It seems that today everyone watches movies, television and YouTube . To stream to HDTV, you will need a device that will connect your TV to the Internet. For most Apple users, the streaming choice is Apple TV .

Apple TV is a great choice thanks to tight integration with iTunes, iCloud and Apple Music as well as an easy-to-use wireless network setup process. But when you buy an Apple TV, what else do you need to buy to get the best experience?

Apple TV essentials

Apple TV : an obvious base purchase. Even if you can get an earlier model for a little less money, don’t worry. Latest version — in this case Apple TV 4K — will always provide the best, most up-to-date features and the fastest hardware. If you don’t have 4K TV and you don’t expect it anytime soon, Apple TV 4th generation is a good option, but don’t buy anything older than this.

HDMI cable : Apple TV comes with the device, Siri Remote, and power cable. Obviously missing HDMI Cable, which connects the Apple TV to your HDTV and/or receiver. Be sure to buy one — nothing will work without it.


Remote control case: in while some people think it’s thin Siri remote control which comes with Apple TV is great, others find it slippery, difficult to navigate, and generally annoying. At least some of these problems can be solved with a case study. Like the iPhone case, Apple TV cases wrap around the remote for easy holding and orientation. Plus, they’re pretty cheap (usually $20 or less).

iTunes Money : Stream content from your iCloud account, or from your iPhone, iPad or Mac on Apple TV is fun, but it’s even better when you use it to rent or buy movies and TV shows in iTunes Store straight from your couch For this you will need iTunes account and some money to spend on it.

Apple TV+: For just $5 a month, you can subscribe to Apple’s Apple TV+ TV and movie streaming platform. The service is pretty new, so it doesn’t have a lot of content yet, but it’s worth checking out (especially if you got a free year subscription when you bought an Apple device). Find out more about what is Apple TV+ and how does it work?

Apple Arcade: if you prefer to play video games, try Apple Arcade for $5 a month. It’s full of great games that you can’t get anywhere else. Find out more about what is Apple Arcade and how does it work?

Service Subscriptions streaming : Netflix may be the biggest name in streaming but this is far from the only useful service. Consider adding subscriptions to things like Netflix or Hulu (for TV), HBO (for TV and movies), sports packages like the NBA League Pass or NFL Sunday Ticket, and more.


Extended Warranty . When it comes to most technology and electronics purchases, it is often advantageous to purchase an extended warranty (at a reasonable price). With an Apple TV, it’s hard to imagine that the device will fail very soon, given that there are practically no moving parts. With a low probability of failure and a rather low price of the Apple TV itself, it is likely that in this case you can skip extended warranty AppleCare .

Bottom line

At buying an iPhone the final price exceeds the cost of the device because you need at least a few accessories to get the most out of your purchase. This is not true with Apple TV. Buy it and a video cable and you’re done. But you get more out of the experience if you add it to your Apple TV.

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