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Is the Apple TV Device worth it?

I have an older Samsung Smart TV. The picture still looks amazing, but the smart part isn't as good as it once was. I think it's a software thing and I don't think Samsung supports it any longer. Any way I am thinking either Apple TV or a Firestick is the way to solve the problem. Thoughts?

by Anonymousreply 48Last Monday at 3:19 AM

Apple TV has the best selection of 4k content, exclusive extras, and the best app support from what I can tell.

by Anonymousreply 111/14/2020

Apple charges more because they can. Firestick works just fine.

by Anonymousreply 211/14/2020

You might want to consider Roku as well.

by Anonymousreply 311/14/2020

What the hell does Apple TV DO? Like what is it used for?

by Anonymousreply 411/14/2020

[QUOTE] What the hell does Apple TV DO? Like what is it used for?

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by Anonymousreply 511/14/2020

Apple TV does what it is supposed to. Takes advantage of people’s vanity by charging them more for an inferior product that doesn’t work with anything not made by Apple. Well, the tv itself doesn’t have to be from Apple.

by Anonymousreply 611/14/2020

[QUOTE] Well, the tv itself doesn’t have to be from Apple.

Apple doesn’t make televisions.

by Anonymousreply 711/14/2020

I have used AppleTV (older model), Firestick, and Roku. For the price, I prefer Roku, but miss being able to mirror my iPad and iPhone. I’d like to try AppleTV again, but can’t justify the price when my Roku meets my needs.

by Anonymousreply 811/14/2020

I recommend Apple TV. I had a Roku. I stream onto my 4K projector. I was using a Roku Ultra 4K and the quality was good, but the Apple TV 4K blows it away

by Anonymousreply 911/14/2020

I have both Apple TV and Firestick. I FEEL like Apple TV has better picture quality and sound, but not so much to justify the expense on that alone. However, it's pretty handy if you have other Apple products and services, such as an iPhone, MacBook, iTunes, etc. The interface is much sleeker, as you'd expect from Apple.

I haven't had a Roku in a decade, but people who have them tend to love them.

by Anonymousreply 1011/14/2020

Dumb question. Can you elaborate on picture quality. The picture isn't blurred or pixelated is it? I want it to look the same as the picture that I would get from a built in app on a smart TV.

by Anonymousreply 1111/14/2020

[quote] For the price, I prefer Roku, but miss being able to mirror my iPad and iPhone.

There are apps which will make the connection.

by Anonymousreply 1211/14/2020

The only thing I want from Appletv is the original programming.

by Anonymousreply 1311/14/2020

The Firestick lets you receive Apple+ TV, which is where the original programming is. That's in Australia, anyway.

by Anonymousreply 1411/15/2020

If you want to watch HBO Max then your only option is AppleTV since that is not available on either RikI or Firestick.

by Anonymousreply 1511/15/2020

Given how cheap smart TVs are now it’s almost cheaper to buy a new TV with built in apps.

by Anonymousreply 1611/15/2020

If you already use an iPhone or an iPad, then the AppleTV device is the natural best choice . . . If you use an Android phone then in my opinion the AppleTV device is still the right choice but your learning curve will be longer . . .

by Anonymousreply 1711/15/2020

Oh my god, r7! really?

by Anonymousreply 1811/15/2020

Yes. I have an old 40 inch flatscreen tv, needless to say it doesn't have smart tv. I love my apple tv, even if it's the first gen.

by Anonymousreply 1911/15/2020

I prefer my Apple TV 4th Gen to earlier models, my Roku and the built in Smart Apps on my TVs. Roku was better than Apple TV until the latter created tvOS and the former buckled to anti-piracy forces.

by Anonymousreply 2011/15/2020

Roku ....... Best $30 I've ever spent.

by Anonymousreply 2111/15/2020

[quote]If you want to watch HBO Max then your only option is AppleTV since that is not available on either RikI or Firestick

It's definitely available on Amazon Fire devices (not just the stick.) You just have to do some maneuvering to install it, but it works fine. Same goes for "Rikl," which I assume is actually ROKU.

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by Anonymousreply 2211/15/2020

The newer versions of Roku now allow AirPlay, as well.

Has anyone played games on AppleTV?

by Anonymousreply 2311/15/2020

My 4 year old smart tv doesn't support any new streaming apps and the ones that are already there are not updated. It's also slow to load. The Apple TV has everything and the Itunes store has thousands of 4K movies. My smart TV, although 4K, doesn't have 4K compatibility with other streaming apps. You can also watch bonus features with Itunes movies with the AppleTV. I resisted getting one but now wish I hadn't for so long.

by Anonymousreply 2411/15/2020

Thanks for all the help. I went to BB and got one today. I just finished setting it up and I love it. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 2511/15/2020

[QUOTE] It's definitely available on Amazon Fire devices (not just the stick.) You just have to do some maneuvering to install it

Maneuvering? That’s what poor people with Android devices do. When you’re an Apple user, you plug it in and it just works.

by Anonymousreply 2611/15/2020

Please explain the exact 'Maneuvering' that I should do to get HBOMAX on my Kindle Fire...

by Anonymousreply 2711/16/2020

I don't know about the Kindle Fire (which is a tablet, not a streaming device), but here's how to install it on a FIre TV or Fire Stick.

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by Anonymousreply 2811/16/2020

[quote] If you want to watch HBO Max then your only option is AppleTV since that is not available on either RikI or Firestick

Not anymore.

by Anonymousreply 2911/16/2020

Haha...Hbomax will be compatible with Amazon Kindle. Just download the app.

by Anonymousreply 3011/17/2020

r30 A Kindle is a book reader. HBO Max will be available on FIRE devices.

by Anonymousreply 3111/17/2020

What is so great about HBO Max? What am I missing out on?

by Anonymousreply 3211/19/2020

R31. You're correct. It's the Amazon fire tablet. Sorry, me bad.

by Anonymousreply 3311/19/2020

r32 HBO Max has all the HBO stuff, plus TCM movies, Warner Bros. TV and movies, etc. Lots of content. It's free if you have HBO on your cable already.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Friday at 7:38 AM

Itunes appears to be having a fire sale on most TV shows right now. Lots of complete series for under $30.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Friday at 8:06 AM

HBO Max sucks.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Friday at 9:20 AM

I have HBO on YouTube TV. I have figured out if or how I can get HBO Max. Not that I need it.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Saturday at 3:35 PM


by Anonymousreply 38Last Saturday at 3:35 PM

Apple TV is the nicest, but expensive and has an unintuitive remote. Unless you’ve got an Apple boner, a Roku or Fire Stick works fine. I didn’t like Chromecast, but maybe it has improved.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Saturday at 3:38 PM

No love for the Chromecast?

by Anonymousreply 40Last Saturday at 3:47 PM

I have an Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

I don’t connect my TV to the internet despite the apps being on the TV because it slows the TV down with time and it begins lagging.

Roku is my favorite.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Saturday at 3:48 PM

The Amazon Firestick was the device of choice for hacker types who wanted to be able to sideload "jailbroken" apps for watching free (but illegal) cable channels. However, I predict it will be overtaken by the new Google Chromecast with Google TV. The new Google Chromecast turns your TV into a smart TV, unlike the previous versions which merely allowed you to cast from another device. And like the Firestick, it's based on Android, which makes it eminently hackable.

by Anonymousreply 42Last Saturday at 4:08 PM

Does anyone own a Roku TV or Fire TV (both built in.) If so, which do you feel is better?

by Anonymousreply 43Last Sunday at 12:23 PM

I have two things to contribute with out actually answering anyone's questions --

1. Target has/will have Roku sticks for $30 ONLINE as a Black Friday promotion, though I think the promo is active now while supplies last. That's a $20-30 savings. I don't have a Roku, I just saw the ad and thought of this thread.

2. Last Christmas we got my parents Apple TV box, the newest one. It was around $300 at that time. My casual observation is that they loved the picture quality and sound, and the integration with their phones and iPad, but just didn't like the remote, thus they stuck to their Firestick. Costco was having a sale on TVs last month and my dad ended up buying a very nice 75" LG for $900-some dollars, and it came with Apple TV, so they really don't need their Apple TV box now. If you're going to be in the market for a new TV soon, maybe hold off on buying a very expensive external streaming device like Apple TV. Also I think you can download the Apple TV app on your Firestick if you just want to check out the streaming interface before you buy.

by Anonymousreply 44Last Sunday at 9:25 PM

I've had Roku Ultra, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, the Nvidia Shield Pro, Chromecast, Apple TV 4K and my usual TV in the living room has built in Android TV.

I gave my sister the Roku ultra. It was great but I hated the interface. I'd still say it's the best bang for your buck. I've had Rokus before but the interface hasn't changed in actual YEARS. If they would just update it, it would be top of the pack again. I also like the remote for this one the best.

I gave my other sister the Fire TV. I just hate it when they push their products first.

I gave my mom the Nvidia Shield Pro. Android TV is great on these things ... it is not great on many smart TVs as it SLOWS DOWN. Your TV is basically a computer with a crappy amount of ram. The Shield bypasses all of that. I just hated the remote SO MUCH. It was one of those touch remotes and if I breathed on it, the dang thing did something or switched on. Flames off the side of my face. Heav--heath-heathing flames ... flames .. heaving ... They have a newer Nvidia Shield. I have not used it.

I kept the Apple TV 4k. I absolutely despise the remote but ... it strangely works with my Sony TV remote. I didn't even know it would until one day I grabbed it and pressed a button on it. I liked that I could use my phone as a keyboard when needed. I like the interface. It's simple. It just works. I occasionally play Apple Arcade games on it. I use my Playstation 4 controller. It has a fast processor. It will never want for anything. Finally unlike the Nvidia Shield I've never had a crash. There's also not that many options on the dang thing which I appreciate as I get older and less adept at technology.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Sunday at 10:36 PM

Love my Apple TV. Have four of them. Plus if you buy one you get a free year of Apple TV+ streaming service.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Sunday at 11:40 PM

Android tv with built in Chromecast

by Anonymousreply 47Last Sunday at 11:49 PM

OP here, this was a great choice. I am loving it. So much better and cleaner and it has extended the life of my TV by at least another 5 to 10 years.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Monday at 3:19 AM
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