Apple TV


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 30, 2013
Hello, I'm in the market to make my HDTV "Smart" :D, but I'm not sure what direction to go in, I've had a look on eBay and there are dongles with android on, but to be honest they don't really appeal to me for some reason or other, I've spent an hour playing with XBMC and I don't like it, found it to hard to use, now I'm looking at an Apple TV 3, price is affordable to me, but from what I've been reading a few people have said that Apple have missed an opportunity with it, but from what I understand the Apple TV 3 can be jailbroken to add features not released by apple?, I've tried to do my best with my homework, I would like to watch Netflix, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5.

I look forward to any replies, and thank you all in advance.

Thank You,

p.s.... I currently don't have any :apple: product(s) (yet), sorry.


macrumors regular
Mar 27, 2007
No jailbreak for the ATV3, and none likely to come. Best to get an ATV2, but be prepared to pay maybe 3x original retail.


macrumors 6502
Jul 31, 2007
WIFI problematic

Keep in mind this unit as others do, DEPENDS ON THE QUALITY OF YOUR WIFI
signal. If it is week because of the location of the modem then it will say "loading" indefinately. WIFI has never been a great product in the home.
I had to relocate my "N" router by extending both cables down one wall and then another to locate the modem on a small shelf above the inside door so it would be almost in line of sight of the "smart" box...Apple is no different
than Sony or Samsung.


macrumors regular
Apr 21, 2010
what about Youview

You may be better with a Youview box... no Netflix yet, but may be coming soon. However, it does have all the on demand players - via a rather neat feature where you can go backwards in the guide.

Apple TV is mainly useful for people who have libraries of video to stream to their TV via itunes - as far a I can tell...

Personally, there are lots of things that annoy me about Youview - but I'm a UX designer so it probably won't bug most people!

You can get the box via BT for around £50 plus £5 a month.


macrumors 6502
Apr 23, 2009
The Highlands, Scotland
in UK? Want BBC iPlayer?
Yes, yes please.
You might find that, in the UK, that Apple TV is not a good choice to make your TV "Smart". Take at look at the alternatives, such as the Sony SMP-N200:

Check any device you are considering for its best performance area - usually EITHER Internet content, OR local content from your own media at home. I don't think there's a clear winner here that plays everything well (in the UK) at the moment.

See also the table at the bottom of this page for many other manufacturers:
As you can see, there are a lot of TVs, Blu-ray players, games consoles, as well as home media hubs, out there with this functionality.
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