Take Control of Apple TV, 3rd Edition

Book description

Everything you need to know about the Apple TV!
Version 3.1, updated 10/8/2020

Whether you're considering an Apple TV, already own one, or have a smart TV or streaming device that supports AirPlay and/or the Apple TV app, you can more fully enjoy Apple’s ecosystem with this ultimate guide by TidBITS managing editor Josh Centers. You'll learn about the best TVs and sound equipment to buy, how to maximize your Apple TV's picture quality, get the most out of the Apple TV app, control your media with AirPlay, and so much more!

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.

You'll learn how to use the TV app (whether on the Apple TV box itself, on a Mac running Catalina or Big Sur, on an iPhone or iPad, or on a third-party smart TV), and how you can best view home movies and TV shows. The book also looks at using an Apple TV to listen to your music or Apple Music, download and play podcasts from Music or iTunes, and browse your photos.

In Take Control of Apple TV you'll also read about:

  • What's new in tvOS 14
  • Which Apple TV model to buy—or whether you should get different hardware instead
  • Getting the most out of your the Siri Remote
  • Alternatives to the Siri Remote
  • Using a game controller with Apple TV
  • Controlling Apple TV with Shortcuts
  • Using AirPlay to beam the display of your Mac or iPhone screen to your TV
  • Making Mac or iOS/iPadOS audio play through your TV’s speakers
  • Running iTunes Home Sharing to play media from a local computer
  • What you can do with Conference Room Display mode
  • How to tell whether an iOS/iPadOS 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

Compatibility? This book covers the fourth-generation Apple TV (now called Apple TV HD) and the newer Apple TV 4K model. It does not cover earlier generations of Apple TV hardware.

Table of contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Basics
    3. What’s New in Version 3.1
    4. What Was New in The Third Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. Apple TV Quick Start
  4. What Are Apple TV and iTunes?
  5. What’s New in tvOS
  6. Do You Still Need an Apple TV?
    1. Apple TV Pros vs. Other Platforms
    2. Apple TV Cons vs. Other Platforms
    3. Decide Which Apple TV to Buy
    4. Decide Which TV to Buy
    5. Decide on Audio
  7. Set Up Your Apple TV
    1. Make the Connections
    2. Tips for Setting Up Your Apple TV
    3. Restarting, Resetting, and Restoring
  8. Control Your Apple TV
    1. Meet the Siri Remote
    2. Control an Apple TV with Control Center
    3. Run the Apple TV Remote App
    4. Use the Old Apple Remote
    5. Use a Third-Party Remote
    6. Use the Remote App on the Apple Watch
    7. Become an Apple TV Keyboard Jockey
    8. Pair a Game Controller with the Apple TV
  9. Learn Apple TV Basics
    1. Navigate the Home Screen
    2. Reveal Control Center
    3. Switch Between Apps
    4. Install New Apps from the App Store
    5. Manage Apple TV Storage
    6. Search with Siri
  10. Master AirPlay
    1. Set Up AirPlay on Apple TV
    2. Run a Conference Room Display
    3. AirPlay from an iPhone or iPad
    4. AirPlay from a Mac
    5. Send Audio from an Apple TV
  11. Decipher the Apple TV App
    1. Browse Apple TV for Content
    2. Buy, Rent, or Stream
    3. Keep Up with Up Next
    4. Manage Subscription Services
    5. Keep Up with Sports
    6. Control Video Playback
  12. Listen to Music and Podcasts
    1. Listen to Music
    2. Tune in to Podcasts
  13. View Your Photos and Home Movies
    1. Get Around the Photos App
    2. Customize the Screen Saver
  14. Play Content from a Computer
    1. Enable Home Sharing
    2. Share Music and Video with the Apple TV
    3. View Photos and Home Movies with Home Sharing
  15. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  16. Copyright and Fine Print

Product information

  • Title: Take Control of Apple TV, 3rd Edition
  • Author(s): Josh Centers
  • Release date: October 2020
  • Publisher(s): Take Control Books
  • ISBN: 9781615424702