I thought I would start a separate thread for the setup of my new AppleTV
4th-Generation (ATV4), and its intergration into my Home Theater system. Here is the main support page
It seems significantly different than previous units with it's new Apple tvOS
. There is a new AppStore section and Apple App-Type (AFAIK
, iOS and/or OSx Apps will not run on it). We will have to be patient as all new Apps are written for it. Seems to be heading in exciting new directions. I've been told the Model-Identifier of current shipping model is 5,3.
I think of myself as a Windows user, but I now carry an iPhone-5. I also own a Mac and some iPads. For consumers, this Apple stuff is looking pretty nice. I have a Kodi-14 box, but it doesn't play all DRM services. I even own an Android tablet (not impressed, but serves it's function). Anyway, I wanted my first, stand-alone media-streamer.
Personally, I'm not looking to get rid of my Kodi box or my TW-Cable any time soon. I prefer BluRays so I can get the full HD Video and 7.1 audio. I rip my favorite CDs as .WAV, and DVDs as full VIDEO_TS Folders. I have Amazon Prime (Video and now Music). I have a few iTunes Music and Video purchases, but I'm not looking to re-buy everything again or build-up a large "owned" Apple iTunes library.
I got the 64gb model and have it connected via HDMI to my main Home Theater (listed below). I have it wired Ethernet to Gigabit switch (Airplay seems to work fine without ATV4 being connected by actual WiFi). So far, I have setup a "Use Apple-TV" Activity on my Harmony Remote and programmed the Siri-Remote to control the volume on my Onkyo-Amp directly. I loaded some Apps and games. It's working fine.
I thought we could share software, hardware, and usage tips. Thinking HT-integration and even things like HomeKit
as the Apple-EcoSystem evolves.
My Current ATV4 Objectives:
- Analog audio to Onkyo Zone-2 (parallel, without disturbing HDMI signal)
- VNC connection or Reverse AirPlay (see and config ATV4 from Mac or Windows PC)
- Playing of more kinds of local media directly from NAS
- App Folders (like on iOS devices)
Long Range or Rumored
- Apple Movies & TV subscription service
(Like Apple-Music or NetFlix)
- Live Network TV
- Amazon Prime Video & Music (native App, without AirPlay) ... it's already on iOS
- An Ultra-Violet capable App
- HomeKit (Home Automation)
Bodosom's original Apple-TV thread
Apple TV 4 vs. Roku 3, Fire TV and Nvidia Shield
Compare Apple-TV Gen3 and Gen4 Specs
Apple Tv Gen4 Review Roundup