Now that Apple has lowered the price of Apple TV to just $69 and has introduced HBO Now, a stand alone subscription streaming service for the network's content, the Apple TV looks a lot more appealing. If you are thinking about picking one up, here's what you'll need:
The iPhone or iPad can be used in place of an Apple TV remote. This is especially handy when typing text on Apple TV, which can take some time when using the Apple TV remote. The included remote can only be used to select letters individually.
To type directly from an iPhone to the Apple TV get the free app Remote from the iOS App Store.
By default, Apple TV automatically sets screen resolution to match the capability of the connected display.
Resolution can be manually selected to reduce bandwidth usage or improve picture quality. Higher resolution normally requires faster connection speeds and increased data throughput.
To manually adjust Apple TV output resolution:
Yes, the Apple TV can learn to use a third-party remote control. The remote included with the Apple TV is not required.
To use another remote with Apple TV follow these steps:
1. On the Apple TV navigate to Settings -> General -> Remotes -> Learn Remote.
2. Select a button or setting that doesn't control another device.
3. Click Start to teach Apple TV which buttons to use on the new remote.
The Apple TV requires any standard Type A plug, male to male HDMI cable.
Apple TV does not include an HDMI cable in the box. The Apple TV must be connected to an HDMI receptacle on a display capable of high-definition 1080p or 720p.
Apple offers an official 1.8 meter (6-foot) HDMI to HDMI Cable for $19.00.