Should You Dump Your Cable For An Apple TV?


Apple TV Provides A New 'View' Of TV And Cable

Viewing television has never been as exciting as it is today. The definition of TV has changed, thanks to productssuch as Apple TV. Launched in 2007, Apple TV served as a means of consolidating iTunes services such as music, TV shows, movies, and podcasts into one system. Apple TV is unique in that it is essentially a launching point for a wide range of content. However, the most popular Internet TV viewing services must still be purchased in order to access it (through monthly subscription fees). Apple TV works best if you already have an iTunes account, as all content is driven from that ecosystem.  

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Cable TV is available widely, but you will have to do some research to find the type of products and services you are looking for. Additionally, there is the question of availability since most cable companies have alimited number of service areasApple TV is driven by the speed of your Internet connection. You can take it almost anywhere and no cable lines are needed.


Cable TV: The cable TV experience is familiar to most families, as itrequires two simple things, really: a cable line and cable box. Cable TV still has the advantage of offering network programming and sporting events as they occur in real time, and for some consumers, that is still avery attractive service.

Apple TV: If you are tired of viewing content on your iPod Touch or iPad, Apple TV steps in to give you a wider screen and boosts your TV to“smart” status, if it is not already. Apple TV offers a gateway to suchpopular services as Netflix, Hulu, Crackle and other Internet content providers. If you already own a library of movies, TV shows and other video content, Apple TV was made to work in tandem with it.


Actually, though they function differently, both cable TV and Apple TVshare one commonality: hardware. A box is required for both.

Cable TV: Usually bundled with a remote control and a cable box and/or DVR.

Apple TV: Requires a reliable Internet connection, Wi-Fi, or an Ethernet network (to connect the Apple TV box directly to your television). You will also need: an iTunes Store account, providing access to renting and buying movies; a Netflix subscription, if you are interested in viewing Netflix content; a Hulu Plus subscription if you are interested in viewing Hulu content; also, sports fans should acquire NBANHL GameCenter Live, or MLB TV accounts for viewing sports content on Apple TV.


Cable provides both live programming and on demand services. Both cable TV and Apple TV are now providing new movies released either in conjunction with the Blu-ray/DVD release, and more often than not, areavailable for download before retail stores offer it.

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Cable TV: ranges from $50-$200 or more per month (depending on your package). There may also be installation costs and taxes.

Apple TV: No monthly fees, but the box retails for $99.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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