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Should I buy an Apple TV

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  • Brian Cook4 Level 4 Level 4 (1,820 points)
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    Jan 22, 2013 7:32 AM (in response to I love pie)

    That depends.  What are you wanting to use it for.  I really love mine when it is working, but Apple's software has been noticeably going down hill for several years now so annoying bugs have become common.  You will be much better off if you use a wired network conneciton.  Probaby 80% of reported issues are due to people using WiFi.  If you are using WiFi you need a really high end router to reliably handle the traffic.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Jan 22, 2013 8:47 AM (in response to I love pie)

    You don't need any high end routers to work with the Apple TV. The vast majority of people have no issues using wifi.

     

    Virtually all routers will work with the Apple TV, they just need setting up correctly and away from sources of interference.

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    Jan 22, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to I love pie)

    I have the Apple TV 2nd Gen and it works great.

     

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  • JudgeB Calculating status...
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    Jan 25, 2013 7:09 PM (in response to MacCFP)

    My new Apple TV arrived ealier today.  I opened the box, read through the insturctions and installed it.  Took me 20 minutes at most.  We turned it on and everything worked perfectly.  I am so happy I bought this.  We already have a netflix account and it linked right to it and out macs at home and itunes account.  Awesome.  The quality of signal, sound and speed are outstanding.  Hey, for $99 you cant go wrong.  We love it

  • Ian M H Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 4:00 AM (in response to I love pie)

    I was given one for my birthday - it works fine most of the time...just not exactly sure why I need one!

     

    It's great as a large display for photos from Flickr or videos from YouTube; and it means I can play music in more than one room (and access my Home Cinema sound system), but as I don't (yet) have a NetFlix account, think movies on iTunes are expensive vs DVDs, and little interest in baseball or basketball, it feels a bit surplus to requirements for me

  • julesnewtoMac Level 4 Level 4 (1,240 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 4:24 AM (in response to I love pie)

    I used it loads to rent and buy from Itunes, mirroring is a great option too (if you support it). But, the whole question is, what do you want it to do?  I look at iTunes as a DVD rental or purchase so don't regard it as too expensive.

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,650 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 5:03 AM (in response to Ian M H)

    Ian M H wrote:

     

    ......... think movies on iTunes are expensive vs DVDs........

    That's largely subjective, I tend to calculate the cost of my time into the purchase or rental price. It takes me around 40 minutes to visit the rental store browse the selection and return and a further 25 minutes round trip to return it, I could rent dozens of movies on my Apple TV for what it costs me in time.

     

    However, there is a more important point here. Because of the additional time it would take to collect and return a physical DVD, I simply wouldn't do it anywhere near as often and ultimately missout on these movies.

  • lyleturner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 21, 2013 4:37 PM (in response to I love pie)

    I have been putting them on all my TV's in all my houses and yacht, for years.  I love putting my photos on the screen saver and watching them spin by while I am listening to one of my playlists or listening to internet radio.

     

    I have unhooked my cable TV and strictly watch and listen to music, videos, podcasts, movies, Netflix, YouTube, etc. over the internet.

     

    Once you start fooling around with it you will wonder how you lived without it, and why you would need anything else.

     

    I have never had a problem with a router.  I have never had a problem with the cable modem.  I buy them like starbucks coffee and give them to people who have visited my house, and seen what they do, and want one.

     

    For $99 why wouldn't you buy one?  It costs less than a decent bottle of wine and lasts a hundred times longer.

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