Should I keep my Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by BigQid, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2010
    I just got an Apple TV for Christmas. The problem is I already have an XBox 360 with Kinect. I can use voice commands with the XBox, play Hulu, or hook up a hard drive to play most video files. I can't think of anything the Apple TV is doing better than the XBox was doing for me already. I don't like the remote either because half the time it turns on the music in my computer at the same time as it does an action on the Apple TV. I have probably bouhgt ten Apple products, so its not like I don't love Apple. What am I missing about the current Apple TV?
  2. macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    AirPlay with iOS devices, wireless screen mirroring for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    If you don't love it, don't keep it. :)

    At this point I don't think the Apple TV offers you anything you can't already do (unless streaming content directly from iTunes is important to you). I suppose you could hang onto it in the hopes of what Apple TV might become, although...

    ...That's exactly what I did with my Apple TV, the first edition. What did it become? Nothing; Apple stopped supporting it. I suspect the same thing will happen with the current model when Apple releases their long-rumored TV.
  4. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I haven't found a need for the Apple TV. In my view, it's too restrictive. I prefer my current setup, with a Mac mini running Plex as my home entertainment server.
  5. macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2011
    The Mothership
    Hi, the Apple TV is actually a very powerful device. I use it over my xbox (except for ESPN 3 since I cancelled my cable) most of the time. The key to unlocking everything is jailbreaking it. Once jailbroken, you can add Plex or XBMC media centers. There are a bunch of extra add-on's that you can add to them, such as live news, sports, movies/tv shows. Search up XBMC for more information
  6. macrumors 68020

    May 27, 2008
    you can turn off the remote in OSX, or if you have a remote that you use for your laptop you can pair individual remotes to a device.

    pairing is more about the receiver than the remote. it only causes a receiver to only listen to one remote, so if you pair remote A to the appleTV, the macbook will still listen to Remote A and B (but the appletv won't listen to remote B)

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