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
How easy it is to use on a normal basis.
Features & Specs - Apple TV (3rd gen)
App or channel store Provider for adding addition apps or content.
App or channel store
Streaming video services What premium services are available to watch TV shows and movies.
Streaming video services
Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, iTunes Store
Supports dual-band Wi-Fi Will supports 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks.
Supports dual-band Wi-Fi
Web browsing Has a web browser for accessing web sites.
HDMI input Used to pass through a video signal from your cable or satellite box. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) HDMI has become the preferred connection method instead of component, etc., as it carries audio and video signals on the same cable. HDMI supports a range of standard- and high-definition video formats, although it can vary for each product. HDMI supports up to eight channels of uncompressed, 24-bit/192kHz audio. HDMI version 1.3, doubled the bandwidth of its predecessor (HDMI 1.2), and added support for 30-, 36- and 48-bit color depth and a new "xvYCC" color standard, as well as the new Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master lossless audio formats (See "Dolby True HD" and "DTS-HD Master Audio") used in Blu-ray discs. HDMI version 1.4 added full support for 3D television, an audio return path, and ethernet network connection. Some Blu-ray discs, in order to be viewed in high-definition, will require that the Blu-ray player and the HDTV/display be connected using an HDMI cable as a copy-protection measure. HDMI allows content providers to limit the quality of the component video outputs, and your ability to record the content.
USB ports Allows a USB memory device ("thumb drive"), external hard drive, or card reader to be plugged in. This allows you to display the still images and video clips, and play audio files stored on the memory device.
They are constantly adding new features, as they reach agreements with content owners.<br /><br />I would really like to see support for Flixster, as some of the Blu Ray combo packs that I have purchased came with UltraViolet Digital Copy instead of iTunes Digital Copy.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Alton NH
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Easy to use and set up, great picture,
Easy Set Up
Lacks Some Services
Net Flex Mlb
We had enough of high TV service bills so switched to Aereo local TV web service and needed an airplay system to send it to our TV. The Apple TV has worked great with no complaints other than I have to shut my Mac off when using the remote with Aereo as it also controls my Mac. The fact that I can't use Amazon streaming was quickly overcome by downloading Air parrot sofware that mirrors my desktop screen and works great. I can now send photos, videos, etc from my iMac, iPhone, laptop, and iPad to the TV. Love it.<br /><br />Too bad Goggle, Amazon and Apple cant get together and share their services so we all can use the best of each world.