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Apple TV is to an iPhone what a bottle of good wine is to a cheese platter – a match made in heaven. But like a decent bottle of Bordeaux, the Apple TV isn’t cheap. These cheap Apple TV deals make things a little easier on the old bank account, however, bringing prices down to just $ 117 for the latest Apple TV HD and just $ 169 for the top-of-the-line Apple Apple 4K.
Apple also offers a free 12-month Apple TV + subscription worth $ 60 for every sale of a factory-sealed (unrefurbished) Apple TV. For those who didn’t know, this is the company’s own on-demand streaming service that has a unique selection of original movies and shows with big names like Jennifer Anniston, Hailee Steinfeld and Steve Carell.
Today’s best Apple TV deals
Apple TV 4K
The Apple TV 4K, released in 2017, is the latest Apple TV in the product range. It’s also the most advanced streaming content in 4K Ultra HD with HDR. There are few deals on this model and the discounts are not as high as on previous models. Every now and then, however, you will see an offer with one conveniently at the center of your entertainment setup.
Of course, the Apple TV 4K doesn’t just work with Apple TV +. It is compatible with all the common streaming suspects like CBS All Access, HBO Now, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and YouTube. Amazon Prime Video and Google Play Movies as well as TV also work, but not automatically. Instead, they have to be streamed via AirPlay on an iPad, iPhone or Mac.
Apple TV HD (4th generation)
Designed for HDTVs rather than 4K televisions like the Apple TV 4K, the Apple TV is nearly identical to the top-of-the-line console in that it can get and control the same collection of on-demand content, Siri and Siri offers one-click mirroring from an iPad, iPhone or MacBook via AirPlay. The main difference is that only Full HD can be streamed with SDR.
Released in 2017 along with the Apple TV 4K, this model is the newest non-4K Apple TV. Hence, it is rare for it to be found in the discount container at a significant discount. However, like the Apple TV 4K, every now and then a retailer like Walmart will hold an “Apple TV sale” that drops the price by a few dollars – money better in your pocket than theirs.
Apple TV (3rd generation)
Welcome to the reduced zone. Apple TV (3rd generation) was introduced in 2013 and was the first Apple TV that could stream content in Full HD. It can use the same range of streaming services as Apple TV 4K and Apple TV, streaming in Full HD with SDR and supports AirPlay. How is it different from the Apple TV HD? It doesn’t have Siri or built-in memory.
If you are shopping on a budget, this is without a doubt the best model. It costs $ 99 new, but it’s not uncommon to find a sealed model in the discount jar for anywhere in the $ 50 to $ 75 region. You can even take it home with you for less if you don’t mind a refurbished model (there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – we even recommend it).
Apple TV (2nd generation)
It wouldn’t be fair to talk about cheap Apple TVs and not talk about Apple TV (2nd generation), the cheapest Apple TV on the shelves right now. It’s not hard to see why either: this puppy debuted in 2010. He’s still trudging along, however, entertaining millions of people monthly. Here, too, all leading streaming services can be accessed. The catch? The maximum is 720p HD.
But for what it costs if you want to spruce up an HD TV in the basement or bedroom, the Apple TV is it for the job. Fortunately, Apple TV (2nd generation) is a veteran of Apple TV sales. It’s impossible to stroll past a bargain basket and not see one there. There are also a ton of refurbished models out there that are worth considering if you are on a tight budget.
Apple TV 4K versus Apple TV HD
If there’s a 4K TV in the middle of your entertainment setup, the Apple TV 4K is for you. Why? Because it can stream content in 4K Ultra HD with HDR – either Dolby Vision or HDR10 – and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound. The result is more detailed, more precise colors and lifelike audio. The Apple TV offers maximum HD resolution with SDR (HDTV).
Like the Apple TV HD, the Apple TV 4K also has Siri on board. This is used to do everything from providing recommended content on the home screen to enabling the option to search for specific material for all supported streaming services such as CBS All Access and Netflix with just one voice command. It can even answer questions.
So the main difference between Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD is resolution. If you want to see the latest show or movie on a 4K TV, we recommend going for the more expensive Apple TV 4K. However, this would be overkill for a standard HDTV setup. So if you rock with it, the Apple TV HD will make you feel right at home.
Now let’s throw a wrench into the works. The difference between Full HD and 4K Ultra HD is enormous – and that without HDR. If you’re considering upgrading to a 4K TV in the near future, take the Apple TV 4K home with you while it’s on sale. It does all of the Apple TV HD’s jobs while connected to an HDTV, and has the added benefit of 4K HDR when connected to a 4K TV.
Apple TV HD versus Apple TV (3rd generation)
We’re not going to dig too deep into this topic as we touched on earlier, but there’s little between Apple TV HD and Apple TV (3rd generation). Both can stream the same selection of content via streaming services such as Netflix in Full HD with SDR. The difference? The Apple TV HD looks a bit more modern, comes with a new remote control and has Siri on board and integrated memory.
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