1. WH1T3H4T's Avatar
    I'm pulling the trigger on AppleTV. But first, what are the pros and cons?
    01-12-2015 10:13 PM
  2. Speedygi's Avatar
    Pros are that it's an extremely good video streamer and it comes with iTunes.

    Cons are maybe you will not like being tied down to the Apple ecosystem and the lack of 4K
    01-12-2015 10:18 PM
  3. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    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 12:50 PM
  4. WH1T3H4T's Avatar
    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.
    Uh oh LOL
    01-13-2015 03:15 PM
  5. iEd's Avatar
    Apple TV is a great device. I stream my iTunes movie library and music library to my TV. Netflix, HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, Amazon Instant via AirPlay. I don't have any cons.


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    01-13-2015 03:36 PM
  6. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    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 07:32 PM
  7. LockOnTech's Avatar
    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.
    I have to agree on this, while it was certainly not perfect in mirroring video streams to my apple tv; my iPhone and iPad streams great. I may be safe to say if I were to stream audio only to the apple tv using my mac mini or my macbook air then it would be just fine.

    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.
    01-13-2015 09:09 PM
  8. joemd60's Avatar
    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.
    Last edited by joemd60; 01-15-2015 at 01:52 AM.
    01-14-2015 06:19 PM
  9. Coachbulldog's Avatar
    Pros: HD quality streaming for Netflix, MLB.tv, NHL GameCenter. These are all subscription services I have purchased. Mirroring from iPhone and iPad.

    Cons: Not as many available channel apps as competitors.
    01-15-2015 04:13 PM
  10. joemd60's Avatar
    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 02:51 PM
  11. kch50428's Avatar
    It would be nice, if you could pay a small fee to stream live TV for certain channels.
    Things are moving that way... very, very slowly...
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    01-16-2015 02:58 PM
  12. joemd60's Avatar
    Things are moving that way... very, very slowly...
    I agree, CBS channel 4 in Boston has a 5.99 a month subscription fee for live TV.
    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 03:17 PM
  13. kch50428's Avatar
    In Boston you should be able to get your network affiliate local stations on 'rabbit ears' for free...
    01-16-2015 03:37 PM
  14. joemd60's Avatar
    In Boston you should be able to get your network affiliate local stations on 'rabbit ears' for free...
    I am actually West of Boston. Where I am, those rabbit ears and such don't work.
    For now streaming free and Netflix works for me.
    01-16-2015 03:38 PM
  15. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I agree, CBS channel 4 in Boston has a 5.99 a month subscription fee for live TV.
    The fee isn't only limited to live local CBS affiliates. It offers all the other on-demand programming. It's a model that I am hopeful others will start with so we can pick and choose what we'd like and pay a lot less for our entertainment than we would with a cable subscription.
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    01-16-2015 04:41 PM
  16. joemd60's Avatar
    The fee isn't only limited to live local CBS affiliates. It offers all the other on-demand programming. It's a model that I am hopeful others will start with so we can pick and choose what we'd like and pay a lot less for our entertainment than we would with a cable subscription.
    The problem is trying to watch it on the Mac or mirroring to the big screen.
    It lags and buffers, and has trouble finding my location.
    01-16-2015 05:13 PM
  17. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    The problem is trying to watch it on the Mac or mirroring to the big screen.
    It lags and buffers, and has trouble finding my location.
    Just growing pains for the apps. Just like FOX Sports GO. They'll be better sooner than later.

    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 05:17 PM
  18. joemd60's Avatar
    Just growing pains for the apps. Just like FOX Sports GO. They'll be better sooner than later.

    I AirPlay CBS All-Access to my Apple TV without a problem because I have jailbroken iDevices.
    Yes that's true, I can AirPlay CBS from my iPhone with minimal problems
    It's trying to do it from my Mac that becomes a problem.
    I guess as they say, patience is a virtue.
    Last edited by joemd60; 01-16-2015 at 07:08 PM.
    01-16-2015 05:20 PM
  19. MikeX74's Avatar
    I'm waiting for a new version myself. Rene has said on many podcasts he's been on(especially MacBreak Weekly) that he believes that a new model will be coming this spring, along with the Watch. I hope he's right.
    01-16-2015 08:44 PM
  20. joemd60's Avatar
    I am not familiar with the updates. But maybe future updates will bring more apps.
    In the meantime, it is still a great device which I am enjoying.
    01-16-2015 10:20 PM
  21. HankAZ's Avatar
    I'm pulling the trigger on AppleTV. But first, what are the pros and cons?
    So, you "pull the trigger" and THEN do the research?

    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.
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    01-16-2015 10:21 PM
  22. joemd60's Avatar
    So what is wrong with my Apple TV?
    Edit: it's fine now. It wasn't all afternoon to the point I unplugged it, and forgot about it. Thanks
    01-20-2015 06:43 PM
  23. Soeasy's Avatar
    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 11:41 AM
  24. LockOnTech's Avatar
    If you get a good bluetooth keyboard the you got yourself all set, works great with a logitech k810 bluetooth keyboard; never looked back.
    02-04-2015 05:03 PM
  25. wbeard385's Avatar
    AirPlay. It's only as good as the device you're streaming from.


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    02-06-2015 10:55 AM
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