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Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Apple TV screenshots that show you exactly what to do.



Help when you run into problems or limitations.



Tips and Notes to help you get the most from Apple TV.



Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through doing everything you want to do with your Apple TV. Learn how to:





Set up your Apple TV-and how to do it faster with an iPhone
Control a home entertainment system using the Apple TV
Use Siri to find content, launch apps, and get useful information
Rent and buy movies and TV shows from iTunes
Stream video from Netflix (R), Hulu, HBO (R), and Showtime (R)
Find every app that offers the movie or TV show you're looking for with just one search
Make your Apple TV even more fun by finding and using the best apps and games
Use your Apple TV remote as a motion-sensitive game controller
Enjoy music on your TV, including how to use Apple Music
Set restrictions to prevent kids from accessing adult material
Control your Apple TV using an iPhone
Customize your Apple TV to fit how you use it
Configure settings for people with visual impairments
Solve common problems with the device
Discover the hidden features and shortcuts that let you truly master the Apple TV



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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 229 x 16mm | 498g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0789750171
  • 9780789750174
  • 2,330,850

Table of contents

Introduction 1

Using This Book ................................................................................................................1

Chapter 1: Introduction to Your Apple TV 5

Understanding What the Apple TV Is...........................................................5

What You'll Need .............................................................................................................7

A Fast Internet Connection ...........................................................................7

High-Definition Television..............................................................................7

HDMI Cable ..................................................................................................................8

An Apple ID .................................................................................................................8

What You Might Want .............................................................................................10

Surge Protector .....................................................................................................10

Ethernet Cable .......................................................................................................11

Home Theater System or Soundbar ...................................................11

iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch ........................................................................12

iCloud Account ......................................................................................................12

Remote Loop ...........................................................................................................13

Game Controllers ................................................................................................14

Setting Up the Apple TV .......................................................................................14

Learn the Apple TV's Ports and Connectors ...............................15

Choose Ethernet vs. Wi-Fi ............................................................................16

Connect to a Receiver/Home Theater ..............................................17

Get to Know the Remote Control .........................................................17

Set Up Your Apple TV ......................................................................................20

Set Up Apple TV Using iPhone or iPad ............................................23

Get to Know the Apple TV Home Screen ......................................24

Control Your TV and/or Receiver with the Apple TV Remote .........................26

Use the Apple TV Remote to Control TV Volume ...................27

Use the Remote to Put the Apple TV to Sleep ..........................29

Chapter 2: Controlling Your Apple TV: The Remote, Siri,and Search 31

Using the Remote Control ..................................................................................31

How to Pair the Remote Control with the Apple TV ...........33

Use a Third-Party Remote with Apple TV ......................................34

How to Edit Third-Party Remote Control Settings ................36

How to Remove Third-Party Remote Controls .........................37

The Basics of Using the Remote ............................................................38

Use Fast Forward and Reverse ................................................................39

How to Control Games ...................................................................................40

Charge the Remote's Batteries ................................................................42

How to Tell When Your Battery Is Low ..............................................42

How to Connect Bluetooth Headphones to Apple TV ......44

How to Connect a Third-Party Game Controller to Apple TV ..............................................................................................................45

Using the Remote App ...........................................................................................46

How to Set Up the Remote App ............................................................47

How to Use the Remote App ....................................................................48

Using Siri to Control the Apple TV ...............................................................50

Activating Siri..........................................................................................................50

Frequently Used Siri Commands ..........................................................51

Searching the Apple TV .........................................................................................56

Universal Search ...................................................................................................56

How to Search Using Siri ..............................................................................57

Refine Your Searches ........................................................................................59

Search Using the Search App ...................................................................60

Anatomy of the Search Results Screen ...........................................61

Chapter 3: Using iTunes for TV and Movies 67

Renting and Buying Movies at iTunes ......................................................67

Search for Movies ................................................................................................68

Browsing Movies..................................................................................................69

Browse Featured Releases ...........................................................................69

Browse By Genre ..................................................................................................69

Anatomy of the Movie Detail Screen ................................................71

Rent and Buy Movies .......................................................................................71

Rules for Rentals ...................................................................................................73

Watch Movies .........................................................................................................74

Learn About the Movie You're Watching .......................................76

Watch Previous iTunes Movie Purchases .......................................77

Turn on Subtitles for Movies and TV .................................................78

Buying TV Shows at iTunes .................................................................................79

Search for TV Shows .........................................................................................79

Browse TV Shows ................................................................................................80

Buy TV Shows .........................................................................................................82

Buy a Season Pass ...............................................................................................83

Get New Episodes Via Season Pass .....................................................84

Watch TV Shows ...................................................................................................84

Watch Previous iTunes TV Show Purchases ................................87

Using Home Sharing to Watch Movies and TV Shows from Your Computer ........................................................................................88

Enable Home Sharing .....................................................................................89

Watch Movies and TV Shows Using Home Sharing .............90

Chapter 4: Using Other Video Apps: Netflix, HBO, and More 93

Using Network TV Apps.........................................................................................93

Watch Network TV Apps ...............................................................................94

Network TV Apps with Streaming Services .................................97

Using Netflix .....................................................................................................................98

Log In to Your Netflix Account ................................................................98

Subscribe to Netflix ...........................................................................................99

Search for Movies and TV ........................................................................ 101

Add Movies and TV Shows to Your Netflix Queue ............ 102

Remove Movies and TV from Your Netflix Queue ............. 103

Options to Watch and Control Movies and TV Shows on Netflix ......................................................................................................... 104

How to Rate Content ................................................................................... 106

Using HBO ...................................................................................................................... 107

Sign In to HBO GO .......................................................................................... 108

Sign In to HBO NOW..................................................................................... 110

Sign Up for HBO NOW ................................................................................ 111

Finding Content in HBO Apps ............................................................. 113

Add Items to the Watchlist ..................................................................... 114

Options to Watch and Control Movies and TV on HBO .......................... 115

Using Showtime ....................................................................................................... 117

Sign In To Showtime Anytime ............................................................. 117

Sign In To Showtime Streaming ........................................................ 119

Sign Up For Showtime Streaming ................................................... 120

Finding Content In Showtime Apps .............................................. 122

Add Items to My List .................................................................................... 123

Options to Watch and Control Movies and TV on Showtime ................................................. 124

Using Hulu ..................................................................................................................... 126

Sign In to Your Hulu Account ............................................................... 126

Subscribe to Hulu ........................................................................................... 127

Find Content in Hulu .................................................................................... 129

Options to Watch and Control Movies and TV Shows on Hulu ............................................................................................................. 130

Video Apps to Check Out ................................................................................. 132

Chapter 5: Using Apps and Games 137

Finding Apps and Games ................................................................................. 137

Search the Apple TV App Store .......................................................... 138

Browse the Apple TV App Store ........................................................ 138

All About the App Detail Screen ....................................................... 140

Downloading and Managing Apps ......................................................... 141

How to Buy Apps ............................................................................................. 142

Stop Having to Enter Your Password for Every Download ............................ 143

Delete Apps .......................................................................................................... 145

Requesting Refunds for Paid Apps.................................................. 147

Manage Your Storage .................................................................................. 148

Review Apps at the App Store ............................................................ 150

Playing Games on the Apple TV ................................................................ 151

Use the Siri Remote to Play Games................................................. 152

Use Third-Party Game Controllers ................................................... 153

Sign In to Game Center ............................................................................. 154

Use Game Center to Check Scores .................................................. 155

Challenge Friends to Games ................................................................. 156

Use Game Center for Multiplayer Gaming ............................... 157

Managing In-App Purchases and Subscriptions ......................... 159

Make In-App Purchases ............................................................................. 160

Turn Off In-App Purchases ...................................................................... 161

Manage Your Subscriptions ................................................................... 162

Updating Apps to New Versions................................................................ 163

Enable Automatic App Updates ........................................................ 164

Apps Worth Checking Out .............................................................................. 164

Chapter 6: Music Television: Music on the Apple TV 169

Accessing and Playing Your Music ........................................................... 170

Access Your iTunes Music Library ..................................................... 170

Use Your Full iTunes Library on the Apple TV........................ 172

Browse Your Music Library ...................................................................... 173

Search Your Music Library ....................................................................... 175

Use Siri to Search for Music ................................................................... 176

Using Apple Music ................................................................................................. 177

Sign Up for Apple Music ........................................................................... 178

Cancel Apple Music ....................................................................................... 178

Add Songs and Albums from Apple Music to Your Library ......................... 180

Remove Apple Music Songs or Albums from Your Library ...................... 182

Listening to Music .................................................................................................. 184

Play Your Music ................................................................................................. 184

Master the Playback Screen .................................................................. 185

Favorite Songs ................................................................................................... 188

Shuffle Your Music .......................................................................................... 189

Use Playlists .......................................................................................................... 192

Use Sound Check to Equalize Song Volumes ........................ 193

Discover New Music in Apple Music ...................................................... 194

Get Recommendations from Apple with For You .............. 195

Improve the For You Recommendations ................................... 196

Check Out the Latest Releases ............................................................ 196

Tuning In Radio on Your TV ............................................................................ 197

Listen to Beats 1 ............................................................................................... 198

Enjoy Curated Radio Stations in Your Favorite Genres ....199

Create Custom Radio Stations ............................................................. 201

Modify Your Curated or Custom Radio Stations ................. 203

Using Pandora on Apple TV ........................................................................... 205

Music Apps to Check Out ................................................................................ 206

Chapter 7: Advanced TV Topics 211

Viewing Photos and Videos on Your Apple TV ............................. 211

Sign In to iCloud Photo Stream .......................................................... 212

View Photos and Videos on Your Apple TV ............................. 213

Use Apple TV to Display a Slideshow ........................................... 214

Access Photos on Your Computer Without Using iCloud ....................... 215

Customizing Your Home Screen Layout ............................................. 217

Change the Home Screen Layout .................................................... 217

Using Content Restrictions ............................................................................. 218

Enable Content Restrictions .................................................................. 219

Manage Content Restrictions .............................................................. 220

Turn Off Content Restrictions .............................................................. 222

Reset Your Password (and Everything Else) ............................. 223

Using AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring ....................................................... 225

Stream Audio from an iPhone or iPad ......................................... 225

Stream Audio from a Mac ........................................................................ 227

Enable AirPlay Mirroring from an iPhone or iPad .............. 229

AirPlay Mirroring from a Mac ............................................................... 230

Configure AirPlay Settings ...................................................................... 232

Understanding the Apple TV's Advanced Audio and Video Settings .................................................................................................... 233

Change HDMI Output Format ............................................................. 233

Adjust the Apple TV's Output Resolution ................................. 234

Calibrate Your Television ........................................................................... 235

Change Your Audio Mode ....................................................................... 236

Change Your Audio Output ................................................................... 236

Chapter 8: Take Control of Your Apple TV's Settings 239

Setting Your Screensaver .................................................................................. 239

Use Apple's Screensavers ......................................................................... 240

Use Your Photos as Screensavers ...................................................... 242

Choose How Quickly Screensavers Appear ............................ 243

Tweak Your Auto-Sleep Setting .......................................................... 244

Controlling Your Privacy Settings ............................................................. 245

Disable Location Services ........................................................................ 245

Control Location Services for Individual Apps ..................... 247

Don't Share Diagnostic Data ................................................................. 247

Limit Ad Tracking............................................................................................. 249

Customizing Interface Settings .................................................................. 250

Make Onscreen Text Easier to Read................................................ 250

Reduce Transparency Effects ................................................................ 251

Enable High-Contrast Focus Style.................................................... 252

Reduce Animations and Motion ....................................................... 252

Turn Off Navigation Clicks ...................................................................... 253

Disable Sound Effects and Music ..................................................... 254

Turn Off Siri ........................................................................................................... 254

Configuring Accessibility Settings ........................................................... 255

Enable Closed Captions ............................................................................ 255

Change the Closed Caption Style .................................................... 256

Create a Custom Closed Caption Style ........................................ 257

Enable Audio Descriptions ..................................................................... 259

Change the Default Subtitle Language ...................................... 259

Make Apple TV Read Onscreen Text Using VoiceOver .....260

Make Onscreen Elements Bigger with Zoom ........................ 262

Enable Accessibility Shortcut ............................................................... 263

Chapter9: Troubleshooting Apple TV 265

Restarting the Apple TV .................................................................................... 265

Restart the Apple TV Using the Remote .................................... 266

Restart the Apple TV Using the Settings App ....................... 266

Updating the Operating System ............................................................... 267

Update tvOS Manually ............................................................................... 268

Automatically Update tvOS ................................................................... 269

Resetting or Restoring the Apple TV ..................................................... 269

Reset or Restore the Apple TV ............................................................. 270

Backing Up the Apple TV ................................................................................. 271

Fixing Problems with Your Account........................................................ 272

Solve Apple ID Problems .......................................................................... 272

Recover a Forgotten Apple ID Password ................................... 274

Solving Problems with the Siri Remote .............................................. 277

Charge the Battery ......................................................................................... 277

What to Do If the Remote Isn't Working .................................... 277

Resolving Internet Connection Issues .................................................. 278

Check Your Network Connection ..................................................... 278

Reset Your Wireless Router ..................................................................... 279

Reset Your Cable Modem ......................................................................... 279

Getting Help from Apple .................................................................................. 280

Get Help at the Apple Store .................................................................. 281

Get Phone Support from Apple ......................................................... 286

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About Sam Costello

Sam Costello lives in Providence, Rhode Island. He has written about technology, movies, books, comics, and more for magazines and websites including PC World, CNN.com, Rue Morgue, Amazing Stories, and InfoWorld.



He previously wrote My iPad for Kids (2012) for Que Publishing.



Sam has been the About.com iPhone and iPod Expert since 2007. At that site-http://ipod.about.com-he writes reviews, how-tos, and tech support articles about the iPhone, iPod, iTunes, and other Apple technologies.



In addition to nonfiction, he also writes comics and short stories, including the award-winning horror webcomic Split Lip.



By day, Sam is a business analyst in the Boston office of Digitas, a leading digital marketing agency, where he focuses on mobile and innovation projects.



Sam lives with his partner Jenn and their cats, Oni and Clarence. He holds a Media Studies degree from Ithaca College.



Website: http://www.samcostello.net



Twitter: @samcostello
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