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Apple TV (3rd gen) Streaming media player & service

 
Price range:
$80.00 - $115.99
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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.

Features:
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 video 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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4.0
Good while it lasted
1/20/2015
Pros
Fairly easy to use
No Cable
Syncs With Itunes Library
Cons
Lasted Only 2 12 Years
Major Connectivity Issues
Best Uses
Comment:
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.
 
4.0
Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Users
1/9/2015
Pros
Apple Airplay Mirroring
Cost
Ease of Use
Icloud Content
Itunes Match Music
Itunes Movies
NETFLIX
Youtube
Cons
no amazon prime
Best Uses
Airplay Mirroring
Netflix
Comment:
I own three Apple TV's and two Roku 3's. Both very good. Both very portable. Apple TV carries all my iCloud and iTunes Match content plus iDevice AirPlay Mirroring. Bought Roku for Amazon Prime. If Apple TV had Amazon it would be the only streaming Appliance I would own.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Love it Bought a 2nd for business Travel
12/28/2014
Pros
All My Icloud Available
Easy To Surf
My Icloud Content
Simple to use
Watch Tv When I Want
Cons
Does Not Play With Amazon
Best Uses
Hbo Go
Keeping Up With Tv Shows
Playing music
Sharing pictures
Watching Tv Shows When I
Comment:
Just bought a second unit to take with me on my long term business trips. I can keep up with TV shows or binge watch when I am bored or stuck in bad weather.<br />Quick and easy to setup and take down. Just got my mom to order one because it is SIMPLE! no figuring it out. Uncomplicated remote. All my stuff is right there including my movies and music. LOVE it! I did not pay anywhere near as much as quoted above.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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