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As always with Apple it is a ridiculously easy product to set up and find your way around. Just plug in the and I and power and off you go.
Everything works as you'd expect it to form a minimal number of buttons.
The box itself us extremely compact and discrete.
Ability to buy direct from iTunes Store is great as is the ability to display Pisa screen on TV.
The 'Trailers' function is brilliant! As is ability to gave YouTube on TV. And the big draw for most people will be NetFlix.
- ££££ whilst buying new release films is comparable to shop costs, if you're buying order films the prices stay high compared to deals you'd get in eg HMV on DVDs and Blu-Rays so cost if running over time won't be that economical.
Searching: if you gave a Bluetooth keyboard then searching will be fine but if you don't have this then using the Apple TV remote to toggle across letters on screen us slow and annoying.
Very compact, unobtrusive box that sits on our Tv stand. We bought it mainly for watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. Easy to set up but you have to have a good wifi signal. We had to buy a booster for the wifi as it kept freezing.
Navigating the menu using the little remote supplied can be cumbersome as you have to individually click each letter. For some reason the Remote on my iPad can sometimes find it difficult to find Apple TV. However when we have got the programme on it is fine. Although we have several Apple products in the house we don't use Airplay much to show what is on the iPad through the TV. Our mac doesn't do Airplay so downloaded Airparrot app and can stream the odd football match through that onto the big tv.
If we didn't use it for netflix we wouldn't really use it.
We have owned our Apple TV for a while now, probably around a year, and we wonder how we ever lived without it!
If you are an Apple family and have iPhones, iPads etc, then the Apple TV is really worth having.
The device itself is absolutely tiny, and is a smart little black box, so isn't an intrusive addition to the TV cabinet. It is completely silent and makes no noise whatsoever, no whirring or buzzing or anything like that. It comes with an equally tiny remote control but I actually couldn't tell you where ours is - you can download the remote app onto your iPhone and then your phone becomes the remote control, so this is what I always use!
Now for what it actually does...
*Content from your iPhone or iPad straight to the TV. That can be videos, photos, music, webpages - anything from your phone straight up onto the TV screen. It's really simple to do. Firstly the Apple TV must be switched on and on the right channel. You just download the remote app from the App Store and then when you have the content you want to stream up on your phone/ipad screen you press a little arrow icon and it goes up onto your TV.
*Watch Netflix on your TV. The Apple TV comes with the Netflix app as standard. So rather than watching Netflix on laptops or iPads you can now watch it on your TV.
*Watch YouTube on your TV
*Buy movies and TV programmes from iTunes, again, playing right onto your TV
*There are other apps which come on the Apple TV as standard. I couldn't comment on those as we haven't used them!
Overall, I now couldn't imagine not being able to link my iPhone/iPad to the TV!
The Apple TV is great for renting movies and TV from iTunes, and for linking up with your other Apple devices. You can use it to stream from your iPhone, iPad or iMac or Macbook to your television, making it great for sharing photos or videos with friends, or for listening to music when you're at home.
You'll get most out of the Apple TV if you have other Apple devices to use with it, but even if you don't it has a good range of popular TV shows and movies you can buy or rent. To rent a movie is normally £3-4, more if you want to view in HD.
Would recommend to a friend if they're in an Apple-loving household.
The only downside I can think of is that the remote - a slim metal little thing - is very small so it's all too easy to lose down the sofa cushions!
I purchased my Apple TV device approximately 3 months ago, and I can't believe I lived without it. I use it now for streaming content from my iPhone to my television, and I also watch Netflix through it. This review is based on my own personal experiences of this product, and some other devices may be of better/worse quality.
* This device is extremely easy to connect to the television and hi fi. I connect to my 50 inch Plasma TV through HDMI, and to my hi fi with an optical cable. Once the device is turned on it starts up within a minute, and within another minute you are setup and ready to go. If you have an Apple ID you will be able to use that to use the device. If you don't then you can easily create one.
* Streaming content from my iPhone to the Apple TV is very easy. On the phone I just select "Airplay" on the device or within an app and what I'm currently listening to/watching is streamed to the television. The picture quality varies depending on the quality from the phone, but for most things it is of very high quality. HD content looks amazing. SD content of very satisfactory.
* There is absolutely NO NOISE from this device. This makes watching things on it a pleasure as there's no fan noise or HDD noise in the background during quiet scenes. I don't know how Apple have achieved this, but it is definitely a great thing.
* On this UK Apple TV the following "Apps" are installed: Netflix, Sky News, MLB.TV, NBA, Trailers, Youtube, Vimeo, Qello, Crunchyroll, Podcasts, Radio, iCloud Photos, Flickr, WSJ Live, NOW TV, NHL, Bloomberg, KORTV, iMovie Theater, and Vevo. I have only ever really used Netflix and Youtube, with occasional use of Sky News. Therefore it wouldn't be fair of me to really rate the other apps, although I do believe most of them are subscription based. I feel most of them are heavily USA orientated, but if you're a fan of things like the NBA or the NHL, then that maybe something you like. I wish there was an option to download other things to the device, such as an Apple store of apps, but there isn't as far as I know.
* There is the option to purchase and rent movies and TV shows from the iTunes store, however, and this is easily done through the Apple TV device itself. New Releases and old classics are all available, and they can be instantly streamed to the device. However, the prices are quite expensive, and unless the new releases are something you REALLY need to see now, I'd recommend waiting until prices come down or until they are available on Netflix or as a cheaper DVD option. Paying 99p or more for 1 episode of a 24 episode television series that is on DVD for less than £20 seems very dear to me. If money is no issue, though, then it's all there in glorious HD.
* Home sharing with Apple TV is very easy. Any device you own that is capable of streaming to the Apple TV will allow home sharing. This means you can play your entire iTunes library on the Apple TV, or even use your laptop to browse the internet and see it on the big screen. Many people would prefer an internet browser to be built into the device, but I prefer using my laptop as the keyboard and mouse are easily accessible. This is really a personal choice, though, and shouldn't be an issue for most people.
* The device is very customizable, with many options, such as screensaver and power settings, very easy to set up. Connecting to a network takes seconds, and navigating around the options is easy thanks to the simple remote control. (Read more about that below)
* Sound quality is brilliant. I cannot fault it in any way. Picture quality is also brilliant, and both together provide a great entertainment experience.
The point of my reviews is to be completely honest about the products I own. Therefore, I cannot fault the Apple TV in any way. Believe me, I have tried. I've purposely looked for flaws, things I could complain about to make myself feel bad for spending near enough £80 on a tiny box. There just isn't anything. If I was REALLY pushed, I suppose the fact there are no other connections to televisions other than HDMI may be an issue for some, but as most people do have an HDMI compatible TV now, it really shouldn't be an issue for most. Even if it was, there ar converters available on sites like Amazon for as little as £20.
As with all Apple products, the remote control is built in a simple way that gives many options. There ar 3 buttons and a navigation circle. The buttons are as follows: Menu, Play/Pause, and an enter/select button. The navigation circle allows up/down/left and right access and is used to navigate menus. Pressing and holding the menu button for a couple of seconds will always take you straight back to the home page. Pressing the play button on most videos will take you instantly to the video without needing to read information about it. Very useful when wishing to go straight to the video.
The menu button also acts as a back button when pressed once. The play/pause button, when held for approximately 3 seconds, will shut down the device. The remote is approximately 4/5 inches long, and about an inch wide, maybe a little smaller. A beautiful silver colour like the Macbook Pro, it goes well with other Apple devices. Why it's different in colour to the black of the box, I have no idea, but as my television and stand are both the same colour of black, the box looks very good next to them.
If you own an Apple device, such as an iPad, iPhone, or a Macbook Pro (2011 onwards), the Apple TV would be a great addition to your collection. The price is quite a lot, but for what you get it's worth the money, I think. For those who don't own an Apple device, there are other boxes on the market that offer similar content and more. For example, NOW TV. These other options may be better for those who don't need to use Apple products.
I bought the 2nd generation Apple TV, and thought it was absolutely fantastic. Finally, any movies on my laptop could be put through the TV without any fuss or routing lots of cables everywhere. The only issue was, the girlfriend also liked it a lot, and as a result there were arguments over the living room TV. So, when the 3rd generation came out, I bought one for the bedroom.
The tweaks between this and the previous, 2nd generation model are rather minor. The old one was 720p, and the new one is 1080p, and that's about it. Apparently it was easier to jailbreak the old model than it is the current one, and as a result the 2nd generation was going for more than it's original £99 RRP on eBay. Those of us without any intention on upgrading could then, sell our 2nd generation model, buy a 3rd and pocket £30-50. But with all the hassle that comes along with it, I didn't bother.
The ease of use thankfully hasn't changed with the latest update. 3 buttons on the remote control everything, and if you're feeling particularly geeky, you can download the Remote app to your iPhone and control the Apple TV from there.
Home sharing is a godsend. Make sure it's turned on in iTunes, then you can search your entire iTunes library from the TV. You can also just use the AirPlay function when using iTunes, but it's far simpler to just turn on Home Sharing. Just don't turn your computer off midway through watching something, or the Apple TV will go back to the main menu.
You can also browse the iTunes store for movies and TV shows, and purchase, rent and play them directly through the TV. It's fantastically simple. What's more, if you have iTunes match, your entire music library is available to listen to, regardless of whether your computer is on or not.
There's a Netflix app, meaning you don't need to go through the iOS devices and use AirPlay, and Netflix is now in proper, full HD.
In fact, the Apple TV puts out at 1080p all the time. Only the eagle eyed will spot it, the girlfriend cannot tell the difference, but I can see it. Thing is, most of the films I have are coded in 1080p anyway, but they weren't used to the full potential in the old model. Much better here, and no weird goings on with higher end TVs. We bought one for my Dad, and whereas in the 720p version, everything looked like it was filmed on a GoPro for some reason (he has a £1500 47" TV, we didn't see this issue on a 32", £170 Sainsbury's special) but the 1080p version was absolutely fine. Must have been an issue with the 1080p/720p combination.
Downsides? Well, I reckon that a BBC iPlayer app would have made this even better than it already is; but you can just run it on an iOS device and use AirPlay. And if you're smart enough, you'll have already jailbroken it and put iPlayer on there anyway.
Fantastic gadget, which works well alongside my freeview box as I can access the catch up channels as well as my itunes account, and to stream what is on my iphone wirelessly to the TV. Great way to show the photos I have on my phone on the tv!
Disappointed that my 1st generation iPad is not compatible for the wirless streaming. Another downside is the fact that, unlike many other apple products, this doesn't benefit from touch screen technology (perhaps this is the way forward with this and TV's working together). Therefore you have to when finding something e.g. a podcast by name, manually select each letter from the alphabet using the remote control.
Very small piece of kit and therefore sits easily next to the tv, and also very easy to install.
Good value for money considering the amount we use it. However if you don't watch catch up tv or listen to music probablt not the item for you!
I am an Apple Fan-girl. I own and iPhone 4S, an iPad, various incarnations of the iPod (4 in total) and of course the subject of this review, Apple TV.
First of all, I would say that unless you have another Apple product, don't buy this. The best features rely on you having an iPad or iPhone or downloading your music from iTunes! Don't get me wrong, this is a great product but you can find better set top boxes, blue ray players, and TV's that have the "smart" interface like Apple TV does.
Now for the good stuff.
Apple TV allows you to rent movies in1080p HD from iTunes and stream them straight on to the TV - an obvious plus being able to watch these films on a bigger screen.
If you are a member of Netflix like myself, you can watch all of your favourite films and programmes in the comfort of your living room rather than crowding round a computer screen - much better! You can also access YouTube for Apple TV, another great feature here. You can also play all of your music, photos and also sport channels.
I love the Air Play feature. It allows you to play content from you iPhone, iPad or iPod touch so you can watch films, play music, watch videos and your photos on your TV - this works with your friends apple products too.
You can even browse the Internet via your phone which will be on the big screen for all to see. Apple have also created som gaming apps where you can use your phone/iPad as the control pad whilst the action is going on on the TV screen!
You can also turn your iPhone into an Apple TV remote by downloading the "Remote" app.
Now for the specs.
The little black box itself is tiny - 23mm in height, 98mm in length and only weighs 0.27kgs. It is a lovely looking piece of kit, matt black and smooth.
It comes with its own small silver remote (so small it's a bit too easy to lose!) and a power lead as well as the normal apple documents.
To use the Apple TV you will need an HD TV and wifi, and also a Netflix or iTunes account if you want to stream your music or watch films and TV programmes. You will also need to buy an HDMI cable as this doesn't come in the box!
In summary, Apple TV is easy to use, I have never had any issues with it and it is extremely easy to set up once you have bought the HDMI cable!
The Apply TV enables you to purchase and rent movies and certain television programmes. In addition to this it allows you to access certain internet content such as YouTube, Netflix and I Cloud. The device that connects to your TV and acts as sort of like a set top box allows you to play full 1080p videos directly to your TV. It also has a built in AirPlay system, this means that you can stream photos and videos form other Apple devices such as a Mac or PC directly to your TV screen with no need for wires! Physically it's a very aesthetically pleasing device and wouldn't look out of place in the majority of UK living rooms. The remote it also extremely intuitive and features Apples touch sensitive jog wheel like those that are found on the iPod. In the box you get an Apple TV and also the power cable (you have to purchase a HDMI cable in order to connect it to your TV). Inside there's an A5 chip processor which enables seemly streaming directly to your television. You can pick up an Apple TV for around £100 and they can be purchased eith in store or online directly form Apple. The device is extremely easy to use using the jog wheel remote and the interface itself is extremely user friendly. To install the device you plug in the power to the back of the unit and the HDMI from the box to the TV. After using this product for several months now it is clear to us that its extremely handy to have if your love film's like I do. I especially like the way you can link it to your Netflix account in a matter of minutes and watch films from their online library.
I'm an Apple junkie, I will admit that. It's something which I don't always like admitting as it generally costs me an obscene amount of money to feed this addiction every year, but enough about my disgusting habit and lets talk about this cool little piece of tech.
So for those of you who don't know what an Apple TV is, basically it is a small black box which connects to your television via HDMI. After this connection is made the device connects to iTunes for example, allowing you to access Apple's vast library of movies and music etc. Now for a teenager like myself who finds themselves frequently downloading movies instead of purchasing a physical copy, something like this is essential. Let's face it, no one wants to watch a movie on a laptop and this device can solve that problem. Before I go into the details I will tell you about the appearance and build quality of this piece of tech, first of all I would like to say that this thing is tiny! It is very easy to blend this small black box with the rest of your media centre, and to be honest I don't even notice it is on my TV stand. The top of the case uses a matte finish which is useful as this prevents the device from getting smudged too much, the rim of the device is shiny but not to the point of being annoying and I doubt this will smudge as you probably won't be picking it up much. Overall I would say that the device doesn't feel cheap at all and once again follows Apple's trend in quality. The Apple TV also comes with a snazzy looking little remote which feels very well made, it appears to be made from metal and has an air of quality about it. The buttons on the remote include a play/pause button as well as navigational buttons and a menu button. The remote is very well made and the buttons are very responsive and also let out a satisfying click when you press them (yes I'm a little bit weird). The only annoyance with this remote is that it can also be used on any Apple laptops you might have, so be careful when pressing the buttons on the remote around other devices as ACDC might start blaring out while you're catching up on Downton Abbey.
Lets talk about features! That's what is most important right? Well you'll be pleased to know that Apple has delivered a nice, clean and sexy interface once again. At no point have I experienced trouble with the interface, I have yet to experience any lag regarding navigation and it has been smooth throughout my use of it. The screen is split into squares which contain all of the features hidden within this small little box ranging from Netflix to YouTube, almost everything you could possibly want to use on your TV. It is also possible to check Flickr for your favourite photo's and Apple have even included their trailers app so you can see what you want to watch in the future. Now here's where things get interesting, the Apple TV also allows you to take advantage of their 'Home sharing' service which allows you to stream any media you might have on your iTunes from other devices. This is helpful if you have something on iTunes which you did not actually buy from Apple, perhaps a holiday video or a short film you created yourself. This feature was mostly smooth, but always make sure the device you are streaming from is switched on with an active WIFI connection (sometimes we forget simple things like that). Of course this isn't the only way to access your purchases, the interface is split into 'Music', 'Films' and 'TV shows' which when linked with your Apple ID allow you to stream all of your media through the internet. This was also extremely smooth in my experience, never have I witnessed any slow down during a viewing or even any small loss in quality. You truly do get HD quality streaming with this device. This particular model allows the streaming of 1080P video (something which was missing from the other models, and part of the reason I purchased this on in the first place) and honestly it is very successful at doing this. I have successfully watched entire series of 'Breaking Bad' in 1080P with this device without any problems.
I suppose I should also talk about something which will be beneficial to people who love catch up TV, Apple TV comes included with BBC iPlayer which is a massive thumbs up for people who are always playing catch up with their favourite shows. The Apple TV also comes with some features dedicated to (American) sports which may not really be useful to users anywhere else, including myself. The iPlayer appears to suffer from the problems it has on it's own dedicated player on the internet, it feels laggy and the quality is quite terrible. But I suppose if you have to see an episode, then you'll put up with this.
Ultimately I would certainly recommend this to anyone who wants to watch their iTunes purchases on their main TV, the experience is improved greatly when you aren't hunched over the small screen of your laptop or iPhone making this a must have for anyone who makes purchases digitally. Trust me, you'll be needing this when physical copies become extinct!