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19 Exciting Things You Can Do With the Apple TV



The Apple TV is a smart TV device that you plug into any TV so that you can stream TV and movies, but it is so much more. There are many things that the Apple TV can do in addition to letting you watch Netflix. Later this fall, you’ll even be able to replace your Spectrum cable box with an Apple TV!

Here are 19 exciting things you can do with the Apple TV. You can use all versions of the Apple TV for most of these tasks as the features are similar across all current models. Check out our review of the Apple TV and this guide to help you figure out how much storage you need.

It doesn’t matter if you are a new Apple TV user, a long time fan of the device or simply thinking about buying one and wanting to learn more about what the Apple TV does — there is something on this list for you.

This is what the Apple TV can do.

This is what the Apple TV can do.

The Apple TV streams movies, but you can also use it to turn your TV into a digital picture frame, watch NASA, lose weight with workout apps, as a giant display for your laptop or iPhone and much more.

The Apple TV starts at $149 for the 1080P model, and there is the Apple TV 4K for $179. You can often find deals that cut $10 to $25 off the price or include a gift card if you look around. If you mainly plan to stream videos and use a few of the features listed but don’t think you will need a lot of apps or games, then you won’t need the added storage.

What Can The Apple TV Do?

The Apple TV can do much more than stream movies and TV shows, and Apple continues to add new features with software updates that upgrade your device for free.

You can use the Apple TV as the center of your entertainment as well as the center of your smart home. From gaming to productivity and workouts there are an almost endless number of things that the Apple TV can do.

In many cases you can do more on the Apple TV than you can on a Smart TV and it gets better software support over the long run with updates throughout the year. Apple normally releases small updates every few months to fix bugs and then adds in bigger features with updates one or two times each year. The updates are free and come alongside iPhone and iPad updates.

Here’s a look at the coolest things that the Apple TV can do in your house or in your office. This can help you decide if it is worth buying for entertainment center.

Updated June 2018 with new tvOS features coming to the Apple TV this fall.

Rent Movies & TV Shows

Rent Movies & TV Shows

The Apple TV is the center of your home entertainment system. You can stream movies and TV shows from a wide range of services. 

This includes watching new releases from iTunes or watching your favorite TV shows on Hulu Plus. You can use Netflix and other streaming services so that you are covered when it comes to watching old, new, odd and super popular.  

You'll also find CBS News, The Weather Channel, Vimeo, YouTuibe, Facebook Videos, VEVO, PBS and many other apps that allow you to stream videos and movies to your TV with a purchase or with a subscription.   



  1. André Tavares

    04/13/2018 at 7:42 am

    Didn’t like this article. From 19 things, 10+ were about the same…

  2. Yuri

    04/13/2018 at 8:10 pm

    I buy iTunes content on my iMac and then stream to the AppleTV via our ethernet router. I’ve never noticed any lag or need for buffering. However, if I’m just renting a movie, I’ll do it on the AppleTV using the same router. I do see buffering at that point, but I doubt that a bigger HDD is going to make any difference.

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