holy fancy Moses... I just saw the price for a replacement ATV4 remote... $79.99. So the remote is more than half the cost of my $149 ATV4 32gb?
Part of the cost of your Apple TV is for the included remote. If you separate the cost of the remote then the 32GB Apple TV is $69. Over simplified of course.
When I bought my AppleTV at the Apple Store I was told that they recommend getting AppleCare because the remotes will break if you drop them. So I'm guessing they will cover it (or the employee didn't know what he was talking about).
I have not used Apple's online chat in a long time. When I did it yesterday, the rep on the other side of the chat had a very un-human quality to him or her.... can't say what it was, but I didn't feel like I was chatting to a real live human?
I did find plenty of places(INCLUDING AMAZON) that has screen protector for new ATV4's remote!!! Guess I should look into that first... better than nothing, right?