I respectfully disagree. Now that 4K tv's are under $1000, the growth curve will bend towards them now. When people walk into their local Best Buy, that's all they see. As for me, I resisted the TV4 until AT&T had the DirectTV Now for 3 months, and I got it for free, otherwise I would have stuck with the TV3, and wait until one that had 4K capability. My timeline for Apple products is 3-5 years (including phones - on the 3 year cycle on those), so buying one that would be defunct in a year would be a bad investment.You claim customers are awaiting a 4K TV, yet provide no evidence of such. I have a hard time believing average consumers have 4K capable TVs, care about 4K, let alone are even conscious of it...
TV is lower on the totem pole because it's higher priced.
In a few years, I'm expecting Tim Cook to say he's surprised to hear of the complaints.Apple could also easily make the Apple TV the 4th most popular console (behind Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo) if they just put a more powerful processor in it and have a standard, first party controller that everyone can use.
Interesting. Been tossing up which Android box to get. These are a little pricey but seem awesome, there are so many out there.Looking at the Shield website, it looks like Kodi on the Shield TV does support 4K content. https://shield.nvidia.com/blog/stream-4k-content-on-shield
Not true. Plex is awesome, free, and available on pretty much any device - including directly on my smart TV. It's not perfect, but it's sure-as-sh*t better than the apple TVs interface. The sad fact is that my smart TV does everything the apple TV does, but better.Like all Apple products, if you have an iTunes collection of movies, you have no choice but to get an Apple TV if you want to watch them on the big screen. Product tie in!
100% agreed. The apple TV has the potential to be an amazing product - particularly now. Yet, Apple seem to be deliberately stifling it's development. Add to that, the steaming pile of t*rd that is iTunes....... Apple seriously need to overhaul their whole "in-home" media experience.Apple really needs to blow it out of the water here. Merely adding 4k to the ATV won't be enough to justify dropping $150 on it. They'll need some serious improvements to tvOS, such that spending so much money on something that is essentially replicating functionality built-in to most TVs is worth it. And it better not be yet another monthly streaming subscription service.
The majority of Americans have slow internet.I would have thought the NVIDIA Shield would be up there somewhere, it's by far the best streaming device out there. Seems like price is the determinant of which is most 'popular' rather than which is best.
Frankly, max 1080p output in 2017 is pretty embarrassing for what is meant to be a media streaming/entertainment device for the living room.
1080p may be fine for resolution, but without 4K you don't have HDR. And HDR is a game changer. And if you ever plug your new MacBook into a 4K set, you'll see a massive amount of difference in your ability to actually read text from it, vs. the same text on a 1080p set.I have a Sony XBR 4K 42" TV, and honestly I hardly use it at that resolution. 1080p is fine for me for that size. I only got it because it seems TV manufacturers are shoving 4K into everything, so it's not like I had much of a choice.
The one thing that is nice IMO about Apple TV4 specifically is some of the apps work pretty decent with the fragile glass remote, specifically HBO and Plex. But of course it's not specific to ATV4 per se, but more to the UX designers for each of those apps.
Roku's a cool eco system, but the generic universal UX is all atrocious as evident in their transition to encourage developers to leverage Scene Graph. Even though I have developed Roku apps in the past, I just refuse to use Roku them. The interface and everything about it is just abysmal.
What I would like to see is more TVs have better processing to allow better UX in Smart TV apps
Wow - I didn't know you could watch iTunes purchased movies via PLEX. Thanks for letting me know... /sNot true. Plex is awesome, free, and available on pretty much any device - including directly on my smart TV. It's not perfect, but it's sure-as-sh*t better than the apple TVs interface. The sad fact is that my smart TV does everything the apple TV does, but better.
I prefer the method of playing the movie on my iPAD with a webcam facing it, then streamed to an app running my TV. I could do that - but if I want an easier life, and not be a dick, I buy an Apple TV! /sThere's a pretty big asterisk that goes with that 4K gaming feature: *requires PC with GTX 1080 or better GPU.
Nope. You can buy a digital AV adapter and connect through HDMI.
Yup. ATV is low end experience with high end price!Because Apple isn't interested in the low end of this category (sticks) and all these studies include sticks. Sticks are a crappy user experience and Apple isn't going to compete with the other companies at the bottom of the category.
I would rather buy movies that is not stuck in one platform.Wow - I didn't know you could watch iTunes purchased movies via PLEX. Thanks for letting me know... /s