TV viewing devices have changed the way we consume content. With the rise of various set-top media centers, people are cutting the cord at an alarming rate. Can you believe that Apple rolled out this next-gen set-top media center more than a decade ago? Back then, it was considered a luxury that was way ahead of its time. And now, you can see the likes of firestick, Chromecast, and others battling it out with Apple TV. With Apple TV, you get access to millions of hours of content on the go. There are three variants offered by the Cupertino-based company with the base variant providing a standard 1080p HD quality, whereas the two expensive models provide 4K HDR output.
Regardless of the model you choose, you’d be able to consume the same amount of content. You can access a gargantuan library of streaming services, including the likes of Hulu, HBO Now, DirecTV Now, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime. What makes Apple TV so good is that it’s one of the easiest to use media centers in the world with an extremely simple design. But at the same time, it does cost $100 more than any of its nearest competitors, and so if you don’t mind spending that money for form over factor, Apple TV can be an obvious choice.
How does Apple TV work?
Apple TV, similar to other streaming media centers, requires the internet to function. Using your HDMI port on the TV, you can connect the device. As soon as you boot the device, it’ll guide you through the setup process. Finally, you’d need to enter your Apple ID, similar to the one you use on iPad or iPhone. This is to ensure that everything is in sync and even the data on your device – stored on iCloud – can be accessed using the Apple TV.
Enough about the product itself, let us dive deep into the community that forms a solid fan base for Apple TV. I’m referring to a subreddit called r/appletv, where you can discuss everything about Apple TV, including news, apps, and tech support. Keep reading because you’re going to learn a lot.
My memorable experience on r/appletv
As per what I remember, I upvoted a post where a fellow user BonsTempsRouler posted a video suggesting that you can navigate Apple TV using Xbox One/PS4 controller in TVOS 13, and I was so psyched after watching it. Just a few months later, I saw a complete setup regarding the same topic and even a streaming session where another user was enjoying 1080p streaming in a hassle-free manner. It’s good to see how creatively people can mix and match tech to come up with the solution that fits their needs the best.
About r/appletv – Community & Members
The community has 79,500 members, out of which 300-450 members are online at any given time. This subreddit was created on September 1, 2010, and has a small apple-centric niche community. For this particular community, it’d be unfair to judge them on the basis of numbers because it’s clear that Apple TV is not the biggest and brightest thing in the TV space, at least.
How to access r/appletv?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/appletv’ in your search bar and join the subreddit. However, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/appletv
I’m slightly disappointed with the number of mods on this page. But then I think and see that the members are less than 80,000, so should I really be mad? Like, one mod per 20,000 isn’t that bad given most of the communities with over 5 million members just have 10 mods, so that’s 1 mod per 500,000 members. At the time of writing this review, I found 4 mods on r/appletv – ‘xvvhiteboy,’ ‘missmurrr,’ ‘iHuy,’ and ‘anonboxis.’
Why should you follow r/appletv?
This community is my go-to-place to troubleshoot small issues that I encounter. It is filled with amazing content related to updates, problem-solving, compatible devices, and so on. If you’re a person who isn’t into the tech world but wants to stay up-to-date with what’s happening in the Apple TVsphere, this is the perfect community to do so. As far as the volume goes, more than two dozen posts are uploaded each day. The Apple TV navigation using Xbox One/PS4 controller received 400+ upvotes and 86 comments.
One of the most fascinating elements on this page is the ‘Apple TV+ Original Shows’ section. Under that, you’ll find related groups purely focused on Original TV Shows. So, you’d find five options – r/Amazing Stories – 278 members, r/TheMorningShow – 4,119 members, r/MythicQuest – 1,921 members, r/ForAllMankind – 552 members, and r/SeeTV – 2,115 members. Alongside each of these options, you’ll find a ‘Join’ button. Simply click on that to join the original shows community.
For a group that isn’t even 100,000 strong, r/appletv does have decent community engagement. The all-time top post on this subreddit hasn’t even crossed the 1000 upvotes mark. And though that’s a poor engagement rate, it’s still way better than r/gamemusic and nearly as good as r/Videography. A top post on any given day attracts about 20-30 upvotes and 5-6 comments.
Another interesting section in the sidebar of r/appletv is the related subreddits. You have six options to choose from – r/tvOSBeta – 1,820 members, r/AppleTVPlus – 4,213 members, r/AppleArcade – 9,427 members, r/AppleMusic – 43,544 members, r/apple – 1.45 million members, and r/Siri – 4,361 members. By clicking on the Join button, you’ll be able to become a part of this sub-niche community or a broader community. For instance, r/apple is the biggest apple-related subreddit, and on the opposite end, r/Siri has the least members at 4,361. Nonetheless, all the related subreddits are active.
Since the engagement itself isn’t off the roof, the gold allocation is pretty scarce too. I checked about 30 top posts and threads but couldn’t find more than three gold. Again, this is a niche where people are mostly showing off their new Apple TV, compatibility, and other gadgets related to the TV. Thus, posts like these don’t attract many upvotes. On the contrary, when people help solve a problem or provide a suggestion, that is appreciated by the community, and that can be seen in the form of comments.
Filter by flair
Slightly disappointing by the filter by flair option. There’s just ‘Rumour’ that you can tag your post with to separate it from everything else. But like I just mentioned, it’d be great if the mods separated all the various types of post-based upon – News, Rumor, Update, Compatibility, Unboxing, Question, Suggestion, etc. This would help to diversify the content in a much better manner. As of now, everything has been cluttered under one segment that’s not ‘Rumour.’
Important rules you must know before joining r/appletv?
As an Apple TV user or an individual looking to buy one, this is certainly a group that you might want to be a part of. However, there are certain rules that you need to follow to ensure that you don’t end up violating the guidelines set by the moderators.
1. No low-effort, rude/offensive, or hateful comments (Please refrain from making rude/offensive comments on the subreddit)
2. No posts that aren’t related to Apple TV (All posts must be related to Apple TV. We will remove posts that are only vaguely related to Apple TV.)
3. No discussing or sharing pirated content
I had high expectations from this subreddit, and it surely didn’t disappoint. The custom Apple TV logo on the black cover looks great. Even the community icon looks amazing. Other than the main menus and standard Reddit sorting options, you have quite an interactive sidebar with helpful sections, especially, the Original Series and the Related Subreddits, to help you become a part of the niche as well as a larger ecosystem.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. I feel like this should work – 964 upvotes
2. What do you guys think – 710 upvotes
3. Goodbye Amazon – 706 upvotes
4. The Streaming Wars have begun – 616 upvotes
5. Merry Christmas to me, baby – 608 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. Anyone notice the clever icon for Apple Arcade – 571 upvotes
2. Opinion: Apple TV+ should’ve been a separate tab in the Apple TV app – 490 upvotes
3. No problem, I’ll hold – 483 upvotes
4. On this day in 2006: Apple TV was unveiled – 482 upvotes
5. Remembering these rumors after watching the first episodes of See and The Morning Show – 470 upvotes
r/appletv is a community for apple heads wanting to talk about news, updates, and features with fellow Apple TV users. Most of the time, when you encounter a problem, it has a quick fix that you have no idea about. In this case, r/appletv can get you back on track in no time.