What is Apple TV
Apple TV is a digital media player developed and sold by Apple Inc. It is a small form factor network appliance designed to play digital content from the iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Flickr, iCloud, MLB.tv, NBA League Pass, NHL GameCenter, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Vevo, Smithsonian Networks, The Weather Channel, WatchESPN, HBO GO, Sky News, Crunchyroll, Qello or any Mac OS X or Windows computer running iTunes on an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television.
Apple offered a preview of the device in September 2006, and began shipping it the following March. It initially shipped with a 40 GB hard disk; a 160 GB version was introduced two months later, and the earlier model was ultimately discontinued. On January 28, 2013, Apple released a third generation “Rev A” which included component changes. Notable competitors include WD TV, Roku, Google TV, YouView, and Chromecast, as well as Smart TVs from companies such as Samsung, Sony, and LG.
- H.264 up to 720p at 30 frames per second (1st & 2nd generation)
- H.264 up to 1080p at 30 frames per second (3rd generation)
- High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
- MPEG-4 up to 720×432 (432p) or 640×480 pixels at 30 frame/s
- MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640×480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
- Motion JPEG up to 720p at 30 frame/s
- Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280×720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.
- HE-AAC (V1)
- AAC (16–320 kbit/s)
- FairPlay protected AAC
- MP3 (16–320 kbit/s, or optionally VBR)
- Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4)
- Apple Lossless
- Dolby Digital (5.1 surround sound pass-through) (aka AC-3)