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# 177089 21-Jul-2015 21:46
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Harvey Norman have them for $98, normally $119 http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/event/price-smash/apple-tv.html
I have a Fire TV and a Roku 3 and have been thinking of getting one to try ...are the channels available any better ?

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  # 1349567 21-Jul-2015 21:55
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Keen to hear on this myself.

Are these of use in NZ, without having a VPN setup for example?

Typically I've found the Apple Ecostructure very tied down, but Apple TV does allow for the screen casting/mirror thing, so might be of use for that.

 

Does it have spotify?  I'd like a way to route spotify into the older receiver more easily, rather than fire up the PS3 for example.

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  # 1349568 21-Jul-2015 21:55
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I have one, they are great, hardly use it. Its a paperweight for non US users. But it has Netflix, well so does other stuff. If the rumoured ATV4 supports apps, as it runs on iOS, that will be a game changer, be close to a one box SVOD solution then, if it happens

 
 
 
 


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  # 1349581 21-Jul-2015 22:25
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For $98 it's a deal.
AirPlay, Netflix, YouTube, streaming movies / music...
Then add in a VPN and you're away laughing!

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  # 1349586 21-Jul-2015 22:56
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They had them down to $99 at the beginning of the year. But it is an old model now and it Macrumors has a 'don't buy' next to it, which means it is likely that there will be a new model out soon. If the new model is $150 ish, then I would rather pay that, and get the new version that will likely do a lot more.

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  # 1349611 22-Jul-2015 07:45
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Jaxson: Keen to hear on this myself.

Are these of use in NZ, without having a VPN setup for example?

Typically I've found the Apple Ecostructure very tied down, but Apple TV does allow for the screen casting/mirror thing, so might be of use for that. Does it have spotify?  I'd like a way to route spotify into the older receiver more easily, rather than fire up the PS3 for example.


not natively no, you do it via air play.  It you just wanted spotify to an old amp, I'd look a volumio.org which is a distro for raspberry pi.







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  # 1349612 22-Jul-2015 07:53
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Work well with Airparrot2 to stream anything from a PC to the Apple TV.

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  # 1349957 22-Jul-2015 17:18
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Works with with Plex via airplay (for both ios & android apps)

Android app actually performs better for me on airplay than ios.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1349958 22-Jul-2015 17:21
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The big benefit of the apple tv is that you can use it for mirroring from an ipad or iphone. But I found that a chromecast will do most of what an apple tv will do, at around 1/2 the price. That said, the apple tv is still a nice device, especially if you don't want to use another device to cast from, just long in the tooth these days

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  # 1349968 22-Jul-2015 17:35
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And put plex connect on it for a nativeish plex client.  I prefer that there's a remote over a chrome cast (and optical out + ethernet port)




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  # 1350007 22-Jul-2015 19:07
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So you have to pay them $98? I thought they pay you?

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  # 1350021 22-Jul-2015 20:37
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tdgeek: I have one, they are great, hardly use it. Its a paperweight for non US users. But it has Netflix, well so does other stuff. If the rumoured ATV4 supports apps, as it runs on iOS, that will be a game changer, be close to a one box SVOD solution then, if it happens


A paperweight for non-US users?  That's simply not true. We use ours to connect to my iMac which has all of our movies, TV shows on and we stream these to the TV which is connected to the Apple TV.  Works flawlessly. I have tried WD TV Live  as well as XMBC or whatever it is now called and the Apple TV/iTunes combination is unbeatable.   The other systems I tried were either too slow or too cumbersome to setup and use.   Sure the Apple TV works best in the Apple eco-system/walled garden but it is nonetheless a terrific device.  Just because it doesn't work for some people, doesn't mean it is a "paperweight".




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  # 1350024 22-Jul-2015 20:44
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I bought one and am happy with it so far. I have a cable network log in so was able to get most of the US channels on it working.
I have also set up the NowTV  for the rugby this weekend.

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  # 1350083 22-Jul-2015 21:34
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Thanks for the tip!

Bought one today JB Hifi who price matched Harvey Norman (had some gift cards to use), no questions asked.

Spent a bit of time setting it up but will properly explore the features over the weekend :)

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  # 1350161 23-Jul-2015 07:23
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tdgeek: I have one, they are great, hardly use it. Its a paperweight for non US users. But it has Netflix, well so does other stuff. If the rumoured ATV4 supports apps, as it runs on iOS, that will be a game changer, be close to a one box SVOD solution then, if it happens


A paperweight for non-US users?  That's simply not true. We use ours to connect to my iMac which has all of our movies, TV shows on and we stream these to the TV which is connected to the Apple TV.  Works flawlessly. I have tried WD TV Live  as well as XMBC or whatever it is now called and the Apple TV/iTunes combination is unbeatable.   The other systems I tried were either too slow or too cumbersome to setup and use.   Sure the Apple TV works best in the Apple eco-system/walled garden but it is nonetheless a terrific device.  Just because it doesn't work for some people, doesn't mean it is a "paperweight".


I prefer the WDTV Live that I use to the ATV3 that I also have, we all prefer different things. I've used Airplay on it, I dont have a need for that, I dont have a desire to watch all my movies on it by renting, I dont have a desire to leave a PC/Mac running just to watch movies. Mirroring works well, but I dont have a use for that.  My point, which I should have clarified is that US users have a wealth of content on there, it's a full blown STB for them. For us, no. If it came with an appstore, as it is built in iOS, that would turn the ATV into the only STB that you need for SVOD. Unbeatable? App store and allow me to connect my two TB drives, then yes it would do everything for everybody.

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  # 1350164 23-Jul-2015 08:08
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The Apple TV is sure nice and I side loaded PLEX on to it so I use it everyday.

Anyway, this Apple TV is a 3 years old model and at the end of it product cycle. Its very likely Apple will announce a new Apple TV later this year and possible come to app store (and higher price).

I personally will not buy the current Apple TV at this stage.

http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Apple_TV

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