I had Roku and Apple TV. Apple TV sound and picture quality/clarity is great. Mine was a older version (2010) but works great and paid off 2years . Only issue with the remote but now I am using the iphone remote app . Pretty happy with it.
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I have this version of Apple TV and I have to say the functionality of it might not be worth it for some people. I do love Apple products generally as I have a MacBook Pro Retina, iPhone 5, Macbook Air, and Apple TV. I have an external storage unit that I keep all my movies on, so I don't ever stream movies from iTunes. Also you are limited to the formats of videos you can view on Apple TV.
Best features for me for Apple TV are Airplay to play music and some of the sports options on it. I don't use Hulu or Netflix but I'm sure they would work great too.
I'm not 100% sure on this but if you plan on using the Airplay and mirroring feature I think your computer has to be from oldest, mid 2011? I'm not positive, but I am pretty sure I read that a few places, so something to think about before you buy it and have an older computer.
Could you elaborate on the sports options?
I agree, the AirPlay feature is pretty awesome and I don't even use any other feature to be honest. I have an Apple TV 2 that I only paid $50 for, so just enabling that feature is worth the price to me - I can't even imagine what its capable of if I actually JB it. Just never got around to it.
I have the the mid 2011 MB Air and it streams well to my Apple TV 2 (as do my iPad 3, and iPhone 5). Would be nice to get the 1080p but I doubt I need that high resolution...yet.
I don't have one of these, even though I do have an Ipad. There doesn't appear to be ANY free content for this device. Airplay makes it tempting, but even that doesn't allow mirroring of most of the content from my Ipad that I would want to see on a large screen, such as HBOgo and MAXgo. That's why, to me, it seems like nothing more than a vacuum cleaner hose attached to your wallet, that you have to buy. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong about the above. As I said, I don't own one.
You can mirror from a Macbook and watch HBO or MAX from there.
That's what I do when I stream shows...still comes out in decent-enough quality.
How does airplay work exactly? I know that you can throw pics/videos playing on your ipad/iphone to the screen, but will it mirror exactly as what is happening on the ipad? For instance, if I'm in safari, can you see me scrolling up and down?
I would like to be able to do this to avoid wife having to sit right next to each other while we're looking for things online. if she's at dinner table and I'm on the couch, could she just say, "what do you think of this?" and then mirror what is on her ipad to the TV with airplay through the appleTV?
I would research online, but I don't want to browse apple website while at work. At least the forum looks like I might be researching some technical issue or something. =)
Yes, you can do that with mirroring. Airplay is theoretically different from mirroring and is for music/video, and you have to enable it for the specific media. Mirroring just shows up as a switch and you'll see exactly what is on your screen.
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good deal IF you have brought into the itunes/apple arena for the airplay functionality otherwise other devices (even a jailbroken ATV 2) I think are a better deal
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