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How to Get the Most Out of Apple TV

Apple TV lets you watch media from the internet and your own collection on your television. Here's how to get the most out of this device.


  • Step 1: Connect the device Plug in your Apple TV and hook it up to an HDTV with the HDMI cable. Then, connect the device to the internet: either plug in an ethernet cable or use the remote link to your Wi-Fi network from Apple TV's home screen.
  • TIP: You can also use Apple's Remote app or Apple AirPlay for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to control Apple TV.
  • Step 2: Check out movies Use Apple TV's Settings to link your iTunes account. Then, rent movies from Apple's library and watch anytime within 30 days. Search by genre, watch previews, and read reviews.
  • Step 3: Watch some television Rent television shows with Apple TV, too. Add programs to your favorites to see new episodes and to create a viewing list of your favorite episodes.
  • TIP: Rented content lasts for a limited time once you actually start watching: 24 hours for movies and 48 hours for TV shows.
  • Step 4: Enjoy web content Use the Internet tab to browse content from a variety of popular sites, and check out online movie services, videos, podcasts, photos, and radio stations right from your TV.
  • Step 5: Access your media Want to access your own media? Turn on Home Sharing to link your Apple TV to your computer's iTunes library, allowing you to browse through your photos, videos, music, and more from the comfort of your couch.
  • FACT: In 1928, the first television drama was broadcast from a station in Schenectady, New York.

You Will Need

  • Apple TV
  • HDTV
  • HDMI cable
  • Internet connection
  • iTunes
  • iPod
  • iPad
  • or iPod Touch (optional)
  • Apple Remote or AirPlay (optional)

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