Overview: With Apple TV, you can stream movies, music, & photos from
iTunes, other online providers, and your personal iTunes account on your computer onto your TV and through your
home entertainment system. Apple TV features Apple's powerful single-core A5 chip, so it plays
everything effortlessly, without frozen screens or stutters. Videos look crisp
and clear, while music sounds natural and full. Apple TV is quiet, energy
efficient, and so small it fits in the palm of your hand. Which makes it perfect
for sitting neatly on a TV stand or squeezing into a crowded media cabinet.
Simple Connection: Setting up Apple TV is quick & easy. Simply plug the power cord
into the wall & connect the Apple TV to your widescreen TV using an HDMI cable
(sold separately). The Apple TV then connects to your home network via a
hardwired Ethernet connection or wirelessly via built-in WiFi.
- Network Connection (Wired or Wireless): Apple TV is equipped with
an Ethernet (RJ-45) port which supports a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network. It
also features built-in WiFi that supports a wireless WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n)
- HDMI TV Connection: Apple TV is fitted with an HDMI output to
connect to your TV & home entertainment system. Your television must also be
fitted with an HDMI input. The App TV's HDMI output supports up to 1080p
video. If you want to hook the Apple TV up to your home
theater system, and your receiver does not feature an HDMI input, the Apple
TV is also equipped with an optical digital audio output to run to the
receiver. An HDMI cable will still need to be run to your TV, in this
- Micro-USB: Used only for service and support.
Note: Ethernet cable & HDMI cable not supplied. The Apple TV does
not offer any analog video or audio outputs.
iCloud: iCloud stores your TV shows, your music, your photos, and more
& pushes them wirelessly to all your Apple iOS devices. So you can buy your
favorite TV show from the Apple TV, and also have it available to watch on your
iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, or PC. iCloud is the easiest way to get instant
access to your content; no matter which device you're using.
Note: iCloud requires iOS 5 on iPhone (3GS or later), iPod touch
(3rd/4th gen), iPad; a Mac computer (with OS X Lion); or a PC (with
Windows Vista or Windows 7). Some features require a Wi-Fi connection.
Access to some services is limited to 10 devices.
iTunes Match: If you're an iTunes Match subscriber, you can access
your entire music collection from iCloud; including songs you've imported from
CDs or bought somewhere other than iTunes - right from the Apple TV. Play them on
the Apple TV or any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or computer for just $24.99 a
year. iTunes Match has an amazing scan-&-match feature; all the songs in your
iTunes library are scanned and then matched with those available on the iTunes
Store. Matched songs are instantly added to your iCloud library with no
uploading needed. Any remaining songs are automatically uploaded from your
computer to iCloud.
Photo Stream: With Photo Stream in iCloud, your last 1,000 photos
automatically appear on all your Apple iOS devices, including the Apple TV. No
matter which device you used to take the picture. There is no syncing or sending
required. Your photos are just there on your Apple TV connected HDTV.
AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your home entertainment system & HDTV via Apple
TV. So if you feel like watching a movie you have on one of your Apple iOS
devices, you don't need to rent or buy it again. You can also stream a home
video you just recorded or videos from websites & AirPlay-enabled apps. Simply
tap to start playing content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then tap again
to instantly stream whatever you're watching or listening to directly to the
Apple TV. And now with AirPlay Mirroring, you can wirelessly & securely stream
what's on your iPad or iPhone to your HDTV, via the Apple TV. So you can show
off just about anything you can do on your iPad or iPhone for the whole room to
Note: AirPlay is available on all Apple iOS devices running iOS
4.2 or later.
Home Sharing: Apple TV lets
you access your iTunes account on your Windows PC or Mac, so you can watch &
listen to content saved in your iTunes library on your computer from your connected television & home
|Video || |
H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames
per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline
profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per
channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per
second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz,
stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames
per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.
|Music || |
HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps),
protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible
(formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital
5.1 surround sound pass-through.
||JPEG, GIF, TIFF. |
Hollywood Movies: With Apple TV, you get instant access to the hottest
Hollywood titles & new releases - often the same day they come out on DVD.
Popular movies are never out of stock, and you can rent as many as you want.
That's perfect for those spontaneous movie nights (or afternoons or mornings).
Search by top movies, title, or genre. Even read a quick movie review, watch the
trailer, and check out the latest ratings from Rotten Tomatoes. Once you find
what you're looking for, simply press Play, and in seconds, you're watching the
opening credits with theater-like Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (when
available). SD rentals start at just $2.99, & HD rentals start at $3.99. You
have 30 days to start watching, and once you begin, you can watch as many times
as you want in 24 hours.
iTunes Movie Rentals & Purchases |
|Movie Type ||Resolution ||Audio ||Price |
|HD Movie ||1920 x 1080 (maximum) ||up to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound (not all titles) ||Rentals from $3.99 (purchase
prices will vary) |
|SD Movie ||720 x 480 (maximum) ||up to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound (not all titles) ||Rentals from $2.99 (purchase
prices will vary) |
Note: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound is not available
with all HD rentals
TV Shows: Buy your favorite TV shows and watch them without
commercial interruption for just $1.99 in SD or $2.99 in HD. And you can
download them later to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or computer at no
additional cost. It works the other way around, too. Buy an episode on any of
your devices, and it automatically shows up in your list of previously purchased
items, so you can watch it via Apple TV. Watch a show the day after it airs, or
camp out on your couch and catch up on past seasons with a marathon of
back-to-back-to-back episodes. And Apple TV keeps track of your favorite shows;
so the next time you turn on your TV, you can quickly see which season you're
watching & which episodes are new.
iTunes TV Show Rentals & Purchases |
|TV Show ||Resolution ||Audio ||Price |
|HD TV Show ||1920 x 1080 (maximum) ||up to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound (not all titles) ||$2.99 per episode |
|SD TV Show ||720 x 480 (maximum) ||up to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
sound (not all titles) ||$1.99 per episode |
Note: A sustained 6-Mbit/s or faster Internet connection is
recommended for viewing high-definition movies and TV shows, and a sustained
2.5-Mbit/s or faster Internet connection is recommended for
standard-definition content. Internet connection speeds may vary depending
on your ISP and other factors
Netflix: Apple TV lets you access your Netflix account directly from
your HDTV (without the need for a computer). From classics to recent Hollywood
favorites, Netflix on Apple TV lets you watch even more movies & TV shows in HD
and with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (when available). Apple TV organizes
Netflix's huge catalog of streaming titles so you can find what you want with
just a few clicks. When you find something you like, watch it right away or add
it to your instant-watch queue.
Note: Available to Netflix subscribers in the U.S. & Canada.
YouTube & Vimeo: Apple TV lets you watch all those funny, fascinating, or weird videos you come across
on YouTube & Vimeo on your connected TV.
Flickr: Apple TV lets you access Flickr & browse your photos and your
friends/family photos on your connected TV.
Podcasts: Apple TV give you the ability to watch the latest & top
Podcasts on your connected television.
Internet Radio: Apple TV gives you the ability to listen to Internet radio through your
connected home entertainment system. You can select from specific
categories/genres and listen to music from around the world.
Live Sports: Apple TV lets you watch NHL, NBA, & MLB games live and in HD;
right from your living room. With a subscription, you can choose the home or
away broadcast, pause to take a break from the action, fast-forward to catch up,
or rewind to see that play again. You can also replay any regular season game
you missed on-demand from the archives. Without a subscription, you can still
get team schedules, real-time scores, standings, and stats.
Note: MLB.TV & NBA.com League Pass Broadband subscription required
to watch live and archived games.
News: Stay current on late-breaking business, international, and
financial news with the Wall Street Journal Live from Apple TV. Hear expert
insight on the market and the economy and how they affect your finances and
investments. Don't have a lot of time? Watch summaries of leading & breaking
news stories; close to home and across the globe, 24 hours a day.
IR Remote: The Apple TV comes with a sleek, aluminum IR remote. The
remote lets you navigate through the simple, intuitive Apple TV menu. You can
choose from Movies, TV Shows, Music, Podcasts, Photos, Internet, & Settings
menus with a just a click.
Remote App Control: The free Apple Remote App from itunes turns your
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into a remote control. So wherever you are in your
house, you can control your computer's iTunes library & the Apple TV with a tap
or flick of your finger. The Remote app has been fully optimized to take
advantage of the large screen the iPad, as well as the Retina display of the
iPhone 4 & iPod touch. The Remote app features the same interface you already
use to browse video on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. So right away, you know
how to navigate the movies & TV shows from your iTunes library. Use gestures to
rent new movies, buy TV shows, flick through Netflix titles, & browse the latest
YouTube video sensations. Just tap to play, pause, fast forward, or rewind.
Note: The Remote app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, & iPad
running iOS 3.1.2 or later. Visit
Remote by Apple for more information.
Sleep Timer: You can the Apple TV to automatically shut-off after 15
min, 30 min, 60 min, 5 hours, 10 hours, or never.
TV Compatibility: Apple TV is compatible with any high-definition TV
with an HDMI input that is capable of 720p 60/50Hz; including popular models
from these manufacturers - Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic,
Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, & Vizio.
Computer Compatibility: Your computer must have one of the following
Mac or Windows operating systems -
- Mac: Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or later;
- Windows: Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP Home or
Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
Note: Your computer must be running iTunes 10.2 or later.
Firmware/Software Updates: Occasionally, Apple may release updated
firmware/software for Apple TV that may add or improve the way a feature
operates. These updates are available free of charge. Apple TV is capable of
checking & downloading firmware/software updates when connected to the Internet
via Ethernet or WiFi.
Note: The tested Apple TV contained firmware/software
version 5.0 (4099); as of 3/30/2012. Visit
for the latest firmware/software updates.