A quick review for anyone reading this thread and considering an Apple TV. I own the latest 4th generation model.
First off, I like the UI in general. However, there are some UI issues, which I will get into shortly. Apps are modern and the overall navigation and response of the device is very good. The remote can be nice for swiping through long rows or columns, but it is sometimes easy to overshoot the selection you want, causing an unintended selection. Siri on the remote is nice and I find that it does a good job of tracking down the information.
Now for the bad news.
Some of the apps are lacking features available on other devices. Netflix, for example, on the Apple TV doesn't indicate the resolution of the content or the audio quality even on the selection screen. Some versions let you see the bitrate, and that is not what I am referencing. When browsing, the titles will display HD, 5.1, etc. so you know what to expect in quality when you play the video. This is a bit frustrating. Is the picture soft because of your stream, or because it isn't in HD? You won't know using the Apple TV.
The YouTube app is vastly different from every other YouTube app I have used on devices from smart TVs, to game consoles and Blu-ray players, to other media streamers. It looks okay, but it doesn't refresh automatically. You're forced to switch menus to get it to reload. While playing a video, you get only the time indicator bar. You do not get thumbnails for related or recommended videos. And you do not get to see videos from the current YouTube author. You also cannot 'like' or 'dislike' vidoes, and there is no option for the 'stats for nerds' either. These features prevent me from using it. Back to the PS3!
Crunchyroll is an anime streaming app. On the PS3 you can use the app and watch content without a paid subscription; you must watch ads, however. This is fine by me. But on the Apple TV, you must have a subscription to even use the app.
The Hulu app on the Apple TV is new. It is newer than the PS3 app, and I like the newer version on the Apple TV. So, it has that going for it.
However, subtitles on the Apple TV in many of the apps is highly undesirable. The text is white in a courier style font with a square semi-transparent background. Using other apps, the subtitles are as I would expect. On Netflix, my settings are to make them yellow. In Hulu, they are white with a black border. I see no way to change this on the Apple TV, and I really prefer not to have a semi-transparent black box covering up the content.
I had never seen a review mention these quirks, and I feel they are absolutely worth mentioning. And there may be others I have not yet noticed. It is a nice device, and I do use it at times. But YouTube is just a no-go for me on the Apple TV. And any content with subtitles as well. I will defer back to using my PS3, smart TV or Blu-ray player instead. It's so frustrating that each media streamer has its quirks. I have returned Roku, Chromecast, and Fire TV because I would rather use my existing devices. I will keep the Apple TV because it is easy for the family to use versus the PS3 or other options. But for me, it's often not going to be my go-to device.
Last edited by ToonMasterTim; 07-14-2017 at 01:37 PM.