Apple TV is a media streaming device from Apple. The small, 4×4 inch box connects directly to any HDTV, and wirelessly to the Internet, so you can watch content from an iPhone, iPad or computer, as well as from streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus and anything available from iTunes, on a TV. The 3rd generation device was replaced by the newest Apple TV model in the fall of 2015. (See the Apple TV 2015 review.) Cost: $69.
The wTVPC Cord Cutters Club™ did a meta review of Apple TV’s previous, 3rd generation device. We researched Apple TV reviews from EIGHT SEPARATE SOURCES—all of them respected names in the product review and tech industry—and compiled the results. Here’s what we found.
Reviews analyzed: CNET, Engadget, Know Your Mobile, Mac Life, Mac World, PC Advisor, TechRadar, Tom’s Guide–plus Amazon and Best Buy Customer Reviews
Average Rating: 4/5 STARS
Amazon Customer Rating: 4.4/5 Stars (Over 5,400 reviews; from back before Amazon.com banned Apple TV)
Best Buy Customer Rating: 4.7/5 Stars (Over 11,600 reviews)
+ Slick interface
+ Lots of channels and content
+ AirPlay feature
+ Easy to set up and use
+ Excellent video quality
+ Best quote: “There’s no reason why every person with an iOS device (and soon a Mac) shouldn’t get an Apple TV.” MG Seigler, TechCrunch
— Doesn’t work with Android devices
— Missing some content sources (Amazon Prime Video)
— Users want to see a 4th generation released in 2015
— Best quote: “The Apple TV is less of a standout streamer box if you don’t own other Apple devices.” CNET
wTVPC’s Bottom Line: As you can see, the kicker in deciding whether to choose Apple TV as your media streaming device comes down to how invested you are in the Apple culture. If you have an iPhone, iPad or use a Mac computer, then the Apple TV is an obvious choice. It works seamlessly with its family of devices, and the interface will be familiar to Applers. The cost is more than streaming stick devices, but on par with other box sets and the power and flexibility make the Apple TV well worth the money.
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Apple TV gives you access to lots of TV, movie and music content with an easy-to-use, streamlined device. It also lets you stream everything available in the iTunes Store—which is a lot of stuff these days—straight to your TV.
All purchases are stored in the iCloud, so you have access to them without taking up memory space. The device can also be used to stream videos, photos, music and other content from iOS devices, Mac computers and Windows computers.
Apple TV has a built-in power supply, so no AC adapter is needed. It has HDMI, USB, Ethernet, and Optical Audio ports. Apple TV comes with a ultra-simple remote—just a scroller, menu button, and play/stop button—and can also be controlled with an iOS device.
Apple TV works with Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, WatchESPN, NFL Now, Tennis Channel Everywhere, YouTube, Sky News, MLB.TV and a bunch of other media streaming services. It doesn’t work with Amazon Prime Video, Pandora, Spotify or Rdio.
Apple TV is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac computers and Windows computers.
We watched several demos Apple TV. This one from the experts at DetroitBORG covers all the bases in a clear, concise way.
WATCH: Apple TV 3rd Generation: Unboxing & Demo
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