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Apple TV (64 GB) (4th Gen) Streaming Media Device

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Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Ease of use

Ease of 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.

 /  5
Features

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

 /  5
Data privacy

Data privacy

A measure of how the Streaming Media Player and its service provider collect, share, and use your data, and the user's ability to control the flow of their data. Analysis is based on (but, not limited to) evaluation of user interfaces and publicly-available material.

 /  5
Data security

Data security

A measure of how well the Streaming Media Player and its service provider protect your data with respect to authentication, encryption, software updates, resistance to known exploits, etc. based on inspection of device features and analysis of network traffic, penetration testing, and publicly-available documentation.

 /  5
Picture quality

Picture quality

Picture quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast of streaming video at the native output resolution. 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.

 /  5
Connectivity

Connectivity

This score reflects the amount and type of connections that will make the product more versatile and useful.

 /  5
Everyday use

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.

 /  5
Security

Security

TBD

 /  5
First time setup

First time setup

This score reflects how easy it is to setup the product out of the box. It looks at the connection labeling, menu and remote interaction after the first time the device is powered on, and how easy it is to connect to both a wired and WiFi internet connection. For advanced models this will also include how easy it is to setup universal control and other features.

 /  5

About

The Apple TV (64 GB) (4th Gen) is part of the Streaming Media test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Streaming Media Devices models like the TV (64 GB) (4th Gen) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Ease of 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 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

Data privacy A measure of how the Streaming Media Player and its service provider collect, share, and use your data, and the user's ability to control the flow of their data. Analysis is based on (but, not limited to) evaluation of user interfaces and publicly-available material.

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