What is Apple TV?

Apple tv is not an actual television set. It is a streaming device. Designed for watching movies and TV shows on your HDTV.

But it is only one feature similar to ROKU and Google’s Chromecast.

Listening and watching podcasts, play games, stream music, and can enjoy much more. It also depends on the apps you install.

In your Apple TV, you can get some free programs, some cost money, and you can freely download some but have a service you have to buy to use it. (example HBO)

Apple TV Connectors

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The two things you need to set up Apple TV

  1. HDMI cable (for Apple TV 4k, you need a 2.0 HDMI or later compatible cable)
  2. Internet connection.
  3. A display or TV with an HDMI port.

To set up Apple TV with your iOS device, you must do the following things:

  • Update your iOS to the latest version.
  • With your Apple ID sign in to iCloud and for your Apple ID turn on two-factor authentication.
  • In iCloud settings turn on iCloud Keychain.
  • Connect to your home Wi-Fi network by turning on Bluetooth.

Apple TV had an Ethernet port for a hard-wired internet connection and supported Wi-Fi. And also had a remote control.

Once you switch on to your TV via the HDMI cable and turn it on, then you will run through a short setup program.

In this process, you need entering your Apple ID. it is the same ID you use when you sign in to iTunes and to download apps on your iPad.

If you are connecting wirelessly, then you need to type your Wi-Fi information.

No use of using an input remote if you have an iPhone. It avoids a painful process of it.  Because the iPhone is used to speed up this process.

Apple TV and the iPhone share some information.

How to reset Apple TV?

If you have a problem with Apple TV and not responding after a restart, then try resetting Apple TV to its factory settings.

Along with accounts and configuration, it erases your total data when you reset Apple TV.

Now observe the following steps to reset Apple TV:

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  • On Apple TV open the settings
  • Go to the system than reset, then tap on reset.

After doing these two steps of resetting Apple TV. it takes some time to factory settings so show patience.

Still, Apple TV not responded the do one of the following

Contact Apple TV support if you have an Apple tv 4K.

Apple TV HD and a PC with iTunes or a Mac with MACOS Mojave or earlier if you have these then disconnect the power and HDMI cables from Apple TV.

First, connect one end of the USB-C cable to Apple TV and the other end to your PC. Now open the iTunes on your PC by selecting Apple TV in the source list and select on restore.

If it does not work, contact your Apple TV support.

Apple TV HD and Mac with MACOS Catalina or later if you have them from your Apple TV disconnect the power and HDMI cables.

Same as above, connect one end of the USB-C cable to Apple TV and the other end to your computer. Now open the finder on your PC and select Apple TV in the sidebar. Then click on restore. Contact Apple TV support if it doesn’t work.

  Apple TV channels

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On March 25, Apple conducted a show time event. From several partners, Apple promised channels.

You can observe the list given below it shows the list of current channels and with their subscription price.

For those subscriptions, there is a month to month with a 7day free trial and no yearly subscription options for channels.

Acorn TV ($5.99), Arrow video channel ($4.99), Britbox (unknown), CBS All Access ($9.99), Cinemax ($9.99), College Humor Dropout (unknown), Comedy Central Now ($3.99), Curiosity Stream ($2.99), Epix ($5.99), Eros Now (unknown), HBO ($14.99), History Vault ($4,99), IFC Films Unlimited ($5.99), Lifetime Movie Club ($3.99), MTV Hits ($5.99), MUBI ($10.99), Nick Hits (unknown), Noggin (unknown), Panta ya  (unknown),  PBS Living ($2.99), Showtime ($10.99), Shudder ($5.99), Smithsonian Channel Plus ($4.99), Starz ($8.99), Sundance Now ($6.99), Tastemade ($4.99), Up Faith and Family (Unknown), and Urban Movie Channel ($4.99).

Here is the list which describes Apple TV’s 2nd and 3rd generation of every channel.

The following channels covered:

A&E, ABC News, ACC Sports, AOL On, Apple Events, Bloomberg.

CBS, CBS News, CBS Sports, CNBC, CNNGO, Crackle, Computers, Crunchyroll.

Fusion, FX NOW, FYI, HBO GO, HBO NOW, History, Hulu, iTunes Radio, KORTV, Lifetime, M2M, MLB. TV, MLS, MOVIES, Music, NatGeo TV, NBA, NBC, NBC SPORTS LIVE, Extra, NETFLIX, NFL, NHL, 120 Sport, PBS, PBS KIDS, PODCASTS, QELLO, Radio, Red Bull TV, Showtime, Showtime anytime, Smithsonian Channel, SKY News.

As days pass on, they expand the new app over 100 countries, then the list of available channels may vary from one region to the next according to the price.

For getting channels you need to update to your iPhone or iPad to iOS 12.3 or your Apple TV HD or Apple TV 4K to TVOS 12.3. in MACOS Catalina, new smart TVs, and on Roku and certain Fire TV devices the TV app is available.

Apple TV movie rentals

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If you have an Apple device, then iTunes is the simple and most flexible way to rent the movies you want to see the most.

The latest releases are now available for you and the older movies that are not available on streaming services like Netflix or Hulu are also available.

Let us see more about renting movies on iTunes.

For rent and watching movies on iTunes, the requirements are:

You need a valid debit or credit card for an Apple ID to rent a movie from the iTunes store.

For high definition movies, you need a high-speed internet connection of at least 8 megabits per second.

Depending on your access to iTunes, you need the latest version of iTunes, iOS, or TVOS as far as software goes.

For watching your rented movie from iTunes, you need one of the following.

  • Apple TV
  • Mac or PC
  • iPod classic
  • iPod nano (3-5 generations)
  • IPhone, iPad Touch or iPad running iOS 3.1.3 or higher

iTunes rentals cost differences:

There are several factors affecting the price of an iTunes rental. The major difference is between standard and high definition versions.

While watching the same movie, the HD version will cost more than the SD one, but it also includes special features and content like deleted scenes and featurettes.

The Terms and Time Limit of iTunes rentals

Mainly, we observe 2 Time limits with iTunes movie rentals.

1 Time limit: When you purchase it is important how long you have to watch the movie. You have a 30-day period to view it.

If you don’t watch the film in that period, your rental will expire and have to rent it again.

2 Time limit: now it is a 48-hour period. When you play your rented a movie for the first time once it starts by hitting it play, then you should finish watching the movie within 48 hours.

If you don’t do it, the video will expire after that period, then again you need to rent it.

And one more thing in that period you can watch the movie many times as you like.

Downloading iTunes rentals

When you stay connected to the Internet, you need not download the films you rent to watch them. They stream directly to your computer from iTunes.

While you will travel, you can download them and watch wherever you go.

Here down is the way to download iTunes rentals

Step 1

Open iTunes, under the pull-down menu in the upper left corner of the window, click on the movie option.

Step 2

Beneath the playback, window click the unwatched button.

Step 3

The coming screen will show all of your rentals. Then click on the cloud icon to download one to your computer.

Rented movie availability

An Apple TV app provides a central location for all the content tied to your Apple ID, but this freedom only extends only to the films and TV shows you purchase.

You can watch your iTunes rentals on any device you own regardless of which one you used to make a purchase, but can only live on one of them at a time.

How does Apple TV work?

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Like all streaming media centers, Apple TV requires an Internet connection to work.

through HDMI port connect your device to the TV. when you turn your Apple TV first, the system automatically walks through the setup process.

Now enter your Apple ID, the same ID you use on your iPhone or iPad if you have one, the device which automatically connects to your Apple account. If you don’t have, then created one.

It is the time to visit the Apple TV store to select your favorite streaming services once you set up it.

NETFLIX to Showtime anytime to Crunchyroll and between them there are thousands of services in the store.

on the services including music, movies, and TV shows that Apple users can access their purchases from iTunes.

Most of the streaming channels require having a subscription to access them, but on a budget, there are free movies streaming sites like crackle for folks.

Apple TV has covered a live streaming option if you are looking for it. Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV, PS Vue, Fubo TV, and Sling TV are the leading streaming online TV services that the Apple TV supports.

Through direct TV, you can get your Apple TV for free if you sign up for three months of service starting at $35 per month. It is cheaper than just buying a new Apple TV and no long-term contract.

Similar to Amazon Fire and some Roku devices, the Apple TV comes with Siri voice controls.

Apple TV users can navigate their content by pressing the TV microphone button in their remote and requesting the app or movie they want to see.

To get recommendations for Apple TV, you can use this feature. For suppose if you ask what can I watch tonight? It shows you a popular program from the apps you installed.

The app Siri also will help you answer trivia questions like what country won the first world cup in 1930?

Additional Features

Finally, thanks to the A10X fusion chip because Apple TV also works as a game system.

But the app store limits you to it. A broad catalog of titles from Rayman to Sonic the Hedgehog to choose from.

Through a Bluetooth controller, you can connect these games to the device. Your Apple TV is an excellent middle ground; It will never take the place of an Xbox or PlayStation.

How much Apple TV cost?

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Apple TV is available in three versions.

First, the basic version

First is the basic version, which costs $149. comes with 32GB storage for content and gives a crisp 1080p high-definition picture.

32 GB and 64 GB Apple TV 4K line.

The Apple TV 4K line comes it is low end comes with 32GB of storage and costs $179. and finally, the 64GB Apple TV 4K model costs $199.

If you only have a standard HD TV, then think to pick up the standard Apple TV because in the future you will upgrade it. You can save $30 and can spend on some other time to get a new set.

Whatever model of Apple TV 4K you will buy it comes down to how often you download vs. steam content. 4K file size is enormous, but if you don’t buy many movies, then storage won’t be a major problem.

the Apple TV 4K model is more powerful and has a package of A10X fusion chip, Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, dual-band simultaneously, and Bluetooth with 5.0.

the Apple TV comes with an A8 Fusion chip, 10/100Base-T Ethernet port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, and Bluetooth 4.0 it may sound like a bunch of gibberish, but the specs make a big difference.

Do you lose your Apple TV remote then how?

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I find 4 options for it.

You missed your Apple TV remote and search a lot but can’t get it. Don’t worry now we will see the answer for this through 4 options in those 2 of them won’t cost you.

Using a remote App- if you have Apple TV in your house, then in your house you will have an iOS device.
  1. By installing the free remote app you can operate your Apple TV through your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to control as long as everything connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. once the installation completed then tap on the Add Apple TV button to pair with your Apple TV. if it doesn’t connect then make sure that your iOS device and Apple TV connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Check whether it is running with the latest version of their respective software.
  4. Observe in they turn iTunes home sharing on. If not, then open the iTunes in your computer and choose file- Home Sharing- Turn on Home Sharing.
old TV or DVD remote reprogramming

For setting old TV or DVD remote to act as an Apple TV remote, then you need a working Apple TV remote for starting the procedure. But you can use the remote app to set it.

take an old remote and use the remote app now go to the settings – general – remotes – learn remote from your Apple TV.

Click on the start button and press and hold buttons to assign a function for each one. First, it walks through basic functions up, down, left, right, select and menu.

Buying a new Apple TV remote

If you don’t impress with the above options, then you need to buy a new Apple TV remote.

Apple will show you the older, Siri less silver remote at a cost of $19, or can get Siri newer remote for $79. if you buy in the US, you will get free shipping within 2 days.

Buying a remote without Siri.

All Apple TVs come with Siri remote, but some people don’t enjoy using it. It is lucky for you if you want a better experience there are other options.

If you just scouting out the market or lost your old one, whether you hate the Siri remote, then there are the best remotes to control the Apple TV.

Apple TV monthly subscription

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Now there is a subscription service for exclusive original TV shows and movies.

it will launch on Nov 1 at a monthly rate of $4.99 and the people who buy a new gadget of Apple will get a free subscription for a year.

The Apple TV plus offers a seven day free trial for anyone else who wants to try it. The company also informed that most of its series will premiere with three episodes followed by one new episode weekly.

When starting with Tuesday, then customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch, or Mac will get a one year free Apple TV plus.

present Apple device owners are not grandfathered into the yearlong free subscription.


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