Two years passes quickly and I’ve settled into just using the Apple TV 4K as my mainstream media box.
mea culpa - one year has passed…
The main reason for the changeover from the Sony Smart TV to the Apple TV 4k was the responsiveness of the UI. Everything on the Sony TV has a lag and that is probably due to the lack of memory and the pre-loading of useless Android Apps.
With the Apple TV I use
- infuse app as my main NAS server movie/TV box. It is very similar to PLEX without the dedicated PLEX server that scans all your movie files. It sorts your TV episodes into one Title with multiple episodes and a memory of what episode and time mark that you watched last. All the movie scanning is done in real time as you click into the folder. The movies and TV episodes are sorted into their own category on the fly without having to organize the titles yourself into movies and TV episode folders.
- netflix subscription through iTunes, recent switchover since I can buy iTunes $$$ from Costco at $164 for a $200 iTunes card, thus reducing the monthly Netflix price.
- DramaFever - korean streaming (this service is now defunct)
- Viki - korean streaming app
- Amazon Prime Video
- iTunes music match (plays my whole library of music)
- Airplay - stream internet streaming sites from iPad/iphone/macbook
The nice thing about the Apple TV as my main media console is the bluetooth remote (no need for line of sight) that turns on my TV and dolby Atmos receiver with one button press. Same with turning off all devices.
I’ve recently switched over to the Harmony Hub and remote as it operates through Wifi allowing me to set up activities like turning on the TV, receiver and switching to BD/DVD for MacMini without having me to power up the TV and receiver separately.
I’ve also added a switch to my stereo cabinet so everything is now connected via ethernet instead of WIFI AC. Although WIFI AC is plenty fast for all the devices, the problem arises when my house seems to be fighting for wifi signals thus putting all my devices on ethernet was the best route to ensure that my Playstation, Apple TV, STRDN1080 Receiver, XBR65X900E TV, Mac Mini stays connected. This reduced a lot of IP clashes in my home as I only have to reboot my router once a month instead of weekly.
Since I bought the Apple 4k two years ago I haven’t gone back to using my Sony TV Netflix. The other reasons for not using the Sony Android system was that I could not find the necessary Korean Streaming Apps. No I’m not Korean and I depend on the subtitles but I got addicted to the Korean streaming drama as it offers unique premises like “I’m not a Robot”, “Strong Girl Bong-soon”.
Lastly the Apple TV 4k supports Dolby Atmos surround sound which means iTunes/netflix supports my expensive Sony Receiver. Airplay from my iPad also supports surround sound decoding to the Apple TV.
Since my conversion two years ago I think those who are in the Apple Ecosystem will probably remain faithful to all Apple TV products thus despite the bundling of Smart TV products with the TV.
To those who are drinking the Apple Koolaid, like me, it just works