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Old 06-05-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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As an iPad and iPhone consumer, you might really enjoy the AppleTv box. I love mine. I have the "old" version which is about $62 right now.

You can get an Amazon or Chrome stick for about $25 cheaper, but I really prefer the Apple interface. I have apps for ABC, youtube etc, plus I currently subscribe to Netflix ($9) and STARZ ($9). I also watch Amazon prime shows by "pushing" them from the phone or iPad to the AppleTV using the Airplay software which comes with your Apple devices.

I believe all the smart boxes/sticks offer mostly the same options, but the user friendliness of the interface varies.
Thanks! For Apple TV do you have to download the apps to the iPad? My iPhone has like no space left but I have two iPads. One is older that I don't really use and a new one.
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Old 06-05-2017, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Most of the "apps" are native to the AppleTV box. All you need is an HDMI port on your TV and good wifi to be up and running.
The only viewing app I needed to download to the iPhone and/or iPad is the one for amazon prime, as Amazon doesn't care to release an AppleTV app (to encourage more people to buy their version of the hardware).
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Old 06-06-2017, 06:05 AM
 
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Most of the "apps" are native to the AppleTV box. All you need is an HDMI port on your TV and good wifi to be up and running.
The only viewing app I needed to download to the iPhone and/or iPad is the one for amazon prime, as Amazon doesn't care to release an AppleTV app (to encourage more people to buy their version of the hardware).
Thank you!
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Which ever you choose, be prepared to some day [soon] to pay a tax on it. Because so many millions of people are cutting the cord, states and cities are losing millions of dollars in sales tax. Some states and cities have already added a tax.
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Old 06-08-2017, 05:47 AM
 
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Which ever you choose, be prepared to some day [soon] to pay a tax on it. Because so many millions of people are cutting the cord, states and cities are losing millions of dollars in sales tax. Some states and cities have already added a tax.
Where I am moving they do have the tax. However, Netflix is in my brother name who isn't moving. Still the 6% tax is nothing really compared to buying the cable package.
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Old 06-08-2017, 02:15 PM
 
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roku, fire-tv, apple-tv, ... are essentially mini pc's that are designed to stream videos to your tv. some smart tv's have those functionalities baked into the circuitry.

i like the fire-tv the best (havent used apple tv). i actually have been using an htpc running kodi (but i am starting to use the fire stick more).

netflix, hulu, amazon (i like crackle the best) are streaming sites that work on the various streaming pc's. some require subscriptions.

there is canistream.it that helps determine what content is available on what network but it isnt totally comprehensive.
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Old 06-08-2017, 02:23 PM
 
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roku, fire-tv, apple-tv, ... are essentially mini pc's that are designed to stream videos to your tv. some smart tv's have those functionalities baked into the circuitry.

i like the fire-tv the best (havent used apple tv). i actually have been using an htpc running kodi (but i am starting to use the fire stick more).

netflix, hulu, amazon (i like crackle the best) are streaming sites that work on the various streaming pc's. some require subscriptions.

there is canistream.it that helps determine what content is available on what network but it isnt totally comprehensive.
Smart TVs that have Hulu and Netflix on them you can stream those right from there correct? I wouldn't need to use an HDMI from my laptop to the tv if I got a smart tv

Thanks!
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Old 06-08-2017, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Smart TVs that have Hulu and Netflix on them you can stream those right from there correct? I wouldn't need to use an HDMI from my laptop to the tv if I got a smart tv

Thanks!
Right, but it probably won't have as good an user interface as a dedicated streaming box will.

My first and only smart TV had such poor software that I bought the AppleTV anyway. When the TV died, I was able to move the AppleTV right to the new dumb TV, easy peasy.

Do you mean HDMI from the AppleTV/FireTV? That's the only HDMI I had mentioned. Or are you watching it from your laptop now?
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Old 06-08-2017, 03:57 PM
 
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Right, but it probably won't have as good an user interface as a dedicated streaming box will.

My first and only smart TV had such poor software that I bought the AppleTV anyway. When the TV died, I was able to move the AppleTV right to the new dumb TV, easy peasy.

Do you mean HDMI from the AppleTV/FireTV? That's the only HDMI I had mentioned. Or are you watching it from your laptop now?
Thanks. If I get a non smart tv and want to use Hulu/Netflix with the tv would I need to use the HDMI? Or something like an Xbox or ps4?
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:03 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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you would need some kind of pc: roku, fire-stick, apple-tv, raspberry-pi, kodi-htpc,... (smart tv -- inside the case will be a roku duct-taped to the circuit board connected to an hdmi port).

i used to do this with my old cellular-telefone:
re-purposing old fone as media center pc
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