Get savvy advice and hip tips on using Apple TV The Portable Genius series is all about getting the most from your Apple-inspired digital lifestyle and the popular and inexpensive Apple TV is no exception. With this helpful guide, you'll find important basics on how to stream Internet content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and iTune. In addition, you'll learn how Apple TV fully integrates with both iOS and OS X and acts as a media hub for viewing content from the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac via an HDTV. Covering everything from simply connecting the device to a home entertainment system through setting up accounts and finding content, this handy resource is packed with tips and tricks that are all aimed at helping you get the most from your Apple TV.
Offers little-known tips and tricks for streaming movies from popular services to your Apple TV as well as using Apple TV as a media hub Features detailed guidance on wirelessly connecting to personal computers and tablets Highlights ways in which you can take full advantage of AirPlay and iCloud to stream and share content from your computer or iOS device Small and portable, Apple TV Portable Genius is packed with tips and techniques about the things you most want to know about your Apple TV.
Acknowledgments ix Introduction xviii Chapter 1 How Do I Connect and Set Up My Apple TV? 2 Unboxing Your Apple TV 4 Getting the Correct Cables and Adapters 4 Using an HDMI cable for an HDTV 6 Using a component or composite video converter 7 Connecting Your Apple TV 9 Identifying the ports on your Apple TV 10 Connecting your Apple TV to a TV or monitor 11 Connecting your Apple TV to speakers 12 Connecting your Apple TV to the Internet 13 Connecting your Apple TV to a power socket 13 Setting Up Your Apple TV 13 Starting your Apple TV and choosing the language 14 Connecting your Apple TV to a network 14 Choosing whether to send information to Apple 17 Changing the Apple TV Internet Connection 18 Switching from one wireless network to another 18 Sharing your computer's Internet connection with the Apple TV 20 Putting Your Apple TV to Sleep and Waking It 26 Chapter 2 How Can I Customize My Apple TV? 28 Naming Your Apple TV 30 Manually Configuring Network Settings 31 Testing the Network Configuration 36 Using Parental Controls 37 Pairing the Apple Remote 41 Choosing When Your Apple TV Sleeps 42 Configuring General Settings 42 Setting the time zone 42 Setting the language 44 Choosing Accessibility settings 44 Configuring Your iTunes Store account 45 Choosing a screen saver 47 Choosing Audio and Video Settings 51 Setting Up AirPlay 55 Turning On Home Sharing 56 Chapter 3 How Can I Make the Most of Music on My Apple TV? 58 Playing Music on Your Apple TV 60 Creating a Music Library on Your Mac or PC 60 Setting iTunes to create high-quality audio files from a CD 61 Picking the best encoding for your needs 63 Choosing where to store your library 64 Importing a CD 66 Adding existing music files to iTunes 69 Converting music file formats 71 Creating fixed playlists and Smart playlists 72 Playing Music from iCloud 77 Setting up iTunes Match on your Mac or PC 77 Playing music from iCloud 79 Streaming Music to Your Apple TV 86 Streaming music from your Mac or PC 86 Streaming music from your iOS device 87 Streaming the Screen of an iOS Device to Your Apple TV 88 Chapter 4 How Do I Set Up and Use Home Sharing? 90 Understanding Home Sharing 92 Setting Up Home Sharing 92 Setting up Home Sharing in iTunes 92 Setting up Home Sharing on an iOS device 96 Setting up Home Sharing on your iPad 96 Setting up Home Sharing on your iPhone or iPod touch 96 Setting up Home Sharing on your Apple TV 97 Playing Content via Home Sharing 98 Playing content via Home Sharing on another computer 98 Copying files from one computer library to another 99 Playing content via Home Sharing on Apple TV 101 Playing content via Home Sharing on an iOS device 103 Playing content via Home Sharing on an iPhone or iPod touch 103 Playing content via Home Sharing on an iPad 104 Chapter 5 How Can I Watch Movies and Videos on My Apple TV? 106 Choosing How to Watch Movies and Videos 108 Using the Movies App 109 Previewing and renting movies 112 Buying a movie 112 Searching for movies or finding them with Genius 113 Creating a Wish List and using the Purchased list 114 Using the TV Shows App 114 Browsing and Finding TV Shows 115 Viewing show information and finding episodes 117 Watching previews and adding shows to Favorites 118 Returning to previously purchased TV shows 119 Using the Trailers App 119 Watching Movies and TV Shows on Netflix 121 Selecting movies and shows 121 Viewing information about or watching a video 123 Watching Videos on Hulu Plus 123 Choosing movies and shows 124 Viewing information about and playing a video 127 Watching Videos on Vimeo 127 Launching the Vimeo app and signing in 128 Browsing for content 128 Searching for and playing videos 130 Chapter 6 How Can I Create Videos to Watch on My Apple TV? 132 Understanding Which Video Formats Your Apple TV Can Play 134 Checking Whether a Video Will Play on Your Apple TV 134 Creating Videos with Your iOS Device 136 Creating Files from Video Clips on a Mac or PC 136 Converting Video File Formats 137 Creating Video Files from DVDs 140 Understanding the legalities of copying DVDs 140 OS X tools for copying DVD files 140 Windows tools for copying DVD files 142 Chapter 7 How Can I Listen to the Radio and Podcasts on My Apple TV? 144 Listening to the Radio 146 Opening the Radio app and finding stations 146 Creating a list of favorite radio stations 147 Playing an unlisted station 148 Listening to Podcasts 150 Finding podcasts 150 Viewing information about or playing a podcast 153 Finding unlisted podcasts 154 Chapter 8 What Can I Do with Photos on My Apple TV? 156 Understanding Photo Stream 158 Setting Up Photo Stream 158 Setting up Photo Stream on a Mac 158 Setting up Photo Stream on a PC 160 Setting up Photo Stream on your iOS device 164 Setting up Photo Stream on your Apple TV 164 Viewing Photos with Photo Stream 166 Browsing individual photos 166 Viewing a slide show 167 Choosing slide show settings 167 Deleting a photo from Photo Stream 169 Browsing Photos on Flickr 169 Adding a Flickr contact 170 Adding a contact by name 170 Searching for a contact 171 Browsing a contact's albums and viewing slide shows 172 Chapter 9 How Do I Set Up and Use a Remote Control? 174 Replacing the Battery in the Apple Remote Control 176 Using a Different Remote Control with Your Apple TV 176 Choosing a suitable remote for the Apple TV 177 Configuring a remote for use with the Apple TV 177 Renaming, reconfiguring, or deleting a remote 181 Using an iOS Device as a Remote Control 183 Downloading and installing the Remote app using an iOS device 183 Downloading and installing the Remote app using iTunes 183 Controlling the Apple TV with the Remote app 184 Chapter 10 What Can I Do with the WSJ Live App? 188 Opening the WSJ Live App 190 Watching Live Broadcasts 190 Finding Programs 190 Browsing the schedule 190 Browsing the full list 192 Browsing by category 194 Searching for programs 196 Chapter 11 How Can I Add More Capabilities to My Apple TV? 198 Sending Movies to Your Apple TV 200 Mirroring Your Computer on Your Apple TV with AirParrot 202 Working with AirParrot on a Mac 202 Working with AirParrot on a PC 203 Displaying your desktop on your Apple TV 204 Displaying a single app on your Apple TV 205 Extending a Mac desktop to your Apple TV 205 Understanding Jailbreaking 206 Adding Capabilities with aTV Flash 207 Chapter 12 How Can I Troubleshoot My Apple TV? 210 Keeping Your Apple TV Updated 212 Performing Essential Troubleshooting Moves 213 Restarting your Apple TV 214 Resetting your Apple TV 214 Restoring your Apple TV 215 Troubleshooting Remote Control Issues 218 The Apple Remote controls your Mac instead of your Apple TV 218 Your Apple TV doesn't respond to the Apple Remote 219 Checking the Apple Remote battery 220 Troubleshooting Network and Internet Issues 220 Manually configuring the Apple TV network settings 221 Fixing incorrect network settings 223 Troubleshooting wired network connection issues 224 Troubleshooting wireless network connection issues 225 The Apple TV loses its wireless connection 225 The Apple TV has a wireless connection but no Internet connection 226 The Apple TV claims the Wi-Fi password is incorrect 227 Troubleshooting Internet connection issues 228 Your Apple TV loses its Internet connection 228 You get a message that the iTunes Store is unavailable 229 Troubleshooting Display Issues 230 No video appears on the TV screen 230 Video playback is choppy or interrupted 231 App icons disappear from the Home screen 231 Troubleshooting Home Sharing Issues 232 Providing the conditions Home Sharing needs 233 Updating to the latest version of iTunes 233 Updating your iOS devices 233 Checking your Internet connection 234 Checking for other network issues 234 Using the same Apple ID on each computer and device 235 Troubleshooting authorization problems 235 Troubleshooting connection issues 236 Restarting iTunes 236 Restarting your computer 237 Restarting Home Sharing 237 Turning on the wake for network access feature on a Mac 237 Troubleshooting Content Issues 239 The Movies and TV Shows apps don't appear on the Home screen 239 The Apple TV says it's not authorized to play content 240 Your Apple TV gives you an HDCP error 240 The Apple TV can't play content from the iTunes Store 241 Troubleshooting AirPlay Issues 241 The AirPlay icon is missing from iTunes or your iOS device 242 AirPlay playback is disrupted 246 Connect your Apple TV via Ethernet 246 Turn off Bluetooth on your iOS device 246 Minimize interference on your wireless network 246 Setting your router to give AirPlay higher Quality of Service priority 251 Configuring an Apple TV Using Apple Configurator 252 Getting started with Apple Configurator 253 Creating a configuration profile 254 Installing a configuration profile on an Apple TV 256 Index 258