Apple TV Review 2015

Apple TV Review

Apple TV Review 2015This is the Apple TV Review 2015 from WaysToWatch.com. It has been rumored for years that Apple was developing a product that would revolutionize how we experience television. And what I expected most was for this product to free me from cable companies. Does the new Apple TV live up to the years of built up expectation? In terms of design the Apple TV is simple and doesn’t distract. The remote looks and feels amazing. It is has six buttons a touch surface. With this remote Apple seems to have gotten more complex instead of sticking with its characteristic simplicity. You can call up Siri, adjust volume, and control games. Even though the touch surface is a main selling point. It did not do it for me. Sure it’s better, but not by much.

Apple TV Review Tech

Oddly the iphone remote app is not compatible with the new Apple TV. So, you have no convenient way to enter text. When it comes to performance the Apple TV has an A8 64-bit chip. Everything about the Apple TV is snappy and responsive. Games look amazing. This is the bet gaming performance you can get out side of the playstation and xbox. It lacks 4k support, but there still isn’t a lot of 4k content so at this point you probably won’t miss it much. The connections will have you covered with HDMI 1.4 and Ethernet. Siri can be a mixed experience on the iPhone. But when Siri has to only answer questions that pertain to movies and tv shows it performs consistently.

Apple TV Streaming Channels

Apple TV has most of the services you will want. Netflix, Hulu and, of course, iTunes are all here. A significant number of my digital movies are through VUDU, so it is disappointing to see that there is no VUDU app. It is odd that there are apps from VUDU and Amazon Video on the iPhone but not on the Apple TV. Even though the potential of TV-OS is promising, you still need to have a cable subscription to access the shows and movies you normally watch. Specifically, there is no way for you to watch NBC, Fox, ABC, ESPN or AMC for the Walking dead without a subscription. But say you choose to only go with apps that require a monthly subscription. Here is short list that most of us would consider. HBO Now ( for game of thrones) $14.99 , Showtime $11, CBS All Access $6, Netflix (house of cards) $8.99, and let’s add HULU for access to from FOX, NBC and ABC. That’ll cost $11.99. and through the league passes for the NBA($30/month) and MLB($19) that will cost you $101.99/month. If you can skip sports and premium channels and just go with HULU. $11.99 a month is not bad. Any benefits in cost evaporate once you try to add sports. What can I say, the User Interface is second to none. It looks absolutely amazing. It is new and fresh and the parallax posters are a nice touch. This easily beats any UI from the competition. Overall it is really easy to find what I want. For $149 streaming box, the Apple TV offers the best experience when compared to chromecast or Amazon Fire TV. When compared to cable companies, it was disappointing to realize that you don’t actually save much money. Its hard to gauge whether the Apple TV is a great product or if its just the best streaming box amongst a set of mediocre streaming boxes. But the Apple TV has far more potential when compared to the competition. When more apps are created specifically for the Apple TV, apps that are truly interactive, then we will get something that more closely resembles the revolutionary product we’ve been waiting for. This has been the WaysToWatch.com review of the 2015 Apple TV. Be sure to subscribe to get the best Ways To Watch movies and tv at home. This is Lawrence for WaysToWatch.com. I’ll see you soon. You can re-watch this video at our Youtube channel!

Amazon Fire TV (2015) Review

Amazon Fire TV 2015 Review

This is the WaysToWatch.com review of the 2015 Amazon Fire TV. Does it live up to the hype? How does it rank amongst the new streaming devices from Google and Apple?

Amazon Fire TV Design

It features the same design from the previous model. There is not much more than a square box. But who cares about the exterior? It is about how it feels and performs.

Amazon Fire TV Remote

The remote is well made, but there are issues with the back of the remote. It is hard to remove it. After working through the back of the remote, the remote actually feels really good in my hand. It works well and is really responsive. The iOS Fire TV App is helpful and easy to use.

Streaming On The Amazon Fire TV

It performs well for streaming, but is limited when it comes to gaming. Amazon’s ASAP feature aims to eliminate buffering time by assuming what you will watch. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime work on Fire TV. If you have a Plex Media Server, good news, the Fire TV can stream movies from the server.

Alexa on Amazon

Amazon’s Alexa voice service can play music, do searches, check sports scores, and provides weather forecast.

X-Ray, FreeTime On The Amazon Fire TV

Another feature from Amazon for the Fire TV is X-Ray. X-ray gives you information about a movie or TV show, like which actors are in a particular scene. Parent can use FreeTime as their parental control tool. All of the main streaming services are available on the Fire TV. The user interface on the Fire TV can be confusing, overall it is a decent streaming box.

Sony offers Ultra HD player and Xperia Tablet S to buyers of Ultra HD TV

Do you have an extra $25k? If you do then you are in luck. Recently, Sony announced the release of their first consumer Ultra HD television. The Ultra HD standard has 4 times the resolution of current top level HDTV. To sweeten the deal, Sony is now offering a Ultra HD video player and an Xperia Tablet S for a remote control. Sony is hushing critics who point to the lack of Ultra HD video content. The 4k Ultra HD TV model number Sony XBR-84X900 upscales all video inputs to near 4k Ultra HD quality. The 4k Ultra HD Player is a hard-disc server that will come preloaded with 10 movies: The Amazing Spiderman, Total Recall (2012) and Salt, to name a few. In addition, the server will have music videos and performances.
Sony was not the first to bring an Ultra HD TV to market, but they are the first to provide a complete viewing experience. Looking for a competitive edge in the over saturated HDTV market, Sony is besting LG, its only competitor in Ultra HD televisions by providing content to take advantage of every pixel on its new Ultra HD television.

3net To Develop First Native Ultra High Definition TV Show

The first native 4K show will be coming from 3net Studios, a joint venture between Sony, Imax, and Discovery. Their initial productions include Space, a three part series covering everything from the big bang to space in the future. This show will be shown in  all formats; 4K, 2K, 3D, and 2D, or what 3net calls “TotalD.” This show will be giving you “deeply stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD shots to immerse the viewer within space itself…” 3net is also planning on releasing Marksman, a 3D stop-motion graphic novel series, as well as a few other shows. So if you plan on getting a second mortgage to pick up a 4K TV, you can expect to see some native 4K content sometime in 2013. Read more about it here.

CEA Announces Ultra HD

The next generation of high definition is upon us, and it will be officially called “Ultra HD.” The Consumer Electronics Association has decided to come up with the new term to help consumers differentiate between the old and the new. The current standard for HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 will be bumped up to 3840 x 2160, which means your next set will be packed with over eight million pixels.  That should make your viewing experience better if you hope to someday outfit your home with an even larger screen. Sony and LG are among some of the manufacturers who have announced 4K sets with this new resolution. So let us look forward to enjoying this new standard which will really allow us to see all the imperfections on our favorite movie stars’ faces.