Note: On some of these deals, Cult of Mac might earn a small commission through an affiliate link. However, deals are picked strictly on their potential value to our readers. March 2, 2018 10:10 am PDT Milo Kahney Get the 5th Generation Apple TV for $45 off The 5th Generation Apple TV 4K can stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, ESPN, iTunes and more. Powered by an A10X Fusion processor, it is compatible with high-definition and 4K-resolution HDR televisions. This is an open-box deal, so the packaging maybe slightly distressed, but the hardware is in like-new condition. Buy from: eBay Link to this entry March 2, 2018 10:00 am PDT Milo Kahney Save $330 on an unlocked refurbished iPhone 7 eBay is offering a refurbished iPhone 7 for over half off. The device may have minor cosmetic wear like light scratches on the screen and minor imperfections on sides or back. The device does come with a new OEM A/C adapter, but it does not include a SIM card, headphones, the original box, or a … [Read more...] about Save $45 on an Apple TV 4K [Deals & Steals]
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Apple TV has grown up a lot since its iTV days. It’s not just for iTunes rentals anymore—Apple TV handles just about anything we watch, from House of Cards to Game of Thrones and Major League Baseball games, and now that includes 4K content.Since Apple opened up its tiny streaming box to developers, it’s gone from fun to indispensable. With an extensive library of apps, Siri support, and a drop-dead simple interface, Apple TV is one of the underrated players in Apple’s lineup. Just like all those years ago, it’s still the device that “completes the story” of Apple’s entertainment ecosystem, and even without some of the bells and whistles of its competitors, Apple TV is still one of the best streaming boxes you can buy—from SD to HD to brilliant 4K.And we’ve got everything you need to know about it, including any questions you have about the new 4K model. Whether you’re buying your first one or just want to learn a few … [Read more...] about Apple TV 4K and tvOS 11: Everything you need to know about Apple’s digital media streamer
Over-the-air (OTA) programming remains robust in America and many other countries, despite the dominance of cable, satellite, streaming services, and digital downloads. The Apple TV doesn’t feature a tuner, which seems like a relic of a past generation, but the Channels app can provide a nicely designed bridge for live programming—if you have the right additional hardware. Channels works with a fourth-generation Apple TV and requires a networked television tuner made by SiliconDust—any of its HDHomeRun series, which I previously reviewed. The HDHomeRun comes in three U.S. models, two of which receive only OTA broadcasts; the third can also take a CableCard (where available) to tune a subset of cable programming and only on some systems. All feature two discrete OTA tuners and require just a single coaxial cable hookup for an antenna. They cost from about $90 to $120. (The HDHomeRun devices use Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for network discovery, and the Channels app … [Read more...] about Channels review: Pair it with a HDHomeRun for TV broadcasts on your Apple TV
App attack By Nilay Patel "The future of TV is here." It is not the world’s most understated tagline for a new product, especially one from Apple. If you want to set sky-high expectations around a new TV product after years of rumors and sly winks and shelved plans, well, that’s exactly how to do it. You say that you’ve invented the future of TV, and that it is here. You say it while knowing full well that Steve Jobs set the stage for a radical new TV from Apple in 2011 by directly telling his biographer that he’d "finally cracked it," and that he wanted to create "an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," with "the simplest user interface you could imagine." You say that the future of TV is here even though every attempt to place a computer at the center of the living room experience has bombed catastrophically for nearly two decades, and that rivals like Microsoft and Google have each been floored by the challenges of television. You take … [Read more...] about Apple TV review: is this the future?
The hard-edged, flat-sandwich Fire TV box looks almost identical to last year’s model, with the exception of a matte finish on top and a couple port changes. There’s no longer an optical audio output in the back. Instead, there’s a microSD card slot, allowing you to add up to 128 gigabytes to the 8 gigabytes already on board. Otherwise the Fire TV has the usual suspects — an HDMI port, an ethernet port, USB, and power. One of the most notable adds to this box, in addition to support for 4K video, is a new 64-bit MediaTek quad-core processor, an upgrade from last year’s Snapdragon 600 processor. The new chip, coupled with a GPU that Amazon says is twice as fast as the one in the first-gen box, make this a super-speedy video player. I didn’t experience any lags or stutters as I navigated through the Fire TV’s (sometimes confusing) interface; apps downloaded quickly, videos loaded almost immediately, and at no point in using it over the past week … [Read more...] about Amazon Fire TV 2 Review