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Apple today emailed customers who have purchased a standard AppleCare plan for their Apple TV devices to let them know that coverage has been extended from two years to three years.

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Customers who purchased AppleCare for the Apple TV will be now receiving a total of three years of coverage based on the date that they original bought the plan. AppleCare for Apple TV end dates will be automatically adjusted.

In the emails, Apple does not specify why it is extending the Apple TV AppleCare plans, but it is likely because of the transition to AppleCare+ for Apple TV, which Apple made available alongside the launch of the second-generation Apple TV 4K.

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AppleCare+ for Apple TV provides three years of protection along with coverage for two incidents of accidental damage. The existing AppleCare plans that are being extended do not include accidental damage coverage.

AppleCare+ for Apple TV is priced at $29, with a monthly purchase option also available.

(Thanks, Mark and Ryan!)

Article Link: Apple Extends Standard AppleCare Plans for Apple TV From Two Years to Three
 

samh004

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Like others I question the need for AppleCare on a device that doesn’t move and in many cases sits in a TV console?

My phone I can drop while using it, but save for the remote, I shouldn’t be constantly picking up my AppleTV.
 

ouimetnick

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Like others I question the need for AppleCare on a device that doesn’t move and in many cases sits in a TV console?

My phone I can drop while using it, but save for the remote, I shouldn’t be constantly picking up my AppleTV.
I agree with you except that numerous 1st gen HomePod owners have reported hardware failures. This device also sits on a table or shelf and doesn’t move. AppleCare+ is $40 a HomePod OOW replacement is $279.

I’ll pay $40.

But for the cost of Apple TV, I’d probably risk it just like how I don’t have AC+ on a $99 HomePod mini.
 

lazyrighteye

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Like others I question the need for AppleCare on a device that doesn’t move and in many cases sits in a TV console?

My phone I can drop while using it, but save for the remote, I shouldn’t be constantly picking up my AppleTV.
Good point.
I’m typically not a protection plan kind of guy. But for my handhelds and mobile devices, I opt fior AC+. Desktops or ATVs, nope.
 

hot-gril

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Like others I question the need for AppleCare on a device that doesn’t move and in many cases sits in a TV console?

My phone I can drop while using it, but save for the remote, I shouldn’t be constantly picking up my AppleTV.
I've learned the hard way that powering off the Apple TV while it's updating is a good way to break it.
Still not worth, though. Insurance is for accidents I can't afford, otherwise just a waste of money.
 

reyesmac

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If you could install it in your car I could see where AppleCare might make sense. Im sure it would exclude heat damage though. Seems like they just like selling things people will hardly ever use. Easy money.
 

JPack

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I think it is to help persuade customers to feel comfortable buying Apple. It is also easy profit.

Agreed.

It's guaranteed income for Apple, and whether it's 2 or 3 years, the device isn't likely to break.
 

acorntoy

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Like others I question the need for AppleCare on a device that doesn’t move and in many cases sits in a TV console?

My phone I can drop while using it, but save for the remote, I shouldn’t be constantly picking up my AppleTV.
The fan added in the 4K models introduces a new point of failure. After owning every Apple TV model the 4K is the first one to break on me.
 
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Caliber26

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Unless they let us download media to the Apple TV for travel/offline streaming (i.e. Netflix shows, HBO shows, etc for when traveling to places with poor internet)... I will not need AppleCare on my stationary Apple TV devices.
You don’t even need an Apple TV for that. I carry an HDMI dongle in my bag that I use for playing certain films that are downloaded to my iPad when I’m hosting small gatherings in hotel rooms. I imagine anyone else who’s serious about accesing their content already owns the necessary cables or dongles they need for when they’re traveling.
 

countryside

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You don’t even need an Apple TV for that. I carry an HDMI dongle in my bag that I use for playing certain films that are downloaded to my iPad when I’m hosting small gatherings in hotel rooms. I imagine anyone else who’s serious about accesing their content already owns the necessary cables or dongles they need for when they’re traveling.
I guess I should get a USB-C to HDMI for my iPad Pro. Probably the easiest solution.
 
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TVreporter

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Received mine - funny I created a thread on this before the article was posted.

Yes it’s a stationary device but my third generation died - got it replaced under AppleCare, no questions asked.
 

Caliber26

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I guess I should get a USB-C to HDMI for my iPad Pro. Probably the easiest solution.
Yep. I was originally going to get an HDMI to USB-C cable but then I realized almost every single hotel these days has an HDMI cable attached to their TVs so I opted for a dongle/adapter instead which is more travel friendly.
 
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Scoob Redux

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sounds like a legal maneuver. like they advertised it as a "2-year protection" plan, but in reality, it only added 1 year to the free base year warranty. did the Europeans go after them on that?
 

wolfshades

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I was pleasantly surprised by their email about this today too. Really hope this is a trend for all their products. Pretty sure they can afford it, and it would be something that might attract more business.
 

lsutigerfan1976

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Like others I question the need for AppleCare on a device that doesn’t move and in many cases sits in a TV console?

My phone I can drop while using it, but save for the remote, I shouldn’t be constantly picking up my AppleTV.
I have bricked a few of the Apple TV devices without Applecare. Usually during an update, or reset and update. Only to find out that without AppleCare at that. The only thing I could do at the time. Was buy a new one at their discounted price. The AppleCare is worth it. Just for that piece of mind alone.
 
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