Like other streaming boxes, the Apple TV lets you watch your favorite shows and movies, but it stands out due to its Siri remote (for voice searching pretty much anything) and its wide range of apps. There's everything from games and fitness apps to shopping and recipe apps.
While the fourth-generation Apple TV still works fine, the newer Apple TV 4K allows for higher resolution and more colorful content. Better yet, many of the device's best apps now support that technology.
From apps that let you binge on movies and TV shows to ones dedicated to solving puzzles, practicing yoga and shopping, these are the best Apple TV apps available.
Don't sleep on TV, Apple's app for finding the stuff you want to watch. Almost a second home screen for the streaming box, it neatly organizes what you can watch, freeing content from the apps they're viewed on. It shows you sports events currently on air, and also presents you with shows and movies you've yet to finish. And while it lets you peruse content you can watch, it only supports certain apps (such as FX and MTV, but not Netflix), and you'll need to download specific apps to watch their programming.
It took a long time for it to come to the Apple TV, but Amazon Prime Video offers one of the best entertainment experiences on the device. Amazon'’s Prime Video gives you access to thousands of shows and television shows, including lots of free content if you'’re a Prime subscriber. You can also use the service to watch Amazon'’s original series through the service.
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We wish the Netflix app integrated better with Apple's TV app (which is the guide). But this service still provides access to a wide variety of compelling original shows and movies, from Stranger Things and House of Cards to Luke Cage.
Pandora has long been one of the most popular streaming-music apps. The service lets you create stations and curates songs based on your tastes. As you might expect, the app includes large album artwork and easily accessible controls. You can use Pandora for free, but you can also sign up for a paid version that will eliminate ads.
ESPN's app has a mix of live and on-demand content for any sports lover. You can access the app to watch what's happening on ESPN's channels or watch some of its top programs, including 30 For 30 and SportsCenter. Best of all, you can use the app to find sports you might not typically find elsewhere. It's a winner.
If it's fitness you're after, check out Runtastic Results, an app that gives you a personalized, 12-week fitness plan to help you get in better shape. You can do the workouts in the app without leaving home, so you can get rid of that gym membership.
Like the fourth-generation Apple TV, the Apple TV 4K is compatible with a key app that wasn't available in earlier models: YouTube. After downloading the free YouTube app, you can stream videos, movies and more. The stream quality is quite good, and the breadth of content is impressive.