How Does Apple TV Work?

Apple TV connects to television sets and uses an Ethernet or WiFi connection to stream content from the Internet and connect to other Apple devices. It stores and accesses files through iCloud.

Apple TV uses an HDMI cable to connect to a television, which does not come included with the device. Users must also acquire an Ethernet cable if they want to connect the device directly to a modem.

Once the device is connected, users can do a quick set up by setting an existing iOS device on top of the box and entering in their Apple ID info. If the device being used isn´t immediately compatible, follow the prompts to complete setup.

After the setup is complete, users can see all of the content previously purchased on iTunes or uploaded to iCloud in the “Music,” “TV Shows” and “Movies” menus. Users can also purchase or rent additional content from iTunes.

The AirPlay feature lets users connect the device to Mac computers or iOS devices and stream content stored there. The feature projects the device’s screen onto Apple TV, letting users access photos, music, videos and applications installed on the device.

Apple TV also supports streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. Users can log into their subscriptions for these services and use Apple TV to stream content.