Does the apple TV turn off?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by aonflux, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    I put my:apple:tv to sleep, but the white light keeps going on and off.
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Press and hold the 'play' button while on the main menu page.
  3. macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2010
    Did not know that I could just hold down the play pause button. :eek: I always just go to settings and shut down. Good to know. :cool:
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    thanks. I did that.
    but the white light still stays on.
    And after sometime it goes off and on continuously.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    It's actually the center round button, not the play button. And I think you may have to be on the main menu for it to work. You can also go into settings and there is an option at the bottom of the list that says "Sleep Now." Plus, there is a setting to have it automatically go to sleep after an adjustable amount of time.
  6. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    I don't get it. Why turn it off or sleep it at all? The new Apple TV only uses 6 watts MAX. In real world situations it's less than that. For instance, it uses less than 2 watts while playing a Netflix video. When on and idle (not sleep), it uses less than 1 watt.

    To put this in perspective, the typical cable/satellite DVR uses about 30 watts when turned off.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Surf Monkey

    Oct 3, 2010
    Portland, OR
    It turns off when it detects that the monitor attached via HDMI is no longer receiving signal. Turn off your TV or switch TV inputs and it shuts down.

    But at 5 watts, what's the issue?
  8. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Oh and just to clarify, the reason cable/satellite DVRs use 30 watts or so even when "turned off" is because they are never really fully off when you turn them off. They are actually in standby/sleep mode because they need to be on to be able to record at anytime.

    So 30 watts when sleep and/or doing nothing for a DVR compared to less than 1 watt when doing nothing for an Apple TV tells me that almost no one should be concerned with sleeping the Apple TV.
  9. macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2007
    Apple kindly supplied some black tape with your AppleTV. Snip out a bit of tape, apply it to the LED and bob's your aunt. No more night time annoyances.

    LED off option in the menu please, Apple, It's kind of implied that it's on when, you know, I'm watching something on it. And the rest of the time I really don't care.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    In my experiments, I think idle used 1.2W or so, while sleep drew .8W. I'm all for energy efficiency and every little bit helps.

    The Apple TV instruction manual describes what blinking lights mean and apparently "flashing quickly" means "having problems". Flashes can mean other things like "accepting a command", but my Apple TV light doesn't seem to come on right now with the unit in standby.

    My advice would be to call AppleCare since you get 90 days worth of complimentary phone support.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2007
    is there a way to turn it on without the remote?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    You can configure it to go into standby in as little time as 15 minutes, which is what I do. Just poke around in "Settings".

    Otherwise you'll have to turn off your power strip.

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