Never owned an Apple TV..

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by npolly0212, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

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    Hey all,

    I have recently began looking into the apple tv's that they have been making. Don't have money to afford to get the newest one coming out and was wondering what you guys think.

    I am a college student and going to be moving into a new place next semester and really don't want to waste my money paying for cable service but of course will order Internet service.

    I guess what I am wondering since I have never seen/used one of these items I have some questions since I am unaware on how it works.

    Now does this only work with apps that you can download? Can I use it to actually pull up a webpage and get something from online to watch? A lot of tv shows I watch I know a website that I can watch them a day or two after they air so trying to figure out if this is worth it for me.

    If I go on and watch a movie will it take up storage on the device automatically, or only if I add my own movies/videos to it?

    As for practically just watching movies and tv shows, which one should I get? As of now I pretty much live in my girlfriends apartment and we really only watch Netflix or DVDs from redbox as nothing really amuses us on tv that the both of us like.
     
  2. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    I think you can use AirPlay from your iPhone or iPad for browsing random videos in websites.
    If you want to view videos you downloaded you may consider apps like Plex or Infuse. It seems that both are coming to the new Apple TV.
     
  3. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the info.
    I cannot afford the new one coming out so have to get a past version. Best bet going with the 3?
     
  4. haruhiko macrumors 68040

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    The old one also supports AirPlay. If you use the old one I think you can transfer your videos to apps like Infuse etc. on your phone or iPad, and then AirPlay it to the ATV 3.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    The App,e TV can mirror what is on a the Mac or iPhone's screen so if you can watch it on the Mac or iPhone yo can see it on the TV.

    The ATV can always show you what is stored on an iTunes library so if you download a move and store it in iTunes the ATV can access it.
     
  6. grouch macrumors member

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    if you're having trouble affording an apple tv you might want to consider hooking up your computer to the tv instead in order to avoid purchasing an additional device.
     
  7. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well when I do this the volume won't go through the tv speaker which is what I don't like

    I have the money to afford one just not at 140 bucks lol
     
  8. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks all for the comments
    I guess I will try to find a deal on the atv 3 in the near future
     
  9. Gueeds macrumors member

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    You are probably better off getting the current gen model (ATV3) new or even used as people start trading them in for the new model.

    In my experience, AirPlay video has been incredibly choppy and beyond use, but perhaps that's my network and I don't feel like troubleshooting any further so I don't use it.
     
  10. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    You can get very inexpensive devices which combine the video out with USB audio to HDMI. Cheaper than buying any Apple TV.
     
  11. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks that's what I was looking at is used ones to see prices.

    What kind of devices? I haven't been able to find one (haven't really tried all that hard)
     
  12. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

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    Not everything will be able to AirPlay on your tv. Some apps block it. I know xfinity does. Amazon instant video doesn't. Don't expect that anything you see on your iPhone will automatically play on your Apple TV.

    Honestly, for what you're trying to do, I'd echo what others have said and just hook up your computer to your tv. Your computer will allow you to watch pretty much anything. Apple TV is much more restricted. They want you paying for services and that's what you're trying to avoid.
     
  13. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well what kind of connector would be good to get my volume to also go to the tv like the video does?
    Have an hdmi and the little white connector to connect the Mac just don't know where to go from there.

    Other thing is I am normally in my laptop doing schoolwork all the time also..
     
  14. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure audio will go over that. Check your audio output settings. Also, if you have a Bluetooth sound system you can sync your laptop to it.

    You can use your tv as a second screen, be working on your laptop screen with a video playing on the tv. Not sure if you can go full screen on the video though. Every time I hook my MacBook up to my tv, I'm just watching the video.
     
  15. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god

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    Something like this
     
  16. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    You do understand that many of the apps require a cable subscription login in order to access them on ATV, right?
     
  17. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have never been able to do it without plugging into the soundbar, which I don't have anymore..

    Thank you!

    my parents have a login for all of that they allow me to use. So I just use theres to watch most stuff online that I need..
     

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