Apple TV (2012)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: APPLETV2012
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CNET editors' review
price range: $89.99 - $100.00
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 08/14/2013
- Released on: 03/16/2012
The good: The Apple TV lets you stream all the video content in the iTunes Store to your HDTV, with purchases stored in the cloud. Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, MLB.TV, and a handful of other online media services are available, plus music, videos, and photos can be streamed from iOS devices using AirPlay. AirPlay Mirroring lets you stream any Web video to the Apple TV, if you have a newer Mac running Mountain Lion. And the Apple TV's user interface is one of the best there is.
The bad: The competing Roku 3 offers more content sources (including Amazon Instant), cross-platform search, and a remote with a headphone jack. The Apple TV is less of a standout streamer box if you don't own other Apple devices.
The bottom line: While it's still a step behind the Roku 3, the Apple TV is an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in the Apple ecosystem.
We Love our Apple TV's!
by Cnetuser1867 on August 16, 2013
Pros: Ease of use.
Summary: We love this product. The recent downgrade by CNET is irrelevant. We do not own nor have we used a ROKU, but to be honest there is no reason to ...
Summary: We love this product. The recent downgrade by CNET is irrelevant. We do not own nor have we used a ROKU, but to be honest there is no reason to switch. We mainly use the ATV for Netflix and viewing movies purchased from iTunes. The other programs are used infrequently. For the non-electronic people in your life who don't need to fiddle with everything (the wife and kids for me) this is an awesome product. And No we do not have apple computers and are not brainwashed by the Giant Fruit Tree..we are PC people.
mediocre at best
by simplefred on August 5, 2013
Pros: Screen mirroring with my other apple products is nice
Cons: missing apps store, bluetooth hid and without subscription services, it's a youtube/podcast streaming device.
Summary: Given the event of Ouya's android based platform that offer all of Apple tv's features and games and homebrew app. I can't think of any good reason ...
Summary: Given the event of Ouya's android based platform that offer all of Apple tv's features and games and homebrew app. I can't think of any good reason to update my Apple tv.. I even thought that jailbreaking it and installing plex would justify it, but no. Frankly, it no more the a roku with an iphone wifi adapter.
If you have Apple iMac or laptop OS X,
by CoastalScoob on July 23, 2013
Pros: It's great best out of the bunch,however,things change.The nice part is you get a update to keep the system on top.It links my Windows 7 & Vista machines under settings.
Cons: Don't for get to disable the remote for the computer whilst you are on the Apple TV (under system preferences"under File Vault")
Summary: You get what you pay for.
Summary: You get what you pay for.
Just Not Enough - Too Restrictive
by timhodgson on June 4, 2013
Pros: Easy to use remote - once you figure it out - "Menu" is the "back" button. Odd.
Good clear picture.
Navigation is easy.
You MUST download an entire movie before you may watch it. Requires too much planning.
Tied to iTunes eco-system
Cons: Remote is way too easy to lose.
Updates are frequent and no clear idea what is being updated. Update notes anyone?
No Amazon Instant Video
Power cord is stiff and not very flexible. It sticks out all over the place.
Summary: I have been a long time user of the AppleTV (2-3 years), however over this period of time I have used it less and less. I've also become less ...
Summary: I have been a long time user of the AppleTV (2-3 years), however over this period of time I have used it less and less. I've also become less and less a fan of iTunes (the app is clunky, slow, and hard to use).
There is no compelling reason to use an Apple TV over some other device that can stream the services I want, except for the unit's size which is small.
Airplay is interesting, but I don't want to use my iPhone to stream anything, so I'm not interested.
Unless you are 100% vested in Apple products, it's a mediocre product.
The price is not astronomical, but the Roku is a better value.
Fairly cheap but very useful with the right setup.
by PetrF on December 18, 2012
Pros: iTunes home sharing
Cons: Airplay being Apple proprietary protocol. Of course not an Apple TV fault per see, but inter-operability with outer platforms is a no starter.
Summary: The 3rd gen Apple TV is one of the best and fairly low cost Apple devices that we have bought. Being able to mirror and stream content from the iPad ...
Summary: The 3rd gen Apple TV is one of the best and fairly low cost Apple devices that we have bought. Being able to mirror and stream content from the iPad or our iMac, as well as purchased content from iTunes or Netflix, all this with a super simple setup makes it perfect for us. The only I miss is able to stream from my Android devices, or get films through the YouTube app, but that's given.
Works like an Apple....
by Utiuti on December 11, 2012
Pros: Connects your TV with all Apple products great.
Cons: Needs more apps/appstore.
Apple keeps making it better. Especially AirPlay.
by link48010 on June 3, 2012
Pros: Streams things seamlessly, simple interface, easier to work and lower power usage compared to an HTPC, and when you consider AirPlay, nearly as flexible.
Cons: Limited in native services, and not as quickly updated for new services as I'd like.
Summary: The Apple TV is a good little box o'streaming. It's built in native services is fairly small, especially when you consider the absence of Hulu Plus (which I ...
Summary: The Apple TV is a good little box o'streaming. It's built in native services is fairly small, especially when you consider the absence of Hulu Plus (which I use constantly). However, when you consider airplay on an iPad of iPhone, it is possible to view Hulu Plus content on the Apple TV using Hulu's app for iOS devices. Also, because the Hulu Plus app is now found on the Wii, a desktop client for Windows, Mac, and Linux, iPhone and iPad devices, and other streaming boxes like Roku, it looks likely that Hulu Plus will soon come to the Apple TV as well.
The device runs on less power then a Nintendo Wii which burns about 19 watts per hour (think a small compact florescent bulb) if the spec sheet I read was correct, and *FAR* less then any other device able to play as much media, PS3, Xbox 360, most Blu-Ray Players, HTPCs, and even a little less then a Mac Mini. This means compared to other devices, the Apple TV can save it's cost in power over the course of a year or two.
It is amazingly small since it has no hard drive, and make no mistake, there is no power brick hanging off there somewhere. It is dead quiet, you really cannot hear it at all, this compared to the computer it replaced which was a constant source of background noise (despite me replacing the OEM fans with better, quieter fans).
The picture quality is amazing, and beats the PC I was using at 720p and compares to my Sony Blu-Ray player at 1080p with the HD downloads. Be wary, to watch them, you need a pretty fast internet connection. However, lacking that connection, you can always download the movie or TV show to a computer with iTunes and stream it to the Apple TV.
The User Interface is dead simple and really great looking, although Netflix and some of the streaming services have fallen a bit behind.
In my experience, the wi-fi doesn't lag any significant amount provided your Wireless router meets the 802.11n standard, a G or B router won't lag videos, but it takes at least several seconds to start the video depending on how busy your network is. Over all, connecting it to Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable will provide you with a much more enjoyable and snappy experience.
So, in short:
Best results with a wired network but works okay with wireless.
Get an airplay device at the least, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, PC with iTunes, doesn't matter what it is.
It's best with Airplay Mirroring from an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S or better (soon to include Macs running Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion) iPad 1 and an iPhone 4 or older will *NOT* mirror. There might be some jail breaking trick that can do it however.
This device can replace traditional TV if you are willing to work with it a bit and get the rest of the necessary hardware (Airplay device, PC to store video files on, sufficiently fast internet connection), otherwise it is best in augmenting other Home Theatre devices (Blu-ray, Cable/Satellite, etc.)
AirPlay/Mirroring sets it above the rest!
by MrBoxhead42 on May 23, 2012
Picture Quality Awesome
Quick movie loading, even with HD.
Cons: To get the most out of this device....you HAVE to have another iOS device. (iPhone/iPad/iPodtouch)
Summary: I happen to own both the Apple TV and the Roku Box. Both are awesome devices. However I would have to give the edge to the Apple TV, only because ...
Summary: I happen to own both the Apple TV and the Roku Box. Both are awesome devices. However I would have to give the edge to the Apple TV, only because of AirPlay/Mirroring. I can view and interact with anything on my iPad. Gaming, apps, internet, etc. is awesome.
But if you don't own any iDevices, Roku wins.
We love Apple TV
by blue5ft3 on May 9, 2012
Pros: The OS and the content are updated frequently. It offers every service we desire without having to purchase a new device. The picture is gorgeous. We use it daily.
Cons: None that we've experienced
Summary: This is the perfect device for us with all of the content that we would ever want to use. The ease of use is phenomenal and the updates to the ...
Summary: This is the perfect device for us with all of the content that we would ever want to use. The ease of use is phenomenal and the updates to the OS which add more features are a great part of what we love about it rather than having to purchase new models as time passes.
by tw1975 on April 20, 2012
Pros: Airplay, HD video rentals from iTunes, Mac access via WiFi/wired network, iCloud, flawless HD video playback from iTunes
Cons: Currently just ten apps or "channels" to choose from.
No Amazon Video or Youtube movie rental option, No Pandora
Summary: Disclaimer: I have a Mac as my primary computer, iPad 2, and iPhone 4. I also have an Acer netbook that I use regularly and two rooted Android phones, and ...
Summary: Disclaimer: I have a Mac as my primary computer, iPad 2, and iPhone 4. I also have an Acer netbook that I use regularly and two rooted Android phones, and until recently, had an HP laptop as well. I'm not a particular Apple/Windows/Android "fanboy"... I like it all. I'm a tech glutton. lol
I bought the Apple TV after donating the laptop, that I used to play DVDs and online movies rented from Amazon, Youtube, etc, via HDMI to my television. So aside from the Mac, I now had no other way to play a DVD, so after considering buying a blu ray player or media box like the Apple TV or Roku, I decided to give the Apple TV a go.
Well I must say that right off the bat I was somewhat disappointed to see very few options for video and audio entertainment, and nearly all of it being premium (that is, there was no Pandora, Slacker radio), which are standard on the Roku and certain Blu ray players. There is however an option to tune into internet radio stations. But there's no way to add more apps/channels...?
But for full length movies, it was basically Netflix or iTunes to get them, or stream from the Mac's hard drive. With Netflix's streaming video selections being pretty substandard, that leaves iTunes as the sole source for renting current movies. We did rent a movie through iTunes and it played in clear HD absolutely WONDERFULLY, not one instance of buffering, skipping, stopping, etc, like it did with the old laptop over a wired modem.
So while that was all well and good, I still wished I could rent from Redbox and enjoy it on the big screen, rather than forking over $4-5 a movie that's just $1 a block from the house.
So it turns out I still really like Redbox for renting videos, and so my Apple TV went back to the store for a refund, and I came home with a web-enabled blu ray player, loaded with Amazon/Youtube/etc apps, that meets all my needs for now.
I've heard that Apple is taking another approach to the TV market, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll bring us.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: APPLETV2012
- Description: Apple TV gives you anytime access to endless entertainment. Thousands of HD movies and TV shows from iTunes - many in stunning 1080p - play through Apple TV on your HDTV, and music and photos stream from your computer. You just click and watch. With AirPlay, it's simple to play content from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch on your TV. And the Apple TV interface makes it easy to find whatever you're in the mood for. Quiet, energy efficient, and so small it fits in the palm of your hand, Apple TV sits neatly on a TV stand or in a crowded media cabinet. When it's not filling your living room with drama, romance, and comedy, it uses less power than a night-light. And the included Apple Remote makes it easy to get to your favorite entertainment. Setting up Apple TV takes almost no time at all. Just plug the power cord into the wall and connect Apple TV to your widescreen TV using an HDMI cable (sold separately). Since everything streams wirelessly to Apple TV using your Wi-Fi network, that's all you need. Except for the popcorn. With Apple TV, you get instant access to buy or rent the hottest HD movies - many in 1080p and often available the same day they come out on DVD. That's perfect for spontaneous movie nights (or afternoons or mornings). Search by top movies, title, or genre. Can't decide? Read reviews, watch trailers, and check out Rotten Tomatoes ratings. Or let genius make a recommendation based on movies you've watched before. Then pick a flick, press play, and in seconds you're watching the opening credits in theater-like Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. Buy your favorite TV shows and watch them - without commercials - whenever you like. Watch a show the day after it airs, or camp out on your couch and catch up on past seasons with a marathon of back-to-back-to-back episodes. Apple TV keeps track of your favorite shows, so the next time you turn on your TV, you can quickly see which season you're watching and which episodes are new. Just choose shows with a few clicks of the Apple remote. Get everyone in on the birthday pics, vacation videos, or party mixes. Click computers on the Apple TV menu to stream your photos, home videos, and music collection from your Mac or PC. And Apple TV lets you wirelessly access your content from iCloud, too. Click photo stream to see your iCloud photo stream on your widescreen TV. If you're an iTunes match subscriber, click music to play your favorite tracks. Sharing your memories and music with your friends and family has never been easier.
- Type of product Digital multimedia receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.9 in x 3.9 in x 0.9
- Weight 0.6 lbs
- Additional features Apple single-core A5 chip,
Remote app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch,
Network & Internet
- Functionality Content streaming,
Internet video playback,
Digital video playback,
Digital audio playback,
Digital photo playback
- Internet Streaming Services Netflix ,
NBA.com League Pass,
NHL GameCenter Live,
- Supported Audio Standards Protected AAC,
- Supported Pictures Standard JPG,
- Supported Video Standards Motion-JPEG,
- Optical Digital Output Yes
- Built-in Decoders Dolby Digital
Digital Player (Recorder)
- Device Type None
- Connector Type 1 x - Rear,
1 x ( RJ-45 ) - Rear,
1 x SPDIF output - Rear
- Type Remote control
- Technology Infrared
- Type Internal
- Power Consumption Operational 6 Watt
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
- EPA Energy Star Compliant Yes