Monday, November 18, 2013

Apple TV has got it all! Review and Giveaway ~ CAN only Ends 12/2

*sponsored post ~ I received an Apple TV to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own*

Entertainment powerhouse that fits in the palm of your hand!

Have you heard of Apple TV yet? I had heard of it a while ago but really didn't know much about it at all until just recently when I was given the opportunity to review it. We've been using it in our home for the past couple weeks and honestly we really love it. There are probably a number of features that we still need to discover but the family has really enjoyed using it so far.

I don't know if you've had the same experience as we have, but about a year ago we decided that subscribing to satellite service was just getting far too expensive. We made the decision to cut it off and downgraded to a antenna that hubby installed himself on the roof. It gets us a number of stations so we can watch a few of our favourite shows on TV for free. We've also subscribed to Netflix for a measly $7.99 per month. Not bad eh? We went from a monthly bill of over $100 for satellite to less than $10 per month. With our Apple TV we now have even more options without breaking the bank.



Apple TV sells for just $109 in Canada and offers so much. The first think I was really amazed by was it's size. So small it fits in the palm of your hand. If your media cabinet is tight on space, no worries, it doesn't need much room. It also comes with a cute little remote. (Just be careful the kids don't lose it, lol) Set up was amazingly quick and simple. You'll need to purchase a HDMI cable separately to connect it to your TV. Then plug in the power cord and get set up. Right away the Apple TV searched for nearby wireless networks. We selected out network and entered the password and we were ready to go!

    

There's an amazing library of movies, TV shows, and more available through the iTunes Store that you can enjoy right on your HDTV. Many HD movies and TV shows feature Dolby Digital 5.1 and are often available the same day they come out on DVD. My girls are 5 and 10 now and after years of collection DVD's our living room is getting overcrowded with DVD cases and more often than not the right DVD's are not in the right cases. Movies go missing all the time. From now on purchasing movies through the iTunes store makes so much sense. They won't go missing or get scratched or even broken. They'll all be stored safely and available to watch whenever we want. Sounds good to me. Guess we'll slowly but surely start building our library.



Shortly after setting up our new Apple TV there was an update available which added several new channels. So far my favourites are Netflix, YouTube and Vevo. 

I love having YouTube because there is an endless number of videos to watch. Whether it's hilarious clips of a baby panda sneezing or a dog riding a skateboard or full length movies and TV shows, you'll never get bored with YouTube. Plus it's free! I love free :) One of my favourite shows of all time is Roseanne. Don't laugh. I'm serious. YouTube has full episodes and I love that I can now watch them on my TV instead of the screen of my laptop. The girls are also able to watch a ton of kids shows like Wild Kratt's, which is their favourite, and so many more. Love YouTube!


If you are a big sports fan you'll love the MLB.TV, NHL, and MLB channels. Some features may require a subscription at an additional charge. For example, with the NHL channel you can view the standings and game highlights for free, but a subscription is required to NHL GAMECENTER to view full and condensed games. Unfortunately you won't have access to live nationally broadcast or local market games due to restrictions but these do become available to watch after 48 hours. Even so, this is a great option for die hard sports fans who want access to live games throughout the league. My hubby is going to love it! 


Next up! Vevo. I never really watched a lot of music vidoes on TV before because I don't get to chose what I want to watch and many of the videos I just wasn't interested it. Vevo is great because I can not only view what's popular but search for the artists and videos I want to watch. 


I'm a fan of a lot of Katy Perry's songs so I typed her into the search and came up with 78 videos.  'Roar' is my favourite right now. There's even a video on the making of the music video. I've watched this one over and over more than a few times.



Anyway, what else can I say. We LOVE our new Apple TV and I'm sure you'll love it too. Like I said before, there is so much more that you can do with this device that we still need to discover. If you're family already has Apple devices and has a collection of purchased items from iTunes you've got a head start. Be sure to check out the Apple website to get a full picture of what this amazing device can really do. For example with AirPlay, you can wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to your widescreen TV via Apple TV.


Here's a quick rundown of it's features:

  • With the best HD content and AirPlay, there’s always something good on TV. The new Apple TV with 1080p HD gives you access to the best content—movies, TV shows, live sports, your music and photos, and more—right on your widescreen TV.
  • Rent from the largest selection of HD movies, buy commercial-free HD TV shows, stream from the huge Netflix catalogue of movies and TV shows, browse and play YouTube and Vimeo videos, access online Flickr photos, watch HD podcasts, and listen to Internet radio
  • Wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your widescreen TV
  • View the most recent photos taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud
  • Watch live and archived MLB and NHL games in HD
  • With an iTunes Match subscription you can listen to all your favourite songs in your iCloud library from your HDTV
  • Enjoy all the photos, music and videos on your computer on the best TV and speakers in the house
  • Stream everything you watch over 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • Simple setup with a single HDMI cable for both audio and video (cable sold separately.)
  • Sleek design that’s small, quiet and energy efficient
  • 3rd Generation
Now, wouldn't you love to get one for your family?

You can purchase your new Apple TV from Staples Canada
OR
You can win one right here!

 Staples Canada is very generously offering my readers a chance to win an Apple TV.

Open to Canada only (excludes Quebec)
Ends December 2, 2013 at 11:59pm EST
Full terms and conditions at the end of the giveaway form 

160 comments:

  1. I would love to have this tv because i am a HUGE Apple fan. Would be proud to use it in my home! TY!

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  2. Because I am a huge apple fan, I have a mac, an ipad and an iphone so thing an apple tv would fit in well :)

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  3. because our is getting old & this one looks amazing<<<

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  4. I'd love to win an Apple tv, it would make a wonderful gift for my sons 21st. birthday in January!!!

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  5. I've heard a lot about it and would love to try it!

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  6. manitoba here, good luck everyone would love to win this

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  7. We love to watch movies at our house but have watched our DVDs a million times. We subscribe to Netflix but the kids need to watch it on my laptop because we don't have the wires needed to hook it up to the big TV. Apple TV sounds like a great option to allow us to watch things together on the big TV without having to see one of the same old movies again.

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  8. I would love to have Apple TV because we borrowed our kids PS3 so we could have Netflix in our bedroom. They would really appreciate if we got Apple TV and returned their Playstation to the family room!

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  9. I would love to have an Apple TV because I know my husband would love this as a gift. Shhhhh. I wont tell if you don't. :-)

    SueSueper

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  10. I have several apple products, I love apple simplicity and support, would be great to have apple tv ! heard great things about it :)

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  11. We dont have it. Although I ask my husband on a regular basis why we dont!! Our cable bill is crazy!! This is a great idea!

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  12. I love 1) its an apple product and 2) all of the channels!

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  13. I would love to have an apple TV for the channels.

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  14. I'd love it because we don't currently have any satellite or anything, so this would add to our TV experience without adding cost!

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  15. I am entering to try to win this for my son, he recently completed college and just started working, if I win I will for sure gift it to him for Christmas..:-)

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  16. I would love to have an Apple TV as the cable bill is beginning to drive me insane!! Well, that and being able to wifi my own stuff from the computer to the tv beats more cables!

    M

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  17. I would love to have an apple TV to get rid of cable once and for all! Thanks for the chance!

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  18. I'd love to try out an Apple TV because we don't have cable anymore...and also because my cat loves to watch "cat videos" on youtube but prefers watching the tv over my laptop for some reason... lol :-)

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  19. I would like to win this as a gift for my brother who is in Military and wont be able to come visit this Christmas!

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  20. My family would love to have an apple TV because, I was so frustrated paying so much monthly for my Satellite provider that in June of this year I had it shut off for lack of payment. I decided not to hook it back up as I simply could not afford such a high monthly bill. As I am sure many single moms can relate, you just have priorities and some things have to go, simply for lack of finances. I have heard about this Apple TV, but didn't know very much about it. I was so excited to read your review and find out how this new technology works. I really think this is the answer to my dreams, as far as TV dreams goes that is. My family watches TV on the internet right now, it's OK, but I do miss turning on the TV and relaxing.Thank you for this review, I have been searching for this great info.

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  22. I'd love to try out an Apple TV because the same as your family I was tired and frustrated with paying such high Satellite bills. As most single moms can relate, there is only so much to go around and it's all about priorities.We have been watching our shows and different thing online. It's OK but honestly I miss turning on the TV and channel surfing. Great review, I have been wondering about this product a lot lately, it seems to be a prefect fit for my family. Thanks !

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  23. 've heard a lot about it and would love to try it!

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  24. I would love Apple TV as we don't have the greatest cable company and it would be a much needed change for the better and cheaper too.

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  25. Would love to try, we don't even have tv service

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  26. I would love this as it would be great with my iPad or my Apple laptop.

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  27. I'd love to have an Apple TV for my family..we are big tv watchers and this would be an awesome Christmas gift

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  28. AppleTv is fab. I love the options available. Easy to watch Netflix and Hulu Would love to win this

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  29. I'd love this to watch different programs, Netflix etc.

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  30. I would an Apple TV so I can finally subscribe to netflix!

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  31. I would love this as I have 3 teenagers who all are saying they would love this (most of their friends have something like this ) and they say it is great and easing up the cable bill sure would be nice for me

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  32. I would love an Apple TV as I am a You Tube fanatic. I check out you tube at least twice a day, to be able to see it on my big screen tv would be fabulous. I had heard about Apple tv but didn't really get it until your post. Thanks. :)

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  33. I have heard some really good reviews and would love to try it myself.

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  34. I'd actually like to win this for my parents for Christmas. My Mom was always saying she'd like one - so here's my chance to get it for her ;)

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  35. We've been wanting to try this out for a while now!

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  36. I would love to try it for the different programs!

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  37. To be honest I've never really heard about this product until now. It's sounds interesting. I think I'd like to get it for my parents for Christmas -- they need something like this!

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  38. I would love this to get rid of cable and because of the channels :)

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  39. I would like to win this so we could get Netflix and put it on our television.

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  40. I'd love to be able to cancel our (pricey) cable.

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  41. I don't have cable, so this would be amazing!

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  42. I think this would be a great prize to win , thank you for the chance
    Teri St. Thomas

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  43. I'd love to have an Apple TV because although I've got a DVD player for my tv, I don't use it much. This looks a bit more user-friendly.

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  44. I would love Apple TV to interact with the internet easily. It would be wonderful to serve both as a TV and a digital computer.

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  45. I would love to have an Apple TV to give to my husband as a Christmas gift.

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  46. I would LOVE to have an Apple Tv so I can watch Netflix on it! My son watches Netflix on his PS3,so whenever we want to watch it,we have to keep moving around the PS3,,this would be great! hanks,great giveaway!

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  47. Because like you, I am tired of paying an arm and a leg for all of our TV and movie watching fun! I have been really curious about Apple TV and this would be a great opp to try it out!

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  48. hubby wants to get rid of the cable and just deal with apple tv

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  49. I'm an Apple fan and would love an upgrade from my regular tv

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  50. It would be so knew to me as I am technologically impaired.

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  51. This would be nice as my Husband and son both enjoy watching TV and they would find things to watch on the Apple TV to enjoy

    Londia

    silverneon2000 at yahoo dot com

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  52. heard alot abut it and would like to see what it is like

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  53. I would love to win because I can stop paying high satellite bills

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  54. I would love to stream videos from my iphone to my tv .

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  55. I'd love to gift this to my sister in law and her family for Christmas, as she's been asking for ways to get Netflix on their tv!

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  56. I've also heard a lot about it, but have no experience with it. Would love a new toy to play with.

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  57. I also have heard about it but have never played with out. Would love a chance to check it out.

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  58. I would love to win this so that I can have more selection on tv for less money!

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  59. We are downsizing and wanting to move into a smaller place so the apple tv would be perfect.

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  60. I would love to win this mainly so that we can stop using cable, but also I would like to be able to watch shows from iTunes!

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  61. it has very nice features

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  62. I would love to win this for my hubby he would be in heaven lol

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  63. I have heard really awesome things about it!

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  64. I'd love to win because it's a great way to cut some cable costs, and I can stream right on the tv!

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  65. I would love to win Apple TV! Cable is so expensive!

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  66. My husband would love it and I have never had one so not sure what it all offers but I know the cable bill would be cut!

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  67. I would love to win the Apple TV because I would love to have something to use to watch shows and movies in bed. I do have a iTunes account and I do have many many shows that I have already bought to watch on ipad but it would be nice to watch them on a bigger screeen.

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  68. I would love to win one because my husband would be thrilled Christmas morning if it was under our tree. We have heard great things about them
    thanks

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  69. I would love to have one so we can watch iTunes on our TV

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  70. I'd like to win because we don't "do" cable but would love access to more movies!

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  71. I would love to win so I can cut cable.

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  72. I would love this so I could watch our iTunes videos on our TV!

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  73. I would actually love to win so I could gift this to my mom.

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  74. I would love to win and gift it to my mom.

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  75. Love to win an apple because satellite sucks and is always going out

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  76. I've been looking at Apple TV for quite some time, winning one would be nice

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  77. for my husband

    cathycasper@hughes.net

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  78. netflix everywhere, have one love it, would adore another one

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  79. I would love to cut the cable.

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  80. I would love to cut the cable.

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  81. I would love to get rid of the cable bill.

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  82. It does so many things!!! I would love it for the endless entertainment.
    @loucheryl

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  83. ( thought i commented b4 if i did sorry but i didnt see my name ) i would love to win for my daughter to watch netflix

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  84. I don't have a dvd player and never used an Apple TV before. So this prize would be welcoming!

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  85. It would save me lots of money on my cable bill!!

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  86. it would be an awesome christmas gift for my son

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  87. I would love it because you can enjoy all the photos, music and videos on your computer on the best TV and speakers in the house.

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  88. We don't have cable so this would be ideal for watching TV.

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  89. I would love to give it to my parents for Christmas, they could really use something like this since they don't own the systems that can do the same things.

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  90. I would love to have one because a friend of mine has one and raves about it.

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  91. This would be awesome-my family would love it! I've heard good things about it

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  92. I would keep this is looks awesome.

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  93. would like to subscribe to netflixI that is why I would like to win an Apple TV

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  94. I would love this to get rid of cable!

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  95. I've love to have one so I think renting movies rom the apple store sounds SOO much easier than trying to rent movies at the store!

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  96. I'd love an ApplyTV so I can give it to my hubby! He's been talking about AppleTV since it came out!

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  97. I'd love an appleTV because i have all apple products! love them

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  98. I would love to get it for my brother

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  99. It would be great to watch all these shows.

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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  100. I would love to win this for my son , he would love it , i have heard how good they are and cheaper as well , thanks for the chance to win !!!

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  101. So I can give it to my father and he can watch Netflix

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  102. My kids would love it. But they would have to fight my Mom for it LOL I would love to put it under the tree for someone this year

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  103. We would love to rent or buy digital movies. It would be so convenient.

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  104. I would love to win this for the entire family. I think this would make the perfect gift for 6 people with different interests. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  105. I would love to have an Apple tv so I can watch all the amazing shows on Netflix.My husband would like to watch youtube videos.

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  106. I am a big Apple fan. I just recently purchased a Mac mini which I use in the living room and would love to add an Apple TV for our Bedroom.

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  107. We can no longer get a strong satellite signal at our house, due to our neighbours adding a peaked roof to their house. It would be nice to try something new.

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  108. I would love to access Netflix through my Apple TV

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  109. I would love to access Netflix through Apple TV

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  110. I am a big tv fan so this will just complete my passion for tv and what you can do with apple tv

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  111. I want this as I'd like to get Netflix

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  112. I love Apple products - but aside from that...I would love to save on the cost of cable bills!

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  113. I have an iPhone, and a Mac Laptop, this would complete my collection and help me to show pictures to family when they come over :D

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  114. I would love it, because we just cut off our expensive satellite tv, too. I'd love the ease in which Apple TV works.

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  115. Fantasitc......I love this .... my boys are the ones who told me about it, so now I think I want one....lol

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  116. I would love to have an Apple TV because I already own everything apple, this would go great with my apple lineup.

    kevin.linkie@hotmail.com

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  117. I'd love to win Apple TV because of all its awesome features like being able to stream content from my iPhone to my TV!

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  118. I would love to win ...then I could cancel my cable

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  119. It would help mom. We pay over $100 on digital cable

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  120. It would help My Mom a lot. We pay $100 on digital cable

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  121. its good quality and it would keep my sister busy.

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  122. They are the best on the market!

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  123. I too am finding cable getting way too expensive for what it is. I live ona very very tight budget and will be cutting the cable come January. The apple tv would certainly be a fantastic thing to have in our home.

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  124. It would be great not to have a cable bill!

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  125. Apple TV not just a brand but an atmosphere! What a wonderful byte to go with my silicon chips as I chill watching my favorite movies.

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  126. id love to win i would give it to my sister.

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  127. I would love to cut our satelitte service and would love to be able to have Netflix and other features that are offered!

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  128. I would like to poof the cable and Apple TV sounds wonderful. Would love to get NetFlix.

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  129. Wow! Absolutly amazing!! Would love this and Netflix!!

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  130. I would love to have another Apple TV to gift to my hubby, and that would also be nice for me!
    My kiddo loves the one I gave him last year!

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  131. It is so hard to find shows to watch on regular network tv sometimes. This would be great as a way to increase selection!

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  132. I'd love it because Apple tv sounds so much better than the cable I have!

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  133. I would love to win the Apple TV my kids have told me so much about it,and I'm stuck with cable so this would be perfect.

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  134. I would love to have the Apple TV in my home my kids told me so much about it, and not have to keep cable would be perfect.

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  135. i would give it to my niece shes never had one.

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  136. I would love this as we keep contemplating cutting cable and my husband loves gadgets!

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  137. Because it's a win-win, tv and apple!! :)

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  138. I like that it enables you to watch youtube right no your TV.

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  139. I'd like to have it for the wireless streaming, watching netflix, and also watching/listening to the music videos.

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  140. we have one and I love it, would l love another for the house. It is perfect for watching netflicks and movie trailers.

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  141. I would love to win the Apple TV because I'm an Apple fan and I like the options and how versatile it is :)

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  142. My mom has it and loves it!!

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  143. I would love to have Apple TV because my daughter thinks it is wonderful and raves about it all the time

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  144. I would enjoy not payng my current cable package very much.

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  145. I would love and Apple TV because it would make an awesome gift for my husband.

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  146. Would love to try Apple TV & to help with our bills! Sounds fantastic!

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  147. Would love to win and try this out.

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  148. i would like to win because i love apple products
    aka midgeknows

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  149. I would love an apple tv, because this way I wouldn't have to turn on my computer and connecting the cables to the tv every time I want to watch netflix. Would make it so much easier!!

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  150. Like to be able to get some variety from my lousy cable channels

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  151. I'm about to cancel cable and this would be great so that I don't miss my shows!

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  152. Thank you for the review I have been curious about this.

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  153. Great article Jennifer. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Apple TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

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