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Tigerman82
Jun 18, 2013, 07:06 AM
Here is the situation:

I have connected my mid-2010 iMac (which translates into 'no airplay' unless of course I use AirParrot etc.) to my older 40" Sony LCD-TV (without any Smart or wireless capabilities) via HDMI. I also have an iPad 4.

Question: Is there any point in getting the ATV3?

One thing I like to do is stream live sports from the Internet and watch it from the Sony. However, I find the whole experience somewhat clunky (I'm not a big fan of using a mouse from the couch). Could ATV make this experience any smoother? Or am I misunderstanding the functionality of the device and is it better for watching Netflix and streaming iTunes content?



Ace1024
Jun 18, 2013, 08:13 AM
I too love watching streaming sports. I guess it depends on what you're watching. I know baseball and NBA are on ATV. Just remember, anything you can watch on the iPad can be airplayed to the ATV.

ATV + iTunes + iFlicks/iVI + best implementation of Netflix & Youtube = no desire for anything else (Australia).

I rarely use mirror capabilities for my ATV, unless i'm tutoring my partner on some software. However, if the streaming sports are only flash based, hooking it up directly may be the most optimal way to go.

sixteen12
Jun 18, 2013, 11:50 AM
I have a Mac mini connected to my tv. I use Rowmote (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/rowmote-pro-remote-control/id315316036?mt=8) and AirServer (http://www.airserver.com/) cost $20 for the two, but have the full functionality of a computer for netflix, itunes, and other streaming, plus the same functionality of an AppleTV.

JAT
Jun 18, 2013, 12:20 PM
I (and others in the house) got tired of using a Mac directly to watch TV. Perhaps I could have made it easier with Plex or other means, but I added a Roku for streaming and we are all much happier. I even use it wireless (ran out of wired jacks), with 802.11n, and it is just fine. AppleTV would be similar, I chose Roku for our specific usage.

But it really depends on the precise source, and whether you can transmit that more easily with the external streaming device.

Plutonius
Jun 18, 2013, 12:50 PM
but I added a Roku for streaming and we are all much happier.

I am also happy with my Roku but what channel do you have for live sports ? As far as I know, streaming from a computer is the best option for live sports.

JAT
Jun 18, 2013, 01:19 PM
I am also happy with my Roku but what channel do you have for live sports ? As far as I know, streaming from a computer is the best option for live sports.
I don't actually know that, guessing you are correct. I haven't tried too hard to find out, so that's my fault. There is MLB and some other apps for Roku if those happen to be the right sport.

Many live sports is the one thing I personally gave up when I dropped cable/sat. I haven't really found a way to get back to it, except for local broadcasts, which I get through the TV itself. And NFL Rewind, but that's not live. I haven't tried too hard, I'm so busy, anyway. But I do miss the less-watched sports like tennis and volleyball, which never make it to my local stations.

I should clarify why I posted. I have 4 devices hooked up to my main TV that can all handle Netflix and some other streaming. Including a Mac. And I still prefer the Roku. But no, it isn't exactly the best solution for sports. So, I'm answering Yes to the OP's final question.

Che Castro
Jun 18, 2013, 01:52 PM
For those Apple TV sports apps you have to pay a league pass & when you add that up you might as well pay for cable

JAT
Jun 18, 2013, 02:13 PM
For those Apple TV sports apps you have to pay a league pass & when you add that up you might as well pay for cable
You have to pay for the league pass on top of cable, too. Simple "cable" doesn't offer what a "pass" does.

Plutonius
Jun 18, 2013, 02:15 PM
I don't actually know that, guessing you are correct. I haven't tried too hard to find out, so that's my fault. There is MLB and some other apps for Roku if those happen to be the right sport.

Many live sports is the one thing I personally gave up when I dropped cable/sat. I haven't really found a way to get back to it, except for local broadcasts, which I get through the TV itself. And NFL Rewind, but that's not live. I haven't tried too hard, I'm so busy, anyway. But I do miss the less-watched sports like tennis and volleyball, which never make it to my local stations.

I should clarify why I posted. I have 4 devices hooked up to my main TV that can all handle Netflix and some other streaming. Including a Mac. And I still prefer the Roku. But no, it isn't exactly the best solution for sports. So, I'm answering Yes to the OP's final question.

I was hoping that Roku was coming out with a sports broadcast channel :(. I love my Roku but that's something I miss.

Ace1024
Jun 18, 2013, 09:59 PM
For those Apple TV sports apps you have to pay a league pass & when you add that up you might as well pay for cable

I don't think $120 for a full season of NBA is too much, compared to cable.