Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 3rd-gen / MD199
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Great Design BUT Very Limited Selection
22 May 2012
Summary: First off, I am a diehard Apple fan. I have two Apple computers, iphone and an ipod. Apple TV is a cool product (as Apple always delivers on) and it does run smooth without any bugs, but when it comes it watching all your web content on one simple device, it falls very short. I enjoy watching Netflix on it but can't believe there are no options for things like Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Crackle, or any other website that carries video content (ABC, NBC, PBS, etc.
Summary: The device is simply a portal through which to purchase recorded content. It is not a substitute for cable or satellite, unfortunately, as there appears to be no live content except maybe pay-per-view sporting events. You can jailbreak the device and get live web streaming (in fact, there is no built in browser) but that brings headaches of its own. They should be giving these away, not selling them.
Summary: I have both Roku and Apple tv. I often receive error messages when streaming Netflix with Apple tv, but when I switch to Roku, it loads flawlessly. I've tried to problem solve this online and find that others have experienced this problem, that Apple blames Netflix, and so on. If you want to watch You Tube on your big screen tv, you need Apple tv. But for a greater variety of channels and value for the money, consider Roku.
ATV Home Sharing Crashes When iTunes Menu Navigated
27 April 2012
Summary: Several Apple TV community discussions complain that they can not navigate their iTunes menu on Apple TV. The problem started at about the same time as the most recent ATV update. A user's iTunes menu should be navigable on Apple TV when Home Sharing has been turned on. Lately however many ATV customers have taken note that whenever they attempt this, Home Sharing crashes and an error report pops up on their Mac/PC.
Summary: So you have a iPhone or iPad or Mac laptop and you want to stream to your TV? Try buying a cable for ten bucks and plugging it into the HDMI port. All AppleTV does is act like one, and wants you to start subscribing to more services and stream those. You could get those on most of those subs on your device and just hit play and watch it on your tv.
Summary: I truly wish I could love this product. I use it more than the average person because I do not have cable or even antenna tv by choice. i have a very large tv screen but use it for movies and apple tv only. i have to say up front that if you don't have netflix and don't want it, DO NOT buy this thing. this little black box should basically be called the Apple Netflix Client or something.
Summary: They say 51% of U.S. households own an apple product well I personally own 2 macbooks, an iPhone, and iPod, soon to be delivered iPad (didn't quite make the 2days shipping), and Apple TV (HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT). I purchased the Apple TV thinking I could Mirror my Macbook Pro to my Samsung HDTV and use it to watch AMAZON Prime.
Summary: If you plan to use this device strictly for viewing your photos, or listening to your music library through "Home Sharing" from your laptop or iPad, you'll be happy. If you plan to rent movies from the iTunes Store? The software is so glitchy that you will end up tearing your hair out. If you have a slow (1.5 Megabits) broadband modem, the Apple TV software will choose to pre-load the whole movie to the unit's flash memory in about five to six hours.
Once the "I have a new Apple toy" euphoria wears off I realize...this really isn't that great
Ellis Atwood, Amazon
24 March 2012
Summary: Maybe I should have thought this out more. I added this to my cart on a whim when getting the new iPad. It really is a sleek little device but it just doesn't meet my needs. Just to make sure you don't fall in the same boat, here are a couple things to consider before buying - Navigation - Navigation works fine, but typing does not.