- 01-12-2015, 09:18 PM #2
- 01-13-2015, 11:50 AM #3
Biggest pro is that whatever video content you're streaming from Safari can easily just be AirPlayed to your Apple TV. So if you're streaming a movie from a site on Safari *wink wink*, you can just put that movie on your TV without a problem.
- 01-13-2015, 02:36 PM #5
- 01-13-2015, 06:32 PM #6
Apple TV was the only Apple device I've ever purchased that I was unimpressed with...so much so that I returned it. It's fantastic for certain things (especially streaming media from places like Netflix or iTunes), but I found it severely lacking in the mirroring department. I bought it to mirror from my Macbook onto my TV, and while it did some things decently while mirroring, playing media was a major let down (with constant lag on playback, sync issues at times and an overall degradation of the source). It seemed to struggle the most when trying to mirror 1080p files, regardless of type.
Truthfully, the Apple TV unit would be perfect if it allowed you to connect a hard drive to it, or if it could access network drives for film playback. Unfortunately, it has neither of those options.
At the end of the day, it really depends on what you plan to use it for...it has many strengths, including the specific apps available ON the unit itself...but in some ways, I feel it just doesn't quite function like I would expect. I have 2 Western Digital TV Live units in my house that mirror each other and stream files from a network drive as well as have access to Netflix and Hulu, etc. These were around $50/piece, and work MUCH better than Apple TV for what I needed.
- 01-13-2015, 08:09 PM #7
On a side note if you got the equipment, I recommend setting up using a home theater system 5.1 or 7.1; though a regular sound bar is good enough using digital optical.
- 01-14-2015, 05:19 PM #8
My Apple TV behaves in a similar fashion.
My iPhone mirrors without a hitch, my Mac doesn't mirror well at all.
It has a lot of lag, and sync issues, and it will buffer quite a bit.
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- 01-15-2015, 03:13 PM #9
- 01-16-2015, 01:51 PM #10
I bought my Apple TV to stream my movies I purchased from iTunes.
And since I don't have cable TV, being able to mirror live news from my iPhone to the TV is appealing.
Although, what I don't understand.
Some of the apps on Apple TV do not allow you to stream, unless you have a cable subscription.
If I had a cable subscription, I would watch from the cable provider, not my Apple TV.
It would be nice, if you could pay a small fee to stream live TV for certain channels.
- 01-16-2015, 01:58 PM #11
- 01-16-2015, 02:17 PM #12
I tried it out, and quickly cancelled. Apple TV's CBS app is not the same.
It is CBSN news which is fine, and works great from the Apple TV.
But mirroring CBS 4 to the big screen, from my Mac or iPhone was dismal at best.
I don't watch enough TV (mainly news),to constitute cables ridiculous rates.
- 01-16-2015, 02:37 PM #13
- 01-16-2015, 02:38 PM #14
- 01-16-2015, 03:41 PM #15
- 01-16-2015, 04:13 PM #16
- 01-16-2015, 04:17 PM #17
I AirPlay CBS All-Access to my Apple TV without a problem because I have jailbroken iDevices. I don't really mirror anything from my Mac to Apple TV because like AirDrop, it sucks.
- 01-16-2015, 04:20 PM #18
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- 01-16-2015, 07:44 PM #19
- 01-16-2015, 09:20 PM #20
- 01-16-2015, 09:21 PM #21
My favorite features are:
Air Play from my rMBP, iPhone and iPad
The ability to use my TV as a second monitor
Streaming movies, TV shows and music from my computer
I have 4 in my home - family room, master bedroom, grandkids play room and my office.
- 01-20-2015, 05:43 PM #22
- 02-04-2015, 10:41 AM #23
Been using it for close to 5 years. Purchased the third version last Summer and gave the second version to my bro.
Use it daily to watch my YouTube channels/subscriptions.
Tried Kindle Fire and ChromeCast.
Prefer the ATV interface.
- 02-04-2015, 04:03 PM #24
- 02-06-2015, 09:55 AM #25
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