The “buzz” you are hearing over the normal roar of the Internet is all about the NEW 4th generation Apple TV.
What the heck is an Apple TV?:
You may be asking “What the heck is an Apple TV?” Well… an Apple TV is a hockey-puck sized box (see the picture above) that you hook up to your digital (flat screen) TV. It is easy to set up and install with your existing WiFi system and can provide hours of video and audio enjoyment.
Apple has dozens of both free and subscription channels – everything from NetFlix, Hulu, PBS and many more. The newest models (the ones with all the “buzz”) even have an App store so that you can download more channels and now even games to play on your TV.
Can it replace your cable TV service?
Maybe. If you live in one of the over 110 lucky CBS affiliate cities (check out this link for a List of CBS All Access affiliate cities) providing the new CBS All Access channel and you like CBS local and national programming, for a whole $5.99 a month you are all set.
Which model should I buy?
OK, as a senior, let’s say that you are now sold on the concept of “digital streaming” with an Apple TV, but which one should you buy? The new one (4th generation) comes in two different media storage sizes for $149.99 or $199.99. Take my recommendation and stretch for the $199.99. The old ones (as of last week) are still available as new $69.99 (usually in stock at Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, Target and others), or refurbished $59.99 (directly from Apple) and both come with a one year warranty and free shipping.
My advice for “Savvy Seniors” that want to get a great value is to buy the Apple 3rd generation Apple TV as refurbished from Apple using this link: http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/appletv
Are there other brands you should consider?
Other “digital streaming” boxes include Amazon’s Fire, Google’s Chrome Stick, Roku and others. All have plus’ and minus’. I’ve owned and used Apple, Roku and Google. My first choice is Apple (now there is a surprise you are probably saying to yourself). Second would be Roku and then Google.
I like Apple because of the reliability, ease of hook-up, channel variety, and that I can broadcast any video or audio that is on my Mac, PC, iPhone or iPad directly to the Apple TV wirelessly using Apple’s AirPlay system that is built into almost everything Apple sells.
Here is to happy channel surfing and maybe cable cord cutting!