Bluetooth Audio Disconnecting

flux73

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Without an Optical Out port, I had to connect the ATV 4 to my sound bar (Yamaha ATS-1030) via Bluetooth. It actually works fine except for one thing. Whenever I turn the ATV 4 back on, I have to go into Settings/Audio Output to select it again. It seems to be unable to reconnect automatically. Any ideas on what to do?
 

flux73

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The only other Bluetooth devices I have are a keyboard, mouse, iPad, and iPhone. As far as I know, the ATV4 isn't compatible with any of them.
 

campyguy

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My opinion is to give up on ATV and it's implementation of Bluetooth. I looked up the new ATV on the Bluetooth.org web portal and couldn't find its capabilities or specifications. "Bluetooth" means nothing to me - I want to know about codecs, vodocer, handshaking - or, to me offering "Bluetooth" means as much as the good-old saying "I have a Bluetooth...". :scratches head:

Apple's obviously not told us about its details, including the time-out period that appears to be vexing you here. Given you want a solution, read my post here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-tv-4-airport-express-optical-audio.1934873/#post-22199414 - there's some optical solutions there that might help (and they're cheap, too). The box iMore is calling out, and it's the one I'm using, costs less than $40 delivered - a lot less than an hour of therapy.

Given that Apple isn't even supporting BT keyboards (yet?), I'm surmising that their BT drivers are still either a work in process or half-baked. Heck, I couldn't even get my iPhone 5 or 6 to pair - QED with my v3 ATV - so I'm guessing that Apple wants more compatibility with their Remote and 3rd-party controllers first. :mad:
 

fpnc

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I have some Bluetooth headphones and the Apple TV doesn't auto connect to those after a power cycle on the headphones. So, to switch the audio back to the headphones I have to go back into the devices menu and manually select the Bluetooth output. Frankly, I'm not sure whether that is the "correct" behavior or not. For headphones one could argue that it shouldn't auto connect since you may intend to use the headphones with a different device (like your iPhone).
 

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