Considering Apple TV, worth it?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by pbateman, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    Hey guys
    I am interested in getting a streaming box and I was about to get the Roku because, honestly it is cheaper after all (50 bucks for the LT), and one of my main reasons for getting it was for HBO GO. however I found out Roku does not stream HBO GO if you have Comcast. This made me start looking into ATV in which HBO Go apparently does work.
    I have not been up to date with news on ATV but it does not seem that a new release is imminent.
    After reading a bit about it seems nice that you can display whatever is on your iPhone trough the ATV.
    Jut looking for some opinions, how do you like it. is the ATV worth it? Is HBO Streaming good? As I said I have not heard of rumors of any hw updates to it coming up soon, not sure if you have? and I should hold off on getting it till then?

  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2010
    Southern California
    Depends on your needs and what you have. If you have Mac computers, iPhones, iPads and everything Apple :apple: YES!!!!

    HBO Go works perfect!
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    Thanks! I am looking to use it mostly for HBO Go since I don't have netflix. Hope they eventually add Amazon Prime Video but HBO go is the main one for now, and youtube of course. I have an Iphone and my GF an Iphone and Ipad so even though that's not much (no mac laptops), hopefully its wroth getting it.
    Hoping to also use it to stream music/radio apps from my iphone...
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2013
    Apple Tv is the only Apple product I have ever purchased. I stream HBO Go & Netflix and it does both great.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
  6. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I use it all the time for playing my music. There are many solutions for streaming from PC/Mac to TV, but if you're using something like a DLNA client to play it, it's not a pleasant experience scrolling through thousands of entries via a joypad. Using the Remote app on an iPad to select music to play on the AppleTV is far nicer experience.

    Add to that Netflix and Airplay, and it's an easy decision, IMO.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2013
    Apple TV makes it nice to stream music from my iPad Mini. I use the HBO to GO and Netflix, the video and audio quality is is a great buy
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
  9. macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2006
    Im also thinking of getting 1 or 2 ATV. Any rumours of a hardware updated version soon ?
  10. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    Say what?

    I thought they let you stream HBO, IF you already have a paid HBO TV subscription.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    you have to have an HBO sub with a provider who lets you sign into HBO Go
  12. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    Correct which Comcast is even if you pay for HBO in Comcast it will not allow you to stream HBO Go tru the Roku. Comcast will let you watch HBO Go in your laptop or ipad or iphone and Apple TV but not with the Roku... go figure
  13. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    Just a follow up on this, got my ATV yesterday afternoon, have not played around much with it but so far looks good.
    I will try to stream something in HBO Go today, yesterday I just watched a couple of movie trailers and streamed music form my desktop itunes, so far so good.
    One thing though when you use airplay to display something from your iphone/ipad, it does not take up the entire TV screen, I did not try this with say HBO GO app or Youtube yet, but its that the default? Do only certain apps stream to the entire TV screen? or is this just not possible?
    The way I see things is basically centered in my TV but does not even take up half of the TV screen. I guess I am trying to see if there's a way to 'maximize' the image displayed on the TV so it takes up all of the TV screen instead of just a small centered area.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    there is a difference between airplay and airplay-mirroring. airplay has to be built into an app, like youtube for example, which will optimize the output for a tv, airplay mirroring is when you select it on your device and it simply shadows whats on your device.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
    Apple TV is worth it to me just for Aiplay itself. Great feature to be able to through my desktop onto the TV screen.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2010
    Grats! You won't be disappointed.
  17. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2009
    I'm loving it! HBO Go works great, and having a blast playing my fave videos/concerts in youtube on the big screen...
  18. macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
    Does this mean I'd be able to watch YouTube on the TV screen wirelessly? If so, is it complicated to do? I was thinking of getting Roku because of YouTube, but just as much because it looks simple to use with their remote. I'm technically challenged, but less so than my husband who i really want to enjoy using it too.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2008
    YouTube is built in

    You could stream it from another iOS device wirelessly, but you wouldn't want to do that necessarily, since YouTube is one of the apps built into the Apple TV.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2013
    And don't underestimate WatchESPN. I usually spend $110/yr on ESPN Full Court to watch out of market college basketball. Now that I can stream ESPN3 in glorious 1080p, I can save the $110 which automatically funded my ATV.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    i Love the Apple TV, i have a gen 1, modded so it can decode 1080p (at the cost of its wifi capabilities) which is ideal to load up with 140gb of movies or tv shows and travel with (or do a movie night at friends house with)

    i have two apple TV gen 3s, one in the lounge and one in the bedroom, but i do have a 16TB raid thats currently 57% full of TV shows and Movies, and mostly stream that content and netflix via them.

    I haven't watched live TV in years, i use Elgatos eyetv to record shows, tag and convert them using iVI pro and drop them into iTunes for later consumption once the adverts are stripped out.

    For a time shifted lifestyle i cant recommend the Apple TV enough .
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2010
    Sony going to come out with a $100 buck apple tv competitor that is going to allow you to stream PS4 to any tv as long as you have a PS4. IT will also let you play PS VIta games on your TV even if you don't have a Vita !!!

    PS TV is going to have all the channels Apple TV has for the same price + games minus the Apple store. As does every single gaming device out there. Hell buy the PS3 used for $150 or less and have the same thing + a blu ray player!! It has sunday ticket if your a football fan + basically all the sports special packages.

    Then there is the google chromecast for $35 bucks + a few months free of netflicks making it basically free !!!!

    Apple needs to lower the price of the Appletv big time(basically every smart tv, blu ray and gaming system does the same function).

    Apple TV for me to buy it needs to be $30-50 bucks to compete with Chromecast or start letting us play video games on our TVs for $100 bucks.

    Question is why do you want a Appletv and then search for a cheaper better option. Unless it is you really want another apple product I think you have way better and cheaper options. If you just want your itunes to work with your tv. Then buy a 3 dollar connector on ebay.

    You have a ton of movies on itunes you want to watch. I ahve a 50 inch screen and most digital copies I got with blu rays came as DVD quality(WHY !!!!). You want to rent a movie? So much cheaper on Amazon or Netflix. Apple charges the same comcast does !!!Don't be lazy go to a redbox and get a blu ray for $1.50.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sony Bluray

    For about $80 you can buy a Sony Bluray player that has built in wifi-receiver and play movies and get most of the streaming sites on Apple Tv including youtube, Netflix and others.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    Is the quality better playing YouTube movies with the Apple TV app instead of my ipad? It's so difficult to navigate around without the ipad keyboard.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Prince Edward Island, Canada
    Except no iTunes Store, no AirPlay, etc.

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