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Apple TV is small device that connects to a TV using HDMI and is capable of streaming content from iTunes, Netflix, and many other sources, and which supports third-party apps as of the release of the fourth generation. This tag is for questions relating to Apple TV hardware and software.

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Can one use an Apple TV if they do not have another device on which to create an "iTunes Store Account"?

I am trying to setup an Apple TV for an elderly person with dementia so she can watch TV. I have her Apple credentials, and I set it up so that I get the two-factor authentication codes on my iPhone. ...
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In 2022, what is the expected behavior of an Apple TV 1st Generation?

Someone gave me a 1st Generation Apple TV they were going to put in the trash. Curious to see if there's anything - at all, screen mirroring, screensavers, even a clock, etc - that it can be used for ...
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After MacBook is connected to TV through HDMI, the audio output device is restricted to TV speaker only when playing video on Apple TV app

The version of macOS is Monterey. Audio output device for other applications can be changed as expected. I can change it to built-in speaker, earphone, etc. However, when it turns to Apple TV app, the ...
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Streaming Pictures (local network only) to the new AppleTV

How-To stream and/or upload Pictures (local network only, I don't wish any cloud) to the new AppleTV? With a web search I found a few Apps, but they are discontinued. I am aware of AirPlay, but search ...
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How to factory reset Apple TV without any working remote or Apple ID

I got an Apple TV 4k device from a friend, but without the remote. I bought a cheap IR remote to see if I could get this to work. When I hold the menu and right buttons on the remote, I am taken to a ...
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Older AppleTV 4K started having decoding artifacts a few months back. Factory reset didn't help. Is it just my device?

I have an A1842 AppleTV 4K (one of the first versions) that I have been very satisfied with and which functions as expected. A few months back I started noticing that the edges around persons in ...
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Connect AirPods that belongs to another Apple ID to shared Apple TV

I have an Apple TV. The main Apple account that is used to set-up the TV is mine. Without pairing my AirPods, it shows up on the TV when I want to use it while watching something. Sometimes, someone ...
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Is there a Bluetooth remote compatible with Apple TV

My mother in law is elderly and can not get comfortable with the Apple TV remote. I have to cha get the channel for her through the day (I work from home) I’m trying to solve for this. I found a Apple ...
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Apple TV custom screensaver / persistent display not possible? (MDM)

I have a use case that would benefit from an Apple TV that, when idle, displays an informational status board that changes day-to-day, but that also allows the user to use a few apps as normal using ...
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Apple TV won’t connect to my iPhone after name change

Recently my Apple TV name has been changed by my brother. While he can now connect to the Apple TV using his iPhone, I can’t connect to it- my remote app still lists the old name, and cannot connect ...
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How can my wife watch here photos on our Apple TV?

My wife would like to watch her photos on our Apple TV. She is logged in on our AppleTV and we are also sharing an iCloud subscription as well. Is there a way to do that? Or somehow load her photos to ...
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How do I get language settings to stick across all apps on Apple TV?

I watch all foreign language dialog the same way: in the original language with English subtitles if (and only if) the dialog is in a foreign language. How do I configure my Apple TV (tvOS 15.3) so ...
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Can I make my Apple TV always default connect to an Airport Express?

I have an Apple TV (4th generation). Every time it goes to sleep, I need to reconnect it to my Airport Express. Is there any way to maintain the connection? I don't want to turn sleep off.
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Pressing Siri button on Apple TV 4K brings up a keyboard rather than listening for command

On our older Apple TV 4K, pressing the Siri button brings up the swirling color ball as Siri listens and then immediately executes my verbal command. On our newer refreshed Apple TV 4K model, pressing ...
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How to export home video from Apple TV app on Iphone?

Yesterday I upload my video to Iphone's Apple TV app using USB cable. Can I get it back (export) to Photos library and how to do that? Now I see my videos in Apple TV Iphone app, Library section, and ...
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How much storage used on my Apple TV 4K?

On an Apple TV 4K (or Apple TV HD), how can I find out how much storage (“disk” space) is used by OS, apps etc (for example, if 34 gigs on a 64 gig unit are used by OS, apps, and screen saver videos, ...
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Mac Mini M1 on Monterey (just about) broke home sharing to Apple TV

I like to watch my (mp4) video files on my living room tv via an Apple TV (3rd gen). I just swapped from Mac Mini M1 running Big Sur to a different Mac Mini M1 running Monterey (double the RAM and ...
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Customize Apple TV Close Game Notifications - add/remove teams and sports

I don't watch the NBA (bring 'em back), but the Apple TV app continually sends me nightly notifications about close NBA basketball games on my iPhone and Apple TV, for teams that are nowhere near my ...
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Is it safe to use AirPlay to stream on an essentially open WiFi network?

An elderly relative has just moved into in a nursing home that has 1 WiFi network which is used by all staff, residents, and guests. There is no password: You just select the WiFi and you are ...
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Apple TV Music app no longer turns on tvOS Screen Saver

For years on tvOS, the default aerial screen saver would turn when listening to Music. This is confirmed by Apple's support article: Show the screen saver while listening to music Go to General > ...
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Can I use multiple AirPods Max with Apple TV?

Can I connect more than one set of AirPods Max to an Apple TV? My wife and I would both like to watch Apple TV using APMs for audio. Both APMs need to support full functionality, ie, spatial audio.
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New ATV remote, how do you select things?

I'm looking at the 4K ATVs, and I see you can get the ones with the older model black remote for ~$50 less. I have one of these for my non-4k TV and quite like it. That said, the separate power button ...
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Can I watch Apple TV on my PC without an Apple device or a credit card (using paypal)?

I do not own any Apple devices, but a friend recently recommended an Apple TV exclusive show to me which I'd like to watch. My goal is to subscribe using paypal since I don't have a credit card, and ...
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I have an apple tv and air pods max if I buy a iPad pro and change the bass

I have an apple tv and air pods max if I buy an iPad pro and change the bass setting on the iPad will these bass settings transfer over to my apple tv and desktop mac? And seems I can't update my air ...
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Mystery: Why do my new landscape lights (which aren't on wifi) show up on my Apple TV?

I'm stumped...when I share a video from any iOS device I on (iPad, iPhone, etc) using AirPlay to my Apple TV three things happen: The audio is shared, but not the video I get a notification on the ...
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How can I copy an MP4 to my Apple TV and play it locally without the Apple TV Mac app?

I want to play an MP4 clip on loop on my Apple TV (4th gen). But I want to do this in an area where the Wi-Fi signal is spotty (ruling out AirPlay). Apparently the Apple TV Mac app supports copying of ...
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How to restrict specific apps on Apple TV?

I would like to be able to prevent access to the YouTube app on my Apple TV 4K, so that my small kids don't use it. At the moment I'm deleting the app when it's not in use. I know I can restrict ...
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Is it possible to run a Mac/Linux/Windows command-line app on a web server?

Not sure if this is achievable, but here is the deal: I have a Vendor ID from our company and that information is used to retrieve an Apple Identification number, after some assets are uploaded to ...
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Why is my HomePod mini chosen over my Apple TV 4K as a Home Hub?

I have an AppleTV 4K (2nd) and a pair of HomePod minis, but one of my HomePod minis is always chosen as my HomeKit Home Hub. Is there a way to prioritize the AppleTV as a Home Hub instead? Why is one ...
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Can't control volume on HomePod minis

Suddenly I’m unable to control the volume on my HomePod mini stereo pair. I press the volume buttons on my remote and get no change in volume. Generally the volume change indicator doesn’t appear ...
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Slow Wi-Fi after update to tvOS 15

After updating my AppleTV 4K to tvOS 15, my network speeds (as measured by Speedtest) drop from over 500 Mbps to around 100 Mbps (and intermittently much lower). I've rebooted my AppleTV and my ...
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How do you use a keyboard with a first-generation Apple TV?

How do you configure a first-generation Apple TV to use a keyboard connected via USB?
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iPad screen record while AirPlay mirroring

I am teaching a live class using an iPad with stylus, mirroring the iPad to an AppleTV over AirPlay. I want to also record my iPad screen while I'm doing this so I can archive it all. This doesn't ...
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3rd Party AirPlay Video Quality

Apple's product page for AirPlay states that Apple TV 4K supports streaming "4K HDR video at 60 frames per second". However, I can't seem to find any other information about AirPlay video ...
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How do I switch the app store region on Apple TV?

I recently moved from Japan to the USA. Now I'm trying to use my Apple TV in the USA. When I go to the store and try to install an app it says "You can't use this account on the Japanese store. ...
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What does the device name for the Sleep Proxy service mean?

I deployed DNS-SD on my network so I could get rid of Avahi. I'm also setting the most static records I can, it just makes sense since every device is RADIUS-controlled tied to Active Directory, tied ...
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How to output AppleTV app video on MacBook Air to HDMI adapter to TV without mirroring

I want to be able to play a video using the AppleTV app with the output going out the USB3/Thunderbolt port where I plugged in a HDMI adapter connected to my A/V receiver driving my TV. I do not have ...
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Apple TV Developer menu disappeared

I have an Apple TV 4K linked with Xcode to enable the Developer menu. I usually keep the Playback HUD turned on and this has been working fine for a few weeks. Today I wanted to turn off the HUD and ...
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Can I benefit from AI quality improvements (TV manufacturer) when streaming with AppleTV (DLNA and AirPlay)?

I stream from my MacBook via DLNA and/or AirPlay to the AppleTV 4K. I stream old family videos (PAL) from time to time and don't see any better quality at all. All TV manufacturers advertise AI based ...
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How can I delete my info from Apple TV first generation storage

I have no use for my Apple TV A1218 first gen and want to delete any personal information, movies, etc stored on it. However when I connect it to my tv nothing happens.
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Can't change Apple TV Restrictions, grayed out

I can change Movie restrictions levels, but not TV. I checked in iTunes and it is the same, grayed out. How can I change the TV show restrictions levels when they are grayed out?
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Actual time on netflix apple tv

When pausing Netflix on my apple TV it usually shows how far into the show I am, and at the right side of the bar will be how many minutes until the end of the show. Today, however, for maybe 10 ...
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How do I accept Game Center invites (or view notifications) on Apple TV?

If I'm playing a game on Apple TV and a friend invites me to join them (we're "nearby players"), I get a Game Center notification on my TV. But I can't figure out any way to accept the ...
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How can I disable restrictions and/or factory reset without having the passcode of my Apple TV 4K?

I recently bought an Apple TV 4K at our local electronics store. It functioned perfectly when I started it up, except what I just noticed is that I cannot do a lot of things. After a quick Google this ...
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How to "log in" to wifi hotspot from Apple TV

Our home internet service is late being installed, but I discovered that there is a "hot spot" from my provider that I am able to log in to from my PC. This requires that I enter some ...
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How to view in slow motion on Apple TV 4K

Is there some way to switch to slow motion (slo-mo) while watching the Apple TV 4K? I have the second generation Siri Remote with Siri button placed on the side edge.
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Traffic on Apple TV asleep

I just bought an Apple TV 4k and I discovered that there is some network activity when the Apple TV is asleep (light off). x.x.x.x is the apple tv ip address. This is a summary (ip address / port). ...
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Can I Watch Prime Video On Apple TV?

I have not figured how to play prime video on Apple TV. is it possible to watch prime video on Apple TV?
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Is it possible to have my two AppleIDs tied to different services?

I have two AppleIDs, for path dependent reasons. (I used a non-email one that got converted to a gmail address for iTunes purchases back in the nether times, and I have a me.com one from when mobileMe ...
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Apple TV unable to turn soundbar on/off

I have a LG SJ2 soundbar connected to a Sharp Aquos lc-32hi3012e TV via 3.5mm jack from the TVs headphone out and while I can adjust the volume using the remote of my Apple TV 4K powering it on and ...
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