Addicted to TV {Apple TV Review}

Have you heard of Apple TV?


I’ve heard it mentioned in passing and envisioned a big TV with Mac capability that cost a fortune. Obviously, I had never researched it or thought it would be something that I would need or like.

I was wrong.

Staples contacted me a few weeks ago and wanted to know if I wanted to do a review of any of their accessories. Maybe for a little Father’s Day gift inspiration. When I saw they had Apple products, how could I say no?  The item I picked? Yep, Apple TV.

UntitledSo what is Apple TV?

Apple gives you all the best entertainment right on your widescreen TV. Choose from thousands of current and classic movies and TV shows on iTunes-many in amazing 1080p HD. Watch live sports in HD. Access content from Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, and more. And with AirPlay, you can play video, show off photos, and enjoy music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on your TV.

In short: If you are a Mac/Apple lover like I am, it is AWESOME.

I say this as someone who also has a Wii and a Playstation 3 and has many of the same capabilities — but what makes this even better? Two things: The remote (which makes Apple TV SOOOO easy to use!) and Airplay.


Remotes are exciting!!

Airplay has already allowed up to have hours of dance parties — I just have to tap a button and music streams directly from my iPhone.


This is what a dance party looks like in my house.

Airplay actually has me considering dropping cable all together, since Apple TV allows you to mirror your iPhone, iPad, and Mac computer. Want to watch a college football game that’s not on TV, but is available through an app/online?? Yeah, you can stream it. Want to do a workout that posted onto YouTube? No worries, you just have to access the YouTube app on the Apple TV interface.

Another add bonus is that the Apple TV system is easy to set up, use, and navigate — and you only need to enter your password ONCE (unlike my experiences with other devices).  Apple TV connects directly to wifi, so you don’t have to do anything but plus it in and follow the simple set up directions. I have also accessed both Netflix and HuluPlus (I MUST FINISH ALL 5 Seasons of Parks and Recreation!) and have had zero problems. In fact, the only problem I *might* have is getting off the couch!



My views.

So while this review might not have happened in time for Father’s Day, it is definitely worthwhile checking this product out if you are on the fence about canceling cable (the cost of an Apple TV? $99!).

Speaking of Father’s Day… I hope all of the dads out there had a great day. I got to spend the day with two of the best dads I know!



Now excuse me as I go snuggle up with Evan and watch a few hours of TV. If you need me, you know where to find me.

Full disclosure: provided me with this product for review. The thoughts and opinions expressed are strictly my own. Feel free to shop their entire line of Mac Accessories online.


  1. Mom says

    Pictures are so adorable..even of your Dad! It looks like Dan and Mike had a great Father’s Day. Apple TV..hen..I don’t think it will ever happen here.. Norm’s still fighting with Dish, even though we have Direct now!! Cable sucks!! Now..don’t watch too much TV.. <3

    • says

      Lol to saying that Dad looks adorable. I guess he does. Ha.

      If you had an iPad or a Mac I would definitely recommend and Apple TV over Dish! Netflix and HuluPlus are both only $8 a month. That’s at least $1k a year savings!

    • says

      It honestly wouldn’t be something I would have bought BUT now that I know how much money it could save me if we discontinue cable — it’s definitely worth it!

  2. says

    I LOVE Apple TV too. We’ve had our for about 2 years now. I’m kinda jealous of your hook-up with Staples. That’s seriously amazing!! I’ll still have my mom ask me though – how much is it? I don’t know how many times I’ll have to tell her that it’s a one time cost before she believes me lol
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  3. Angie says

    I love Apple TV! We use it all the time and makes it so easy to watch Netflix. We dropped our cable but have rabbit ears so we can watch regular channels like abc and NBC. We will have to have cable come fall to watch college football though. We stream Espn app from our iPads so can watch some sports.

    • says

      We just have to figure out how to watch college football! I don’t know how many of the games are streamed. Truthfully, I could go without watching it altogether and just along online, but my hubby is a different story! ESPN needs to have a Netflix like service.

  4. Denise P. says

    My fiancée did just that. He got the Apple TV last year and cancelled cable. He doesn’t watch much TV to begin with so it was perfect, he throws on all kinds of movies as he is cooking or cleaning now (yes he does both of those things – can’t wait till he moves in with me). He loves playing his music when we visit our friend that has one too.
    He bought me one for Christmas and I wasn’t too into it at first, but it is really cool. If I wasn’t under contract with DirecTV it would already be my
    only source of entertainment. I figure I can go to a sports bar during NFL season if I have to.

    • says

      My hubby is a cleaner, but not a cook so I’m jealous :)

      The only thing we need to figure out is college football on ESPN. Otherwise, I think we could wing it!

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