Multiple Apple TVs in the same house

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by FireWaterEarthAir, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. FireWaterEarthAir macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2015
    Cali <3
    I would want them to be identical - same apps and organization on both. Is there a way to set things up so that they stay in sync, or will I have to manually download and organize everything twice?

    For gaming, would I need a controller for each Apple TV, or could I share the same controller between them?
  2. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    I wish. I have 8. Maybe someday via iCloud. One can only hope.

    You have to discount controller to pair with another Apple TV with Bluetooth.
  3. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2014
    No, no helps for the multiple device user. You even need to sign into each app on each device. It's a pain.
  4. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    This system desperately needs some way to manage them. I only have 3 and the lesser used ones always need me to sign into the apps again when someone goes to use them.

    This isn't a hobby anymore Apple!
  5. ajforbes20 macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2011
    Right now I only have one apple tv 4, but I agree they need to create a way to sync the experience between apple tvs. Or set up different users that can have different setups! I will probably get atleast 1 more and it would be nice to have that option. Also I agree they need a better solution for controllers. However I think most people have 1 area that is their gaming area...
  6. FireWaterEarthAir thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2015
    Cali <3
    Thanks to everyone who replied. That's what I thought, but I was hoping for more. Apple has really dropped the ball on this.

  7. jeremysmith214 macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2015
    I have hoped for such a thing for years. I have always had multiple Apple TVs since the 1st generation. I hate it doesn't replicate the other.
  8. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    Apple should definitively incorporate this into Apple Configurator 2.0.
  9. Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Unfortunately, that what u get with an "app based system" Apple TV 3, while i keep it, it has no app installation, but at least i just use one Apple ID and share through the house, while Apple want people do use Family sharing coming from a security perspective..

    Apple should start using with ATV 4 an "Automatic download" option like that do on iOS.. They could since the ATV 4 now supports apps, so any app downloads on one, will install on the other but I think they just want users to use Family sharing.

    Kinda strange how that happens.
  10. DJLC macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2005
    Mooresville, NC
    You could get an initial identical config using Apple Configurator. But AFAIK there's no way to keep that in sync.

    Also you *could* use the same controller, but as others have mentioned you'd have to disconnect and reconnect it each time on each one.

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