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Take Control of Apple TV, Second Edition - Josh Centers

Take Control of Apple TV, Second Edition

Author Josh Centers

  • Published: 2016-04-07
  • Category: Computers


Whether you're considering an Apple TV or you already have one, you can more fully enjoy Apple's entertainment device with this ultimate guide by TidBITS managing editor Josh Centers. You'll learn how to set it up and use it to watch movies and TV shows, play music, display your photos, give presentations, and run all manner of apps on the big screen.

Josh walks you through cables, ports, and setup, and explains how to use gestures and spoken commands with the Siri Remote--yes, you can talk to your TV! He helps you navigate and customize the Home screen, plus describes getting-started settings such as inputting your Apple ID and enabling parental controls.

The book, which is organized to make it easy to find the topic you need now, also shows you how to use the built-in apps for playing iTunes Store video and describes how to download apps for Comedy Central, Disney, ESPN, HBO Go, Hulu, Netflix, PBS, YouTube, and more--complete with clickable Web activation links for 50 video apps, so you don't have to type those Web URLs by hand! But you're not restricted to commercial video: Josh explains how you can best view home movies and any DVDs or Blu-ray discs you own.

The book also looks at using an Apple TV to listen to your music or Apple Music, download and play podcasts from iTunes, and browse your photos. An important new feature of the Apple TV is its App Store, and you'll find recommendations for apps that bring fitness, food, mapping, shopping, art, gaming, and more to your big screen.

Bonus! A special cheat sheet summarizes key Siri Remote tips and spoken commands so that you can easily try them from the couch.

Compatibility? This book covers the fourth-generation Apple TV, but after you buy it, you can visit the Ebook Extras topic to download a copy of the earlier edition, which focuses on the second- and third-generation Apple TV models.

In Take Control of Apple TV you'll read about:

• The easy Siri Remote shortcut for sleeping your Apple TV

• Checking the battery level and charging your Siri Remote

• Three ways to rewind on the Siri Remote

• Alternatives to the Siri Remote

• Connecting your Apple TV to iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Photo Stream, iCloud Photo

• Sharing, or to photos stored on your local computer

• Beaming the display of your Mac or iPhone screen to your TV

• Making Mac or iOS audio play through your TV's speakers

• Ripping DVDs and Blu-ray discs

• Running iTunes Home Sharing to play media from a local computer

• Using Plex Media Server to take your media library beyond iTunes

• Essential items to pack if you'll be giving a presentation via an Apple TV

• What you can do with Conference Room Display mode

• How to tell if an iOS app includes a free copy of its Apple TV version

• How to reset or restore an Apple TV--useful for troubleshooting or for handing your device to a new owner