Talk me into buying Apple TV

Luke93

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Nov 28, 2013
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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?
 

Apple fanboy

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Feb 21, 2012
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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.
 

s15119

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Nov 20, 2010
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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.
 

linds15

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Oct 16, 2012
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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.
this.
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
 

getclear

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Jan 3, 2013
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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!!!
 

The Doctor11

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Dec 15, 2013
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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.
 

ZeroBeat

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Sep 4, 2013
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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.
 

DollaTwentyFive

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$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.
 

blanka

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Jul 30, 2012
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What will I get out if owning an Apple TV?
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.
 

linds15

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Oct 16, 2012
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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.
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
 

JGRE

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Oct 10, 2011
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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?
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.
 

priitv8

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Jan 13, 2011
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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.
 

blanka

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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.
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.

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i for example cant hookup my mac to 3 apple tvs spread throughout the house and play different content on each. enter atv
I for example am unable to watch 3 TV's in three rooms at the same time.
 

priitv8

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Jan 13, 2011
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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.
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.
I for example am unable to watch 3 TV's in three rooms at the same time.
Some of us have children ;)
 
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