What is an Apple TV? You Asked, We Answer

When we’re asked which devices and streaming services we think are best, our answer is usually that there’s no perfect option that will work for everyone. Learning about all of the options available in posts like this one can help you choose the best option for you.

Today, we’re answering some questions about Apple TV.

What is Apple TV?

The Apple TV is Apple’s streaming media player. From the device itself to the home screen, you’ll notice Apple’s simplistic design on the Apple TV.

You don’t need any other Apple products to use the Apple TV, but you will need an Apple ID to login and download apps and content. That said, the Apple TV does pair well with the iPhone. You can cast content from your phone with AirPlay and mirror your screen for sharing videos, photos, or anything else you want to display on your TV. 

What Devices Are Available?

When shopping for an Amazon TV, you’ll have two options. The

  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple TV 4K (Available in 32 and 64 GB)

Upgrading is worth it for many users who have TVs that offer 4K video as the image quality is noticeably better with the Apple TV 4K.

Can I Use Siri with Apple TV?

Yes. Using the microphone button on the Apple TV remote, you can use voice commands to have Siri open apps and control content. There are also some unique commands like asking Siri for suggestions of what to watch next.

What Extra Costs Will I See?

The Apple TV device is a one-time expense with no monthly fees and no activation fees.

After setting up your Apple TV with your Apple ID, you’ll click over to the Apple TV Store to add the apps you’ll use to watch content. Some of those apps are free while other will require a monthly or annual subscription. Many will let you use your Apple ID to pay, making it easy to keep track of your subscriptions and payments.

Keep in mind that subscribing through iTunes will sometimes cost more than going directly through the service.

Do I Need a Separate Device in Each Room?

The Apple TV is designed to be connected to one TV at a time. You’ll need a separate device for each TV if you want to stream content on multiple TVs.

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