What am I getting myself into?
So i need to cut the cable but I still need entertainment so I am considering purchasing an Apple TV. My problem is I'm not clear on what all I'm getting into and whether or not I will get over my head with regards to hacking etc. I have a Panasonic HDTV as well as a Mac mini(2010) and an Iphone 3gs running IOS5.1. My question is If i buy the apple TV how much will i be able to utilize with my current setup? Will I be able to do airplay streaming easily? Will i need to upgrade to Lion to get anything to work? If i get a ATV2 and jailbreak it, will i need to own an Xbox to get things like Hulu plus?
- 07-18-2012, 03:10 PM #2
Well, I currently have cable, but I also have two Apple TVs. I personally use them more than I use cable. My wife loves her DVR but I could take it or leave it. I have ALL my entertainment on my iTunes (as I am sure most do) and I love that no matter where I am in my house I can watch any of my movies or tv shows without having to go get the dvd. Mirroring is SIMPLE. Anyone with an iOS device or Mac can actually mirror to the Apple TV as long they are on the same wifi network. Its great when my brother is over and we are showing each other trailers for upcoming movies or videos we recorded, stuff like that. Hulu is another thing, it does not work on Apple TV, maybe if it is jailbroken but I haven't attempted that. I guess if you have a Mac with Mountain Lion, or an iPad that allows mirroring of the entire system, you could watch from there. Overall, for the price, I love it. Can not get enough Apple TV.
- 07-19-2012, 09:06 AM #3
Apple TV is great, in my opinion. My brother and I both have two and we use both everyday. We have gotten to the point where we have backed up our entire DVD collection on to our hard drives and so as a result watch everything straight from Apple TV, its a great device. Mirroring also works great, any iOS user, or iTunes account that is on the same WiFi network as your Apple TV can mirror right to the device. Its a nice feature. When my wife and I travel, we usually load up the iPad with some movies and tv shows and just mirror to the Apple TV in the hotel room. I highly recommend it. Love the product.
- 07-19-2012, 10:46 AM #4
I'm pretty sure AppleTV support Hulu Plus, you just have to subscribe at 7.99 a month (well worth it), OR get Netflix at 7.99 a month. I would NOT get both there is a LOT of duplication. If you prefer TV shows get hulu plus, if you prefer movies get Netflix, BUT both services do have some of both, and Netflix has a LOT of TV, it just has older stuff, no in season current TV like hulu plus does.
- 07-19-2012, 12:09 PM #5
With a Mac Mini, you can get Hulu, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Plex and still have access to your iTunes stuff.
AppleTV will allow you to use AirPlay to get your computer screen to your TV under Mountain Lion, but the Mac Mini, connected to your TV as it's display already has that.
Last edited by Fausty82; 07-19-2012 at 12:12 PM.
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- 08-22-2012, 11:05 AM #7
If you have your Mac Mini, it will "mirror" to your ATV. So if you watch Netflix/Hulu on Mac Mini it should show up in APTV, If understand it correctly. I know movies on you Mac will stream to APTV. I agree, Hulu Plus got added to Apple TV. Saw it on one the other day.
PS. If your 3GS will Mirror just get all the "TV" apps in the app store and your set up! I watch Falling Skies all the time from my iPad. I have to wait a day, but not bad!
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