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Take Control of Apple TV, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Everything you need to know about the Apple TV!

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

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. What’s New in the Second Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. Apple TV Quick Start
  4. What’s New in tvOS 9.2
  5. Set Up Your Apple TV
    1. Make the Connections
    2. Initial Setup
    3. Restarting, Resetting, and Restoring
  6. Control Your Apple TV
    1. Meet the Siri Remote
    2. Use a Standard Apple Remote
    3. Use a Third-party Remote
    4. Run the iOS Remote App
    5. Become an Apple TV Keyboard Jockey
  7. Meet the Apple TV
    1. Home Screen
    2. Built-in Apps
    3. Searching with Siri
    4. Capturing Screenshots and Video
  8. Master AirPlay
    1. Turn On AirPlay
    2. Lock Down AirPlay
    3. AirPlay from iOS
    4. AirPlay from Mac Apps
    5. Mirror Your Mac Desktop
    6. Use Your TV as Another Mac Monitor
    7. Mirror from Lion, Windows, and Chrome
    8. AirPlay from an Apple TV
  9. Apple TV at the Movies
    1. Control Video Playback
    2. Buy iTunes Movies and TV Shows
    3. Access Purchased Movies and TV Shows
    4. View Videos with Home Sharing
    5. Rip DVDs for Apple TV
    6. The Blu-ray Bag of Hurt
    7. Improve iTunes Import with iFlicks
    8. Offload Movies to Another Disk
  10. Rock Out with the Apple TV
    1. Take the Sound to Eleven
    2. The Music App
    3. Listen to Music with Home Sharing
    4. The Podcasts App
    5. Rip CDs for the Apple TV
    6. AirPlay Audio from a Mac
  11. View Your Photos and Home Movies
    1. The Photos App
    2. View Photos and Home Movies with Home Sharing
    3. Customizing the Screensaver
    4. Making Slideshows
    5. The iMovie Theater App
    6. View Photos and Videos via AirPlay
  12. Present with the Apple TV
    1. Connect the Apple TV to a Projector
    2. Make an Apple TV Presentation Kit
    3. Run a Conference Room Display
    4. Put Dead Trees on Big Screens
    5. Conduct Remote Presentations
    6. Browse the Web
  13. A Look at Apple TV Apps
    1. Paid Video Apps
    2. Cable-activated Video Apps
    3. Free Video Apps
    4. Games
    5. Other Apps
    6. In the Plex
  14. Cheat Sheet
  15. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  16. Copyright and Fine Print