Apple TV - worth it?

LilJimmyRbinson

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Is Apple TV worth the $100? I have PS3 which I get Netflix and Amazon Prime video though, but there's no HBOGo app for PS3. Is there one for Apple TV?

Also, I have a bunch of digital copies of movies on iTunes that I never watch because it's not convenient to get on my TV. I figure I can stop buying Blu Ray discs once I have the Apple TV unit too and just buy digital through Amazon / Itunes. ATV also lets you stream videos and pictures from my iphone to the TV right? Might actually watch videos I take of my kid if I could do that.
 

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Is Apple TV worth the $100? I have PS3 which I get Netflix and Amazon Prime video though, but there's no HBOGo app for PS3. Is there one for Apple TV?

Also, I have a bunch of digital copies of movies on iTunes that I never watch because it's not convenient to get on my TV. I figure I can stop buying Blu Ray discs once I have the Apple TV unit too and just buy digital through Amazon / Itunes. ATV also lets you stream videos and pictures from my iphone to the TV right? Might actually watch videos I take of my kid if I could do that.
I have a PS3 and used to use it for Netflix all the time. Now that I have an Apple TV, I only use it for streaming. The user interface is much better. It's a ton more responsive when zipping through menus. The NHL app on Apple TV works great as well for streaming games (with a subscription). I also use it to Airplay from my iPad or iPhone when I want to listen to music. Keep in mind though, you can't stream Amazon prime on Apple TV as of yet. I don't think it will ever happen because it could take $$ from Apple's iTunes purchases.


Overall, I am happy with it. I haven't gotten around to jailbreaking it so I can run XBMC.
 

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Good to know about the NHL app as I would most likely buy GCL next season. Is there HBOGo on Apple TV?
 

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also... you have to be careful with NHL Gamecenter... Games with any local team are blacked out. Any game being broadcast nationally on NBC is also blacked out. Bascially, once the playoffs started, it was over to GCL this season. During the season, it didn't matter much to me because I don't live in the local market of my team. I wasn't able to watch the Isles on TV when they played the Flyers
 

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also... you have to be careful with NHL Gamecenter... Games with any local team are blacked out. Any game being broadcast nationally on NBC is also blacked out. Bascially, once the playoffs started, it was over to GCL this season. During the season, it didn't matter much to me because I don't live in the local market of my team. I wasn't able to watch the Isles on TV when they played the Flyers
Yeah I knew that. I'm a Rangers fan living in RI so I need to get GCL. I used to get Center Ice, but it wasn't in HD on my cable provider so I stopped.
 

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I have a PS3 and used to use it for Netflix all the time. Now that I have an Apple TV, I only use it for streaming. The user interface is much better. It's a ton more responsive when zipping through menus. The NHL app on Apple TV works great as well for streaming games (with a subscription). I also use it to Airplay from my iPad or iPhone when I want to listen to music. Keep in mind though, you can't stream Amazon prime on Apple TV as of yet. I don't think it will ever happen because it could take $$ from Apple's iTunes purchases.


Overall, I am happy with it. I haven't gotten around to jailbreaking it so I can run XBMC.
This!^ And we have a Sony Blu-ray that I was using for streaming. The Apple TV smokes it, plus all Iphones and other Apple devices play to it over the airplay.
Get it and you will not look back.
 
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Roku. Half the price and has HBO Go.
Unless it has changed recently, Directv has still not authorized their customers for HBO-GO on Roku. I know they do for the game consoles and other devices, not sure of apple TV.
 

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If you have iPhone(s) and/or iPad(s) in your household it's well worth it for the airplay/mirroring alone.

There's no HBOgo on it but if there's a way to view it on your device I'd think you could put it on the TV with airplay. if not you could mirror but the image quality might suck.
 

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The Apple TV is worth it IF you have a lot of media on iTunes and if you have an iOs Device or Apple computer. If so, do that shit! $100 well spent. If you do not have those things or use a mac; don't. I use Airplay to mirror my mac on my TV and I stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, NBA League pass as well as my extensive itunes library. If you just want Netflix or Hulu, just stay with your PS3.
Also UPNP doesn't work with Apple TV if you have a server setup; you'd have to use itunes to see your PC or Mac media with Apple TV.
 

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so you have to have a regular tv HBO sub to get HBOgo, and it's free? Why the fuck not let people like me w/o cable pay to have it?
 

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Unless it has changed recently, Directv has still not authorized their customers for HBO-GO on Roku. I know they do for the game consoles and other devices, not sure of apple TV.
It hasn't. No streaming HBO on the Roku with a Directv sub. Works fine on Android though. You can also use your phone as a better Roku remote.
 

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so you have to have a regular tv HBO sub to get HBOgo, and it's free? Why the fuck not let people like me w/o cable pay to have it?
I wish they would; last I heard, HBO is itching to go with cable-free subs. They are still under contract with the cable oligarchy.
 

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You can watch HBO-Go, I-Tunes, Netflix, and just about everything else on a windows based HDTV. Stick a Tuner in it with a cable tv card and you have a DVR too.
 

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I just bought a Roku box for my office. There's NO contest; buy this damn thing!! If you have a lot of itunes content then stay with Apple TV. Otherwise… holy shit there's a lot of stuff to watch on the Roku! There's a shit ton of channels you can add; then add the Plex app and you can add even more content from them. You can add your non-drm videos & music to plex from your mac/pc. Plus you can attach a USB drive; AND there's porn. No contest. Gonna buy another one for my house.
 

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I'm going to have to get a second Roku. I've been taking it back and forth between my two TV's.
Been thinking about getting one of these. It's $50 on Amazon, not much less than a second Roku Box, but would like to try doing stuff that I can't do with the Roku, like watching Youtube videos.


 

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I just bought a Roku box for my office. There's NO contest; buy this damn thing!! If you have a lot of itunes content then stay with Apple TV. Otherwise… holy shit there's a lot of stuff to watch on the Roku! There's a shit ton of channels you can add; then add the Plex app and you can add even more content from them. You can add your non-drm videos & music to plex from your mac/pc. Plus you can attach a USB drive; AND there's porn. No contest. Gonna buy another one for my house.

How much of the content is free?
 

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How much of the content is free?
A LOT! I just cut the cord at my house and am using the Roku exclusively. My internet sub alone allows me to watch ESPN and HBO, so for sports and HBO Original programming, I'm pretty set. I have Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix. So for about $65 a month, I've got all the TV programming I could ever want. I also bought an antenna to watch sports on the networks.

They advertise 600+ channels on Roku. If you add the porn and unadvertised "Private" channels, it's well beyond that.

To find the Private channels, you just have to do a google search and it'll bring up lists for you. Link