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Like many in this reviews here, I dropped cable a long time ago and have 3 Apple TVs linked to TVs in the house. We then buy/rent the TV or Movies that we would like to watch.
The interface of the apple TV is certainly attractive, and the presence of apps is a great addition to the device. Now I have access to updated weather and a local DLNA media server via apps installed on the Apple TV. Installation is seriously easy too - provided you have another Apple device nearby.
Then it all falls apart. While the UI looks nice, it is completely unusable. Apple clearly designed the Apple TV assuming everyone would blindly use Siri to find everything - which I won't do. The new UI removes the ability to easily browse seasons - which when you have several shows of 10+ seasons is quite nice. Instead, you're stuck scrolling through everything starting at season 1 to find the episode you want to watch in season 19. If that's not bad enough, the new Apple TV doesn't reliably mark shows as watched either. Twice I've had to go into iTunes and change a show that's partially watched (because I stopped during the credits) into one that's watched because Apple TV classifies it as unwatched. The style guide that app developers have to follow have killed other apps too. Netflix's new Apple TV app isn't nearly as usable as the 3rd gen app, making it significantly more difficult (impossible?) to sort what you see on screen by genre or type. And on a 720p TV, nearly half the screen is used up in a banner header describing the current selection leaving a row and a half of actual titles to browse through. If you happened to be one of the people that used the optical port on the 3rd Gen Apple TV to send iTunes music to a receiver with an excellent digital DAC, you can't do that anymore either. There's no optical port. Finally, it's really slow. One would think that having 64GB of ram on board would cache the TV and Movie libraries to view them faster. It doesn't. A 3rd Gen Apple TV consistently paints the UI and starts a TV episode MUCH faster than a 4th Gen in my house (both on WiFi - the hard wired 3rd Gen Apple TV smokes them both). I credit/blame this on the fancy UI that has to be drawn vs the simple presentation of the previous gen.
It's bad enough that I'm more than considering putting the old 3rd gen back in place of the 4th. The ability to install a free app to pull video from a server in the house is it's only redeeming factor (and maybe the screensaver - those are gorgeous). However even that can be done MUCH more cheaply with another device. Right now, I won't recommend anyone buy the the Apple TV. Wait on a few firmware updates to fix the problems, then I'm sure it'll be ok.
Considering how long this next generation took, it's a little disappointing.
I do like SIRI integrated into the system (although I wish its reach extended a little further to other apps).
The remote itself takes getting used to - the trackpad is "ok" but not brilliant. I've tried adjusting the sensitivity to different settings but it's still a little clumsy.
I also have issues with Apple Music, specifically "Radio". I find things take a while to load and often just hang or stop responding. in general a number of the apps seem a little buggy.
I've downloaded a few basic games (racing, pinball etc) which are pretty fun and the remote is competent enough as a controller for simple games but I suspect it would be more fun with an actual game controller, which I'll likely end up purchasing (I didn't buy this for its gaming features but I've had a bit of fun with them and our young kids like them enough)
Overall the interface looks quite good, if not spectacularly different. I guess I just expected something a little better - more slick and innovative given how long we've waited for the next generation of Apple TV.
Anyways, a decent product overall, a little buggy but some cool innovations with SIRI and gaming included.
I'm a long term Apple TV user. I had the old white gen one version and still have the 3rd gen version in the house. I like the increased speed loading my large iTunes purchased tv series library ( I canceled cable 3 years ago and buy shows I want). The one down fall is one part of the remote. I have to scroll a lot of seasons so the swipe touch remote is terrible because it picks up minor side ways movement thus changing over to the I watched list. Good thing the old iPod circle remote still works so I can hold down the down arrow to scroll faster.
I've always had an Apple TV and I've never been into the gaming consoles. With the Apple TV I also bought the SteelSeries Nimbus controller and now I've started to play games on the Apple TV. I like the new features with Siri, although it would be nice if you could Siri to type in search items in YouTube for example. I'm really enjoying my Apple TV and don't regret spending the money at all.
Appletv 4 shows a lot of potential. Definitely the most of any streaming device especially if you have an iphone....
pros: install apps, Plex
cons: expensive, no optical audio out
I have been in the Apple TV environment since they came out with this format, 2010. I have had all the previous generations and yes, I haven't had cable TV since 2006 and don't miss it. The new Apple TV has made many improvements in this generation. Siri is great for finding content, the system is much faster pulling up your movies, YouTube, etc. You can program most TV's to turn off/ on with with Apple TV. The app store is one of the major improvements with lots of apps and you know more to come. The remote also acts as a game control and is very good at it, you can buy 3rd party controls if you like. It has content you can subscribe to if you want, Game Centre, Netflix, CraveTV just to name a few. I have tried other systems but this one to me just Rocks a lot more for me.
much better than older version. Apple bluetooth keyboard doesnt work. IOS remote app is not supported on this device. SIRI to type in other apps search function doesnt work. example youtube app. gaming with the remote is pretty good. game like rayman is really hard because it sometime work and sometime doesnt. Love some apps that turn this device into living arts. like Atmo app and many other photography apps. The MeteoEarth app is very cool. price of the device is fair. good hardwares and softwares combination. I give it a 4* but it took me like 5mins to try and set the star system in the Bestbuy review page on my ipad. Bestbuy is definitely not IOS user friendly for review that is for sure.
It's much better than the previous design, the remove is very smooth in terms of the scroll pad. the games being available for download is pretty awesome. Unfortunately apps such as TSNGO, CTVGO which are on my smarttv are not available however they are on my ipad or iphone. So I could just mirror it to the TV. However overall the experience has been great.
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