Why Apple TV 3 need in 2018 Guodong recently bought Apple TV 3rd generation. At first glance, in 2018, the decision looks very strange. However, using set-top boxes, which was removed from production in 2016, I have decided a set of questions and spent a penny.

Now Apple TV replaced my HDMI that I recently Allergy, enables you to listen to Apple Music on your home audio system and watch videos from the MacBook on the TV screen, and provides access to hundreds of TV channels.

Apple TV 3rd generation does not support tvOS is the console, you can’t put apps from the App Store.

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It will replace HDMI via AirPlay

I burned a MacBook Pro via HDMI — it happened in March of this year. After a tragic event after which I had to buy another laptop to replace and spend money on repairs, I do not use such cables.

After connecting the HDMI cable to USB C to one of the four ports the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2017 with Touch Bar of it actually went the smoke (as in the effects of cheap fighters), I felt the smell of burning and a feeling of hopelessness replaced my viewing of “the Adventures of Paddington 2”.

The laptop died completely. He definitely did not work one USB-C port, and the other problem was inside the “sealed” case.

5 weeks I waited for a replacement motherboard under warranty as a whole, were happy that the case is generally recognized by marriage, and decided to stop using HDMI.

Apple TV 3rd generation was one of the cheapest, but adequate to get rid of wires and to stream video to a TV or projector with a Mac via Wi-Fi.

Just turn on screen mirroring via AirPlay from the menu bar (if the corresponding icon is not here, go to “System settings” > “Monitors” and look for the settings of video replay). Works tolerably, it is possible to make presentations to the public and show photos to friends.

Similarly, this works with the iPhone and iPad. You need to choose “repeat screen” in the “control” and decide on the Apple TV, which is all that is needed to broadcast.

Will show the film on a big screen TV
Of course, all the movies that you buy or rent through the iTunes Store, no problem working on Apple TV 3. But many will also be important to explore content from alternative sources — for example, the Mac hard drive.

This is my first personal Apple TV. I had to work with the test samples or the set top boxes of colleagues and friends. So I naively believed that with the help of banal screen mirroring over AirPlay I can watch your videos and live movies on the big screen TV. Was wrong.

Conventional screen mirroring is not always suitable for watching movies on the TV via AirPlay.

Yes, viewing photos, and presentations the replay will help. However, when the transmitted image is colorful and dynamic, you receive quality sound and it’s Wi-Fi channel can not corny enough — especially if your router is not directly under the console.

The output will be a direct Internet connection to the Apple TV via Ethernet (there is such possibility). However, I did not plan to fill the whole flat wires and intentionally not brought the cable to the TV during the repair. In 2018, no wired Internet. What to do?

Need an app that will transmit over AirPlay not a copy of the screen, and a specific video that will be buffered.

Bad option: 5KPlayer (free). At the time this video player for Mac, smartly shot, as he was able to transmit video and audio from iPhone and iPad to the Mac screen. The ability in my eyes is useless, but many like it.

But with the advent of this feature in QuickTime Player, you need 5KPlayer in this section is gone.

However, the player is able to work with Apple TV, we need to convey not a double screen, namely a video stream. This feature works without jerks or slow downs, but it is limited only brand MP4 from Apple, and it’s a failure…

This may sound silly, but I was also confused by the icon of the player from the time of the skeuomorph, which he substitutes for all video files, if you install the application for them by default.

A great option: Soda Player (free) is another matter. This player is able to transmit to Apple TV video of any format without any problem.

In addition, he works with torrents without having to download, support SOCKS5, and is able to transmit video to the Chromecast. The app works almost flawlessly, it has a great interface and nice minimalistic icon blue.

It is strange that we don’t have a full review of this miracle solution and this unfortunate misunderstanding I will fix that.

Standard YouTube app is working

Of course, any modern TV with Smart TV has YouTube. On my new TV based on Tizen from Samsung customer service including pre-installed. But sometimes I have panels without smart capabilities, and inexpensive the Apple TV allows me to watch favorite vlogs, reviews and news.

By and large, many people today do not prefer movies or traditional television, namely YouTube. So this feature on the big screen more than the actual.

You can log in to your account and get the list of subscriptions, there is a normal search, and even browsing history. These possibilities for Apple TV 3rd generation enough.

There is no Apple Music, but it’s solved

Unfortunately, Apple Music Apple TV 3rd generation without additional devices will not work at all desire. However, for me it was not a problem.

To stream sound via AirPlay from iTunes or from the mobile device without any problems. To do this, simply choose Apple TV as the playback source and the sound from iPhone, iPad or Mac then go to the built-in acoustics of the TV or connected audio device.

On Apple TV you can select the menu item “Marks”. It shows song title, time, and album artwork. Via the console itself to control playback will not work. However, if you run music through the iPhone, you can manage it even with the Apple Watch.

Moreover, Apple Music’s scope for action ends. You can also use any other music service that is closer to you.

And the console will reveal hundreds of TV channels…

When I bought Apple TV 3rd generation, thought first of all to jailbreak consoles and try to squeeze the maximum out of it. However, I have not studied the question in advance and faced with the impossibility of hacking and the installation of some additional software.

By and large, I’d settle for even a number of scenarios for the use of AirPlay (at least, for a ridiculous price of this Apple TV), but to the rescue came access to additional content via DNS spoofing.

With the help of it built-in apps old Apple TV can be turned into a limitless aggregators for television channels, movies and TV series.

Pager TV — most legal service (known to us), which to the old set-top box can bind IPTV playlist channels offered by any operator of your choice.

Using the service costs $1 per month. But a couple of weeks for testing free of charge. How to configure it?

Step 1. Turn on the Apple TV — will not only fit 3rd generation but 2nd
Step 2. Go To Settings

Step 3. Go to “Main”

Step 4. Expand “Network”

Step 5.. In paragraph Wi-Fi or Ethernet, find the DNS configuration.

Step 6. Select “Manually” under “configure DNS” and enter: 037.230.116.189 or 062.109.022.177
Step 7. Go to section “Basic” and set the cursor to the item “Send data to Apple”

Step 8. Open the “Profiles” using the “Play” button on the remote

Step 9. Select “Add Profile”

Step 10. Enter the address pagertv.ru/atv and click “Add”

Step 11. Sign up to the service Pager TV with a computer or smartphone

Step 12. Go to the VIMEO app on Apple TV
Step 13. Log in to your account Pager TV with a computer or smartphone

Step 14. Here, you enter the unique code you see on the TV screen, and hit “Save changes”

Step 15. Now go to your playlist and paste the link to the M3U playlist with the channels, here the test on channel 3 — http://pagertv.ru/test. m3u
Step 16. Log out of VIMEO on Apple TV with the Menu button on the remote and go to it again. From the top you will see the switch between playlists, which you can have several.

Where to get this playlist? Many Internet providers are working with IPTV, Apple TV 3rd generation can be an excellent tool for their use.

Moreover, on the website there are lots of additional instructions, which will even help you to create a playlist IPTV by yourself.

What is the result? Need Apple TV 3 in 2018 or not?

I bought Apple TV 3rd generation for $50. It is used, but complete and without any traces of use. I think even in just one AirPlay is a more than reasonable price even with the cool Smart TV.

You need this attachment or not? If you do not see the point in all that I have described, is not necessary. If you do not mind a couple hundred bucks on the current generation, it is better to take it. If you feel sorry for, it’s a good option.

Of course, if you already have the likes of Apple TV, and you use it as something special, be sure to share your scenarios in the comments. Interesting topic.

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