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Old 04-16-2019, 09:40 PM  
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Apple TV Buying Tips/Advice?

Im a Roku guy. I know nothing about Apple TV but in reading up it appears to be Apples version of a Roku box.

My 8th grade son wants one for his room. Considering getting him one. HD not 4K.

Question: Is there anything I should know before or after purchase or is it just a straightforward buy, plug, play?

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Old 04-17-2019, 04:31 AM   #2
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Old 04-17-2019, 07:09 AM   #3
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If only $20-30 more you may still consider the 4K even if no need for the resolution. It’s two years newer with a more recent processor that should hold up better over time as updates roll out.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:04 AM   #4
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:18 AM   #5
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Why does he want Apple TV over Roku?
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:45 PM   #6
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If only $20-30 more you may still consider the 4K even if no need for the resolution. Its two years newer with a more recent processor that should hold up better over time as updates roll out.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:46 PM   #7
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Why does he want Apple TV over Roku?
He's 14. He got an iphone and airpods for Christmas that moved him from android to apple.
He's 14.
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:32 PM   #8
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I bought one based on several recommendations, but I regret it. Two or three times a week it has connection issues with my wifi and has to be restarted. My roku never had issues, and my smart tv only once in 4 years when the service was clearly being throttled down. My iphone does it once in a while too, but it hasn't been annoying enough to replace that. It isn't that big of a deal if the interface and apps were superior, but they are worse. I often have to use my phone for better versions of apps and cast to the tv. I have several apple products and mostly love them, but this is just not one of them. When I call about the connection issues, their answer is to buy an airport (a discontinued product.)
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:48 PM   #9
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I contemplated getting one but the fact that Netflix will not be on it was a deal breaker.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:07 PM   #10
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I contemplated getting one but the fact that Netflix will not be on it was a deal breaker.
Wait.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:46 PM   #11
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Wait.
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Its the Apple TV streaming service still in the works that will not have Netflix offerings and not the device.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:56 PM   #12
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Its the Apple TV streaming service still in the works that will not have Netflix offerings and not the device.
Ah, thanks. Doesn't impact my situation then. The more I look the more it's looking like if he wants me to pay for it he can have a Roku stick now, or an Apple box for his birthday. Just can't justify the extra cost for the same features.
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:34 AM   #13
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If you're gonna buy look at apples refurb store online. Items come boxed like new AFAIK and have the same warranty as new. You'll get a slight discount. The Apple TV 4k is nice but like all Apple stuff its expensive.
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Old 04-20-2019, 11:44 AM   #14
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The only benefit of the Apple TV versus the Roku is if you are purchasing TV shows or films in iTunes. I can’t speak to the UI for Roku but I love my Apple TV. I have the third generation and two HD (previously called the 4th generation).

Unlike underEJ, I have never experienced connection issues. I have 40mb/s internet. My only complaint is the remote can be finicky. I use my iPhone 95% of the time and it’s not a problem.

I do agree with ChiliConCarnage, I’ve seen few discounts and the refurb store is solid. The products look new, but ship in a box similar to new but without any print, meaning it won’t say Apple TV on it.

One thing I love is the ability to switch between my Apple account and my friends. They both have over 500 movies and hundreds of TV shows I can watch.
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If you're gonna buy look at apples refurb store online. Items come boxed like new AFAIK and have the same warranty as new. You'll get a slight discount. The Apple TV 4k is nice but like all Apple stuff its expensive.
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