Feb 14 2014
Whether you’re considering buying an Apple TV or you already have one, you can take control of Apple’s living room device with the 197-page Take Control of Apple TV, written by TidBITS managing editor Josh Centers. You’ll learn how to go beyond watching movies and TV shows to make the Apple TV into the hub of your stereo system, display gorgeous slideshows of your photos, play iPhone and iPad games on the big screen, and more.
New owners will benefit from the full setup instructions, and even long-time users will likely learn something new when Josh explains how to best control the Apple TV using the included remote, Apple’s Remote app, or even your existing TV remote. You’ll also learn how to customize the icon grid on the main screen, enable parental controls, and make your screen saver look even more awesome. Josh then focuses on helping you with AirPlay, the Apple technology that lets you beam audio and video from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the Apple TV, and lets the Apple TV send audio to compatible speakers anywhere in your house.
Finally, the Apple TV isn’t just about entertainment. Thanks to AirPlay, it makes a great device for giving presentations from a Mac, iPhone, or iPad with Keynote; it’s the perfect accompaniment for a road warrior heading into unfamiliar conference rooms. Josh gives all the details, including a list of what you’ll need to handle any hardware you may encounter.
The book comes with a one-page PDF Apple TV cheat sheet that is also available as a standalone free download, so grab a copy to print out and keep by the TV for reference to Apple Remote tricks and AirPlay instructions for less technical family members:
In Take Control of Apple TV, you’ll read about:
- The one-button press for jumping immediately to the main menu
- Hiding unwanted Apple TV apps that clutter your main screen
- Must-know video navigation tricks (also in the free Cheat Sheet)
- Enabling subtitles for foreign-language films or for the deaf or hard of hearing
- Navigating with audio VoiceOver
- Playing music from the Apple TV on every speaker in the house
- The obscure way to transfer photos from a computer to the Apple TV
- Two ways to show home movies on your TV screen
- Using your TV screen as a second monitor for your Mac
- Essential items to pack if you’ll be giving a presentation via an Apple TV
- What you can do with Conference Room Display mode
- Improving AirPlay performance when playing games
- Setting up an Elgato EyeTV DTT to record live TV for the Apple TV
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