There are some things that make the Apple TV great, but before we start listing the great features, we want to first explain the common misconception that is associated with it. First of all, Apple TV is not a TV device made by the Apple company. It is actually a little black box that is the size of a hockey puck. You attach it to your television set with an HDMI cable, which means that you cannot use the Apple TV if you have a TV set that doesn’t have an HDMI connection.
In the beginning, Apple TV was Apple’s hobby, however, in time, they invested serious effort to change the way people access programs and movies. The connection is made through WiFi, and in the case your WiFi signal is strong, where you have positioned your TV, you will have no problems in accessing and enjoying the wide selection of features the Apple TV offers. Once you have set it up, you will have access to:
Computer Access: You can access photos or movies, and play them on your TV, from any of your computers that are connected on the WiFi in the house.
Music: You can connect your PC or Mac, with Apple TV, and listen to any song you have on your hard drive, on your TV.
Photostream: Stream photos from your iPhone, iPad or Mac directly on your TV, through WiFi.
Netflix Apple TV: If you have a Netflix account, you can have the access to the Netflix streaming library.
iTunes TV: You can buy and watch episodes of your favorite TV show, whether you want to watch them individually or as the whole season, and you can watch them directly on your TV.
iTunes Movies: You can select an HD movie you want, from the amazing selection of new, as well as old movies offered through iTunes, and watch them straight to your TV. All you have to do is to rent the movie.
iTunes Radio: You will be able to create Pandora-style personalized radio stations, and that will allow you to listen and control, thousands of songs. A perfect option when you throw a party.
Hulu Plus: If you have a Hulu Plus account, you will have access to numerous TV shows.
HBO Go: If you have HBO on your home cable system, you will be able to watch every series HBO has ever filmed. Furthermore, you can watch movies and some of the best documentaries ever made.
Podcasts: Have access to numerous podcasts from iTunes. It also syncs with your iPhone, iPad or iPod, allowing you to have full access to your podcast library.
Sports Packages: If you subscribe to seasonal packages, you will be able to follow the games from NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS.
ESPN: You have access to ESPN programming, including some exclusive content.
Disney: You can watch plenty of Disney channels.
Web Channels: You can watch anything you want on Vimeo and YouTube, without leaving the comfort of your couch.