Multiple Apple TVs in the same house

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

  1. FireWaterEarthAir macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Apple should definitively incorporate this into Apple Configurator 2.0.
     
  9. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    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

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    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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