Apple TV | How Does It Work?
Apple TV Reviews
What's the best entertainment tv - Apple! Our Apple TV is a main source of entertainment. Radio, Netflix, Movies, TV shows and more at our fingertips.
When we first got it, my husband looked at me and said, "Apple TV, how does it work?" I know lots of other people have asked this question too.
Hopefully, in sharing my experience here, I can help you with a few answers about the system, what you need to run it and what you can do with it.
1st and foremost --
Apple TV works with a PC or a MAC --
your choice! (We have a PC).
Read on for more info about how Apple TV works.
All images, unless otherwise noted, belong to Mandee Sears/DecoratingforEvents
You do NOT have to own a Mac/Apple computer to use Apple TV. It will sync with your PC just fine!
The long awaited and anticipated third generation of Apple TV was released in March 7, 2012. In the box, you receive:
- Apple TV Unit
- Aluminum Apple TV Remote
- Power Cable
- Documentation from Apple
Priced at less than $100 for the unit -- it's worth it's weight in gold for the hours of entertainment for the family.
~ Watch HD movie and TV show rentals
~ Netflix and YouTube streaming of Videos and Movies
~ iTunes music and photos from your computer
~ 802.11n Wi-Fi - Wirelessly connect
Apple TV | How does it work?
It's Simple and Easy to Use
The actual component you connect to your television is called the "Apple TV". It is not a video device but rather a device you connect to your television. Your television, then becomes the "video" monitor on which you operate Apple TV.
The new generation component, Apple TV, is rather small -- about a 4" square to be exact. But don't let the size fool you. It is powerful!
Apple TV is an affordable form of entertainment with many, many options. In this ever-changing world of technology, It's nice to have computers and televisions work together to showcase our family pictures, music collections and to be able to watch tv shows and movies.
As of right now, Netflix is offering a 30 day free trial of their service when you purchase Apple TV. My daughter sat and watched a whole season of the Pawn Stars tv show from the History Channel the other night!
**Image is of the scrolling pictures from my computer to my Apple TV.
As a whole, it's a wonderful product with lots of opportunities. It's affordable (under $100 at Amazon), you get netflix free for 30 days, you can sync your Mac or PC and watch all the pictures and videos and listen to your iTunes music library. What could be better for quality, affordable, home entertainment?
You will need to have:
~ HDMI Cable
~ High Definition TV with HDMI and
capable of 720p
~ Wired or Wireless Internet Network
~ iTunes Store Account
~ Broadband internet connection
Photos of Screen Shots - from my Apple TVClick thumbnail to view full-size
What can You Do With Apple TV?
Movies, Radio, TV Shows, Netflix, Music, iTunes...
After syncing Apple TV with my desktop computer, I can watch slideshows from my picture files set to music from my music files (all off my computer). Anything I have purchased or rent through iTunes is available through my . What is iTunes you say? Apple TV
iTunes is a free application for your Mac or PC. It organizes and plays your digital music and video on your computer. It keeps all your content in sync. And it's a store on your computer, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV that has everything you need to be entertained. iTunes also wirelessly syncs your iTunes library to your Apple TV, so you can see your movies, listen to your music, and look at your photos on the big screen.
This past holiday, Santa Andy had a video of a roaring fireplace and Christmas music playing all though his Apple TV. It set quite a festive mood -- even in Florida! Later, we watched family picture slide shows put to music from his iTunes music library. New memories in the making!
Apple TV and Connections Gallery - Photos from My HouseClick thumbnail to view full-size
You Need a Wireless Router at Your House - for Apple TV to Work
I use the NetGear WNR 2000 Wireless Router. I love it.
We have 3 computers and the Apple TV running through the router and have great reception -- even on the screened in porch through the glass sliding doors!
It's a simple and secure way to share your high-speed internet connection for less than $50 USD.
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Don't forget, you need an HD television with HDMI outlets to use the Apple TV.
Entertainment TV - Apple Style
With all of the features of an Apple TV at an affordable price, how can you go wrong? I hope you enjoy your Apple TV as much as my family does. :D