that all of the Apple devices that I own will be slowly thrown in the garbage as I decide to upgrade. No more Apple for me...
- —Guest mustangmaddi
How do I use it?
- Got it for Christmas. I have 2 iPod touches (1 2nd Gen, 1 4th Gen), Older iMac 5,2. I do not use iTunes. I do not use Netflix or any streaming. Any idea how to use AirPlay? Seems completely usesless to me, so far.
- —Guest Confused
Need multiple remotes to one Apple TV
- Got Apple TV, got my iPhone connected, cool! Now for my guests, so they can control it too..... What???? I can't do that??? You communists! Should let others be able to remote control the TV with their own phones.... No way I'm handing out my iTunes password! Should not base this on Apple ID, should be hardware connected so anyone can connect at least to control it if not anything else! Thanks.
- —Guest Robert
- I'm a great Apple fan and our household has two iPhones, iPad and iPod touch. I expected the Apple TV to link in the same way the others did - it didn't. Apple TV seems to be a device you can "send" music or videos to from another device but as a standalone piece of kit, I'm afraid it falls short of Apple's usual high standards. Maybe time will prove me wrong--I hope so.
- —Guest Mark
Best Apple Device Ever
- What I hadn't realised was how much we would use this. Yes it streams iTunes content, but more importantly the screensaver mode has brought our thousands of photos back to life. It just spends the evening displaying them beautifully. Way better than any electronic photo frame, and way more interesting (to me) than a lot of current TV content.
- —Guest Marcus
A must for apple fans
- Anyone who thinks Apple TV is useless is either A. Stupid or B. Doesn't own one and has never used one. For $99, I know have the ability to stream all my iTunes content through my home theater and in 1080p with digital sound. I can play all my iOS games on my TV and use my iPhone or iPad as a controller, stream my music to the best speakers in the house, and watch my photos on the biggest screen. No need for Apple TV to have storage capacity either, it's the perfect streaming device for the Apple ecosystem.
- —Guest High standards
Apple TV alternitive
- The only other serious devices are from a company called Popcorn Hour and the various Roku devices. The Western Digital players will play just about everything except Flash. The live player will, however have YouTube access. The drawback about the older Western Digital is they have issues with certain larger hard drives. The new Western Digital player went one step further by building a one terabyte hard drive inside their box. If you want to build something, there are many videos and tutorials on taking an older pc and making it a media server or media player, along with remote control including using a Mac mini.
- —Guest drwho
Alternate way to turn off Apple TV
- To turn off Apple TV, you can simply press and hold the "OK" button for a half a second in the main menu screen and let go. It should then turn off.
- —Guest Block
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