Apple TV Review | Staples Campaign
Which does not mean we have moved IN.
As everyone knows the first and most important thing when moving is to set up a few services.
Boxes can wait.
- Register the kids for school
- Garbage Collection
- Bug Spraying (have you seen the size of the bugs in the South!?)
- Internet (oh… did I already say that?)
That’s because in today’s world I literally cannot function without a working Wifi connection. How was I supposed to do half the items on this list without the internet to help me figure out phone numbers, addresses and check my emails in order to receive receipts and confirmation numbers? Heck, one utility REQUIRED we pay the setup fee via PayPal?! How crazy is that?
The kids are all registered for school which starts 3 weeks earlier here than in Oregon. THREE WEEKS PEOPLE! It’s like our summer is over already. Boo.
Internet is all set up and with this move I wanted a few changes. I did NOT want to pay a huge amount for Cable and TV and I really wanted to skip the landline. I got the first wish, but not the second… we still have a landline… mainly to avoid the spam calls on our cell phones!
Here’s how we plan to save on Cable/Movie costs.. use a streaming media device.
Staples was kind enough to send me an Apple TV box to test out.
Have you seen these yet? Little (and I mean a TINY) black box that connects directly to your TV via an HDMI cord (not included btw) and streams movies/TV/YouTube/Hulu Plus/NetFlix and a whole bunch of other options.
I have to say this… I AM NOT AN APPLE products kind of girl. I use a PC. I love my Android phone. I do own and use an iPad, so there’s that. BUT. I was skeptical at best to see first HOW the Apple TV works and second whether I would like it and use it?
Yes we have an iTunes account, and yes I HATE how iTUNES works. I find it hard to use, especially if we have several accounts on different computers. So annoying. A while back we created ONE account for our whole family and we just use that account on all devices. Made the headache go away.
Here’s what I like about the Apple TV so far…
- UNBELIEVABLY Easy to set up. Seriously. Plug the HDMI cord into the box and your TV, and plug the power cord into the wall. Adjust your TV’s input mode and log into your Wifi. Amen. Done. You will need to know your iTunes account to access any of your Cloud storage or your Netflix/Hulu accounts as well.
- Navigating through the streaming options is VERY easy.
- Movies, categories and what we already have purchased in the iTunes Cloud, a snap to use and watch.
- TV shows via Apple iTunes purchase are the same way and I’m excited to begin watching a few TV series this way instead of forgetting to record the DVR or filling up my DVR with stuff I’m never going to have time to watch. This way I’m only downloading what I WANT to see right then.
- If you already have a Netflix account or a Hulu Plus account you simply log in and use your account via the Apple TV box directly on your TV (if you used to watch via your computer this is a great option).
YouTube is one of my favorite options. And it’s FREE. I have a little boy who lives for YouTube tutorial videos. He watches everything from folding origami & magic card tricks to blowing up balloon animal folding tutorials. Now he can watch on the big screen instead of the tiny iPad. I love this for an after school activity!
- THE PRICE. Only $99 on Staples and FREE SHIPPING! The overpriced cost to most Apple products is a huge reason I stay away from them. But other media streaming devices on the market are about the same price as Apple TV.
Three Negatives to Apple TV
- Limited Access to Streaming Accounts
There is no way to connect with an Amazon Prime Video account. I’m guessing because Amazon and iTunes are direct competitors, eh? But still, I have an Amazon Prime account and I’d like to be able to stream Amazon to my TV.
- What if you lose the Small Apple Remote? And Batteries—Hello?
I’m not fond of the Apple TV remote. But remember I don’t love iPhones and the ‘simplicity’ of Apple products in the first place. There are only a few buttons and frankly it’s so small I’m sure we’re going to lose it and there isn’t even an on/off button to the black box… so if you lose that remote—or the batteries go out… heaven forbid, cuz I have no idea what you do then?
- HDMI Cord NOT Included
We had an HDMI cord sitting around (miracle we could find it in the mess of unpacking!) but I can see it being a bit lame if you buy the device and realize afterwards you have to run to the store now to buy a cord to connect it to your TV. PS… this is ONLY compatible with HD TVs with an HDMI port!!
Disclosure: I am testing out the Apple TV at no cost to me. My thoughts and opinions are my own. In fact Staples was aware that I’m not an Apple fan and they still asked me to give my impression of the Apple TV anyway! —I still hate how iTunes works btw.Tweet this!