Review: Apple TV

I am by no means a techie – I don’t always understand the nitty gritty details of new fangled things, but the Apple TV caught my interest right away. You see, over the last 5 years I’ve been on a slippery slope of all things Apple – first an iPhone, then MacBook. My husband got an iPad at work and then, a few months ago we slipped a bit more with the purchase of our Apple TV.

And let me tell you, this little thing packs a punch!

apple tvMy husband had heard that it pretty much revolutionized a family’s TV world and although skeptical at first, I’d have to say that I’m quite pleased with our purchase. For just $99 (or less), we are able to stream Netflix, AirPlay our computers (send whatever we’re seeing or listening to on our computer to the TV screen) and rent movies.

In technical terms, this is what the Apple TV offers …

  • 1080p HD programming, including iTunes movies and TV shows, Netflix, Vimeo, photos and more in HD
  • Access your purchased movies, TV shows, and music with iTunes Match right from iCloud
  • Stream video, games, and more from iOS devices using AirPlay; music, videos, and photos can also be streamed from PCs and Macs
  • HDMI and digital optical audio output; connects to network via Wireless-N or Ethernet

My only “complaint” with the Apple TV package – the remote is super tiny. Very thin and chic, totally the Apple style. But somehow we’ve managed to lose our original one and had to order a replacement. Good thing it was less than $20!


I love Apple TV for Netflix and movies alone. That was the big selling point for me. Before our Apple TV joined the family we streamed Netflix through our TiVo. Sadly, the quality was poor, lots of buffering and restarting. Apple TV wins big when it comes to streaming Netflix – no problems whatsoever. And, being a mom of young ones, I’ve fully embraced streaming movies. Goodbye scratched DVDs!


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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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