Apple TV (3rd gen) streaming media player

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$54.99 - $55.00
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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, HBO Go, HBO Now, Showtime, CBS, WWE Network, MLB.TV, MLS, UFC, NBA 2015-16, NHL, NFL, Tennis Channel Everywhere, iTunes
info Built-in voice search No
info Casting for Netflix and YouTube No
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi Yes
info USB ports 0
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User Reviews - Apple TV (3rd gen)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great Addition to My Other Apple Products
Easy to set up
Easy to use
Great content
Intuitive remote
Works flawlessly
Best Uses
Streaming content
I originally purchased my Apple TV so that I could stream Major League baseball games through the Apple TV versus streaming them through a three year-old Blu-ray player that kept dropping content.<br />The bonus was, that a week before purchasing my Apple TV, Apple cut the price by $30.<br />I love this little device so much, that I recently decided that I didn't need to have cable TV, and have dropped the service. So, all of my TV content now streams through my Apple TV.<br />My Wi-Fi connection usually runs about 50 Mbps, which is just fine for high-quality streaming video.<br />I also love the fact that I can see/listen to the content of my iTunes library using the Apple TV on my TV set. I am very pleased with this purchase, and do not miss paying out lots of money to my cable TV provider for content that I simply don't use. I love how the Apple TV works and set up with ease, and how it seamlessly connects with the content from my other Apple devices.<br />I also love the simplicity of the remote--it's highly intuitive--no need to read complicated instructions!<br /><br />I highly recommend this product, especially if you are already in the Apple universe.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
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.
(4 of 4 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.
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