Use of an Apple TV requires an HDMI cable, a high-definition television, broadband Internet connectivity and an iTunes Store account. A power cord and remote control come with the device.
The Apple TV includes a power cord for supplying power to the device, and a remote control for navigating the device. It also includes printed documentation.
The Apple TV must connect to a high-definition television capable of a 720p or 1080p video signal. An HDMI cable is required to connect the device to the television; earlier models of the Apple TV offered other connectivity options, but as of 2015, Apple TV uses HDMI only. Optionally, an optical cable can connect it to a television or speakers, but an HDMI cable carries both video and audio signals.
Optionally, users may use an Apple Wireless Keyboard to navigate the Apple TV.
To receive content, the Apple TV must have access to a broadband Internet connection. It is capable of receiving a Wi-Fi signal; another Apple device, such as an iPhone, can be held close to the Apple TV to automatically configure Wi-Fi settings, or settings can be input manually. The Apple TV can also accept a wired connection using an Ethernet cable.
An iTunes Store account is required for managing Apple TV content. iTunes software on a PC or Mac can be used to stream media to the Apple TV. Optionally, an iCloud account can be used to stream media from an Apple device, such as an iPhone.
The Apple TV hosts a variety of streaming content provider services. To use these services, an account or subscription may be required.