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"Very happy with purchase. Bought mainly as a source to play iTunes through our home entertainment system. Product picks up all Home Share devices instantly and streams music from iCloud without any problems.
Access to iTunes Store is helpful and you can purchase music, movies, TV programmers etc from here. Device also has Netflix per-installed and a subscription to this costs £5 per month through iTunes. Also installed is Vimeo, YouTube, Flicker and a few other applications. Photo stream is also installed allowing you to view photos taken on all linked iOS devices.
Apple TV has no web browser so you can't surf the net. You can however stream directly and easily from your iPhone or iPad via AirPlay. This allows you to surf the net and mirror it to the TV.
All round this is an excellent product and a good price."
I'm a Mac/iOS user, I've fully bought into their system and I use iTunes for music, video and I even use Aperture and PhotoStream for photos. While I know it's not the perfect system, it's worth pointing out so you know where I'm coming from.
I bought the Apple TV because I was tired of using unreliable workarounds to get my XBOX 360 to stream my media, I wanted a slick and reliable system, that works first time.
In that respect the Apple TV is perfect, as long as my MacBook is on, I can stream all my TV and Movies to my TV.
The apps installed on the device are pretty underwhelming, Netflix is probably the most useful (even though I use LoveFilm) the rest I don't think I've even used once.
This leads me to the Apple TV's biggest selling point and it's trump card up it's sleeve; AirPlay. You can beam audio and video from apps on your iPhone, iPad and Mac, for instance I overcome the lack of LoveFilm app by selecting a film on the iPhone LoveFilm app and then beaming it to the Apple TV. It's very slick and works well.
In conclusion IF you own a few Apple devices and you've bought into using iTunes, PhotoStream etc I think you will get a lot of use out of the Apple TV, it's the bet way to connect your Apple products to your TV.
Though if you have a variety of devices, by different manufactures it would probably pay to look elsewhere (Roku or other alternatives), I understand they have a greater amount of apps and far more content to stream.
You would be disappointed by the lack of streaming content on the Apple TV if you plan on using it without a Mac or iOS device to fully utilise it.
I love apple products, plain & simple and I'll start with that so when you read this review you can appreciate that I'm reviewing with a certain quality in mind. This product from Apple is certainly meeting that standard, I use it for all sorts of things now that I own one, Music streaming through my TV and when it's late, I'll direct the sound through my Airport Express using headphones to not wake anyone else up, I will also plan to use this for the University flat this year as I'm sure that I won't be the only one making use of the 1080p Films on Netflix (but I'll be the only one to pay for the subscription :P ) and the quick access to YouTube is a bonus too.
The only thing I can find wrong with this product is that other apps that will compete with iTunes in terms of Music Streaming (Spotify for one) won't appear here in the near/far future, it's a loss, but a small price to pay for ultimate connectivity.
Like I said at the start, I live in a room with apple equipment, we're talking iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad Mini, Time Capsule, Airport Express Base Station and now proudly an Apple TV to top it off, Everything connects to each other in one way and I couldn't ask for less, I can Use any sound device through my TV speakers or I can display any iDevice on my TV screen and use the apps in full 1080p Display.
If, like me you hold an adoration for Apple and their products, please consider adding this TINY device to your equipment as it takes up NO space, but it gives you BIG results, in all areas of Sound, Picture and Connectivity!
I bought this as I'm renting property; the house doesn't have either a working TV aerial nor a satellite dish & I'm on a short contract but do have good broadband.
ATV 3rd gen is certainly great at airplay mirroring, I have a macbook & family have ipod touches & an iPhone. All work great so I can stream from the Internet via those devices but note that the iphone does get worryingly hot after an hour of watching BBC iplayer for example. Setting-up the iPod is less intuitive than setting-up the iPhone but it does work fine.
1 wire for power & 1 for HDMI means a happier wife!
Movie selection is good, HD to boot! works great for iTunes collection on an old mac-mini too.
Baseball & American football apps are of no interest to me, my family & probably not to the majority of Brits. Sports fans would need UK focussed "channels."
Don't like the price of old British TV series or older "films" ;-)
Ideally it would have an app store & a built-in browser. The lack of a built-in BBC iPlayer app really takes the shine off it for my everyday use but I guess most people have terrestrial TV... perhaps I should have bought the older model that can have other software loaded via the so-called jailbreak but recognise my needs are somewhat niche.
Typical apple product, sleek efficient, and easy to use. Set up was a breeze and you get what you expect with the link from your iphone/ipad to any tv ( with HDMI ) an absolute joy, I use this regularly.
The YOUTUBE set up I found frustrating but ok and the other free to use aps are ok but not what I use on a day to day basis infact never. However, as always with apple nothing worth using is free, all the film or tv or even the sport aps must be paid for before you can use them.
For me this has turned into just a link from my ipad to the tv and nothing else, I do not use any of the other services and that is the reason I have given this product about 3 stars.
Outstanding compared to the rest though it is not a subscription tv service it is generally a media player for iTunes, but iTunes is rather expencive when it comes to movies and tv programmes: a tv programe costs on average £1.99
its perfectly ideal for apple lovers
there is a fuction called air play allows you ao stream any movies or music to this apple tv and it will output it in hdmi to your big High defenition TV but air play does not work on apps that make an instand audio responce like garage band: if you have air play enabled andyou have garage band on piano, when you play a note you dont get an immediete audio responce (takes 3-5 senonds)
the photo slideshow screensaver is outstanding well worth loading your family photos
the downside: it has no app store you get you tube and netflix and a couple other apps but thats it
I bought this device so I could pair it up to my ipad or iPhone and watch movies from the internet. you also have the option of Netflix,YouTube vevo etc.Theres nothing really that I dislike about this product, I cannot compare with other similar devices as I have not tried anything else.
Excellent box, does what apple says it will, I can stream pictures and movies from Ipad 2 and also it works with my Ipad 1 original which was a bit of a surprise. Also it will stream movies from the Internet Archive on the net from a large library free. Has other good features and has been reliable up to now. Recommended but like a smart box or smart TV it needs a reasonable broadband connection to use with the iPads or Internet.
Brought this so that I could share photos with family from my iphone or ipad. It worked perfectly but also able share videos online and also search you tube. I like the size of the Apple TV and also the remote to. The use ability is good as it is so easy to connect to tv and iPhone or ipad to use.
I have not tried any other products like this so cannot compare it or them.
I am very happy on this device features that are very easy to get familiar and enjoy it.
I can easily enjoy my itunes library (videos and music)! on my TV, moreover I can mirroring the pics.
I was so enthusiasic of my ATV thatbI bought two more devices to install it to each
bed room and sitting room.