- Media Streamer
- Home Theater PC
- For several years, I've had two third-generation Apple TVs -- Beauregard, for my primary family room TV, and Aloysius, for my basement TV. I've become a big fan of the Apple TV. For me, it's the most powerful and flexible media streamer available. It has a great deal of functionality available right within the device (iTunes, Netflix, etc.), but also with the capability to stream content from your iPhone and iPad (via AirPlay), which opens up even more possibilities. And to top it off, being able to stream local content from iTunes running on a PC. No other media stream covers those three areas right out of the box. I like the Apple TV so much, and find it so flexible, that I've encouraged others around me to get them as well -- the flexibility makes me more comfortable recommending Apple TV over Roku or Chromecast.
- Eventually, I decided to pass along my original Apple TV, Beauregard, to my parents, in exchange for a new fourth-generation Apple TV, Persephone. The fourth-generation has all the flexibility of the third-generation, but with an app store that provides an even wider array of functionality available right on the device. Where previously companies had to partner with Apple to have content right on the Apple TV, now any developer can develop software for it. So now there are games and wider selection of video-oriented apps available. What was already flexible has become even more so!
- This was originally obtained November 12, 2016.