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September 12, 2017
– March 30, 2021
We upgraded from the old Apple TV series 2 which had served us well, but was having problems and decided to upgrade.Positives:The user interface is much improved with a similarly improved remote control with track pad function.The biggest improvement however is the image quality, with such high defninition it felt like our TV was new too.The new range of apps are greatly increased and it is easy to use with a decent collection of channel options.
Negatives:It is slightly larger (taller) than the older models of Apple TV, but as it included the app for nowtV, we got rid of that box and the one unit does look a lot more tidy.I think the power cable is a little short and wish to buy a replacement longer one.There are lots of game apps which do not seem well thought out, a case of “we can do this so let’s add them”
– March 31, 2021
Please enter your password to sign into your apple accountPlease enter your password to sign into home theatrePlease enter your password to sign into apple againPlease enter your password to sign into game centerPlease enter your password to sign into the Apple TV appPlease enter your password to sign into iCloudPlease enter your password to sign int-ahh I’ll just switch off the TV and go for a walk
– April 16, 2021
Our house became Apple’fied a few years ago and the Apple TV box is pretty much central to that experience. If I have any complaint it’s that I had just upgraded from a 3rd generation box to the 4th when this 4k version came out. Not a big deal until we upgraded to a 4k tv soon after, and then I had NO choice but to shell out the bucks for a 4k box! There are several in depth reviews here covering all the features so I won’t repeat here other than to say you will need high speed internet and make sure you are using the proper HDMI cables (HDCP 2.2, ARC, HDMI 2.0, 18Gbit, etc.). Proper HDMI cables are a must or you won’t get the best 4k has to offer ie; 4kHDR or DolbyVision at 60 Hz. Our particular setup is an LG 65″ LED/LCD 4kHDtv, Yamaha 4k pass through receiver and a 5.1 home theater speaker system. Peripherals include the AppleTV, Firestick and BluRay DVD player. Everything runs off high speed WiFi and everything communicates with each other perfectly. All the remotes automatically program to run each of the other devices including the Apple remote. At the end of the day 4k video is simply stunning, and I just don’t see how they will improve upon it short of someday beaming signals straight to the cortex! If you’re already in the Apple-verse, you know all you have to do is plug this thing in and it will set up virtually by itself. Just run the software updates and get the 4k settings where you want them. Couldn’t be easier. Starting with the 4th generation box you can download apps from the App Store; many free and some paid. I don’t do a lot of gaming but it has that capability. Frankly if you’re here reading this then you probably already know what you want so I’ll just close by saying get it. We recently cut the cord and the 4k Apple box along with an HD OTA antenna is central to that goal. We couldn’t be happier.
EDIT 1: A few months have gone by and all good. Wanted to update by informing that my LG tv has some of the same apps as the Apple Box and I find they are much more stable using the Apple device. YouTubetv in particular can be wonky when using the LG app, but works perfectly on ATV. Just one more bonus point!
EDIT 2: There are a whole lot of comments under my post that seem fake to me. IDK if that’s Amazon or Apple or who is responsible but it’s pretty lame. Makes it seem like a scam product which of course Apple products are anything but. 2 years using this box and all good. I like it as much as when I first got it. Ignore all these b.s. filler comments below.
– April 29, 2021
I have an Amazon 4K TV box. It works well, but as Amazon becomes more proprietary and defensive about its content, services like Now TV are not available.The Apple TV is gorgeous to look at, wired connectivity built in for better and more reliable connectivity, the remote (its a little sensitive!) is a work of art, but, and most importantly, all the apps I wanted are in one place:– Netflix– Prime Video– Now TV– Disney Junior– YouTube (you can watch purchased Google content via this, and unlike Amazon, its the full app)– BBC iPlayer
Yes, its pricey, but its finally achieved something that I am sure I am not the only one looking for – “one box to rule them all!”
– May 23, 2021
We own about 3 different models of Rokus and an Amazon Fire. They all suffer from the same malady — constant buffering. This will make you want to yank it out of the wall and toss it out the window during a critical football game or the best part of your favorite show. The Apple TV blows them away IMO. It is extremely fast and no more buffering issues. Certainly pricier than other options, but well worth saving up your pennies to get this!
Glenn R. Howes
– June 5, 2021
Who should buy an Apple TV 4K?Do you have a 4K TV, with HDR support? Do you have an over 30 Mb/s Internet connection? Is your primary mobile platform iOS? Do you have a significant amount of content purchased via iTunes? If so, I think you will find the Apple TV to be a competently, and occasionally gratifyingly executed streamer which benefits from the strong iOS ecosystem. If not, then some other, cheaper, device will probably serve you better.
I’ve owned every generation of the Apple TV, from the original silver box, and the 4K is the main streamer attached to my 4K TV, an LG OLED55B7. I’ve owned this particular Apple TV for 3 months at this writing, time enough to give it a proper review.
32GB vs 64GBAs content is almost uniformly streamed (although you can get limited DVR apps), any excess space would be for large asset games. I bought the 64GB version, but that was for future proofing. Most people will be just as happy with the 32GB version.
Delivering High Quality Video ContentAs an owner of hundreds of iTunes hosted movies, I was happy with Apple when they announced that not only would 4K material be sold without a price premium, but existing purchases would be upgraded to 4K at no additional cost. Older movies I had purchased such as The Princess Bride, or the James Bond movies have started showing up as 4K content. Combined with tvOS settings to match content frame rate, and HDR settings, older movies are much improved especially when HDR is captured. The black levels and popping colors of older film movies, along with the loss of frame conversion judder can result in a nearly transformative viewing experience. On the downside, telling the TV to switch display mode does result in a frustrating couple seconds of black screen as any video playback both begins and ends.
If your TV supports HDR, the improvement in catalog titles—movies I’ve seen many times—can be startling. I did not expect movies like Ghostbusters (1984) to be as fresh looking.
As my TV supports Dolby Vision, and newish iTunes movies are typically encoded with that advanced HDR format, I am prepared for a treat when I see the Dolby Vision tag appear on my screen. Modern movies so encoded, like La La Land, make me wonder if it’s even possible for the human eye to see a better picture. If you have a new OLED, you really have to try it out.
Out of curiosity, I purchased the UHD Blu-ray version of Justice League with HDR, and compared it to the iTunes 4K Dolby Vision version. I wanted to find out what I was missing with streaming level quality. While I had the nagging feeling the disc version was somehow cleaner, there was no discernible difference between the two versions as I switched back and forth. Both looked great. Plus, there is a scene midway through the movie where my UHD Blu-ray player locks up leading me to learn that scrubbing through a movie on my Apple TV is much faster than my LG UHD player. For me, the convenience and lower cost of online movies outstrips any barely perceptible quality improvement, and I’m unlikely to buy a UHD disc again.
At this writing, I have 30 MBit fiber service to the house and 4K movies start streaming within a few seconds most every time and have only paused for buffering a handful of times in months of active use.
Some apps require updates. For example, I use an over the air DVR app (MythTV) which shows signs of poor frame rate conversions and horrible color matching while using the content matching settings. The same 1080i content looks great when played via my TVs built in DLNA app. I hope this gets updated soon.
Dolby AtmosWith tvOS 12, Apple delivers on its promise to bring the high end audio system Dolby Atmos to many, specially encoded, movies. As I’m that kind of person, I spent a Sunday crawling through my attic installing a pair of affordable ceiling speakers, and wiring them into my (compatible) AV receiver. It’s a nice improvement, but not a spectacular one. Whereas the effect as demonstrated by the Dolby demo app on my LG TV shows what’s possible with height speakers, actual movies tend to have subtle effects. I’ve listened to several Atmos encoded iTunes movies: Lego Batman, Ready Player One, Spiderman: Homecoming, Justice League, Earth: One Amazing Day and I enjoyed the immersive sound track, but the actual amount of sound coming out of the ceiling speakers is often small: often just the background music or a bit of an echo. Is it an improvement? Yes. Am I happy I spent $120 and an afternoon cutting into my ceiling? Yes. Has its spectacular-ness changed my perception of cinema? No. It’s just a nice value add.
As an App PlatformApple has made it easy to bring iOS apps to the tvOS platform, the large majority of the code for my own app runs unmodified on both platforms. So there is no technical reason for developers to avoid the tvOS platform; however there hasn’t exactly been a gold rush, and some corporate goals clash. For instance, you will not see the highest possible quality YouTube content because of a disagreement between Apple and Google over the VP9 codec, and it took years for Amazon to finally bring (a fairly mediocre) version of their Prime Video app. I can report, however, that the Apple TV version of the Amazon Prime Video app does not skip audio like the version embedded in my TV, while still delivering stunning images as illustrated by the beautiful cars rolling throughout The Grand Tour. Wow.
I’ve been happy with the collection of video streaming apps: Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Video, VRV, and SlingTV are all serviceable, as well as local area streamers such as the live TV “Channels” and Tablo DVR apps which pull content from devices on my network. It’s good that more and more services are allowing their content to be gathered into the centralized TV; app; I don’t have to spend my time looking through different apps for content. People with content purchased on Amazon, Vudu or Google Play can create a Movies Anywhere account, download the free app and watch non-iTunes content on the Apple TV (and even get a few free movies in the process).
As a Game MachineMany games are available, my family is particularly fond of Just Dance which makes use of the accelerometer on the Siri remote, and I have a couple gamepads that make games like Asphalt 8 tolerable. However, the Apple TV has not become a competitive gaming destination when compared to PlayStation or Xbox
The RemoteThe remote is flimsy and sometime irritating when it comes to simple actions like showing closed captions. It’s deficiencies are the primary reason I gave this streamer 4 instead of 5 stars. It works most of the time, and if you get into the habit of having Siri do things for you, can be fun. At least the 4K version of this remote makes it visually easier to tell what end is which via the simple affordance of a white ring around the menu button. The volume buttons are my favorite feature of the remote: they work with everything I’ve thrown at it: my receiver, the speakers inside my TV, various Bluetooth headphones…
One of my favorite features is using Siri to turn off HomeKit enabled devices. So just before bed, I’ll tell it to turn off the basement lights or power down the AC in the guest room.
Interfacing with Other DevicesI have a new Yamaha 4K Home Theatre Receiver and I’ve been happy with how waking the Apple TV will wake the receiver and wake the TV over HDMI, and how the TV remote can control the Apple TV, again via HDMI. It makes a universal remote much less desirable. I’ve also been happy with using easily paired Bluetooth headphones to listen at night. This, I think, is superior to the wired connection one would find on the Roku remote. However, my TV also supports Bluetooth headphone pairing, which is even better as then I can hear all the sounds, not just those coming out of the Apple TV. Inexpensive Bluetooth keyboards can be paired, making searches and password entry much easier or even better use the iPhone remote app. (HDMI integration has also worked with the new Denon and Sony receivers I’ve tried.)
For a while, I was connecting the Apple TV directly to the HDMI port in my TV and bringing sound into my receiver via ARC, but I eventually found that using a shorter (1 ft) quality HDMI cable allowed me to connect the Apple TV to my receiver and still be able to display Dolby Vision content without sparkles or lip syncing issues. Finally, a 1 cable to the TV solution.
I am an advocate of devices, like this one, which have Ethernet ports, as I believe in the old adage that if you have a wire, you don’t have a problem. Still, it does support modern WiFi if needed.
If you want to get deep into the Apple ecosystem, an Apple TV can act as the central hub of the HomeKit home automation environment. Thus, I can remotely manage light switches, fans, control my thermostat, and find out the temperature of a variety of rooms from my iPhone.
And ancient AirPlay is surprisingly useful for quickly bringing up content, such as sharing a YouTube video from your phone. I’ve taken to reading my son’s computer class homework via Airplay where we can both comfortably read it on the big screen while he’s editing it on his Mac laptop.
ReliabilityThe current version of tvOS has been exceptionally reliable but occasionally apps will have to be restarted. Certainly not every day or every week but sometimes.
Versus Previous VersionsThis contains a better processor than the Apple TV 4, but I can’t say that it is any smoother than what was already smooth, and if you don’t have a 4K TV with HDR, you will likely not notice better video quality. Functionally, the Apple TV 4 works just like the 4K. Older generations beyond that, are showing their age and I find that the 3rd generation is laggy and the 2nd generation is crashy. The 4K no longer has a USB port, so for app development, you’d best get used to remote debugging.
SummaryI like the Apple TV 4K. I wish Apple didn’t price it like an Apple product, but I use it everyday in many ways, and it does everything I want from a streamer.
– June 5, 2021
BEWARE. This is NOT a stand alone device. What Apple dont tell you is you need both an Apple ID AND an iTunes account. The only way to create an iTunes account is to use, surprise surprise, another separateApple gadget or a Windows computer. What an utter rip off. For those of us with Android phones and computers this is not possible. Dont buy unless you want suckered into being forced to go Apple.
Mr Paul N Brewin
– June 6, 2021
This is a great streaming device for us Apple IOS users, and for those who have a large iTunes library it’s a no brainer. The design is simple but beautiful, the inputs you need at there and work first time every time.This is the 3rd Apple TV I’ve owned and setup wasn’t as easy as the others, Lag was crazy at first… which wherever I searched came up with the same solution…. fix your network. I did this, and it didn’t help. What I did realise after looking through the settings extensively, is that the device after doing its initial set up, didn’t realise my TV was 60hz and defaulted to 50hz. It also did not set itself to Chroma 4:2:2 which I have the correct cable for.After manually setting up the Apple TV myself all lag disappeared, and the picture was visibly clearer and smoother.Everything else is standard Apple, integration in to the eco system is seamless and work flawlessly.Apps are a bit meh and need working on from Apple’s perspective, think app store for Mac lol.Music integration is standard Apple.Every other streaming service is on here too.Best thing about this is if you have a big library of films and a 4K TV, the upgrade to 4K on any films are free if you bought the HD version, a rare freebie given by Apple.
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