Apple TV And Wi-Fi

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Felasco, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Felasco, Apr 4, 2013
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    Felasco Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    Hi all, thanks in advance for your advice.

    1) Could anyone please explain how Apple TV connects to Net? Apple site references wi-fi. What if we don't have wi-fi? Can we connect Apple TV to net with wired cable connection?

    2) Does anyone know a link to a downloaded Apple TV manual? I'd like to read up on how you do certain things? Will make me a better question asker too.

    Appreciate it!
  2. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    It has ethernet so yes you can use a wired connection.
  3. Felasco thread starter Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
  4. tthip macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
  5. Felasco thread starter Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
  6. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Not a whole lot of things to know. It's a box with widgets that "get" contents from service providers.

    Still P.O.ed why %&^# interface won't automatically scroll to the next row when at the right end. Is that so hard? And why are there no "Apps" like for IOS? Grrrrrrrr.
  7. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
  8. Felasco thread starter Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    Here's a four page review I found helpful. Also, includes the best video I've seen so far on Apple TV.

    On to content questions...

    What we're trying to do is replace cable TV with net TV. So I'm curious of your experience of the following:

    1) Netflix
    2) Hulu
    3) Youtube
    4) Vimeo

    It looks like this is what we'd be watching on Apple TV.

    I know this is a very subjective question, but anyway....

    Could you entertain yourself about 2 hours a day using only those four video sources?

    Thanks again!
  9. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yes. Netflix -> lots of movies (albeit older ones generally speaking) + a lot of seasons of various tv shows (this part is really nice). Hulu is great for current shows on ABC, NBC, and FOX as well as many seasons of older shows (like Netflix). Vimeo I've never used. I have an account to upload my personal videos to, but I just haven't played with it much. Youtube is Youtube, I don't think it needs much introduction. I rarely use it to be honest, because Youtube is generally best for 2-10 minute videos which isn't really want I want to watch when I sit down in front of my TV.

    Also consider getting a nice antenna and you can pull down your locals and watch them in real time. Biggest loss for me since cutting the cord, is sports (especially college football) since it is shown mostly on ESPN and Fox Sports.
  10. danbeckemeyer macrumors newbie


    Nov 26, 2012
    We cut our cable with AppleTV last fall and have been happy since. We catch our regular shows on Hulu or the network's website with a laptop hooked up via HDMI if it's not available on Hulu. I find that we have been expanding our interests and watching shows that we wouldn't have otherwise and since all previous episodes are available on either Netflix or Hulu, there is not restrictions on when we have to watch them.

    Rarely do we use YouTube or Vimeo, but we manage with Hulu/Netflix for the better part of an afterwork evening to bedtime. We have a toddler too and the children's selection between the two services is ridiculous—a lifesaver.
  11. mdehoogh macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2012
    Netflix and Hulu+ both offer trial periods in which you could watch TV or movies on your computer or tablet/phone. That way you can see what content each provider offers and determine whether or not it suits your needs before buying the Apple TV.
  12. jbromer macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    MD, USA
    We also cut the cable and have been going with:

    Netflix stream only
    Hulu Plus
    ITunes rentals
    A decent antenna for broadcast channels

    We are quite happy and saving a ton of money. You don't mind paying for rentals when you're not shelling out money for cable subscriptions.

    When my wife misses HGTV, she can usually find what she wants on their website...

    Don't really use YouTube or Vimeo, but might consider them if content expands...
  13. DP812 macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2009
    You could entertain yourself for a whole lot longer than two hours a day with just those. My Netflix queue is in the triple digits. Living abroad, the only way to get access to western TV without pirating is through Netflix and Hulu Plus and I can get most shows through that, either as soon as they've aired with HP or once they're out on DVD with Netflix.

    Vimeo and YouTube I never use, but my girlfriend can watch YouTube all day long. Don't know how she does it.

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