Should I get an Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Jacoblee23, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. Jacoblee23 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2011
    I have a low budget Vizio 4k hdr 55” tv but it looks good to me. We live in a rural area so our internet only gets up to maybe 5mb so I doubt I would even be able to stream 4k. I have an Xbox one s and PS4 pro as well. I do love my Apple products though. What to do?
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Man, that's tough. I definitely would not get the 4k if you don't have HDR. I put in the 4k in my house on my non-HDR tv and the picture is unnoticeable. With your bandwidth, go with the 4th gen if you go with an AppleTV at all.
  3. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    • Do you have much "ripped" video already in iTunes that you want to easily stream to your TV?
    • Do you have much music in iTunes that you want to easily stream to what are probably the best speakers in your home?
    • Do you have much home movies digitized and already in iTunes that you want to easily play on that TV?
    • Do you have many photos in Photos or iPhoto that you might want to show guests on the biggest and maybe best screen in the home?
    • Do you like to play casual games or utilize basic apps on the big screen?
    • Do you shoot much video on your iDevices and want an easy way to "toss" it to your TV?
    If yes to any or up to all of those, how much would be it be worth to you to easily play any of that on the best screen and/or (probably) best speakers in your house? If the answer is at least about half the price of an :apple:TV, buy one and enjoy those features.

    Why "half"? Because :apple:TVs are typically easy to sell used for about half their retail price. So buy, enjoy and then sell when you start hearing some rumors of an :apple:TV6 probably 2-4 years from now.

    In short, :apple:TV is not just "Blockbuster video rental in a little box." It can do a lot of great things without needing much broadband bandwidth at all. For example, in my own case, I used to pay a whole lot more than even $199 for a Sony CD jukebox to very, very roughly approximate shuffle play for just music. I used to pay a whole lot more than even $199 for a Sony DVD jukebox to readily play my movie collection on demand. Relative to either, it feels like it's about 50X better leveraging the relationship between iTunes and :apple:TV... with or without a broadband connection.

    If you are really only interested in it as "Blockbuster in a little box", do you have broadband internet perhaps at work or "in town" such that you can go there, rent or buy a video to watch and download to your computer? If so, you can always get your video fix for the day or weekend that way, bring the computer home and then stream from its iTunes. That works just fine.

    I hope this is helpful.
  4. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2011
    I do have an hdr 10 tv. Just terrible internet.
  5. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    What workflow are you looking to add?
    It's not going to bring anything more to what you already have.
  6. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    Maybe get a 4th gen. I absolutely love having iMovie Theater and Airplay and would recommend an Apple TV to anyone with an iPhone just for these.

    Honestly, using the 5th gen 4K ATV doesn’t feel much different from the 4th gen. It’s not like the big leap in user interface that going from the 3rd gen to the 4th was.
  7. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Feb 6, 2013
    United Kingdom
    With that internet speed I doubt you will be able to stream 4K so not sure it would be worth it tbh.
  8. 400 macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2015
    Think a few of the screen shots I have seen, when in debug mode (developer?? not sure what it is called), 4K is coming down at 20+mb/s.

    Not sure what it accepts as a min download?
  9. Boyd01 macrumors 601


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    That will work for SD and HD video, but not 4k unfortunately.

    "You can download a local copy of an HD movie, and you might be able to download HDR and Dolby Vision versions, but you can't download a 4K version."

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