Apple TV – Getting Started

Apple TVI have been wanting an Apple TV for a year or so, and the recent reduction in price to just $69 got the better of me over the weekend.

Setting up the Apple TV was incredibly easy:

  • Take it out of the box
  • Plug in the power cable
  • Connect to the TV with an HDMI cable
  • Turn on the TV and select the HDMI port connected to the Apple TV as the video source
  • Configure the Apple TV to use my WiFi home network

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It was up and running and I had a number of channels (58) to choose from. Many of those stations require that you already have a cable subscription such as the three Disney, the HBO, and the Showtime channels. The sport channels MLB.tv, NBA League Pass and NHL GameCenter also require a subscription before they can be used, as do Hulu Plus and Netflix.

So what stations do I find useful? Not all that many. There are several sports channels, but I do not follow sports. There are a few news channels, that might be useful, but again, they are also on cable. I do think I might find these channels interesting, but most of them are also currently on my cable plan:

  • Apple Events
  • ABC
  • A&E
  • FoxNOW
  • FXNow
  • PBS
  • Trailers
  • History
  • FYI
  • Feeln

Probably the most useful thing about the Apple TV is the ability to access media on your Mac. Once iTunes is shared with the Apple TV, all of the music and videos in the iTunes library can be viewed on the Apple TV. The Apple TV can also access photos that have been shared to iCloud and any iMovies on your computer. Content can (sometimes) be streamed from your iPad to your Apple TV for display on the big screen. I’ll go into all of those in more detail in a future article.

So, with about 10 hours of use so far do I think the Apple TV is worth it?

Pros

  • Price is now only $69
  • I can access iTunes library content
  • I can view photos shared in iCloud
  • I can send content on the iPad to the Apple TV using AirPlay

Cons

  • Channel selection not very extensive
  • iTunes has to be running on Mac to access the library
  • Photos have to be selected and shared to iCloud

I say ‘YES’ I do think that it was worth the investment. As I learn more I will share the info in future articles.

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