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 video services What premium services are available to watch TV shows and movies.
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
Web browsing Has a web browser for accessing web sites.
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
HDMI input Used to pass through a video signal from your cable or satellite box. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) 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 connected to the device. This allows you to display the still images and video clips, and play audio files stored on the memory device.
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
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from boston MA
Good while it lasted
Fairly easy to use
Syncs With Itunes Library
Lasted Only 2 12 Years
Major Connectivity Issues
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Users
Apple Airplay Mirroring
Ease of Use
Itunes Match Music
no amazon prime
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.