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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well

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    SlickWulf
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    I got this so that I could cut off most of the cable television service and use this to save some money on the monthly cost. It works well, the remote has a touchpad surface much like a laptop would and it's easy enough to use. I have large hands, and the remote isn't that uncomfortable to hold and use, plus it came with a charge right out of the box and I haven't had to charge it once yet. So it's gone at least one solid month on it's initial charge and I use this daily. The only downside to the plan that I had of cutting out the TV service and using this instead is: You still would need a log in for cable service for almost ALL the network apps, such as AMC, comedy central, ect.. There are some apps that are NOT available on the Apple TV that ARE on the iPhone and iPad, such as Amazon Prime video. As of the time of thisreview (3/14/2016) there is NO Amazon Prime app available. There is also currently no way to surf the web via the Apple TV by itself. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you CAN do screen mirroring which basically puts whatever is on your screen right onto your TV. The device has Wi-Fi as well as a plug to connect via an ethernet cable (which, I would recommend as you're GOING to get signal loss and slower speeds via Wi-Fi) There are some games that you can play with the remote and some that require another person to have an iPod/iPhone/iPad to be the second player. I've experienced some issues when streaming video content from my ipad to the Apple TV, but that is mostly due to how the website I am watching video works. It's clearly not optimized to do what I'm doing, so I'm not too upset that it has some issues. Example: There currently is NO app for Adult Swim to watch some of the shows on that network for the Apple TV. So, I go online to the website on my iphone or iPad and click on the video there to stream it to my device, and then simply click on the "screen mirroring" and have it go to the Apple TV. There have been some times when it goes to play a commercial that it will stop broadcasting to the TV and try to play on the device itself (the phone or tablet) and you will need to turn the phone or tablet back on, grab the remote, click play and hope that it goes on with what it was trying to do. This can be frustrating and trying to watch things like The Walking Dead via the AMC website and broadcast it to the Apple Tv has not gone well. This could be fixed when/if they release a stand alone app for the Apple TV or if the websites can figure out why it's not playing well with going from a mobile device to screen mirroring to the Apple TV. Overall, those 3 or 4 shows that require this additional muddling about can just as easily be watched on a laptop or desktop. If that's NOT an option for you, then you might want to look into a different option. Netflix, Hulu, Youtube all work very well and I've had no issues with them. The Siri voice search can take some getting used to, and it often ONLY will show you what's available through iTunes. If you have a LOT invested already with iTunes, iPhone, Apple in general... then this will be a good fit. Buying shows and movies and music to play on the TV is easy through itunes. It takes up very little room. The remote itself is bluetooth so you don't NEED to have the device visible if you don't want. The remote DOES have I.R. so you can controll volume on your television with the Apple TV remote. Some programming may be required, if you're TV doesn't have the HDMI capability to automatically detect and change settings. My Samsung TV had no issues with it, the remote was able to turn on the TV and change the volume. You can sync it up with your iCloud and see pictures and some videos on the TV that you took with your iPhone or iPad or other connected Apple device that is set up to share images or use the cloud. So, if you take some pictures with your iPhone and want to show them to everyone, then it will appear in your photo stream on your Apple TV. Just be aware that it will show EVERY one of your recent pictures that are shared. So... keep that in mind. If you have kids and you take some photos that are not exactly PG....they can see them on the TV if you have photo sharing set up. My only complaints are: Lack of supported Apps, which time will more than likely change. When you want to put the Apple TV to sleep, you hold the menu button for a few seconds and a little message pops up asking you if you want to put the apple TV to sleep (bascially shut it off) when you do so... it will turn off the TV as well. This can get a little annoying, and it MAY only be due to the type of TV that I have. But if I want to switch over to a gaming console or blueray player or any other input and wish to put the Apple TV to sleep, it turns off the TV and I then have to turn it back on and manually swap over to the next input. It will also switch over to the Apple TV if you accidentally click on, so far, ANY button on the remote. So if you are watching TV or a DVD or something else, and someone picks up the remote, it will detect that someone picked up the remote and if they press anything, any button or click in the trackpad portion on the top of the remote, it will change the input on the TV over to the Apple TV. Again, this MAY only be due to the brand and model of Television that I personally have. This may not do this on ALL makes and models of television. And it's not that big of a deal, I just have to grab the other remote and switch it back. So, Do I recommend it? If you already have something invested with Apple. Be it an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Macbook, iTunes... and you already have some content in your itunes such as movies, shows, music, podcasts... then YES, this would likely make more sense. If you have NO apple Products, don't have an iTunes account... Then you might want to look into a Roku or something else. They have similar features (especiialy the Roku 3 and 4) but don't focus on a pre-existing library of photos, music, movies, shows and other things in an iTunes library. Not to say that you CAN'T use this if you DON'T have any other Apple device or accounts... it just might make more sense to try something else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's the Future... But it's Not Here Just Yet

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    Ryan
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    My old Apple TV was looking a little long in the tooth, so I figured that this new model would be a major overhaul and change the way I watch and interact with TV content. It doesn't quite live up to my hopes, at least not yet. Below are my thoughts on the biggest changes in this new model: the Siri Remote and App Store. Siri Remote I was expecting the remote to be quite simple and intuitive, but there is a definite learning curve. Prepare to give your thumbs a workout. I often find myself swiping too far and overshooting the item I wanted to select. Also, it's not immediately obvious that you can simply tap on the trackpad (rather than click) and use the edges as directional pointers, just like the previous Apple TV remote. My biggest gripe with the remote has to be the way that Apple has laid out the on-screen keyboard (a completely horizontal line in alphabet order). After logging into and authenticating all of your apps, your thumb is going to hate you. On the plus side, Siri works very well and understands my voice with almost complete accuracy. However, there just isn't much that Siri can do on the Apple TV right now besides search iTunes and Netflix. I'm sure more features will be added over time. App Store There just aren't enough apps available yet (besides the plethora of cheap games that will surely keep your kids occupied for at least a few hours). It's obvious that Apple wanted to release this new model in time for the holiday season, but it did so without giving developers enough time to make meaningful apps. The potential is huge and developers now have a great canvas to build amazing experiences, but it's going to take at least another 6-12 months for consumers to see any real benefit. Other Thoughts As it stands, I don't think this is the product that is going to change TV forever, as some may have hoped. It's a nice upgrade from the previous Apple TV, but right now, it just feels half-baked. Most streaming apps still require a paid cable/satellite TV subscription, and you have to log in and authenticate every single one of those apps. If Apple can figure out a way to let users log in with their cable subscription just once -- and have that apply to all necessary apps -- that would be a major advancement in user experience. In the meantime, I'm hoping that apps like TiVo, Amazon, Infuse, Vudu, and others make their way to Apple TV. But as it stands now, the new Apple TV is more like a faster, prettier version of its predecessor. If you're a first-time Apple TV buyer, buy it without hesitation. If you have an older Apple TV, I'd hold off for at least another few months. Apple has laid the groundwork for its vision of TV, and its now up to developers and content providers to get on board.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Improvement Overall

    Posted
    Wildact0

    This is a night and day difference over the third generation, in fact its not even fair to compare the two. This model now has the A8 in it, which means its fast, really fast, it has a new interface thats easier then ever to use. It has phenomenal siri search, which has been great and easy to use, it has multitasking, and best of all an App Store. The App Store Lets start here, this is easily the best feature of this generation, now you have the option to get games, and apps never seen on a tv before, as well as a lot of paid games, you already enjoy on you iPhone. As of right now most of the apps are just iPhone apps blown up to fit the screen, but in the future devs will surely fix that. The Siri Remote Well this is just great, siri makes it easier then ever to navigate and find something to do or watch. the remote is very responsive, with no lag whatsoever, and is rechargeable. It also has a gyroscope and accelerometer, which is of course for gaming. It also has volume controls that automatically connected to my tv. Issues First of all typing sucks, its horrid, your left with a straight line of the alphabet, and have to scroll to the letter you want, using a touch pad to swipe, lets just say your thumb will need an ice pack after you finish logging into your apps. So far all apps require you manually type email and password in to log in except youtube, which seems to be only one thought out, you log in on your phone then give access to app on apple tv. Its a great device with a few bugs but is great already, can't wait to see that happens after devs step up and the bugs get ironed out. Highly recommend this, also a game controller is recommended, makes typing easier and gaming as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great improvement on last model

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    JJB12
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    The Appletv4 is a vast improvement on the previous model. Here's some differences, good and bad, that I've noticed: 1. It's slightly taller, because of the onboard 32GB (or 64GB) hard drive, 2. Apple removed the separate optical digital audio output from this unit. This output has come in very handy, if you want to send your iTunes/Pandora/YouTube music to a separate audio system from your tv/surround sound system, that uses the HDMI port. Now, you'll have to buy a different converter (HDMI audio extractor), if you'd like to upgrade your appletv to gain its better performance and features, but still need an optical output for your separate music system. 3. Its new processor is much smoother, creating a better browsing experience, and less issues with streaming/playback. 4. The new App Store allows you to download the apps that YOU want, unlike the previous model, which now includes many new apps, including Pandora, Plex,and SlingTV, with the major exception being Amazon, a direct streaming competitor. So you'll still have to stream amazon through your mobile device and use airplay to get that show to your appletv/TV system. 5. The new aerial motion screensaver is awesome, showing flyover footage currently of NYC, SanFran, London, Hawaii & the Great Wall in China. You can also use photos from iCloud as a screensaver, but this process can be tedious to setup. 6. The new remote is Bluetooth, which has a decent range, but can be finicky sometimes. You still can use IR commands from a universal remote, as well as a new and improved Appletv control app for iDevices, which is priceless for using its keyboard function to search for content. The new handheld remote also can use siri, to search for shows by voice, and has a 'trackpad-like' sliding thumb control to scan through shows and menus quickly. I don't really like Siri, because I don't think she likes me, but the feature is there to try and use, if you want. We use this unit every day in our home, and it's been working great! The addition of Plex has been huge, so any older tv can even access our content stored on hard drives. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because there is no amazon app, and the lack of the optical output, which limits previous AV installations, where the appletv was used to provide audio. If I could have given 4.75, I would have! But it's definitely worth the upgrade if you're a current appletv fan!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Apple TV (Gen 4) - 32GB

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    BkOnline
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    This review is for the latest AppleTV 4th generation with Siri Remote. As has been reported by many on the web, the remote is just cool! Apart from the remote, here are things I really like on the new ATV: 1- iOS based modern Interface officially known as TVOS 2- Third party apps, though it is yet to reach the fever level of its iOS sibling 3- On-board flash based storage space (32Gb) 4- Super fast and responsive navigation thru out the entire system 5- Effective voice search, though yet to be implemented across the board. What I really hate on this ATV iteration: 1) NO Software remote and existing Apple Remote App not compatible. Are you kidding me? Apple's own TV remote App Cannot operate Apple's latest TV device? That got to be the biggest joke of the year! The remote incompatibility single handedly pulled down the Apple mantra of ...."it just works". It made the Apple TV look unfinished/beta/rushed job. 2)- Apple need to do away with the idea of forcing iTunes account authentication when setting up Home-Sharing between two devices within the same LAN. I should be able to share things within my wired or Wifi network without having to travel outside to iCloud and back to a device sitting just a few feet away. 3) No more optical audio output. Apple, you just released audio streaming service "Beat Music/Apple Radio", to encourage people to use your service means not shooting yourself on the foot by removing one of the main means of integrating it into existing AV system. Not every AV Receiver is capable of HDMI audio return. Even those that does, user may not want to be forced to use HDMI when they could have easily run an optical cable only.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    About as Expected

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    aixrocks
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    I didn't leap at getting the original Apple TV as I was disappointed that it didn't have Amazon Prime, so I went with app rich BluRay players that had Amazon Prime. Since then, I saw a deal on this and even though it still doesn't have Amazon Prime, there are plenty of apps and I wanted the ability to AirPlay from my iOS devices and Macbook, so that's an added bonus since it works seamlessly. My only complaint thus far is that the YouTube app itself has been spotty on performance, but the rest of the apps I've worked with are much better than the BluRay player versions of the apps I've played with before. The new remote in typical Apple flair is sleek, but as is also typical of Apple -- high on polish and less on just basic usability. Also a frustration is (again in typical Apple-ness), you don't get batteries, you have to charge it with the lightning cable. Since I have enough Apple gadgets in my house, this isn't a showstopper, but if this were the only Apple product I had, I'd be unhappy with this. The initial setup of the device would've gone better if it had properly paired with my iPhone (as it will pull over your home WiFi settings, Apple ID, etc. if it can pair with your iPhone or iPad), but instead I had to type all that manually with the remote -- which is (again) frustrating as the remote doesn't use traditional remote style buttons. My final comment is that this has no audio out if you wanted to run composite L/R audio or to a receiver to play audio. I guess in today's HDTV centric entertainment, maybe this isn't a big deal, but if you had older receivers that you wanted high quality audio piped from your iTunes library or streaming services through to your receiver, it doesn't have this capability. Basically you just have HDMI out. So, if you have a receiver that you funnel all HDMI through it, this would probably work great. If not and you wanted just to listen to music, then you're stuck with listening to it through tinny HDTV speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great apple tv as always with an awesome remote

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    usanavysailor
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    I used to have the older generation Apple TV and loved it and how well it worked as well as all the features on it. When I was moved to be stationed out on the west coast I left it with my parents so that they could use it for Netflix and to watch other movies and apps on the device. I finally decided it was time to get the newer one since I was missing the Apple TV. I have a Playstation 4, which also has a lot of the apps that Apple TV has, but a big feature that the playstation doesn't have is the screen mirroring feature where if you have another apple device (such as an iPhone, iPad, or Macbook) you can put whatever is on your screen on the tv. The New Remote I definitely was expecting a lot from the new remote and it didn't disappoint. The touchpad feature works really well and I have not noticed any problems with it and it is such a nice feature to have that makes navigating a breeze. The ability to just talk to the remote "Siri" instead of having to type everything makes it so much easier! The TV feature Apple TV has a new feature that is meant to try and connect all the TV apps so that you can sign in once through your TV provider and it will sign into all of the apps, which is a PHENOMENAL idea! I love it! The only problem is that not too many providers are on the list of working with it (U-verse for example in my situation). Even without that you can still use the TV app to navigate all of the TV apps and have everything in one place to look at, instead of having to go from each specific app for every channel. All in all, I am still a big fan of Apple TV and recommend it over any other streaming service, especially if you have other apple products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worked for everything but the Audio I was hoping 4

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    DESMO
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    It was crazy easy to setup and use, totally Apple in that respect. I bough it primarily for listening to my massive music collection thru my home stereo. YES it would totally stream my collection the functionality was fine. My issue came with the output format. My Stereo is a 1993 High end Yamaha (yes I know that's ancient but the specs rival anything sold in a Best Buy Magnolia) so I don't have HDMI inputs. The latest gen Apple TV only has HDMI. So I send the HDMI to my current year Sony tv and use the optical out from the tv to get the sound to the stereo. This works flawlessly for My XBOX One and Comcast X1 DVR, they both send perfect Dolby Digital and DTS etc with no flaws or issues. Something in the format it sent the music out in would only come acros as Pro Logic and to make it worse it would only use the center channel and the surrounds. The mains and subwoofer got nothing. Videos and services like Netflix, CBS,HBO,etc were fine using both DD and DTS. It was only iTunes. I contacted Apple and we could not resolve the issue. It was either EVERYTHING was in 2ch stereo or EVERYTHING was using surround sound. Stereo isn't that good for modern video as even the cheapest commercials are using surround sound these days and surround sound would be fine for audio only but when it won't decode to the proper channels.... Now I will freely admit it most likely has everything to do with the age of my receiver, but if I could have at least got it t be normal 2ch stereo would have been fine. So to wrap this up, if you have an older stereo and audio only sources are your primary use, you may be disappointed. If you have newer Audio gear you should be ok, but I can't verify that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Fantastic Addition to Apple Ecosystem

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    BriGuyWolf
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    Being primarily an "Apple" family, it was a no-brainer to give this product a go. I was so excited to be able to download apps for the newly opened interface, Siri integration, and to get my hands on the redesigned remote control! None of this has disappointed yet. I have two other previous generation AppleTV units on other televisions and I'm finding myself wishing they had the same capabilities as this one. There was one app that I downloaded right off the bat that I relied on AirPlay to view the content from my phone. Although it was workable, now that the on demand app is native to AppleTV, it's a joy to open if up and stream without making the AirPlay connection! The remote itself has also been a joy to use. The ease of scrolling using the touch pad makes getting around much easier. That combined with Siri commands to search for items and to perform some tasks make navigation a lot easier! Without me even programming anything, the remote also picked up my television to turn it off when I put the AppleTV to sleep as well as use the volume control straight from the AppleTV remote! Again, being part of the Apple family of products makes this a perfect addition if you want to integrate your television(s) into the fun. I would not hesitate picking this up if this would be your first one. The ONLY negative I had experienced, however, is that I dropped the remote and the touch pad area experienced a crack on it. Despite this blemish, the remote has continued to perform without problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I love a few of the features however no Amazon app

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    Russ5tide
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    I bought this Apple TV so that I could use AirPlay with my MacBook Pro and my iPhone 6 on my tv and to use Netflix. I was a little dissapointed that Amazon was not included and the one feature I would love the most is that is not included would be integration with my current cable set top box. Would love to be able to have it plugged into my cable so that it would be and all in one interface without the need for switching back and forth from cable to Apple TV a feature that I see coming in the future of the copyrights could get worked out. Overall I love my Apple TV. It runs extremely smooth setup wirelessly through my 5ghz 802.11AC router. Streaming video is SUPER fast. There aren't very many decent games yet as I would hoped there would be but that's not a huge deal. I got the 32 GB hard drive instead of 64. I do not see spending another 50 bucks for space I will not need. If your are interested in buying an Apple TV in hopes of replacing your cable with it. That I DO NOT RECCOMEND. MOST OF THE APPS THAT STREAM TV LIKE CBS, NBC, ESPN etc. require you to log in through your cable provider to prove you have a subscription. They don't offer a set subscription through Apple TV. You must have cable or satellite in order to use those apps. But if your looking to buy it so that you can make your TV your computer monitor so to speak using AirPlay or to easily use Netflix. This is for you. As I said there is not an Amazon app to be downloaded however you can open the Amazon app on your phone and it has a nice integrated AirPlay function within the app so that you can watch it through your Apple TV through AirPlay. Hope that helps. Enjoy!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love AirPlay Mirroring; Good features; Super Fast

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    Russ5Tide
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    For years I have wanted an Apple TV mainly for the AirPlay Mirroring and Netflix. I finally decided to break down and buy the latest Gen device and I must say that it's not regretted at all. I bought the 32 GB one because I didn't need the extra space really and 50 bucks wasn't worth difference. It is very fast and responsive just like ALL Apple devices and it runs very smoothly without much buffer (loading). I almost bought the last gen Apple TV but I figured I'd go ahead and get the newer one since it has a newer better remote with Siri which makes it very easy to rewind/fast forward movies Etc. very simple setup also as is with ALL Apple devices. The o my downfall was that it did not come with a HDMI cable which nothing does anyways but I had an extra lying around. Overall I gave this product 4 stars. Would have given it five if it would have had integration with my current set top cable box to where I could seamlessly switch from cable back to Apple TV without much effort. Would love to have my cable box connected Into Apple TV and have it upload the cable guide into Apple TV. Other than that I can't think of anything else that I would like in it. Overall I'm very pleased! If you are interested in buying one but are on the ropes. If you have other Apple products that you can use AirPlay with than its for you. There is also no Amazon Prime video app available on the App Store so you have to use it on your phone/computer and AirPlay mirror it through your Apple TV which isn't to bad. Thanks Amazon for having a mirroring feature for us to be able to do that. Good luck and hope you enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Vast improvement Over Prior Version

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice but has some issues...

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great but

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    Wacoredbeard
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    I like apple products I’m writing this review on an iPhone and in all I love this thing great picture clear sound but it’s really annoying when you search for a movie and it comes back with the result to buy first from iTunes then whatever streaming apps you have installed but it won’t show it if you own it digitally, not even if you own it on iTunes. And there’s not a search function in the movies interface either so if you own more than 10 movies you have to just scroll endlessly until you luck into seeing it. Also you can buy a movie you already own in iTunes from a movie box code redemption. So picking a movie turns into an impromptu game of where’s Wally and oh no double check that I don’t already own Wally because I’d rather not spend almost the exact same amount as I could could on the blu ray and dvd and digital code as for just the digital movie by itself so I don’t have to put pants on if I already bought the movie but got sleepy from all the movie buying before I watched it then promptly forgot about the movie buying it in the first place

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Improvements

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    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: 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: 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for streaming sports, showing photos

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    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

    Remote Rabbit Round-Up

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    ErikDPhillips
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    Nice new interface, though the sounds and overly large background screens feel a bit too much like a game console to me (possibly by design?)...add to that the Nintendo Wii-like remote clicking sounds and you'd swear I bought a game console instead of a movie and video set-top box (again...by design?) I should probably check out the downloadable games that I can now purchase and play on this thing... Those two noticeable changes I can certainly live with...it's the new remote that I can't seem to catch and corner... I feel like each tiny slide and brush I make with my finger across the plastic touch-sensitive area moves the cursor/pointer halfway across the screen instead of just one spot to the right or left...even the TINIEST of finger movements seem to do this. I've seen amateurs maneuver around better when rounding up rabbits in a remote Rhode Island field (not true)... Could this be to condition us to use Siri more regularly for navigating? Probably. Will I rush to do that? Not until Siri can find video and movie selections I have uploaded into iTunes (or not) with the names I have created for my library organization method...or lack thereof.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product

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    AngryXSuperManX
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    I must say that I use this product every day since I bought it. The product itself is a very good one and a good way to organize all your apps and music and videos on one device. The problem I have was not with the device as much as the store I bought it at. I went in and saw that they had a previously used Apple TV (the one I purchased) and inquired about the price. I stated if the price was significantly cheaper than the regular price I would buy it and if not I would rather have a new one. I was told it would be 100 dollars which is significantly less and it stated on the box that all the items were included. Me being an average unquestioning citizen assumed this meant that all the cables were included. I come to find when I am home that the power cable is missing and end up going back to be charged for a new cable. I understand that I was given a very nice discount but was charged nearly half of the discount for the new cord that should have been in the box. I took it an dhave had no problems but needless to say I was not happy with the service that day.

    I would recommend this to a friend