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Do I need an Apple TV for each TV?

If you use Apple TV and own more than one television, you might want to connect this device to multiple TVs. You’d save some money, but does it actually work? Read on to discover how you can use Apple TV with two or more sets.

Generally, you need a separate Apple TV set-top box for each television unless you want to watch the same show on every screen. You could also move the device from one TV to another, but this would involve repeatedly connecting and disconnecting cables.

If you’d like to discover how to send the same Apple TV audio and video to multiple TVs, read on. You’ll also discover the pros and cons of purchasing smart TVs compared to buying set-top boxes for every television.

Do I need an Apple TV for each TV?

You can use an HDMI splitter to attach a single Apple TV unit to two or more television sets. It will only let you display the same program simultaneously on all TVs.

This solution might be helpful when you have a large audience or desire to keep watching a show as you move between different rooms.

If you travel long distances or have multiple homes, there’s nothing to stop you from disconnecting the Apple TV and taking it with you. Just make sure you bring the remote control and all necessary cords.

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How many TVs can you use with Apple TV?

You can potentially display a single program on up to 16 separate television sets. However, the maximum number of TVs depends on the specific HDMI splitter that you use.

Different splitters deliver audio and video signals to as few as two or as many as 16 screens.

Effects of using a splitter

The picture quality will be reduced to the level of the TV with the lowest screen resolution. A powered HDMI splitter and/or short cables will yield the best video quality.

The splitter must be HDCP-compliant to accommodate Apple TV’s copy protection.

Internet connection limits

If you attach a separate box to each television so people can watch different shows at the same time, your internet access must be fast enough to support multiple video streams.

You might need to upgrade to a faster connection or reduce the Apple TV resolution level. To find resolution options, select “iTunes Movies and TV Shows” under “Apps” in “Settings.”

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Do I need Apple TV if I have a smart TV?

An Apple TV set-top box is optional when you use a smart TV. The boxes are compatible with smart as well as conventional sets.

Highly sophisticated televisions offer some of the same features as Apple TV, but either option has different advantages.

Apple TV vs. smart TV

Many smart TVs have built-in Apple features like iTunes and HomeKit, so you don’t need to buy a set-top box to access them.

However, Apple TV still provides better integration with other Apple equipment like HomePods and iPhone.

It’s possible to transmit TV audio to HomePod speakers or AirPod wireless earphones. Only Apple TV lets you play Apple Arcade games.

If you live with other people and each person wants to have a separate user profile, it’s best to choose Apple TV.

Smart televisions generally don’t supply this feature. Consequently, everyone receives similar viewing recommendations and uses the same settings.

The on-screen user interfaces are different in general. This is a matter of personal preference, but people tend to prefer Apple’s interface.

If your current television still works well, it’s significantly less expensive to buy this Apple device rather than a new TV set.

You can also upgrade to a set-top box with new features far more easily than you could purchase a new television.

Still, a smart TV offers certain benefits. One major advantage is that it minimizes the number of boxes, cables and remote controls.

This simplifies setup and operation while making your entertainment center look less cluttered. A new model may also have better picture quality than your current TV.

The right choice largely depends on what Apple devices you own, your existing TV’s capabilities and what you intend to watch.