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PorridgeFactory
Aug 3, 2012, 06:18 PM
I am considering buying an apple TV but am not sure how much I'd actually make use of it.

I am curious to hear what your favorite uses for your apple tv are ... hopefully that will help me decide if it's something that I'd actually use.



MacDawg
Aug 3, 2012, 06:23 PM
I mainly use it for Netflix
But now with the Mountain Lion AirPlay Mirroring, I may use it more
Also, I may look into the addition of Hulu now

T5BRICK
Aug 3, 2012, 06:24 PM
80% Netflix, 20% AirPlay music streaming

I dont have cable TV, so I just watch what I want on Netflix. I'm not into sports really so I know what works for me won't work for others.

rgarjr
Aug 3, 2012, 06:36 PM
XBMC and Netflix.

s15119
Aug 3, 2012, 06:42 PM
1. Netflix
2. Airplay from my iPhone or iPad
3. Podcasts
4. TV and Movie Rentals/ Purchase from iTunes

In that order.

I love my Apple TV - I have two of them, one in the living room, another in the bedroom. Best $100 gadget out there.

PorridgeFactory
Aug 3, 2012, 06:46 PM
thanks for the thoughts.

Yeah, the price is pretty reasonable which is one of the reasons I think it might be worth trying. Netflix isn't available in my country so I'd have to do a IP redirect (which isn't ideal) but renting from itunes and airplay would be used lots.

There is also talk that netflix will come to Norway soon, which would take some of the headache out of potentially trying to make it work.

ChristianJapan
Aug 3, 2012, 06:52 PM
Actually not use it lots; sometime to AirPlay from an iPad. Looking forward to get Hulu also to Japan (we have Hulu Plus, but just not on ATV).

Moyank24
Aug 3, 2012, 06:56 PM
1. Netflix
2. MLB.tv
3. iTunes - just a few movies that the kids watch over and over and over...

SandboxGeneral
Aug 3, 2012, 07:04 PM
I am considering buying an apple TV but am not sure how much I'd actually make use of it.

I am curious to hear what your favorite uses for your apple tv are ... hopefully that will help me decide if it's something that I'd actually use.

Primarily I use it for Netflix and iTunes. I also use it for the NBA and iTunes Match. I don't have cable, satellite or OTA and the ATV provides me all the entertainment I could ask for.

tbayrgs
Aug 3, 2012, 07:18 PM
We have 4 of them in our house and they get used a ton. Kids use Netflix and also constantly stream their movies from our own media library (over and over and over...those of you with small kids will understand this ;)). My wife and I do much of the same (Netflix and streaming our library) but I also use them to play music and now with AirPlay from our MBA, have been watching some Hulu (much better selection than Hulu+, ironically) and Amazon Instant video. They also are regularly used to share video taken with our iPhones at our kids events via AirPlay. My kids even use AirPlay mirroring sometimes when playing games--much easier than trying to crowd around an iPad.

Abazigal
Aug 4, 2012, 06:05 AM
In the classroom in conjunction with AirPlay on iPad. I now have a mobile IWB and can circulate around the classroom more often to monitor my pupils more closely. :D

irnchriz
Aug 4, 2012, 06:43 AM
We have 3 Apple TVs, one in the living room and 1 each in the kids rooms. I convert all movies and shows for playback on the iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. These are all held on my main mac and streamed through iTunes.

I also subscribe to iTunes match and have ~6,500 tracks which we stream on all devices.

We also subscribe to Netflix.

AirPlay is used fairly often in the living room, especially when friends are round and want to show photos/video clips.

Apple...
Aug 4, 2012, 08:30 AM
I also don't have cable, and my family almost never watches TV, so we use ours quite a bit for Netflix, AirPlay streaming, iTunes movie rentals, and YouTube mainły. It's a great little device for $99. :)

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I mainly use it for Netflix
But now with the Mountain Lion AirPlay Mirroring, I may use it more
Also, I may look into the addition of Hulu now
Same.

geoffm33
Aug 4, 2012, 08:33 AM
Use mostly Netflix and Hulu+. Cutting the DirecTV cord this month.

spiderman0616
Aug 4, 2012, 08:58 AM
HuluPlus (yay!!!!)
Netflix
iTunes Match
Home Sharing
Photo Stream
Movie rentals on iTunes
TV subscriptions on iTunes
AirPlay for games and for all the content that's not available from all of the above

It's a terrific little device--I've only had it for a month but my whole family is in love with it.

Navdakilla
Aug 4, 2012, 02:23 PM
Mine is used all the time, as a movie and tv show streamer.

I have all my movies/tv shows encoded with metadata added into my itunes library (initially took me a couple of months to do, but now it's easy since I only have to do the new content I acquire).

My iMac is mostly on all the time anyways, so all I do is sit down on my couch, fire up the tv and have all my content at my fingertips.
I have tried the plex/xmbc setup and prefer the apple tv's clean interface. Ya it takes a little more time, but overall I like the look and feel of it better.

heywoodja
Aug 4, 2012, 10:51 PM
I stream my extensive porn collection to my ATV to my living room TV to watch it in all it's glory. Also with it hooked up to my sound system I can listen to it in Dolby 7.1 surround.

spacepower7
Aug 4, 2012, 11:10 PM
I am considering buying an apple TV but am not sure how much I'd actually make use of it.

I am curious to hear what your favorite uses for your apple tv are ... hopefully that will help me decide if it's something that I'd actually use.

I just lent/installed my AppleTV at a friend's house for a few week trial just bc I can't use it right now and thought they might like to try it.

Before I had a chance to show them all the features, I show them iPad AirPlay to AppleTV/home theater. They were sold for $99 on just that feature.

Then I show they AirPlay of their PC and Mac via iTunes.
Then Netflix with a better GUI than their Blu-ray player.
Then remote app...

Then they bought one to be delivered next week.

But of course the AppleTV does so much more...

mmomega
Aug 4, 2012, 11:12 PM
I used to mainly use my ATV2 as a Plex extension box but I've since converted 85% of my movie/tv collection to mp4.
So now I add all of my media through iTunes on my Mac Mini server and I am able to host to every iOS device in the house at any time.
It was time consuming but seems to be worth it now. Easier to add to iPads and take with us on vacation.

Other uses are like most have mentioned,
NetFlix
Hulu
and my nephew has been staying with us all summer so he uses Airplay mirroring to push BigBrother live feeds to the TV. ( which I sometimes watch since he's been here, the feeds are more interesting than the TV show )

Oh, I also use AirFoil on my main iMac and I can play my music over every AppleTV+home theater system, iMac speakers and the old Airport express on the back patio stereo system simultaneously. Can even broadcast through and iPhone + iPads on the network and use the Remote app to control the music from anywhere around the house.

Beezzy
Aug 4, 2012, 11:18 PM
Netflix is the main one and Just started air play with ML but I love having access to my iTunes to play music thru a TV that's connect to my sound system, also I watch Season Pass shows on there cause AMC Isn't on Dish anymore so now it feels the same.

Abazigal
Aug 5, 2012, 06:56 AM
I stream my extensive porn collection to my ATV to my living room TV to watch it in all it's glory. Also with it hooked up to my sound system I can listen to it in Dolby 7.1 surround.

Steve would be so proud. :D

keviha
Aug 5, 2012, 02:41 PM
I have a feeling I'm among the dwindling few hanging onto an ATV1. Mine has been upgraded with 450gb hard drive, which I've loaded up with over 100gb of music alone.

It's an integral part of my whole home audio, using Airtunes from ATV1 to send audio to 4 different Airport Expresses thruout the house. I use the analog out on ATV1 so I can send audio to Zone 2 of my AV Receiver to pump music thruout my backyard.

ATV2/3's don't appeal to me because I can get other features outside of Apple ecosystem from my other components.... xBox 360, TV & Blu Ray player. However, I get the attraction of ATV2/3...just wish future versions would add ability to add an external hard drive for those of us who don't want to have to stream.

Cheers!

spiderman0616
Aug 5, 2012, 02:49 PM
I have a feeling I'm among the dwindling few hanging onto an ATV1. Mine has been upgraded with 450gb hard drive, which I've loaded up with over 100gb of music alone.

It's an integral part of my whole home audio, using Airtunes from ATV1 to send audio to 4 different Airport Expresses thruout the house. I use the analog out on ATV1 so I can send audio to Zone 2 of my AV Receiver to pump music thruout my backyard.

ATV2/3's don't appeal to me because I can get other features outside of Apple ecosystem from my other components.... xBox 360, TV & Blu Ray player. However, I get the attraction of ATV2/3...just wish future versions would add ability to add an external hard drive (with analog out) for those of us who don't want to have to stream AND want to use our AV receiver zone 2's which almost always accept an analog signal only.

Cheers!

??

Mine has a mini USB port on the back. I have not tried using it yet, but wouldn't that read an external drive?

keviha
Aug 5, 2012, 02:51 PM
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Mine has a mini USB port on the back. I have not tried using it yet, but wouldn't that read an external drive?

The mini USB ports on back of ATV2/3's won't allow connection of external HD's. :(

Tankmaze
Aug 5, 2012, 03:08 PM
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Mine has a mini USB port on the back. I have not tried using it yet, but wouldn't that read an external drive?

yeah, its for service and support only. can't use it for external HD.

I've just bought my Apple tv, using it to stream itunes content that I've convert. and also airplay with ML. happy with the quality so far.

Pamani
Aug 5, 2012, 05:15 PM
Netflix and home sharing, but probably mainly home sharing and air play my Mac mini. I'm going to starting streaming Netflix through my new LG smart Tv

spiderman0616
Aug 5, 2012, 10:57 PM
yeah, its for service and support only. can't use it for external HD.

I've just bought my Apple tv, using it to stream itunes content that I've convert. and also airplay with ML. happy with the quality so far.

Ah. Well whatever I guess--the home sharing setup and AirPlay are working great for us, so no biggie.

JoeBlow74
Aug 6, 2012, 10:39 AM
I use my Apple TV for Watching HULU+ and Airplay Youtube videos from my Ipad.
I also stream my home movies, my picture library, and music from my 2011 Imac over a wired network connection. As long as I stay withing the Apple ecosystem, everything works perfect.

Aries326
Aug 6, 2012, 11:41 AM
I use mine to stream iTunes movies. I did have Netflix but got rid of it.The content was terrible. The best thing out of Netflix were all the old cartoons for the kids and documentaries.

numbersyx
Aug 6, 2012, 11:45 AM
Netflix, rentals, streaming ripped DVDs and Airplay for BBC iPlayer.. Amazing how useful it is...

dgalvan123
Aug 6, 2012, 11:49 AM
-looking at family photos and home movies stored in iPhoto

-Using Airplay and AirParrot to mirror my mac screen to show home movies in iMovie.

-Using Airplay to show photos/videos of my kids I've taken with my iphone.

-Hulu and "FreeCable" via XBMC on a jailbroken ATV2

-eyeTV recordings (exported from eyetv to itunes)

-watching movie trailers

spiderman0616
Aug 6, 2012, 11:53 AM
I use mine to stream iTunes movies. I did have Netflix but got rid of it.The content was terrible. The best thing out of Netflix were all the old cartoons for the kids and documentaries.

we mostly use Netflix for the kids and to catch up on past seasons of old shows--the movies are pretty meh

Crazy Badger
Aug 6, 2012, 12:53 PM
My aTV2 was one of the best 99 I ever spent!

Mainly used for streaming films and TV programmes from my NAS using Plex but also for listening to music from iTunes

marioman38
Aug 6, 2012, 01:35 PM
I use it for Airplay a few hours a day streaming iTunes to my Onkyo reciever while i'm browsing the web on my MBA on the couch, as I am right now :cool:

jmcgeejr
Aug 6, 2012, 01:56 PM
The best thing that an ATV2 does is run Plex, hands down the best player for it.

mslide
Aug 6, 2012, 02:34 PM
We mainly use it for Netflix and Hulu Plus although we sometimes listen to music with it. A couple days after we bought our first Apple TV, we cut the cord and have been happy since.

pdutta2000
Aug 6, 2012, 03:39 PM
Right now I use my ATV3 to stream movies from my iPad for the kids, Netflix, viewing iPhoto albums and photostream pics.

In the future, I'm hoping that I will soon be able to watch my cable through the ATV. I use FiOS and they have already released apps for the XBOX360 and now some Samsung TVs. I should be able to treat their content as just another app (like Netflix and Hulu). I'm really hoping Apple releases a renewed ATV with internal HD (a la ATV1) and the ability to put Apps on it so I can treat it as a DVR and stop renting my cable boxes. I'm really hoping that this is what Steve Jobs meant when he cracked the TV. Apple releasing an actual television would be a bummer.

CPD_1
Aug 6, 2012, 05:26 PM
I use mine for Netflix, MLB, iTunes TV shows and movies, streaming Pandora over my sound system, sharing pictures with my wife/family, games mirrored from my iPad...

Sometimes other things.

EDIT: Oh, and ripped DVD's that I've converted.

pjh
Aug 7, 2012, 08:44 AM
I have a feeling I'm among the dwindling few hanging onto an ATV1. Mine has been upgraded with 450gb hard drive, which I've loaded up with over 100gb of music alone.

It's an integral part of my whole home audio, using Airtunes from ATV1 to send audio to 4 different Airport Expresses thruout the house. I use the analog out on ATV1 so I can send audio to Zone 2 of my AV Receiver to pump music thruout my backyard.

ATV2/3's don't appeal to me because I can get other features outside of Apple ecosystem from my other components.... xBox 360, TV & Blu Ray player. However, I get the attraction of ATV2/3...just wish future versions would add ability to add an external hard drive for those of us who don't want to have to stream.

Cheers!

Well Sir, you are certaintly not alone. I feel exactly the same as yourself and cling to my Gen 1 apple TV. Though I await the day that it finally dies.

I just don't understand why apple does not offer a companion module with a hard drive. It could sit neatly under the aTV an make use of the USB port on the back?

We only have one computer in the household and this is a laptop. The main user of the Apple TV is my son. It's great for him, the remote and interface is eash to control and importantly he can't do any damage. The problem is that I often have to take my laptop out of the house, which is why I bought a mobile computer in the first place! With the newer versions he would not be able to watch his programs. I also have quite a large house, requiring multiple base stations acting as repeaters. It's not uncommong for the network to have a few problems. I just cant be bothered having to deal with the headache of streaming.

The aTV is so close to being a must have product. I just wish apple would focus a bit more on it. It has the potential to be a game changer. I suspect this day will come, it's just that they are taking a slow and steady approach.

I'm obviously not the only one that loves their Gen 1, you only have to look at the prices for these things on ebay!

tn9design
Aug 7, 2012, 10:22 AM
I have a MacMini in my living room acting as a media center to the tv via Plex. Each room in my house has it's own AppleTV jailbroken with Plex installed that way I can pause a tv show in the living room and resume where I left off in my bedroom. Also, when I am cleaning I like to airplay to all the rooms in the house at the same time so there is music all through the house.

LNYMRKO
Aug 8, 2012, 12:12 AM
I use mine (jailbroken gen2) almost exclusively for Plex access to all of my media. Occasionally YouTube and the odd iTunes movie rental, but even that's pretty rare these days!

ZMAN Z28
Aug 8, 2012, 12:24 AM
1. Podcasts
2. Itunes Movies
3. Netflix

jdag
Aug 8, 2012, 07:46 AM
I use mine (jailbroken gen2) almost exclusively for Plex access to all of my media. Occasionally YouTube and the odd iTunes movie rental, but even that's pretty rare these days!

Similar use here. My wife and I use Plex for nearly all of our ATV2 use. My son uses Plex and Netflix. We also like leaving the ATV running to display photos as a screensaver.

My only complaint about how we are using...the unit has to be Jailbroken. I so wish that Plex was a supported app, I could upgrade my ATV firmware, etc.

Right now, I am running old firmware (4.4.4) because I don't want to mess with what's working. So, I can't enjoy some new features like AirPlay Mirroring and Hulu+.

AtomicEdge
Aug 8, 2012, 08:48 AM
Netflix,
Streaming all my Ripped DVD's from iTunes,
Playing Music from iTunes Match
Renting Films,
Airplaying Podcasts and Audiobooks from my iPhone

My Apple TV's get a LOT of use.

ndavid126
Aug 8, 2012, 08:52 AM
Netflix, iTunes movies, iPhoto.

marzer
Aug 8, 2012, 09:39 AM
I have a feeling I'm among the dwindling few hanging onto an ATV1. Mine has been upgraded with 450gb hard drive, which I've loaded up with over 100gb of music alone.

It's an integral part of my whole home audio, using Airtunes from ATV1 to send audio to 4 different Airport Expresses thruout the house. I use the analog out on ATV1 so I can send audio to Zone 2 of my AV Receiver to pump music thruout my backyard.


Maybe dwindling but still have unique advantages :) In addition to 2xATV3's and 1ATV2's, I have 2 ATV1's but went a different upgrade route. Put 16GB CF cards in and use them for streaming only and installed FireCore to enable Airplay on them.

A big adavantage to the ATV1 for my setup is the ability to select Airtune speakers right from the device. This allows the "layman" (i.e. wife) to play music to one or more zones using an easy/convenient appliance UI rather than rely "terminal" access (iTunes, iOS devices, VPN, etc).

Toltepeceno
Aug 8, 2012, 02:49 PM
Take a look at Unblock US. Reasonably priced, easy and does not slow anything down. You can get betflix and hulu plus. You just need to go through it with your computer to set up the account. Well worth it, it's what I do.

thanks for the thoughts.

Yeah, the price is pretty reasonable which is one of the reasons I think it might be worth trying. Netflix isn't available in my country so I'd have to do a IP redirect (which isn't ideal) but renting from itunes and airplay would be used lots.

There is also talk that netflix will come to Norway soon, which would take some of the headache out of potentially trying to make it work.

Uofmtiger
Aug 8, 2012, 04:21 PM
1. Video Podcasts
2. YouTube
3. Airplay from iPhone/iPad
4. iTunes Movies
5. Homesharing Movies and Music
6. iTunes Match for those times I have my Mac Mini off or iTunes shutdown.
7. Netflix
8. Flickr
9. Airplay Mirroring from MBP (just started using this feature, but I already love it)
10 Photostream

bembol
Aug 8, 2012, 07:55 PM
AirPlay/Home Sharing.


I picked one up tonight for the Kitchen. I'm loving it so far!

Ksh
Aug 12, 2012, 05:24 AM
AirPlay/Home Sharing.


I picked one up tonight for the Kitchen. I'm loving it so far!

Using it for shame things and same place! hehe Also loving it :)

From A Buick 8
Aug 12, 2012, 09:02 AM
Add me to the list of folks without cable, we cut that cord about a month after getting our 2 ATV's.

Have my DVD collection (movies and TV shows) in iTunes so we use the ATV's to steam those. Watch Netflix a lot. With HULU+ now (still trying to decide if we have a use for that). Plus YouTube and photo stream. We love it, i use my EyeTV to record all of the network shows we watch and then stream this through iTunes as well.

iHailCarlo
Aug 12, 2012, 01:47 PM
iTunes Streaming from my iMac, Music, Movie Rentals, Netflix, Hulu Plus although I let that expire Netflix is way better. It sometimes gets more action than my DirecTV box. If it wasnt for sports and HBO I would kill off DTV.

Mr. McMac
Aug 12, 2012, 01:54 PM
Netflix and streaming ripped DVD's from one of my computers. I have 2 Apple TV's. One in my bedroom, and one in my livingroom.

bwhinnen
Aug 13, 2012, 06:35 AM
1. NHL Game Center
2. MLB.tv
3. Apple trailers :)

Most of my blu-rays are ripped at high bit rates and hi def audio (i.e. TrueHD / DTS MA) so the ATV 2 cannot do those so they go through the XBMC based HTPC.

netdog
Aug 13, 2012, 06:37 AM
Another one who cut cable and sattelite several years ago for Apple TV.

1) TV show season subscriptions
2) Movie rentals
3) Movie purchases
4) MLB TV