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Android TV Set-up A Hugh Waste of Time
I took a look at what's on offer on Apple TV and liked what I saw. Already had the app on my Smart TV so I thought I would give it a try. Setting up is very difficult compared to other streaming services. Had to create Apple ID, so I did. I then had to create a payment method. Then tried to log in and was then advised that I also needed an ITunes account. It's a wonder they didn't want me to buy an Apple Mac as well! Decided to give up and deleted my Apple ID. Then gave Paramount Plus a go. Extremely easy to set up and lots of good movies and shows. AVOID APPLE TV, IT IS AN ABSOLUTE JOKE!
- TV 4K 2nd Generation (2021)
Great Streaming Box. Not a big upgrade on previous version
Great for streaming. The remote gas been improved from previous versions. It has a comprehensive app store to install apps from. Very little is free most you pay for. The sound output is true surround. Build quality great. Best suited for iPhone users. I had an older 2nd gen version and this is a big upgrade.
Purchased in December 2021 at JB Hi-Fi for $219.
Android based users save yourself some pain...avoid
It is not enough to create an AppleID to use the AppleTV app. You need to navigate their two step authentication. A very unfruitful process. Even Apple's phone support were unable to resolve that issue.
So create a new AppleID and try with that. Nope. That's not enough you need an Itunes account as well.
Apple couldn't make it harder for a non-Apple ecosystem user. Not worth the effort. Give AppleTV app a miss.
Purchased in December 2021.
buy if cheap
hardware is ok - software is apple which means lots of apple ecosystem issues. When it locks up its very poor at correcting itself by apple software design. Product support is poor despite advertised claims. Essentially you will end up fixing it yourself or not because the software is so poorly designed. Shield you unplug and restart when it locks up. Apple may require power cycling, hdmi cycling and network cycling. support don't ring back at agreed times and are not very knowledgeable. Android shield is easier to maintain. For a big company its at best average even when cheap. And remote is very limited and needs minimum sensitivity
Purchased in September 2021.
Terrible user experience via Android..Very limited free content
Signed up for 7 day trial..FYI, need to cancel on day 6 so sucked in for 1 month, read t and c.
Content: Limited, probably 1 to 2 months worth based on my viewing habits. Some decent tv shows. Will be on my subscribe for 1 month, switch off for 3 as shows seem weekly, then binge at once.
Android: Terrible, no app as far as I am aware or can find on Play...webpage crashes/freezes a lot.. for some reason works fine via Xbox but Android poor, expect better from an company like Apple, probably some crap trying to force you to migrate to their rip off products in my opinion.
Overall: 2, only for content, not sure how quick they update, wait and see.
Purchased in August 2021 at Apple Australia for $7.
Upgraded from an early version and this is a step up.
Voice activation works well- just wish their were more apps but overall quite happy with the product.
The iTunes on this version works much better.
Purchased in January 2021.
I prefer this to any smart TV
I bought this to use on an a TV without smart functionality that was cumbersome to use. The Apple TV made it really easy to use and I love the sharp 4k image.
Purchased at Harvey Norman.
All in one streaming box
Although smart tv’s come with most apps preinstalled these days. I still like the idea of them all in one place which was my main reason for purchasing the Apple TV 4K. This box has excellent streaming capabilities and the picture quality is superior to other products in the same category. It also works extremely well with mirroring and airplay from other Apple devices and allows you to link libraries of media from those other devices to the unit, which makes it handy to play music and movies through your TV and any surround system attached to my television set.
Purchased in July 2021 for $279.
As you can expect from apple
I have used all previous versions of Apple TV starting from 3rd Gen then 4th Gen HD followed by 4K first Gen…This is as good as previous variants…remote is better…apart from that no major changes in user experience…do not recommend upgrade from 4K 1st Gen…
Purchased in June 2021 for $249.
Easy to use and works flawlessly
Simple, easy to use interface with a remote that is workable once you get used to it.
Served me well for this long and don't intending on switching anytime soon.
Call me an Apple Sheep, I don't care.
Purchased in September 2020 at Officeworks Physical store for $269.
Don't like new remote
Apple tv is great as per previous models but don't like the functionality of the new remote. A few other features not working properly but sure they will come right with updates but mostly issue is with remote.
Purchased in April 2021 for $299.
- TV 4K 1st Generation (2017)
Simplest, most effective way into Disney+ in Australia
When my wife and I heard Disney+ was coming to Australia, we knew we wanted it. To date (mid-2021), our Telstra TV (rebadged Roku) doesn't offer Disney+ and there's really too much vulgarity for our liking with the other major content providers we tried (N**F**x and S**n) so we really wanted Disney+ for our family. My research revealed that in Australia, the cheaper alternatives to the Apple TV 4K either didn't offer Disney+ or required hacks to access the US Disney+ service. In addition, the ones with tangential references to Disney+ support w...ere too obscure to determine whether they supported the Australian service or not, and in any case, some users were reporting playback problems with cheap media streamers, like stuttering video and the like. I'm getting too old and impatient to muck around with patches and fixes and hacks: I just want things to work, and yes, I'll pay a premium in order to get the good thing that will absolutely, positively do what it claims without any dramas or fuss ... and that's what the Apple TV delivers. Setting-up the ATV-4K (1st generation) was dead easy, its operation has been flawless, and its interface looks great and is very intuitive to use. There is a good selection of apps available for it, including all the streaming 'broadcast' channels in Australia, which is a big improvement on the strictly curated, extremely limited offerings available on the 3rd generation ATV. Apple Arcade – Apple's new subscription-based gaming platform – makes the newer Apple TVs highly attractive as gaming devices too: a feature I'm sure will grow to rival the major players in the gaming sphere. In fact, I'm looking to buy bluetooth gaming controllers for our ATV, though thus far we've been using the ATV's remote to game to some extent. Speaking of the remote, its small touchpad is the only niggle I have with this recently discontinued but far from obsolete 4th generation Apple TV. That touchpad is so sensitive that one has to be careful even with how one picks up the remote or holds it while watching something, lest one unintentionally pauses or exits a programme. It's also quite finicky as a selection device because the touchpad sits on the selection clicker: one pushes on it to activate a selection. All sorts of things happen if your finger should slide in the least on the touchpad while you're pressing the clicker. To compensate, Siri is good at understanding voice commands via the mic on the remote, but not always – especially with oddly named programme titles – and that's when one has no option but to key in the letters one-by-one with that touchpad. Apple supply a redesigned, click-operated remote with the latest, Apple TV 4K (2nd generation), and apparently it works just fine with the 1st generation ATV 4K, but at $80 a pop for the remote alone, I won't be rushing out to buy one unless someone breaks ours. My son seems to navigate the interface with aplomb using that touchpad, so I'm guessing I'll get better with it over time. I want to take a star off my rating for the ATV 4K, but that seems a bit too harsh. Half a star off! I don't have a 4K TV so I can't speak to the performance at that resolution but on my 1080p Full High Definition TV, the picture looks great. Apart from the touchy remote, the Apple TV 4K is an excellent, high-quality media streaming device and arguably the best way into Disney+ in Australia ... other than perhaps a current, Gen2 Apple TV 4K.
Purchased in December 2020 at Apple Store Australia for $249.
The new Apple 4K TV remote control
I have always been a big fan of Apple TV and I recently took the plunge to buy the latest 4K Apple TV. However I am very disappointed with their remote control. The new remote control is just terrible! It’s hard to use, not user friendly at all and just frustrating and I just wish they used the older Apple TV remote control which was so much easier to use. I won’t buy another Apple TV unless they fix their remote control issue.
Purchased in January 2021 at Apple Online store for $200.
Previous models were much better quality
I bought the first generation Apple TV and it was great quality. It still works so bought the next version which still works fine. Then bought the 4K Gen version and it is a piece of rubbish. The operating system is great however the hardware is poor quality. I have had issues with signal not working to our TV and then it just stopped working. It is out of warranty and so $209 to repair which is crazy when a new one is $249. I opened it up and checked the power supply. It is still fine and giving out 12volts. The only reason would then be softw...are however you can not connect it to a computer using USB to restore it like older generations. I have owned many Apple products which have worked very well. The Gen 5 - 4K Apple TV is a lemon. I phoned Apple and explained it was using the Beta software however has no help. The person at JB-HiFi said they last about 3 years. That is terrible. Not everyone wants to replace their Apple TV every 3 years. Sadly this is a poorly made product with no support if it breaks. You should be able to get it fixed at a lot less than the $209 Not happy with Apple anymore.
Purchased in December 2018 at Officeworks for $264.
Lazy cheap technology User UNFRIENDLY!
We have had an Apple TV for many years and use it to watch videos from our computer and to watch Youtube. They are great and we have upgraded as needed throughout the years. Just recently you have to upgrade to watch Youtube as the old tech is not supported. Ok, this we did. The new version 5? is a mess. The old remote was clever, intuitive. Great design. I can't compliment it enough.
Now we have some lazy, half-hearted attempt at an AppleTV. I would love to list the things wrong with it, but there are so many, it would have to be a novel. My ...
Purchased in March 2021 at JB Hi-Fi for $209.
Questions & Answers
I purchased the Apple 4K TV (23/03/20) specifically to get KAYO.
The Apple 4K TV cost me $249.00 & after I set it up, updated the firmware and got into the app store it lists every other app in the known universe but not KAYO. Why would this be happening?
Hi, Kayo is available but you need to physically download the app. Go to the ‘app’ icon ‘A’ click, then go to apps, click, search Kayo, usually on first line. Click, then follow instructions- Get - si...gn in with your Apple ID. All should be good then. Hope this helps.
Hi, yes i finally found out what was wrong. When apple tv goes through its auto setup. It chooses Australia for your location, & you enter your address, state etc. But even though apple 4k tv sets eve...rything up for the Aus region, it does not give you Aus content. Once I worked that out & changed the content setting kayo appeared. Thanks for your input, i do appreciate it.
do you have to buy all content on the apple tv can you get sports from australia on it
If you have heard about kayo...that’s an excellent option to enjoy Australian sports content...Apple TV has Kayo app and it offers the most brilliant sports experience if your internet is good
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|Category||Networked Media Players||Networked Media Players|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)||1 year(s)|
|Release date||Sept 2017||May 2021|
|Replaced by||Apple TV 4K 2nd Generation (2021)|
- GTIN12: 190198463968
- MPN: MQD22X/A
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