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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    2nd Apple TV

    Posted
    EllyP
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    I purchased this to accompany my existing Apple TV so I could watch movies downstairs in my workout room. Originally I thought I would move my older Apple TV downstairs and use the new one upstairs with the new cool remote and SIRI....but alas my older home audio system won't accommodate the HDMI only setup - so I had to leave my older one hooked up with the digital audio output. At least until I upgrade my receiver. I have a Mac Mini setup to do the home sharing and two Apple TV's connected - to different TVs of course. It's lovely - I can start watching a movie downstairs and finish upstairs as it keeps track since they are both connected to the same library. The setup was a bit glitchy - I have a slow Centurylink Internet connection - I live in the country and limp along with a 1 MB connection. I could not get the Apple TV to authenticate my Apple ID in order to do the home sharing...it just kept saying that it was a bad username/password. After several hours of frustration, I had an epiphany - packed up the works App and took it into my office in town (15 MB connection there) and Voila - it authenticated and setup with no problem. I was then able to bring it back home and it's working fine. Apparently the slow Internet was the issue. Since then - smooth sailing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, easy to access, top quality

    Posted
    Ohio
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    Sure, $149 to $200 is alot to pay for an online streaming device these days, so there must be a reason to still give the Apple TV 5 stars. Here are some highlights: 1) Siri remote is easy to use, and makes the whole user experience better. I was skeptical that I would use the voice function at all, since Siri on my phone never seems to get it right. When searching on the Apple TV however, I love that it recognizes almost every request on the first try. Maybe Siri has improved over the years. The controller requires no batteries and charges with a standard iPhone charger too, which cuts down on annoyance and inconvenience. 2) The TV app. While totally useless on the iPhone, the TV app really makes the whole user experience of the Apple TV better. Search for a show and it will show each and every platform/ app that the show can be watched from. For example, searching for a Movie will give the option open in iTunes, or if the movie is currently available on Hulu or Netflix it will tell you so you can watch it with your subscription. Pretty convenient to unify all of the various media apps. 3) One log in. Nothing is more annoying than entering a password to each and every app. Logging in once with your cable provider will instead unlock all of the apps and services that are included with your plan. This makes everything super convenient because you don't need to log into HGTV, CBS, etc individually.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Infuriating

    Posted
    sewercat
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    I've had this thing for over a year and a half now and I have to say, this is the worst product apple has ever released. CONSTANT network errors, and disconnects. You have to sign into every freaking thing but the remote only understands letters half the time, plus you have to say your password to your whole apple account in front of everyone or type it with the ridiculous remote. I've tried and tried to get the phone remote app to work but every single time I need it to work it can't find the tv. Did I mention the ridiculous remote? Of course you always pick it up the wrong way because it's symmetrical front and back. But then you set it down and the stupid touch interface is constantly getting tripped. Dog steps on it? Show paused. Slides between sofa cushions? The menu freaks out. It will take you another minute to get back where you were. I hate this thing. What finally prompted me to write the review is that I Be been sitting here trying to get Hulu to work for over a half hour and got bored with "network error" screens. I went to test Internet on my iPad and see if it was the connection or just appleTV sucking again. Well here I am writing this review on a fully functional wifi connection. I was going to sell my old Apple TV 1. I think I'll keep it and trash this piece of garbage. Don't waste your money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent. Convenient.

    Posted
    PRism
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    A decent working device. Not meant to be to far from your wireless router as audio signal will tune out as video, which will leave you wondering if you accidentally powered off or mute your audio. Other than that, streaming is good. Remote left a little to be desired. You can voice command "movies" or "youtube", but while youtube search bar is open, you cannot voice command things like music video titles etc. Sliding side to side on the touch pad is a neat experience, but isn't necessarily an upgrade from the previous model. Especially when dealing with longer title inputs, typo's are to be expected. As with their phones! The convenience comes in the for of being able to spend more on movie rentals. Mostly titles you can source right on the Internet for free, which clearly isn't accessible from the apple TV browser, as it does not have one. I'd suggest the purchase of a bluetooth keyboard or the download of an app that allows you to stream to the devices "airplay" feature, if you do not already have an iPhone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Set Top Boxes

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    Robert38
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    I own all of the main set top boxes, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, and prior Apple TV models. Of all that I have owned and used, the Apple TV 4th Gen is the best when it comes to ease of use. I first got the box back in December of 2015 and since then regular software updates have made using the Apple TV an experience that outshines all others. The biggest win for Apple TV is how it uses the Siri functions in the remote control. The voice function works across all apps and within apps to do searches and find content to watch. There are simply too many things to list here, but it is easy to say that it far exceeds what other set top boxes can do. It is a much more intuitive experience that makes finding content to watch easier then ever. The only negative is that there is no Amazon Prime app, but you can Airplay Amazon content from the Prime App on your iPhone or iPad. It would be nice to have this integrated as an app that is included in the search function. Even without a Prime app though the Apple TV is still the best box I have used. Lastly you can play games on the Apple TV, i would recommend getting a game controller for the best experience. Some of the games are actually pretty good and there is enough processing power under the hood to make the gameplay pretty smooth. I have found in fact that a few games play much smoother on the Apple TV then they do on my iPad air 2. Overall this is a great box that keeps getting better with updates.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    By far the best Apple TV yet

    Posted
    Label
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    I upgraded from the Apple TV Gen 2 to this latest edition. There are so many new features that makes this upgrade well worth it. And got it on sale so can't beat the price either. Having Siri integration on the Apple TV seemed a little useless to me what it was announced, but now that I own one, having Siri is awesome. You can just say watch ESPN, and she will close any app that you may be in, open the Watch ESPN app, and start the Live TV. You can also use Siri to dictate when Searching for an App, or when typing login credentials, or just searching for a movie/tv show. The App Store is also a great addition. Coming from the Gen2, where you were stuck with the Apps that were provided, its great the have the ability to select and download the apps that you want, and just having the high number of available apps. The layout is pretty similar to the Gen2, but I like the look of it much better, and the movements are much more smoother. Overall, i would recommend the latest Gen to anyone, even if you already own and older Gen of the AppleTV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Content providers need to catch up

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    friendofcarlotta
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    I had mixed expectations about the 4th gen Apple TV. We have a couple of the 3rd gen Apple TV units, and they work just fine, so I wasn't certain if spending the extra money for the new version would be wonderous or disappointing. Turns out, it's a bit of both. First, the hardware and software are great. No issues there. The real problem lies in the content providers not supporting this product. For those that do, the TV app is really great, as is the semi-automatic sign-in to new channels. For others (I'm looking at you, Netflix and Frontier Communications), the step up from the previous generation is more -- shall we say -- subtle. Probably the best feature is that -- unlike on previous versions -- the 4th gen Apple TV allows the addition of new "channels" where software is available from the content provider. This not only allows you to add channels that aren't on the device as delivered, but also to delete channels you know you're never going to use. (you could always re-install them if needed later). This allows me to have much the same channel lineup on my iPad Pro and my Apple TV, which turns out to be more convenient than I imagined. As support for tvOS improves, the TV app will become more useful at presenting an overview of what is available, without having to go into each channel to see what might be there. Can't wait.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    nice upgrade from older model

    Posted
    Skyislander
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    I'm glad I upgraded my apple tv. The biggest issue I had - which I solved with getting this - was my older apple tv and my router were far enough apart to cause buffering while playing movies from my old apple tv. Moving the older one to the bedroom next to the router worked fine but didn't help me in the family room. I don't watch a lot of movies but when I have time to watch them - buffering drives me crazy. I acquired a Time Capsule 2TB router/drive unit and that helped quite a bit but when I realized the new apple tv was wireless ac capable - the TimeCapsule 2TB is also wireless AC capable- I bought one at BestBuy and problem solved. Wireless AC and or the 32GB of storage did the trick and no more buffering even from across the house. I also like the neat trick of being able to dictate my apple passwords to Siri instead of thumbing through them. The new interface is cool - if futuristic to the point of almost "other worldly" but it's all good. The footprint is the same although overall bulkier- weighs more and is taller. My only critique is music played from iCloud through the apple TV still doesn't compare to playing the music by airplay to my Denon stereo receiver. A nice feature enhancement would be a better chip inside for decoding music. However, the main reason I got it was for a hoped-for improvement in movie playback speed from either wireless A/C, the on-board flash storage, or both. It worked, so 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Vast improvement Over Prior Version

    Posted
    Had12Many
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    We also have the previous version of the Apple TV and this one is a vast improvement over that one. The voice search command feature is a joy to use and is accurate in its speech recognition. Additionally, the user interface is laid out beautifully and is easy to locate and activate your loaded apps. I have not tested out any game apps so I cannot comment on those, however, the various apps for Netflix, HBO Now, and Hulu, are are intuitive and well laid out. The search results page is wonderful and provides the location of movies/titles that you are searching for within different apps. It works well. My only complaint is the remote uses a touch sensitive section and it is difficult to use at times when you want to cycle through password screens, or many apps or movies/tv titles. But the product allows the user to speak their user ID and password, and it transmits to the screen beautifully. Additionally, deleting apps is a confusing task, as this is no where to be found in the instructions. You have to hold down the play/pause button to access a pop up menu, but once you've done it, it's easy to remember. All in all, this is a great product and works wonderfully with the TV. Used this to replace a wifi enabled DVD player whose WiFi transmitter speed was too slow and buffered a lot. Great product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The centerpiece for my entertainment system!

    Posted
    Gadgetgeek
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    I've had a first-gen Apple TV for a while. I've thought it was neat, but didn't find much use for it. Occasionally, I would stream music or show some pictures, but that was about it. After reading reviews of this 4th Gen Apple TV I found a perfect use for it--as my main entertainment center device. There are two apps that I find essential (BTW, this thing has an app store!): The first essential is the Plex app. Using Plex gives me access to all my recorded TV shows, music, movies, that are hosted by a Plex server on my network. The Plex app is beautiful and smooth (and free). The second essential is called Channels. Using Channels I can tune to any cable channel from my HDHomeRun tuners to watch live TV. This is another beautiful app that just works. https://getchannels.com This app was very expensive and I was apprehensive, but I'm so glad I purchased it. Using these two apps I was able to completely replace the Media Center computer that sat at my television with the Apple TV. I replaced a very complicated Windows computer, with keyboard/mouse at the couch, with a sleek Apple TV and touch remote. Most importantly -- my wife is happy and can navigate the apps easily. Watching TV is no longer confusing, and she can find the movies and recorded TV shows she wants to watch with ease.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LOVE it so much more than 3rd Gen Apple TV!

    Posted
    CaptK
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    This is one sharp TV streaming device! It is much zippier and stronger than the 3rd Gen Apple TV device. We find that it reduces any buffering significantly because it processes so quickly. We love the fact that we get to choose which apps we want instead of have them selected for us the way the 3rd Gen device did it. Furthermore, we find that even using Air Play is sturdier and works better than the 3rd Gen edition. All enormous pluses but it must be said that the remote is a delight to use--an amazing upgrade. Now, having said all of this, it must be understood that this device is superb if one has Apple devices and does much with iTunes (music, movies, TV shows, etc.). We do, but others may not. The new Apple TV doesn't offer some of the "essential" channel apps many may tend to favor (Amazon Video, Vudu, Sling TV, etc.). We find this unfortunate because if it were otherwise we might abandon our Rokus altogether in favor of this Apple TV. Until that time, we find ourselves returning from time to time to the Roku to access some of the channels and apps this newest Apple TV lacks. Nevertheless, this Apple TV is (in our view) a terrific improvement to the 3rd Gen Apple TV. Admittedly the price may be a little steep but we haven't regretted anything about this product and purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thinking about buying Roku

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    Justand
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    Thinking about buying Roku, think again, Apple is the best! I bought the 32gb device, was skeptical but for now-its all I think I will need. I am very impressed with this 4th generation apple TV. Its everything the last one was and more. In time the app store will increase with more to choose from, but I can see this device having so much potential. I bought the Hori Controller from the Apple Store and love using it to play the games. Its a lot of fun. The remote is top notch, love the touch pad its very responsive. I do like using the controller to control the Apple TV as well. What can I say this device is awesome. Bluetooth--I love that I can pair wireless headphones at the same time as the wireless controller and watch or play anything on the Apple TV without disturbing my husband who is sleeping. You don't need to be connected via a 3.5mm headphone jack like Roku, its all bluetooth! This generation does everything Roku does so I am very very satisfied with my purchase, well worth the money. I am actually getting ready to buy another 32gb for my son. The only tiny thing I would like to see added is a backlit remote--but thats not a deal breaker--device is still worth the money and you should enjoy it--once the App store has more selections--it will be perfect Go Apple!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice but has some issues...

    Posted
    aparich
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    I'm not an Apple guy, but our family has Apple devices, and they all usually work pretty well, with some quirks thrown in. The Apple TV wasn't my first choice, but I tried the Roku and it didn't work with my TV's HDMI ports, so I went with Apple. I bought this to move off of our Chromecast that was getting too cumbersome running off of an old 3rd Gen iPad. Setup was easy and quick, especially since we had an existing iOS device connected to the WiFI - didn't have to input any settings which is awesome. The cool thing is that remote even discovered my TV's RF signal for the volume. The apps and interface are cool but a little gimmicky. It is sometimes hard to tell which icon you're on. There is very little you can do in terms of troubleshooting. Once an app fails, you're left with little recourse but to switch off and on, or remove and reinstall the app. That happened to me with the Netflix app - it was stuck on just a black screen. Nothing I did with remote revived it. I restarted it, then unplugged it, still the issue persisted. I finally had to remove the Netflix app and reinstall it, and had to go through the entire login process again (which is a pain with this remote). Overall it's a good device and much better than Chromecast - the games are cool as well. Just wish it would have less hiccups and perhaps a stronger wireless connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this little guy

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    ATV2k16
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    The Apple TV 4th Generation looks great, and works perfectly. I love how it works so well with my iPhone and how the remote works is very nice. I bought the wrist strap to help me know which end is the lower end not really to play games but I like it allot. Lots of great features and apps to download and works very well. Unlike other smart blu-ray players or other devices that have apps and stores this gets regular updates and keeps it running smoothy. I syncs with my iPhone and I can easily see my pictures, listen to my music, and watch my iTunes movies. It's expensive but totally worth while . It plays games, it has wide support from different companies and works well , what else would you want? Sadly Amazon, Vudu, and Ultra Violet don't want to support this which is a shame. Amazon is playing favorites, but not sure why Vudu and Ultra Violet don't work but honestly I don't use those apps often so it's not a big loss. I used to use my Sony Blu-ray player in the bedroom to watch netflix and hulu, and now this user experience and smooth operation make that feel ancient.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Improvements

    Posted
    Kira
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    The software between the previous gen Apple TV and this model remains fairly similar when it comes to videos and music; however, this new generation supports third party apps, most of which are games. The games available are pretty cool; but lots of the apps are still really basic. I'm sure apps will get better with time though. The coolest improvement is actually the remote - the layout is much better, charges with the same charger your iPhone or iPad uses, has a new touch interface, and features Siri. Siri is a really nice enhancement. The touch interface on the remote is also amazing; but, it does take some getting used to. For those who subscribe to Apple Music, use iTunes a lot, or have an iOS device, this is a must have - all your playlists are on it, it works just as well as iTunes does on your other devices, and it makes streaming from the iOS device to the TV super easy. For those more interested in the apps or games - I'm sure the Apple TV will improve overtime; but for now, the Nvidia Shield TV does a much better job with games. Lastly, it's not cool that Apple dropped the optical audio output; but my receiver is due for an upgrade anyways. They sort of made up for that by not making the base model a 16GB like they do with their phones and tablets - the Apple TV comes with 32GB for storage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Apple users

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    RMTampa
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    Want a smart TV but don't have one, buy this. All you need is decent wifi, an HDMI input and that's it. The sky is the limit for what you can use it for. You can stream music and videos from free apps or use your paid apps like Netflix and MLB.TV. You can rent or purchase movies, download and play games or mirror whatever is on your iPhone or ipad up to your tv with no lag. In addition to personal uses, I also use one at work for presentations on our tv in the conference room. I have a Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV. I've stopped using the Chromecast a couple of years ago, Roku is used in leu of a cable box in the bedroom (Roku has an app for Spectrum Cable so I can watch cable tv with the app instead of renting another digital box), we use the Fire Stick for Amazon Prime and the Apple TV for all of our iTunes content. I have all of my music stored in iTunes and many movies so the Apple TV is a no-brainer. Plus I can send all of my photos and phone videos to the tv with the Apple TV. I'm a tech junkie so that's why I have it all but the Apple TV is my favorite of the streaming equipment. My only knock is that Apple TV does have the spectrum app to stream all cable channels like Roku does.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the Apple TV, Hate the Remote

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    grilledcheese
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    I loved my 3rd gen Apple TV. (I just upgraded to the 4th to get the App Store, so I could use Sling.) Everything works just the way I want it to. I am using ethernet instead of wifi, because I read somewhere that that's always going to give you a better connection--that may or may not be true. But it's working perfectly. I don't like the remote, though. I don't get the concept of using a touch-screen for a tv remote. Maybe the gaming people like this? For tv watching, though, it's not helpful. I have to physically LOOK at the remote to figure out where I am. If I try to guess by "feel," I always hit the wrong command or overshoot and go too far. I much prefer an old-school tv remote with actual buttons. The good news is that the Apple TV lets you pair other remotes with it, so I'm using my Vizio tv's remote with it. It's too bad, because the Apple remote is really a beautiful object--it just fails in the usability department, imo. I own many Apple devices; I'm an Apple fanboy cliché. This is the first time I've ever criticized an Apple product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This IPTV (Apple TV) box is killer!

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    DOGTOWN
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    The 4th generation AppleTV is killer! Highly recommend for those who are looking for a great way to watch internet streaming content, maybe even cut the cord from your cable provider. The AppleTV's greatest benefit right now is Siri, (voice search). Currently only available for Movies and TV search but will expend to other areas with future updates. The unit also has the ability to play games, mostly on the arcade level, but really fun nonetheless. You can also add supported controllers to the unit. My favorite controller is the Nimbus Steel Series controller. Really solid in design. I love the new remote, which uses a touchpad interface to navigate between content and menus. Takes a minute to get used to it, but once you do, it becomes extremely fast to get around the AppleTV. The cons is that it does not support Amazon Instant or Google Play for movies yet, but I imagine that is up to them to develop those content channels. For those on iOS you can AirPlay Amazon Instant to the AppleTV, so you can at least get around that limit. AirPlay is flawless. Super fast on the stream. I've used the Chromecast, Nexus Player, FireTV Stick, Roku 3 and this is by far my favorite solution to date.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for streaming sports, showing photos

    Posted
    erod550
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    I mainly bought this product to stream baseball games using the MLB app. I have tried several other devices for streaming from my Smart TV's internal app, to a Smart Blu-Ray player, to a TiVo Mini, and all of them would lose the stream several times per game or the apps would crash. I'm a huge baseball fan so this was extremely annoying happening on a daily basis. Well, the Apple TV has fixed all that. It has been by far the most stable way for me to stream baseball games. Even if the stream becomes weak, it will drop the quality but still keep the stream going so it doesn't interrupt the game. Even if you don't watch sports, if you have iPhones/iPads it's great for projecting your other devices onto your TV with AirPlay. This is great for sharing photos with other people in the same room. Instead of passing your phone around, just display it on the TV and then you can show the photos to everyone at the same time. The only reason I take one star off is because of the price. It's way more expensive than all the other streaming devices but, as is usually the case with Apple products, you pay more but you do get a higher quality product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The next evolution of the Apple TV

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    TEKNOJOE
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    I have been using Apple TV since the first generation. Generation 4 is definitely the snappiest one to date. The App Store is a nice addition - allowing you to add or remove stations, content providers, and games. Combine the Apple TV with a bluetooth gamepad can give you a decent alternative to some of the bigger consoles. True gamers will laugh at this comment - but I'm thinking more for the 4-10 year old range. The remote is a step backward. I loved the simplicity of the last generation aluminum remote. I'm constantly holding the current remote upside down because of the inability to distinguish its position in the dark. Plus, I wish manufacturer's would stop making remotes in shiny black plastic. It's a fingerprint magnet. A matte finish (or aluminum) will work great on a device you are supposed to touch (and use) often. Overall, it's a good device - but there is plenty of competition these days. I also own similar products from Roku and Amazon. So a deciding factor may be where you get your content. Apple TV does not let you watch content from Amazon Prime, for example. Unless you intend to fill up on the App Store, the 64GB version may be overkill. Your mileage may vary.

    I would recommend this to a friend