How good is Apple TV? Real good, I mean damn good!
Apple TV (no, its not a television screen) is a combination of a small box as seen here to the right >>
that connects wirelessly with an Apple device like an iPad, Ipod or iPhone or your wireless connection and displays the content (movie, pictures, music, photos) on your television screen.
You can play the content from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube up to 1080p HD. Just plug it in and discover a whole world of movies, TV shows, photos, music, and more.
The new Apple TV with 1080p HD gives you access to the best content — blockbuster movies, TV shows, sports, your music and photos, and more — right on your widescreen TV.
I have to admit, when I first started researching this, Apple confused me with all of the various terms, so lets take them one at a time so you can understand what they mean and what they do:
- Apple AirPlay - is the overall description of connecting Apple devices which display on your TV screen.
- Apple TV - pictured above, is the device that wirelessly connects your device (iPod, iPad, iPhone or Internet) to your television.
- Apple Devices - devices that AppleTV connect to like iPod, iPad, iPhone, MAC, PC, iCloud, modem.
- Content - You can watch iTunes movies, TV shows, photos, music, and home movies .. anything on a device can be shown on your tv.
- Service Providers - Netflix Hulu Plus YouTube and Vimeo Flickr MLB NBA NHL WSJ
AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS device to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV. Or mirror exactly what’s on your display to the big screen. Vacation photos, blockbusters, the latest games — AirPlay and Apple TV put it all on your TV.
Streaming. Enjoy it on the big screen. And the best speakers.
Show off your photos, videos, and more on your HDTV.
You have friends over and you want to share great photos or the perfect party mix that’s on your iPhone. Or you’re in the middle of an epic action movie on your iPad that could use a little more screen. That’s where AirPlay comes in. Just connect your device and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network, and the AirPlay icon automatically appears. Then tap the AirPlay icon in a specific app — Photos, Videos, Music, Safari, or any AirPlay-enabled app — and everything streams to your HDTV via your Apple TV.1 It’s a simple way to play your stuff on the biggest screen and the best sound system in the house.
What you see is what you show.
AirPlay Mirroring lets you show exactly what’s on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch screen to everyone in the room.2 Show web pages, games, photos, videos, spreadsheets, class material, and more on your HDTV via Apple TV. Zoom in and out and pause for applause. Rotate from portrait to landscape and your audience sees that, too. AirPlay does it all wirelessly, so you can work the room or sit comfortably among the crowd. If you see it, so can they.
Turn your iOS device into the ultimate controller.
Take control on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch while the action unfolds on your widescreen TV.3 Patrol the air while commanding the cockpit from your couch. Browse the latest in interior design ideas and save your favorites on your iPhone or iPad. With AirPlay, your TV displays talents it never knew it had.
OK, where to from here?
Of course you need a TV, preferably HD if you want the High Definition but then you will need:
- Apple TV (see below)
- Device = iPod, iPad, iPhone, MAC, PC, iCloud
You can buy an Applie iBox online, or knick into an Apple Shop and buy one. No point shopping around, theyare US$99 wherever you buy it. They are not sold on eBay because of the fixed price.
Set it up quickly and easily.
Just plug in the power cord and connect Apple TV to your widescreen TV with a single HDMI Cable (sold separately).
Follow the onscreen instructions and you’ll be ready to go.
Apple TV Links & Sources
Apple TV & Movie Search
I walked into an iMac store (chose not to buy it online or drive all the way to Doncaster - our closest Apple Shop) and purchased an Apple TV (Box shown above). I also purchased a cable (connects the box to the tv unit) Apple HDMI to HDMI Cable.
When I got home, I unpacked it and connected the Apple TV unit to power, and my TV with the cable. The Apple TV comes with a small remote. I changed the channel on the TV to the HDMI channel and immediately saw the Apple welcome screen.. I was up and running. Looked through the movies and content available, selected a movie, chose to rent it (as oposed to buying it) and we sat back and watched the movie.. how good is that... damn good!