Talk me into buying Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Luke93, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Luke93 macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2013
    A store near me is selling Apple TV really cheap atm and am considering getting one but am on the fence.
    The main reason for my uncertainty is that my TV is the same size as my iMac so would there really be any point doing on my TV what I can already do on my Mac?
    Does it do anything the Mac doesn't?

    I could connect it to the family lounge room TV which is bigger butbi don't see why they would want to stream my music and movies as they have different tastes.

    So try and talk me into buying one.
    What will I get out if owning an Apple TV?
  2. Silver78 macrumors 6502


    Aug 24, 2013
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Do you ever make movies or take photos you would like to share with the family on the main TV? That would be another thing it would do.
    I don't use mine that much these days as I have a smart TV, but for the price I don't regret buying it.
  4. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    If you need to be "talked into" buying an Apple TV, you should skip it and instread buy a nice gift for a friend or a loved one.
  5. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    it plays whatever is in your itunes, and your iphoto library
    it gives you access to netflix, hulu, and some others things that are more niche (all listed on the website)
    you can rent/buy tv shows and movies (from itunes) to watch directly on your tv
    you can airplay content from your ios devices
  6. getclear macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2013
    Talk me into buying an Apple TV

    We take ours with us whenever we travel. Most rooms these days have flat screen TV's with an HDMI plug.

    The hotel wi-fi often has a prohibitive firewall, so we either use our iPhones as the personal hot spot or we use the hot spot we always have with us anyway.

    It works great! let's us watch what we want.

    and that is well worth the $100!!!
  7. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I love my Apple TV I watch YouTube on it a lot and mirror games. Some games use the 2 screens as diffrent screens. It's pretty cool.
  8. ZeroBeat macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2013
    Buy it. Makes life easy.

    Over 13 million apparently sold, can't be all bad. I own three, one for each TV in my house.
  9. DollaTwentyFive macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2010
    Parts Unknown
    $75 in the Refurb store. One of the best purchases I have made for all of the reasons already listed. If cable wasn't included in my association fees, I wouldn't even bother with it.
  10. blujacket macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2013
  11. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    A very expensive wireless HDMI cable.
    99% of AppleTV use can be done better with a 5bucks HDMI cable. And if you want to access your media with the computer turned off, spending the money on a Raspberry Pi with USB powered 2,5 inch drive delivers much more satisfaction. The later one is controlled with your smartphone, downloads its own torrents, contains all music an movies withouth the need to connect a computer, runs MKV and much more.
  12. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    the whole expensive hdmi cable bit is really stupid. im sorry but its much more than that, and just because it doesn't suit some peoples needs as more than that, doesnt it mean that it doesnt have great use. i for example cant hookup my mac to 3 apple tvs spread throughout the house and play different content on each. enter atv
  13. JGRE macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dutch Mountains
    You're right, it doesn't do anything extra compared to your Mac, but getting your movies and pictures on TV in 1080p is just what it is supposed to do.
  14. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Also, as fun as Raspberry Pi sounds, it is something for people who like the tinkering with hardware and software and don't mind the DIY look of the final product.
  15. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    That is a so early 2013 opinion.
    Now you can have it boxed and with the latest RaspBMC disk images it really is a no brainer. My brother in law with 2 left hands managed setting one up in one evening.


    I for example am unable to watch 3 TV's in three rooms at the same time.
  16. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
  17. priitv8, Dec 27, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013

    priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Well, might be. I lost interest in Pi this summer, to be honest. But I had aTV first, so I figured out I'd get no added value out of it, except for random project joy.
    Still, the Pi enclosures I looked at, all had a DIY-kit look & feel on them.
    It'd be a good christmas present for next Woz to be, no doubt.
    I also admit, AppleTV works best in Apple ecosystem. I for one, am simply thrilled about the possibiity to share pictures, in- and outbound, with my kid studying abroad via Photo Stream and ability to watch them on the big screen. Almost instantly.
    Some of us have children ;)
  18. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    thanks, i guess some people forget that people have families...

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