Apple TV (3rd gen) streaming media player

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$63.97 - $109.96
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About - Apple TV (3rd gen)

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:
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

Everyday use:
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)
info App or channel store None
info Streaming services Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, iTunes Store, WWE Network, MLS Live, MLB.TV Premium, NBA Game Time, NHL Gamecenter, NFL Now, Showtime Anytime
info Web browsing No
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi Yes
info HDMI input No
info USB ports 0
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User Reviews - Apple TV (3rd gen)
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Love getting HBO Now as stand alone on my Apple TV
Easy to use
Great picture
Tech Service In Us
Very Good Customer Servie
Works With Iphone Ipad
Does Not Include Amazon
Best Uses
This product has worked flawlessly for me for a year. I am technically challenged to the point that my children usually start/install any new device or program for me. This was incredibly simple to start for even me, and it is easy to use. <br /><br />The picture quality is great. I get seamless use of all of my iTunes products, including music. I mostly watch Netflix and Crackle on Apple TV, and now I subscribe to HBO through iTunes, and get HBO on a month to month basis, without having to subscribe to cable tv! I also stream any programming from my phone, iPad or computer directly to tv through the Apple TV. <br /><br />I would have given Apple TV 5 stars, if they included Amazon programming. I have an Amazon Prime membership. I do watch my Amazon programming, by streaming it through my phone or tablet (with Amazon app) to my Apple TV, but I don't feel I should have to do that. <br /><br />All things considered, a great device.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Mac, iPhone and iPad User: Get the Apple TV
Beautiful Interface
Displays Our Photos
Easy setup
Easy to use
Supports Itunes Match
Supports Itunes Purchases
Limited Channel Support
No Amazon Support
Best Uses
Best Intro To Streaming
Gorgeous Interface
To Extend Itunes Library
I own four Streaming Media Player one made by Sony is evidently out of production, one of the other listed here, the Roku 2, the original Apple TV and the third generation Apple TV.<br /><br />The third gen Apple TV has become our goto streaming player. This is because of three factors important to us<br />1. The Apple TV interface is beautiful and easy to use.<br />2. Access to our extensive iTunes music library.<br />3. It easily displays our photos on the HDTV.<br /><br />The most troubling aspect is that Apple doesn't support the Amazon eco-system of free, rental and purchased music videos. It also lacks access to internet channels supported by other media players like the Roku line.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Good while it lasted
Fairly easy to use
No Cable
Syncs With Itunes Library
Lasted Only 2 12 Years
Major Connectivity Issues
Best Uses
It has been a satisfactory alternative to cable for about a year, but I think it should have lasted longer than 2 1/2 years (6 months beyond AppleCare coverage), especially since we don't even use it everyday--we probably average about 4-5 hours a week of TV watching, at most. It bothers me to have electronics with such a short life span, After researching on the CR site, I will probably replace with another brand of streaming media player.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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