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HD digital media receiver with Wi-Fi® and AirPlay®
Crutchfield: Connecting and enjoying Apple TV
Our take on the Apple TV® by Crutchfield's Ralph Graves
Enjoy 1080p high-definition movies, videos and more
Apple TV gives you a virtually unlimited selection of high-definition movies, TV shows, video, and photos to explore. This wireless digital media receiver can play music from your computer, show photos from your iPhone®, even access your media collection stored online in the iCloud.
The newest Apple TV can stream full 1080p high-definition video and audio. You'll enjoy your favorite TV shows, movies and even photo slideshows in breath-taking 1080p resolution. And with the ability to deliver Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround sound, your movies and shows will sound as good as they look.
With iCloud, the sky's the limit
Apple TV links to the iCloud, where you can store your music, photos, documents and more online. And the iCloud can be accessed by any Apple device — use Apple TV to display photos you took with your iPhone, on your HDTV's big beautiful screen. Or the music you bought through iTunes, or the home movies you edited on your iPad. If it's in your iCloud, it's available via your Apple TV. And you'll navigate through all of that entertainment via a crisp 1080p interface that's a pleasure to look at.
There's more with AirPlay®
AirPlay wireless streaming makes it easy to tap into your iTunes library through Apple TV. Just open iTunes on your laptop or Apple portable device, and select Apple TV in the AirPlay menu. You can control the volume remotely, and even stream the music simultaneously to additional AirPlay-compatible components.
Download Apple's free Remote app to your iPhone, iPod touch®, or iPad®, and turn it into a powerful Wi-Fi® remote that'll control the music coming from your PC.
But your computer isn't the only compatible entertainment source. You can send music or video from your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Play games on your TV using your iPhone as the controller, hearing the soundtrack through your audio system.
Play Internet radio stations through iTunes, or sound from your iPhone or iPad apps — including music services such as Pandora® and Rhapsody. It's all possible with Apple TV.
But if you have an iPad, iPad 2, the new iPad or iPhone 4S, you're not just limited to audio. Your device also has AirPlay Mirroring functionality. That is, your iPad or iPhone 4S can wirelessly stream what's on its screen to your TV screen through the Apple TV. Show everyone what's on your device, even when you zoom in or change from portrait to landscape.
Sign up for entertainment!
With an iTunes account, you can rent or download 1080p HD movies and TV shows. If you're a Netflix subscriber, you can stream your selections straight to your HDTV through Apple TV. And you'll enjoy the same simple, intuitive interface you get with iTunes, so browsing and selecting your programs will be a breeze.
You can even keep up to date with sports. MLB.TV, NBA and NHL.TV all offer subscriptions through Apple TV so you can watch your favorite teams — sometimes live. And with Apple TV you can rewind or fast forward through recorded games, or just pause the action if you need to.
There are a host of on-demand news programs available on a subscription basis, including some produced by the Wall Street Journal.
Video and media library options
The Apple TV also serves up videos from YouTube®, Vimeo, Flickr, and other select sites. Still not enough? You can also enjoy your favorite audio or video podcasts. And with Home Share, you can access up to five different iTunes libraries within the same network. So if you've got photos on your iPhone you haven't put on your computer — no problem. You can search your libraries and find that photo, wherever you happened to store it.
Great product, but stopped working 2 weeks out. This is the second Apple TV to stop working. The first was out of warranty. Apple did replace the second faulty unit with a new one in a timely fashion. Tech support did their best to resolve the issues, but could not.
What's in the Box:
- Apple TV
- Remote control (with installed CR2032 3V lithium battery)
- 6' AC power Cord
- Setup Guide
- Important Product Information Guide
- Apple sticker
- plays high-def 1080p movies and TV shows from iTunes and Netflix
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Ethernet port for wired connection to a home network
- Apple AirPlay enabled for streaming audio and video from networked iTunes sources
- HDMI output
- can output Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound via HDMI
- optical digital audio output
- micro-USB input for software upgrades
- AC power adapter
- free Remote app for iPhone or iPod touch available from iTunes App Store
- 3-7/8"W x 7/8"H x 5"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- iTunes 10.2 or higher
- Note: You might experience network dropouts when using AirPlay with an iPhone 4S. Apple is working to fix this software problem.
Apple TV® Reviews
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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) network.
- 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 case.
- 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 see.
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 entertainment system.
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.
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.
|Photo||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|
|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|
|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 Apple Support for the latest firmware/software updates.
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5 questions already asked
2 answers I have an Apple TV and an Onkyo TX-NR717 A/V receiver, purchased from Crutchfield. I am trying to changer settings on air play so sound goes to the receiver, not the actual TV set. ( which has only one HDMI input). I get sound but too low a volume , I mean really too low, even with the receiver volume control set to full high. I am at a loss, any suggestions? [ henry Aug 01, 2015 ]
This may sound a bit crazy but did you have the volume on the device turned up? I've noticed what you describe several times and each time the volume on the device was way down. Turning it up solved the problem. [ David Oct 18, 2015 ]
I wish I could help, but lack the technical knowledge. ALL 4 of the Apple TV's that I purchased were Christmas gifts for the Grandchildren. Good Luck! [ STEPHEN J Aug 02, 2015 ]
1 answer I have a Denon AVR2310ci and plugged my AppleTV directly into my Denon receiver using a HDMI cable and plugged it into AUX in the back of my Denon. I used to have Video, but now I no longer have Video, only sound. I tried a new HDMI cable and a new power cord, didn't work. Do I need to possibly update firmware on my Denon? Any ideas of what could be the problem? I connected the AppleTV in another room with another TV, and it works like a gem and that Denon's firmware was updated. Hmmmmm...... [ V-inquire Oct 29, 2014 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Oct 30, 2014 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes you can! You will use the built in Airplay technology on the Apple TV. AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your home entertainment system & HDTV. Just connect the Apple TV to your Yamaha receiver via an HDMI cable, follow the set up steps and you are ready to go! If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Apr 29, 2014 ] Staff
there are a few apps where local content is available, not all, Also, you can buy a digital antenna and use that to view local channel broadcast from the stations directly. That's free too. So, you can get much of what you watch on cable on Apple TV, but you have to be creative. [ Eric Jan 20, 2016 ]
I know that the name apple "TV" is deceiving and maybe apple was wrong to name it that. No, you cannot watch local channels unless you have internet and the channel has an apple app. This device is for watching internet content on your TV instead of your computer like YouTube, NetFlix and other apps [ DAVID Feb 10, 2014 ]
nester, I really can't recommend Apple TV. It works fine sometimes and other times it won't work at all. You need a very strong wireless network to get consistent results. Steve [ STEVEN E Feb 09, 2014 ]
no. this is for web content such as netflix and huluplus. it does not have a tuner for local stations. [ Scott Feb 07, 2014 ]
Nestor--My apple tv is linked to a receiver with a HDMI cable. The receiver is hooked up to the internet and to my cable box. Therefore I can get regular cable shows(including local channels), cable on demand shows and all the shows that you can get with apple tv. If you are asking if you can drop the cable box and still get local channels, I don't think so. I hope this helps. [ MIKE Feb 07, 2014 ]
Well as of now ABC is on the view list and the weather channel but if you want local new ect. Then you will need to augment the Apple TV with you antenna feed. [ ERNIE Feb 07, 2014 ]
No, you will still need cable to watch your local channels. [ SAMAR Feb 07, 2014 ]
Apple TV does not provide local channels [ Tim Feb 07, 2014 ]
Unfortunately you can not get local channels through this device. The alternative is to see if your TV can pick them up on its own or using one of the antennas available. [ John Feb 07, 2014 ]
You should be able to connect this directly to your receiver using any of the available optical inputs. This will provide audio to the receiver. You will still need to run an HDMI cable from this unit to your TV for the video signal. [ Jeff Dec 12, 2013 ] Staff