A few years ago I bought some Apple TV’s to fill a need which was to stream Netflix, YouTube, and other stuff on a big screen rather than trying to view it on my iPhone or iPad. I actually have 3 of them, only 2 of which are actuallly hooked up to TV’s but they aren’t used very often. I guess my use cases have changed a little bit but I think it’s the capabilities of my Xfinity cable box that has really killed them off.
My Xfinity X1 cable boxes support Netflix and YouTube natively so that has eliminated most of the need for the Apple TV’s. The other use I would have had for Apple TV was for my Plex server but in reality Plex works better with Chromecast than Apple TV. To use Plex with an Apple TV I need to cast from an iDevice and it’s pretty hit or miss and not consistent. An annoyance is when the mirroring is interrupted on the Apple TV so I also have the Chromecasts hooked up where possible to the same TV’s. I can technically use my Xbox 360 for Plex too but it takes too long to boot.
I’ve looked at the newer Apple TV’s in the store but I don’t see how I would use it. I would still have the same problems that I have with the old one. The Xfinity X1 has largely replaced my use of the Apple TV and the Chromecast does the rest. I’m considering unhooking the Apple TV’s to see how long I can survive without them. I think I won’t even know they are gone. I know my wife and daughter don’t use the Apple TV’s, they prefer using the X1 cable box. The only feature I can see missing is screen mirroring which is useful for showing videos from my iPhone that can’t be seen using a Chromecast or Xfinity X1.
Anyway, enough musings for one night, maybe I’ll send a new blog post in later this weekend.