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Apple TV - will new Apple TV+ promotion get you to bite?


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#1 jaymacfla  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 9, 2019 - 1:58 pm

Apple is notorious for offering little to no discounts on their products during the Black Friday "Season". This year, they are offering (right now) a free year of Apple TV + if you purchase any of their capable devices which includes all of the apple TV variants, currently three. The normal monthly cost for their flagship service will be $5, saving you $60 per the year of purchase. This seems to be a boon for a company who can potentially gain millions of customers overnight. Prices vary on models but to get 4K and Dolbyvison you still have to fork out at least $179 to get one of the best streamers out there. Right out of the gate, they seem to be hitting a triple and a modest price reduction would make it a grand slam. What are your thoughts and where do you see this as a benefit to your shopping season?



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Posted Oct 9, 2019 - 3:25 pm

Not an Apple fan, though I own a couple ATVs (hate the remote, prefer a grid guide).  Having read the program descriptions and watched the trailers, I don't thing I would sample ATV+ for free...

 

https://www.apple.co...t-storytellers/

 

Right now, I am enjoying OTA and Pluto via the Recast.  Complete free, the 4k FTV sticks are $25, and everything is delivered in a grid style guide.

 

No Apple plans this holiday season.  We are in the second year with our iPhones and my iBoy just bought himself a new Apple laptop.



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Posted Oct 9, 2019 - 4:15 pm

Not an Apple fan, though I own a couple ATVs (hate the remote, prefer a grid guide).  Having read the program descriptions and watched the trailers, I don't thing I would sample ATV+ for free...

 

https://www.apple.co...t-storytellers/

 

Right now, I am enjoying OTA and Pluto via the Recast.  Complete free, the 4k FTV sticks are $25, and everything is delivered in a grid style guide.

 

No Apple plans this holiday season.  We are in the second year with our iPhones and my iBoy just bought himself a new Apple laptop.

Pluto is getting better all of the time. There are other apps available like Stirr and XUMO which offer free content as well. Are they available on your device?



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Posted Oct 10, 2019 - 2:28 am

Pluto is getting better all of the time. There are other apps available like Stirr and XUMO which offer free content as well. Are they available on your device?

 

I like Pluto, but mostly watch broadcast television.  In fact, I probably have my television tuned to Heroes & Icons or LAFF about 2/3 of the time it is powered on.

 

I own five TiVo Roamios and they are my primary way to watch television.  Very limited streaming.  I added a Recast so I could watch television on my seven Echo Shows and have put a FTV 4K stick on each set just because.  XUMO and Stirr are both available on the Fire TV sticks.  I'll check them out.  There are a lot of free tv/movie apps out there.  The Amazon ecosystem appeals to me becuse the Recast EPG integrates OTA, streaming services, and premium streaming services plus Prime Channels for short money.  No one ever uses Apple and Short Money in the same sentence.


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Posted Oct 10, 2019 - 6:45 am

Does it still have that horrible touch remote?

 

If so NOPE.

 

I hated that remote made me stop using ours and went back to FireTV Stick.



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Posted Oct 10, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Does it still have that horrible touch remote?

 

If so NOPE.

 

I hated that remote made me stop using ours and went back to FireTV Stick.

I would suppose so. It is a rather simple remote and not everyone will like it. I will probably bite on a second Apple TV and then share the account with F&F. You get 5 shares.


I like Pluto, but mostly watch broadcast television.  In fact, I probably have my television tuned to Heroes & Icons or LAFF about 2/3 of the time it is powered on.

 

I own five TiVo Roamios and they are my primary way to watch television.  Very limited streaming.  I added a Recast so I could watch television on my seven Echo Shows and have put a FTV 4K stick on each set just because.  XUMO and Stirr are both available on the Fire TV sticks.  I'll check them out.  There are a lot of free tv/movie apps out there.  The Amazon ecosystem appeals to me becuse the Recast EPG integrates OTA, streaming services, and premium streaming services plus Prime Channels for short money.  No one ever uses Apple and Short Money in the same sentence.

I have many Roku devices (favorite) and three FTV 4K devices, and just one Apple TV 4K. I do own a HD Homerun Quattro and operate a Plex server. Needless to say, the family is spoiled.



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Posted Oct 10, 2019 - 5:37 pm

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Posted Oct 11, 2019 - 9:57 am

I would suppose so. It is a rather simple remote and not everyone will like it. I will probably bite on a second Apple TV and then share the account with F&F. You get 5 shares.


I have many Roku devices (favorite) and three FTV 4K devices, and just one Apple TV 4K. I do own a HD Homerun Quattro and operate a Plex server. Needless to say, the family is spoiled.

See I love apple products, I have an iPhone so does wife, daughter uses an iPad, i've migrated all of us to MacBooks but I hated that new touch remote. It was too hard to deal with, just give me the ring and a push button then the other needed buttons. Sometimes simple is too much.



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Posted Oct 14, 2019 - 12:29 pm

I'm keenly interested in this discussion, as I am looking to get a streaming device for my TV now that I've cut my cable cord. I'm finding I really am not missing my TV nearly as much as I thought I might (proof of how it WAS just "background noise" for the most part). I'm considering all 3 major players (Roku, Amazon Fire stick, Apple TV), as I have heard good things about each one for various aspects. Good to know about Apple TV remote. I will definitely keep that in mind as I work through the decision making process. 


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Posted Oct 14, 2019 - 3:13 pm

I am looking to get a streaming device for my TV now that I've cut my cable cord.

 

I think you need to start by determining what you want.  Start by compiling a list of programs you like to watch.  Do you want a DVR?  For time-shifting or archiving?






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