The Apple TV (3rd gen) is part of the streaming media player & service
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, streaming media players
models like the TV (3rd gen) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Picture quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast of streaming video. It's based mainly on the judgments of a panel who compare each device's output to a reference. However, the quality of the video that you'll get is largely dependent on the speed of your wired or wireless network. We tested all the players using a wired Ethernet connection, if available.
This score reflects the presence or absence of features, including the number of streaming video services, other internet services, and the ability to play media files
This score reflects how easy it is to use on a normal basis. It looks at how the remote and user interface interact for common tasks like powering on the device, navigating the menus for access to content, and how easy it is to perform common tasks like visiting websites and playing games.
Features & Specs - Apple TV (3rd gen)
App or channel store Provider for adding addition apps or content.
App or channel store
Streaming services What premium services are available to watch TV shows and movies.
Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, HBO Now, Showtime, CBS, WWE Network, MLB.TV, MLS, UFC, NBA 2015-16, NHL, NFL, Tennis Channel Everywhere, iTunes
Built-in voice search Has the ability to do voice searches out of the box. Usually has a microphone built in to the remote control.
Built-in voice search
Casting for Netflix and YouTube Has the ability to load the specific app and start playing the selected video chosen on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Also, allows you to control that video stream from the mobile device or from the player's normal remote control.
Casting for Netflix and YouTube
Supports dual-band Wi-Fi Will supports 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks. The 5 GHz frequency is used less than the 2.4 GHz, so it should have less interference.
Supports dual-band Wi-Fi
USB ports Allows a USB memory device ("thumb drive"), external hard drive, or card reader to be connected to the device. This allows you to display the still images and video clips, and play audio files stored on the memory device.