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Apple TV (3rd gen)
 
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$99.99 - $213.57
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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
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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5.0
Finally Cutting The Cord.
7/24/2014
Pros
clean
Compact
Discreet
Easy setup
Easy to use
Cons
none
Best Uses
Cutting The Cord
Comment:
Like many others, I decided to purchase this device because I was tired of paying CC cable gobs of money for nothing. I am truly glad I did.<br /><br />The setup for this device was very simplistic, and even those who are technically challenged can do it with ease.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Love it.
1/24/2014
Pros
Easy to use
Great picture quality
Optical audio
Cons
Should Add Flixster
Best Uses
Hbo Go
ITunes Library
Netflix
Streaming movies
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Easy to use and set up, great picture,
7/26/2013
Pros
apple friendly
Easy Set Up
Great picture
Cons
Lacks Some Services
Best Uses
Net Flex Mlb
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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