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Item: 164144    Model: MD199LL/A

Apple TV®
4.5stars
( 334 reviews)
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by PowerReviews
Apple TV®
 
4.7

(based on 336 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (256)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (235)
  • Simple controls (201)
  • Attractive (189)
  • Improved audio/video (112)
  • Convenient (3)

Cons

  • Difficult setup (5)
  • Does not improve audio/video (5)

Best Uses

  • Home (213)
  • Movies (163)
  • Office (33)
  • Professional (32)
  • Music (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (106), Enthusiast (102), Power user (51)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (191), Yes (66)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Easiest media player you can buy

Being someone that owns two generations of these devices (this model which is the 3rd generation and the previous 2nd generation model), I can tell you this is the easiest to use media...Read complete review

Being someone that owns two generations of these devices (this model which is the 3rd generation and the previous 2nd generation model), I can tell you this is the easiest to use media player on the market. It's also a no brainer to purchase one of these if you have any iPad, an iPhone (3GS, 4, 4s, or 5), an iPod Touch (3rd generation 32/64, 4th gen, or 5th gen), a Mac, or if you're an avid user of iTunes.

The setup is fairly simple. You connect the power cord to the device, connect an HDMI cable between the device and the TV, and plug it in; optionally, you can also connect an ethernet cord for wired networking and a TOSLINK cable if that's how you feed surround sound audio to your surround receiver or sound bar. If you're connecting to WiFi, I highly recommend using a dual-band router; if you don't already have one, Staples carries a large selection at reasonable prices. I've found that my AppleTV devices work much better on a 5GHz network than they do at the traditional 2.4 GHz.

Once connected to the network, the device may prompt you to do a firmware update. Firmware updates add new features and fix things that don't work right, so I highly recommend updating when you can. You'll also want to setup the iTunes integration; you'll be able to use your iOS devices (with an app) as remote controls, and you'll be able to play movies, music, TV shows, podcasts, and other media in your iTunes collection on the AppleTV this way. You'll also be able to access your PhotoStream directly from the AppleTV.

Access to the different services will have a similar look and feel, meaning that the way you'd access Vimeo would be similar to how you'd access YouTube. Netflix and HuluPlus access is also very similar to each other. Store access for movies, TV shows, and podcasts is also similar to each other and straightforward. Just play with it and you'll learn it quickly.

Another reviewer mentioned jailbreaking. There is no jailbreak for the AppleTV 5 at this time, so don't plan on adding functionality beyond what Apple integrates into the device, or what can be added through AirPlay-enabled apps on your phone. If you don't care too much about shared media playback through iTunes, or AirPlay from your iOS, Mac, or iTunes, consider a Roku box instead, as Roku is meant for multiple kinds of streaming services. In fact, I can tell you that if you don't use iTunes and you don't have any Apple devices or computers, I can't recommend the AppleTV to you because it'll be nothing more than a box you'd access streaming services with, and not the highly functional box that it is for those of us that do use Apple devices, computers, and iTunes.

All in all, if you have Apple devices or you use iTunes, there's not really a reason to not get the AppleTV.

Also, on a technical side-note - If you have an AppleTV 2 and a 1080p TV, upgrade. If you have an AppleTV 2 and a 720p TV, it's not really worth the upgrade. If you have an AppleTV 2 and an older HDTV (capable of 1080i but not 720p), upgrade; the AppleTV 2 only runs your older HDTV at 480p, where the AppleTV 3 would run it at 1080i.

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Most Helpful Negative Review

 

Maybe good if you are married to Apple

I returned this as it was totally useless for me. It is tightly integrated into the iOS platform. You cannot stream directly from your computer, unless its through itunes. Everything has to go...Read complete review

I returned this as it was totally useless for me. It is tightly integrated into the iOS platform. You cannot stream directly from your computer, unless its through itunes. Everything has to go through apple software. Till there is a jailbreak for it, stay away unless all you want to do it stream from itunes.

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5.0

Apple TV

By MIke

from Iowa

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple TV®:

Works fantasticl with my ipad mini and HDTV.

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5.0

Apple TV -- Awesome!

By Roadbike Guy

from Louisville

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple TV®:

This is one small and yet amazing unit. The most recent update has added additional channels for viewing and with IOS 8 have iCloud photos ,etc... Plus I can now get the ACC Channel for free! Love it!

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5.0

Great product!

By Bob

from Massachusetts and Florida

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Apple TV®:

The Apple TV is a great product though the most expensive of the streaming products. Apple is a brand name that you can trust to be state of the art. We have done away of our cable in favor of just watching what's available through the Apple TV and using "rabbit ears" for regular programing. Surprisingly we get 37 channels with our "rabbit Ears" and the Apple TV supplements with great movies for free. Of course you have the option of buying programing also. Being portable we can move it to other TVs or states when needed. Cut the cable with those high monthly fees for a million channels you never watch and get the Apple TV.

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5.0

Apple TV

By Murray Grayson

from Milford, New Jersey

Verified Buyer
This customer has reached Intern level on the Staples.com Leaderboard

Comments about Apple TV®:

I was interested in viewing Netflix. Always liked Apple products so I purchased the Apple TV modem. This product now allows me to not only view netflix but Hulu and u tube. Very easy to install

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5.0

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By Me

from Me

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Comments about Apple TV®:

Great easy to use

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