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Dork Knight 12-14-2012 08:56 AM

Apple T.V. Worth it?
 
I'm thinking of buying the Apple T.V. device and wondered who has experience with it.

I have the iPad HDMI adapter whereby movies, photos, apps, etc can be displayed on the big t.v., but the apple t.v. seems to enhance that (plus it comes with a remote). :thumbup:

Worth the $100?

wyb 12-14-2012 09:02 AM

I looked at apple tv and bought a roku xs instead - it can stream from my pc based plex media server, which streams from my freenas storage without issues - apple tv appeared to be a lot more "closed" - I would have done a mac mini - but couldn't justify the mac mini at $400 when the roku was $99 (they're $89 at the moment - $84 something on amazon) and I think I saw them at BestBuy for less than that.

rdorman 12-14-2012 09:05 AM

Love ours. Use it almost daily.

ND40oz 12-14-2012 09:11 AM

I use mine mainly for netflix, I thought I may use it for airplay mirroring the ipad or using our MBP or MBA, but it doesn't really handle any high bandwidth stuff when using airplay. I think to really get all the benefits it brings, you'll want an iTunes media server, I just haven't gotten around to bringing one up. If you're just looking to play music off your iphone/ipad or stream from an itunes library sitting on a PC/Mac, then it works great.

Coconutpete 12-14-2012 09:26 AM

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Originally Posted by ND40oz (Post 7249481)
I use mine mainly for netflix, I thought I may use it for airplay mirroring the ipad or using our MBP or MBA, but it doesn't really handle any high bandwidth stuff when using airplay. I think to really get all the benefits it brings, you'll want an iTunes media server, I just haven't gotten around to bringing one up. If you're just looking to play music off your iphone/ipad or stream from an itunes library sitting on a PC/Mac, then it works great.

I like mine and that's pretty much what I use it for.

MB330 12-14-2012 09:44 AM

Just replaced VIZIO streaming device with Apple TV (3 gen) - so far - very happy.
All family hated VIZIO for slow interface and stupid remote. I don't have any issue with both. VIZIO let you control you DVR and TV with the same remote. Apple User interface is way better and quick.
Used for YouTube, Netflix and Hulu+.
Converted few movies to MP4, added to my iTunes libraries and was able to watch with very good quality. :thumbup:

AutoUnion 12-14-2012 11:17 AM

It's really only useful if you have Apple products, like iPads, iPods, Macbooks, etc.

I use mine everyday to AirPlay stuff off my Retina Macbook or iPad. $99 very well spent.

It's pretty cool to use off your iPad because you can airplay movies right off of it without connecting it. I use AVPlayerHD, which can directly play mkv, HD 1080p files, etc without converting. Then AVPlayerHD has an Airplay button so you can control it with the iPad, but it will beam the picture directly on the TV, so you don't have to convert to MP4, sync with iTunes, etc

ND40oz 12-14-2012 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by MB330 (Post 7249550)
Converted few movies to MP4, added to my iTunes libraries and was able to watch with very good quality. :thumbup:

Yup, makemkv and handbrake are a necessity if you want to watch your own stuff, otherwise you're stuck with just the iTunes store.

Emilner 12-14-2012 12:19 PM

I use it for all of the above - Netflix etc, but it's also great for Internet radio. There are thousands if stations available and it's super easy to control. I really like it...

EddieNYC 12-14-2012 01:00 PM

Apple TV doesn't have Amazon. Roku does.

There seems to be more content providers with Roku.

I have both. I purchased the Apple TV because the Roku XS did not do sub-titles on foreign movies.

hockeynut 12-14-2012 04:11 PM

Love our Apple TV. Use it with Netflix, Hulu+ as well as our own stuff on iTunes.

wyb 12-14-2012 04:37 PM

Can you expand the apple tv with "channels" - like you can the Roku? I didnt' thnk you could - but I haven't looked at it in a couple of years... maybe I should re-eval - I'm about to get another streaming box for the masterbedroom where we don't have one at present...

EddieNYC 12-14-2012 04:54 PM

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wyb 12-14-2012 05:10 PM

yup - that's what I thought.

AutoUnion 12-14-2012 05:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wyb (Post 7250309)
Can you expand the apple tv with "channels" - like you can the Roku? I didnt' thnk you could - but I haven't looked at it in a couple of years... maybe I should re-eval - I'm about to get another streaming box for the masterbedroom where we don't have one at present...

Apple is adding App support to iTV soon.

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/12/a...e-tv-this-week

Cy3 12-14-2012 05:15 PM

The remote that comes with the AppleTV is frustratingly small, but you can also use your iPhone or iPad as a remote as well. Also can use the keyboard on those devices to enter search boxes which is very easy to use. At the end of the day, its only $100, sooo why not.

brkf 12-14-2012 06:06 PM

Opted for Roku instead (we have two now). While we dig our Mac/Apple stuff, the Roku had more to offer us (seamless integration with Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix and our Plex server on our Mac). From anywhere in the house our Rokus give us access to pretty much all we could have with the Apple TV.

When and if Apple really does apps with Apple TV it might be great. But for now our Roku really does offer a tremendous amount.

MB330 12-18-2012 09:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EddieNYC (Post 7249959)
Apple TV doesn't have Amazon. Roku does.

There seems to be more content providers with Roku.

I have both. I purchased the Apple TV because the Roku XS did not do sub-titles on foreign movies.

Roku don't have YouTube...:thumbdwn::thumbdwn::thumbdwn:

brkf 12-19-2012 12:00 AM

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Originally Posted by MB330 (Post 7258690)
Roku don't have YouTube...:thumbdwn::thumbdwn::thumbdwn:

What the hell is on youtube? Beyond kids eating it on skateboards...

wyb 12-19-2012 06:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brkf (Post 7258917)
What the hell is on youtube? Beyond kids eating it on skateboards...

+1 - youtube is useless on the TV device imo.

Emilner 12-19-2012 06:57 PM

Does Roku have AirPlay? If not then I couldn't live with it...

wyb 12-19-2012 07:42 PM

There are a couple of options - but music and photos only on this one:

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/streaming-t...s-android.html

and youtube via a channel app called Twonky:

http://gigaom.com/video/youtube-on-roku-twonky-airplay/

The beauty of roku is that it evolves as you find new stuff - the roku app for iphone updated today, but it is crashing in remote mode and we hid the proper remote somewhere to give angry birds a rest - and yep - we can't find the thing now... I may have to buy another one...

DAI 12-19-2012 07:56 PM

I think the AppleTV is worth it. I have both the gen 1 and gen 2, and would buy them again just for the remote feature with multi room on the receiver; great for changing music while out by the pool.

AutoUnion 12-20-2012 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Emilner (Post 7260738)
Does Roku have AirPlay? If not then I couldn't live with it...

Nope, it does not.

That being said, I just picked up a Roku for my parents because DishNetwork is starting to rollout their international channels via Roku. It's been cool to have endless apps and stuff, but it is missing the best part about the iTV, Airplay.

beewang 01-11-2013 02:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brkf (Post 7258917)
What the hell is on youtube? Beyond kids eating it on skateboards...

You are kidding right??!!:eeps:


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