The worst thing about the (old) Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cube, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    There's no clean way of switching if off.


    This is not a nice surprise about your brand new purchase.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    Eh, hold play/pause for 3-4 seconds and it goes into standby.
  3. thread starter macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    I want to switch it off cleanly, not standby.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    yea, it does suck. I have mine hooked up to belkin BT strip interruptors.

    In fact, I have almost ALL my electronics plugged into these as none of them "really" turn off. Been surprised how much lower my electric bill has been.

    Switch is wireless...cut power from the couch or anywhere great.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    ^^This is what I'd recommend if you really want to turn it off regularly. Just get a power strip with a switch.

    I've heard it draws anywhere from 12W to 20W in standby, but that's the closest thing it has (built-in) to a shut down.
  6. thread starter macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    Taking out the power does not shutdown the system properly.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    Well my cable box works the same way. It has a power button but like the Apple TV it doesn't actually "shut down" - it just cuts off the A/V signal to the TV. If I want to turn it off completely I have to pull the plug.

    The cable box stays on so it can record shows...the Apple TV stays on so it can stay synced with iTunes.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Most devices use 1Watt/Hour if that when in standby.. Meaning On average, 1000 hours in standby = 10Pence (15cents in US). Not exactly going to break the bank, you'd spend more for a power strip as stated above.

    Umm.. And? If you're not going to do that.. Then you won't get anywhere unless you completely reprogram the AppleTV OS to make the power shut down rather than stand by.
  9. thread starter macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    I think the AppleTV is more like 18 watts in standby, and the point is not to save money.
  10. macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Can't be any simpler, we have our entire entertainment system on a single power switch.


    That's how it works.

    Why go about turning off two or more devices when a single switched power controller is all you need?

    Most people would already have the power strip, as they probably have more devices then outlets.

    Apple TV
    Game Consoles ( 3 )
    Cable/Sat Descramblers
    Audio Receiver
    DVR ( not sure why we still have this - hasn't been used in a year )

    ( the above is my list )

    I know on my system there are like 8 devices, when they are OFF, they are OFF.

    For me its not about 'breaking the bank', it's about keeping my money in my pocket ! ! !

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