Worth it to keep AppleTV for HBO Now given Chromecast, any advice?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by analyticsDS, May 17, 2015.

  1. analyticsDS macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2015
    I bought an Apple TV recently solely for HBO Now. I'm still within the return period and wanted some advice on if its worth keeping around. Here are my gripes:

    - Unlike my Chromecast or PS4, the AppleTV takes some seconds to 'boot' when switching to its HDMI input.
    - The remote and even remote app are crummy in terms of UI compared to my Chromecast which has amazingly slick streaming from my phone. I can easily access what I need using my phone and then cast it instead of having to use my phone as a literal remote.
    - Its taking up my TV's second HDMI port so I usually need to switch back and forth with my PS4

    These are minor gripes and I can live with them...my biggest reason is that the reason I bought the AppleTV: HBO Now. I find that I can stream HBO Now from my browser window with my chrome cast. the quality seems to be a little inferior but with some informal testing not so much worse than the Apple TV. Can anyone chime in to confirm? Given that the AppleTV doesn't seem to have much of a value add, is it worth keeping around?

    Are there any other killer features? Is streaming from my browser with Chromecast really compromising on picture quality? My TV is 39" and 1080p so it's not like I'm trying to stream in 4k or anything.

    Appreciate any advice. I'm not sure if it's worth keeping this around or saving the money and maybe putting it into the next iteration of AppleTV that supposed to launch soon. I hear that the HBOnow deal only lasts 3 months so I might just be able to use my PS4 in the future for it.

    Still AirPlay seems like I nice feature since our house only has macs, but that on its own doesn't seem worth the price of purchase since Chromecast already offers similar features.

    Appreciate any advice.
  2. Jozone macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    I think if you're OK with the workaround of running it through a Browser window you should just return it.

    Personally, when I sit down on the couch, the last thing I want to do is mess with my phone, and thats why I would keep the aTV.
  3. Mackinjosh macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2014
    HBO Now is coming to every device in the world soon. There's no reason to keep a box you don't like just to have HBO Now.

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