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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Our First Impressions of the NEW Apple TV

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    nickcal
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    Today, we received our Apple TV well one of two that we are getting and we wanted to share our initial thoughts – from box to set-up. First thing is first, the box is bigger than the last Apple TV that came out three years ago, also Apple went back to a fully black box like they had for the second gen Apple TV. It has a nice matte black finish and once you open the box you’re presented with the Apple TV and remote at the top of the box. After pulling both of them out, directly under where the remote was you will find the power cable and under where the Apple TV resided you will find the Lightning cable for charging your remote, plus the “Let’s Get Started Guide.” One thing the new Apple TV does not come with is an HDMI cable. So, make sure you have one available or the set-up process is going to stop pretty quickly. The set-up process is is very simple. The only step that slows you down is having to enter your account information for every subscription service you have. You will need the aide of your computer because in order to set-up live streaming for television networks like HBO, NBC, ABC, and USA require you to enter a validation code on that companies website. We did discover pretty early on that some live streaming networks are not available in all areas. For example, when we tried to set-up the ABC app live streaming, we were met with an error message that said the service wasn’t available in our area. The help section on the Apple TV indicates that more service will be added soon. As I was setting it up, I discovered just how responsive and quick the new Apple TV is. Everything – even the App Store is incredibly fast. I downloaded YouTube, Netflix, HBOGO and several other apps to get the Apple TV set-up the way I wanted and the download for those apps took no time at all. While everyone is pretty familiar with how the streaming video apps work, I want to bring up a new type of app for the Apple TV – the game. I did test out Crossy Road while I was setting it up and actually found it to be more enjoyable than on the iPhone. Again, it is very responsive and there was no perceptible lag that I could see. Now, onto the Siri Remote. I’ve got a fair amount of experience with the Amazon TV remote that has a voice assistant built-in, so I was excited to have that function come to the Apple TV. This remote is really much more advanced that I expected it to be. First of all, Siri commands are handled with ease and even though there is a little learning curve you have to get over for really fluid control – tap the button once and then hold it in to speak – it appears that Siri works really well with the new Apple TV. The second really cool feature of the Siri Remote is the Touch Surface. Apple pulled the popular navigation method in from the iPhone and iPad into the Siri Remote. I’ll be honest, until I used it, I really wasn’t sure how I would enjoy it. Now that I’ve used it, I can say that I’m a fan. It is just as responsive to the touch and gestures as the surface of my iPhone and it really makes it interesting to interact with the Apple TV. In my opinion, the Siri Remote really makes the Apple TV feel like an Apple product. You experience using it rather than just changing channels like you do with a regular television. Also, the Siri Remote comes with some added functionality over the old Apple remote like volume control. It’s meant to be a universal remote and can be programmed to power your tv on and off and control its volume. Unfortunately for us, the TV we are using the Apple TV with is not entirely compatible with the universal nature of the Siri Remote. We were able to program the volume – which was incredibly easy – but were not able to program any other functions. Really the only ‘complaint’ I would have about this initial set-up review is that I can tell that the App Store is blissfully light on apps. I mean, there are some very cool apps ready for launch, but not as many as I thought there would be. I know that they will come soon as developers start using this remarkable device more and more. I have really been looking forward to this new Apple TV launch. Like so many other Apple fans, I felt as though the Apple TV was one of the devices that seriously needed a redesign. On my old Apple TV’s loading video in Netflix was painfully slow. So much that I started to shy away from using it. Everything I’ve tried to load on the new Apple TV is so incredibly fast and I’m really looking forward to making it a part of my home entertainment system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Precious :-)

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    benjitek
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    I spent a week each with the disappointing Amazon FireTV2 and the very nice Roku-4, and bought the new AppleTV. The AppleTV doesn’t do 4K, which isn’t an issue for me as my 1080p TV is less than a year old, and will be my only TV for at least another few years. When I first plugged the HDMI cable in and turned on the AppleTV, the screen invited me to step closer and hold my iPhone near the box to bypass WiFi and Apple services setup… goosebumps… I witnessed both sorcery and witchcraft as the box connected to my network without my help. The process of getting from box to Home Screen was much faster with the AppleTV than it was with either the FireTV2 or Roku-4. Even though the other 2 are also freshly launched products, they instantly began to seem outdated. The Home Screen itself is stunning. The remote that navigates through the screens is like a magic wand once you begin using the touchpad, integrating into the viewing experience like no other, and, it’s rechargeable. While it’s amazingly thin, I wish it were at least twice as thick. After about an hour of use, my wrist started to cramp up and I had to switch to the other hand — and after another hour, that one was sore as well. In real use, I won’t be using it nearly as much, but if Candy Crush appears in the AppStore, my wrists are in trouble. The granular and intuitive media control provided by the remote’s touchpad is amazing. Lasting a month or longer on a charge is a nice perk. Siri’s voice control enhances the viewing experience many times over. Being able to say things like ’skip ahead 12 minutes’ or ‘what did she just say’ have set the bar for a streaming media box. I look forward to a future update when I’ll be able to add things to my iOS Reminders lists and reference stuff from my Calendar and Contacts. I’ve been using Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, and YouTube. All have that same gorgeous user interface, and they all work flawlessly. Press the touchpad on any of them and they launch instantly, select something to watch and it seems to begin instantaneously — I’ve yet to perceive a buffering wait-time. I use Plex extensively, and while the Plex media player app was absent from the AppStore on launch day — it has been submitted and is pending approval. If, like me, you just can’t wait — there is a very nice 3rd party Plex player available, called SimpleX, for $2.99 in the AppStore. If you have an iPhone or other iOS device, the Plex app has native AirPlay support and is another option that I tried — it works well and it’s free. Numerous tech reviewers have given considerable attention to Amazon Instant Video not being available for the new AppleTV. I subscribe to Amazon Prime and very occasionally watch something from the Prime Video library. While an ATV app would be great, the Amazon Instant Video app on my iPhone supports AirPlay and does a mind-meld with the AppleTV. I was even able to use the ‘what did she just say’ voice command and watch as the video rewound 15 seconds and temporarily turned on subtitles. From the UI to the touchpad remote control, the AppleTV makes the FireTV2 and the Roku-4 seem like abacuses in comparison. If 4K viewing were a consideration, I’d go with a Roku-4 for 4K media and use the AppleTV for everything else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A huge improvement- worth the difference

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    Mike
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    With the 3rd gen ATV selling for only $69, this sounds expensive; but remember that (and the earlier models) were $99 (and I paid that). This 4th gen ATV costs 50% more than that. But there is a lot of value added. The new trackpad is a joy. Siri has so far understood everything I asked, and search results are nearly instantaneous. 32 gigs is plenty unless you are a hard core gamer. I loaded it up with everything that looked interesting so far in the new App Store, and I've only used 1.5 gigs, and that includes a game. You can also trash stuff later if you need space- stays in the cloud like the other app store. Setup was easy- uses the iPhone's wifi and other settings. BTW- for optimal performance, do whatever is necessary to use a hard-wired ethernet connection instead of wi-fi. The ATV is very fast, but only if your internet connection is also decent. I have some Parrot 2.0 bluetooth headphones, and they work great with the ATV4! You can also control your TV's volume easily with the remote, as it has an IR blaster now. The apps are great- all of the ATV3 apps are there, and you can pick and choose only the ones that are valuable to you. Airplay works perfectly. You can still access the iTunes content on your computer via Home Sharing, as well as your radio stations from before. The only pain is re-entering the verification codes for channels (now apps) that require them. There is PLENTY of eye-candy in the beautiful interface. The screensaver videos are excellent. This thing makes an older HD TV look and feel brand new (why do manufacturers waste time and $ coming up with "smart" features, most of which are horrible, when this box can do more better...) To recap: ATV4 is fast, smart, has plenty of storage, is expandable with the already well-populated app store, games, full-featured remote with Siri, has bluetooth, IR, and is a great easy-to-use viewing experience. To me that is worth the extra $50. No 4K? I don't care- content will take up too much bandwidth anyway. Bummed about Amazon Prime videos? Don't be. Play them on the ATV4 through your IOS device via Airplay until Amazon stops pouting and writes an App for the ATV (and then decides to sell them again. Buy from Best Buy anyway- Amazon doesn't deserve your business with their attitude IMHO)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best streaming device

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    MichaelTheSkeptic
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    Apple has decided to completely update its "hobby" device. And what an update. I've owned the three generations of Apple TV devices, remembering the good old days when the device had actual hard drive in it, so you could store movies and music. Here's what I like about it: 1. New remote is cool. It takes a bit of a learning curve, but once I got used to it (and fixed the settings for it to medium speed), it worked great. I had read comments that it was hard to input passwords, but I sped through them with the touch pad. Cool. 2. App store is great. I picked up all my favorites, with the bonus that the apps also showed up on my iDevices. Kind of surprising that the App Store for TVOS links to iOS. 3. UI is cool. Very modern. 4. Content has all the usual suspects, except for Amazon Prime and Sling. Which leads me to... 5. AirPlay seems to have gotten a power upgrade. I was streaming Amazon Prime from my iPad, and it was like I was using a native TVOS app. Remote controls AirPlay (except for choosing content). 6. There seems like there are a lot of games in the App store, but I'm not much of gamer, so I wait to see some ratings before I pick up something that might waste a few hours. 7. Siri is kind of cool. But I'm still learning how to use it better. Issues: 1. No 4K. Now, there's a lot of whining about this, but most of us don't have 4K TVs (though I have a 27" connected to my MacBookPro for the retina effect). And there's not a lot of content. I have an impression that Apple might do a firmware upgrade to give us 4K, but they never say anything. 2. No optical sound out. Not sure why they got rid of this, but it may be because of how most people connect everything. I used optical out to plug into my sound system, though HDMI works just as well. 3. Amazon is being a bit of jerk about their content by not having an Amazon Prime app on the Apple TV. But this is a problem which I overcame easily with AirPlay (which I think is only an Apple device thing). 4. No Sling. But I bet that'll change very soon. Apple TV is getting us close to cord-cutting. Very close.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exquisite Streamer w/ Endless Stamina xMYSTERIONx

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    xxxMysterionxxx
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    This Apple TV 4th Gen has proven it's worthiness, time and time again. Allow me to elaborate, please, grab a cup of wine. I hope you are enjoying the book room with it's low light setting, with the marble Earth globe to your left, the soothing piano music. These Victorian chairs are comfortable aren't they? Well, lets begin: The packaging of the Apple TV fourth generation, comes in a satisfying, matte black, hefty box. Open the box and you are greeted to the Apple TV, kindly introducing itself with its partner, the controller. As you explore the box, you find all the accessories and manuals. When you unwrap and grasp the Apple TV in your hands, you can not help but feel its soft, yet firm, textured build. You feel the Apple TV's premium build. The Apple TV Controller, feels elegant on the hands, has an immaculate size, not too big on your hand but not miniature, just.....right. The power cable is a flat cable, is above average length and has a soft texture as well. Onto its performance. Once the Apple TV is connected to the tv and powered on, you are presented with a straight forward screen. It asks for your desired language for pleasure. Once you select the language, it then goes to simplify the setup process. The Apple TV loves to share the experience with multiple devices. If you have an apple device, be it iPhone or iPad, it will allow you to bring it into the action by wireless connection. When place closed together, it retrieves information about your account, and runs it through and after a few minutes, asks for your iTunes password. To connect the Control, it'll ask you to gently press the touch pad on the controller, until it...clicks. From there, it will take on a solo run, allowing you to watch itself do its thing. It gives you a warning that the Apple logo may disappear but that's okay, it's working itself hard for you. When all is done, you are brought into its world. You see a colorful spectacle of designs and apps, each eager to be chosen to pleasure you, the master and user of it. You are allowed to swap around apps as well, as you please, but double tapping the controller. You can also have two things running for you as well. You can have it pleasure your ears with harmonic sounds while stimulating your vision with visual performances. The Apple TV enjoys having multiple command sources. Not only does it like commands from its control partner, but from other Apple Devices. Once you register an iPhone or iPad as a registered remote, you are set to take charge of the Apple TV. The remote performance is a smooth transition and abides by all its desires. If you want to switch back to the control, it will swap back to it. If you desire to verbally manipulate the Apple TV, you can tell it what to do via the voice command on the Apple TV controller. Tell it to show you a movie, a v show, put on subtitles, begin playing music or search for something you have in mind and it will succumb to your demand. All in all, this Apple TV will bring about a substantial satisfaction to meet all of your needs, and satisfy you in ways you haven't imagined. It's a powerful device, don't underestimate its abilities to perform.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Apple Tv compared to Android Tv - Apple is best in

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    DavidNYC
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    I bought the new Apple Tv 4th Generation to hook up to my old Tv in my bedroom shortly after I had purchased a big new Sony 4K Tv for the living room. My reason was, the new Sony comes with Android Tv built in, so I thought it would be somewhat redundant to also attach an Apple Tv with that Tv set. But, I this allows me to compare the differences between Apple Tv and Android Tv: PROS The Apple Tv offers a far more simple, easier to navigate, better looking graphic user interface, and more advanced technology than the Android Tv. For example, you can drag apps into each other creating a folder and naming it just like you can with the iPhone and iPad. You have SIRI built into the very simple elegant new Apple Tv remote, as well. Both offer similar access to third party apps from their respective app stores, but Apple also gives you auto syncing with the rest of your Apple ‘eco-system’. So if you have a music collection on your Mac, or subscribe to video or audio Podcasts on the iTunes store, you can access them all and play them with your Apple Tv. Android has their versions of similar media, but navigating on the Tv to find them, and then searching and downloading them is very complicated. The new Apple Tv remote is simple and intuitive to use. The touch pad has a light touch and being very sensitive may take a little practice for some to master. But once you use it a while, it is very fast and intuitive. Apple has Siri built in, but it is for searching content, pausing, and going back in time for example, but not for inputting data to register third party apps. CONS Initial set-up with your Apple ID and password can be done via your iPhone or iPad, which is very helpful. However, subsequent setting up of third party apps takes quite a bit of time. Because you first have to move the cursor around (just like Android and other Tv OS) to input each letter or number of your password before being given a code to register that app, a code that you then have to input online via your computer, where you must register with that app’s service to enable it. So if you have a Time Warner account already associated with your Tv, then you must go through a lot of typing to use the associated app for the service you already have, such as Showtime or HBO. All other Tv OS interfaces make you do the same thing, of course. But I found this somewhat disappointing coming from Apple, because Apple TV has Siri built in, but doesn’t let you use it to register apps, which could save a lot of time. Maybe in a future update? IN SUMMARY: Apple Tv 4th generation is best in category. If you already use Apple devices and keep your content on a Mac or in iCloud, you should definitely get this to have it all synced together via wi-fi.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well designed & user friendly will only get better

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    Titan5178
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    I own quite a few devices capable of streaming media such as the Roku 3, Chromecast, NVIDIA Shield Android TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Xboxes and Playstations but have never owned an Apple TV until now. My goto device prior to owning the Apple TV was the NVIDIA Shield which still is one of the most powerful and capable streaming devices you can buy. Unfortunately, due to botched updates, poor color output, lack of app support, and weird glitches it has been put aside for the Apple TV. One of my favorite features of the new Apple TV is the new Siri remote. As cord cutters we no longer have a cable box and use the Apple TV for almost everything (more on that later) and the new remote is both a joy and easy to use. My absolute most favorite feature is that this is the first HDMI-CEC capable device that can accurately control the power, inputs, and volume on both my stereo and TV. I'm not kidding, it just works. No matter what input the TV or stereo was last set to when I press any button on the remote both the TV and stereo will turn on and switch to the appropriate input. And, as the Siri remote is bluetooth versus the traditional IR it is able to be used without pointing it at any of these components. Using the TV is very similar to using an iPhone or other mobile device. You have a a grid of apps and an app store with apps made specifically for the Apple TV. You'll find most of the big hitters here: Netflix, Hulu, NFL, CBS All Access, HBO Now/Go, Showtime Now, Disney, PBS, Plex, and of course iTunes. Of course, most of these apps like Netflix, CBS, and Hulu require additional service fees while other apps centered around a network or cable channel like Disney, Nick, HGTV, CNN, etc will require you to login with a satellite or cable provider account in order to access most content. Other than HBO / Showtime most network channels do not allow you to buy their content without a cable subscription. This is very likely to change in the future as the traditional pay TV model as we know it continues to erode and our viewing habits switch to this app-based paradigm. Because of Apple's strict rules and standards for developers to follow most apps behave in a user friendly and consistent manner, which I personally like. You can very easily switch between apps by double tapping the home button. The downside is some major content providers such as Amazon, Sling TV, and Vudu are not available at this time. Amazon has made a bad business decision by not allowing their app on on the Apple TV platform as they try to push Fire TV devices. Hopefully all of these apps will become available in the future, but there are no guarantees. Note that with the exception of SlingTV these apps are not available on the NVIDIA Shield either. So at this time you need an Apple TV and another device such as an Xbox, Smart TV, or Playstation in order to get all content. Bottom line is Apple has a device that's set up to redefine the way we watch TV, just like they transformed the way we listen to music with the invention of the iPod and basically invented the modern smartphone with the iPhone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely the future of TV sets!

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    Yair
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    I've owned Apple TVs for at least 5 years. The switch from the 2nd generation to the 3rd was not really noticeable if it weren't for the 1080p. But this update is really a game-changer for users. We don't talk about channels anymore, but focus on apps. Each one of the big TV broadcasters has their own App (HBO, Showtime, ESPN, etc.). You also get the top internet broadcasting companies, such as Netflix and Hulu. Only downside here is that Amazon Prime is not included... No news there, so what did really change? The Remote and the fact that you can use the Apple TV as a casual-gaming console now. The Remote 1st game changer here with the addition of Siri. It works perfectly fine! English is my second language, and Siri still manages to understand when I ask it to rewind the show, fastforward it or even ask something about the characters. It's real interaction with the TV!! The Siri functionality is only available to a limited number of countries and languages right now, so we should expect some improvement here via software updates. The Gaming Experience I'm a huge casual gamer, and I really love the fact that the Apple TV could now be used a gaming console. It still doesn't have a lot of games, but the few it has are definitely remarkable. I did try the Rayman one, and not only it looks awesome, but playing with the Remote swiping up and down is definitely a pleasant experience!! Overall, I'm extremely happy about this product. I'm still not sure whether to recommend the 32Gb or 64Gb as I still don't know how much space will future games occupy. But this is definitely a must-have if you don't already have an Apple TV!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Cord Cutting Setup

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    Blockerjd
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    Full disclosure, I've always been a loyal Apple customer; their stuff just works, and works together seamlessly. Sure there are sacrifices to withstand in some areas, but the benefits of continuity and the Apple ecosystem vastly outweigh missing features for the average consumer (i.e. me). I have been on board the AppleTV train since the first generation as I have always wanted to bridge the gap between computer and TV content as intuitively as possible. The current generation achieves this swimmingly. The new interface is smooth and offers a few previously missing features: the ability to create folders for apps, and the ability to replace the top row ('main menu') of apps on the home screen that make navigation much better. The apps are richer and more robust with features and options, and there are more system options available through iCloud, home theater control, etc. That being said, I love the AppleTV and have found what I believe to be the best cord cutting setup currently available below: OTA channels - received through Tablo TV personal DVR, live and recorded content accessed through AppleTV app (includes ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, PBS); $5/month for TV guide information subscription. Cable Channels - received and accessed through DirecTV NOW AppleTV app (about 100 channels). No cloud DVR yet, but I understand it is in the works. Most content can be found on demand through the channel's companion app; $35/month. I pay about $40/month for everything (not including internet access which would be incurred regardless of your content subscriptions/provider) and everything is in one place which were my two objectives (cheap & intuitive) for cutting the cord with the least amount of switching anxiety. Sure there is an up front cost to acquire the hardware (1 TabloTV box per house, & 1 AppleTV for each room you want to access content) but when your saving $100/month (literally, we were paying $140/month for DirecTV Satellite) the break even point comes quick and then your saving money every month. Not to mention every streaming service you may use (except for Amazon Prime) is available through AppleTV as well, all on one screen, with one remote. Just my two cents.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good upgrade

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    honkhonk3
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    Ive had the old apple TV for a while now along with a chrome cast, and the past few months neither of them have been used. My 4k tv has all the features apple tv has including screen mirroring and of course netflix hulu and youtube. The ease of using my regular TV remote instead of having to launch the ap on my phone or find the apple tv remote and switch HDMI ports meant I would often default to my TV's smart functions over using apple tv or chrome cast. This update adds new tvOS features that adds aps and games to the other smart suite. The whole experience feels polished, from siri remote having strong voice controls and a nice trackpad feel in the hand and the aerial screensaver which you can download on a daily basis if you want. Im sure as developers start to support tvOS we will get lots of new aps and games that make this format even more fleshed out. Now there is enough reason for me to fire up the apple tv rather than my TV's smart suite, and right out of the box the siri remote even controlled my TV's volume. its not perfect, there are a few things that really should be fixed with a software update. My biggest gripe is with setup, I log into my iTunes account, why do I have to also log into all of the aps. Shouldn't it be able to share my login for netflix hbo go and youtube from my iTunes account? The setup took forever. Next, siri remote really needs homekit access, she can't turn my lights off and on. Also, why can't I use siri to skip to the next song? For a first generation tvOS device, its still worth the upgrade. Don't bother with the 64gb, the 32gb will do just fine. Just remember theres no 4k support yet so we'll likely have to upgrade again when that version comes out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Near perfect streaming box

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    Marshybaby
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    The apple TV is absolutely great for anyone invested in the apple ecosystem. If you've heard this term before, basically you use an iPhone, purchase music, TV shows, or movies on iTunes, have a Mac computer. A caveat of this, however, is apple obviously wants you to utilize what they are selling (those TV shows and movies) So you won't have the same access to everything offered by their competitors, be that Google or Amazon. Pros: very simple to use. The controller is easy and the touch panel on it is nearly as responsive on a phone or tablet. The Siri button works great and is very intuitive and quick. Streaming content loads snappy even with a lower WiFi speed. (I've streamed Netflix even in HD on 3mbps, even though the apple TV documentation seems to indicate it will downgrade HD at lower WiFi speeds.) Cons: there's no dedicated "back" button. You have to use the menu button. This is sometimes a struggle because if you wanted to select the menu to change, say, subtitles or audio tracks in a video you're watching, the Menu button will go back, not bring up a menu. The only other con is the lack of other video services like amazon or Google play. There's YouTube, I guess, but that's not what I'm looking for on a TV to begin with. Bottom line, I don't even use many apple products. I don't have an iPhone, but the apple TV is a great a great addition to my home entertainment. It's a little pricey for what you're getting, considering there are other streaming boxes that can accomplish nearly the same thing or you could always hook your computer straight to your TV. But for not having to switch hdmi cables around or move my computer, I'll take the apple TV any day for the simplicity of the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A+ Apple Product

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    mowrbabe
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    I suppose I should start this review by saying that I am a hardcore Apple fan. My electronics are Apple. So I bought this knowing that it would work seamlessly with all of my devices. (I also knew I would like it because I have the previous generation.) I have had a few streaming devices before transitioning to the Apple TV. I had the first generation Roku and a Roku 3, as well as a Samsung Blu-Ray player with streaming capabilities. These were all great at watching Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc. But they failed miserably at seamlessly transmitting media from my electronic devices onto the TV. I had cables--HDMI to my computer. But it was a pain to hook it up and sit on the floor next to the TV if I wanted to watch YouTube videos. (I know, third world problem) This is the only thing that works with my devices. And to me it is worth it. ALSO, this generation surpasses the previous one. I LOVE that there are so many more apps that can be downloaded and that the remote is essentially a trackpad. To me it is more user friendly--well worth the extra money. But as I said before, I am an Apple fan. So take my opinion as you will. I will say, however, that I hate that I cannot stream Amazon movies. The fact that Apple and Amazon can't play nicely together is an annoyance and petty, if you ask me, but I digress. I still have my Blu-Ray player that works well for Amazon Prime movies, and considering this is the only streaming player that allows me to screen mirror my phone, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AppleTv is far better than FireStick and Chromcast

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    JayD
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    First thing, I bought the great deal of Apple TV 4th generation on Best Buy in which I got game controller worth 50$ as free. When you compare all the features with FireStick and Chromcast, all features are same except major 2 things. One is you can cast anything on TV whether it’s on web browser or any app or any device. You can mirror your iPhone or any Apple device to big screen with just one click. That’s awesome. In Chromcast, you can cast video from app or chrome browser only. Second is if you have smart HomeKit, Philips Hue bulbs etc, you can Control it from another corner of the world. It doesn’t require to be connected on same WiFi connection. Apple has synchronized everything with Apple ID. I guess this feature is also not available in FireStick and Chromcast. Although Apple remote looks really nice with small and slick design, unfortunately it connects with Apple TV via Bluetooth. So, it’s frequently disconnected or you have to keep it in range in order to operate it. But Apple has included in built remote in iOS 11 which makes no use of Apple remote. Gaming experience is also awesome when you cast iPhone screen on big screen and play the game. There is negligible lag between audio and video when you play the game. Last thing, it seems little expensive compared to other products, but definitely worth it. You just love it. Find good deal on BestBuy and buy it from here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Makes things easier

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    Aparich
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    I'm not the biggest Apple fan, and it wasn't my first choice - I had actually bought the Roku 4. But the Roku didn't work with the HDMI port on my main TV, no audio. I tried everything to get it fixed (it worked on other TVs) but wasn't able to. Because of this, I had to get the Apple TV 4 instead, as a Christmas gift for my wife. We we were previously using a Chromecast device with an iPad to watch Netflix, Plex, and HBO Go. I have to say, I'm very happy with the decision. Setup was much easier than the Roku because I had an iOS device connected on my wireless network. It took my wireless settings and my account information from the iPad and was up and running in less than 15 minutes. Navigation is a little weird at first. The remote is sensitive and responsive, but you can't always tell what icon you're on. It's very easy to find your way around once you figure out that the entire top half of the remote is a button. The apps load quickly and streaming was consistent. There were hiccups, some apps took forever to finally connect to the internet and if one hangs (as one of the games I loaded did), it can be tricky to figure out how to kill it. No surprise that network issues can cause problems. Other than that, most of the apps were easy to navigate and it played everything we threw at it. I was concerned some of my Plex movies wouldn't play, but so far no issues. This is much quicker, easier, and more stable than Chromecast. The remote is kinda fun to use and it's got a nice aesthetic. Very pleased overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

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    NKReview
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    I have a samsung smart tv and the smart hub stopped working due to some network error. I tried fixing it and gave up as I wasn't moving forward in fixing it. I use the youtube, willow tv, yupptv and netflix app on a daily basis on my samsung tv. When I contacted samsung they said it was going to cost me 150$ for the technician to apply a software upgrade to resolve the issue with my smart hub. I decided to invest that money on apple tv instead of paying samsung as it offers pretty much the same apps I use with additional benefits such as games, itunes, iphone/ipad and Mac OS mirroring etc. Totally satisfied with the product. Installation is a breeze. You don't even have to set up the wifi or apple account if you use an apple product like an iphone. You just take the phone close to the apple tv during the initial set up and it detects everything needed from your phone. Apps are very responsive and streaming is never interrupted. I like the fact that I can mirror my laptop or ipad displays onto the TV without the hassle of additional HDMI cables and adapters. Best Part - The remote is IR, I don't need to point it at the apple tv to control it. Pros : Many as listed above Cons : Button on the remote feels little delicate, Option to play media from a hard drive using a USB port would have been perfect (It's apple, so we can forget about it, just being over ambitious), price is higher than comparable options such as google chrome cast, amazon fire stick or roku.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Apple TV yet!

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    Applenut
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    This is my second Apple TV my first was a second generation which was ok, but I am really liking the latest one. I love all the apps that allow me to watch network and cable channels like Bates motel whenever We want to. The new remote is a major upgrade from the minimal one from my older Apple TV, we love the touch swipe functionality which felt a lot like my Magic Mouse I use on my Mac mini. Another great feature is way it works with games like tennis and bowling and I was amazed on how well it worked with the tennis game, I mean you can get a real work out, and it is very precise and you get the actIon feeling kind of like ping pong, nice big plus. I totally love the app store as I have had iPads and iPhones over the years so it is a natural progression to have it on the apple tv. There are a lot of familiar titles, like all of the Tv channel apps I am used using via airplay, but now it is great to have them native to the device. Great new addition is the SyFy channel which I had to AirPlay from iPad, but now it is available awesome! I like some of the new health apps and may even give yoga a try. I also have tons of music from years of being an iTunes user so great to have all of that available as well as being able to AirPlay all the music I have setup on Amazon prime music. Overall while I just wanted a more stable upgrade as the older one was getting glitchy, I am very pleased with the latest product it works great and even magically was able to find my tv and reciever so I can use the remote for sound control. I would give it six stars if I could!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, easy to access, top quality

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    4.5 Stars

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    Janico
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    Set up was a breeze. Basically plug and play when using an iOS device to set up. There aren't many apps as of yet, but enough to keep you busy for now. I love the new Siri remote. It's larger than our Apple TV 3 remote so it feels better in your hand. The trackpad has a little learning curve and Siri works great. So easy to search for shows as opposed to having to open each app to search. The picture looks great even when casting videos through services like Amazon Video. There's quite a few accessibility features. I've only used the zoom feature, which I love as I don't need my glasses to browse through movies/shows. My only minor gripes are there's no way to check how much storage you have available. It only lists the apps and how much space they're taking up, which is great. However, it would be nice to know how much storage you're using and have available. The remote app is not compatible as of yet. It would be great to have the keyboard for typing log in info. While some things are the same as the previous Apple TV I feel there's enough new features to upgrade.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    2nd Apple TV

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    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

    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