Luke’s Office: Why I Can Not Recommend The Apple TV & Your Questions

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  • Reggie

    You didn’t mention Airplay. If you have an iPhone or iPad, a lot of the apps (e.g. SlingTV, Amazon Player) can stream to an AppleTV. You can mirror your phone/tablet screen as well. Slideshows from phone to TV is easy as well with the AppleTV. I have the Fire, Chromecast, Roku, and AppleTV. When watching HBO on HBO Now, I find it most clear (video quality and sound (5.1)) on the AppleTV.

    • Luke

      I didn’t talk about airplay as a way to get Sling or Amazon because it is not a good option. So not only do you buy a $200 Apple TV you also have to buy a iPhone or iPad (both not cheap) and have both of them running to watch Sling TV? I like to use my phone or tablet as I watch TV and I bet most people like that also. So using Air Play as a work around for the fact that the Apple TV is missing some of the most popular apps in the US is not a good use of your money.

      As for quality Both the Fire TV and Roku put out higher quality video and sound. For sound they both offer Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 and for video they both offer 4K support. So if you are a sound or video buff the Apple TV is technically inferior to Roku, Android TV, and Fire TV.

  • Bill Eastman

    They are still working on a Tablo app for the new Apple TV. Suggest you revisit in six months and see what has been added.

    Also, there is now a Kodi add on for Tablo TV.

  • Ben

    Assuming that all the popular apps eventually get to Apple TV…Why would I pay $200 for Apple TV when I can get the same exact and possibly better experience from ROKU and Fire TV for half that price? Apple TV like every other Apple product is overpriced and underwhelming.