Apple TV: What You Need

To get started with your Apple TV, you will need the following:

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Widescreen TV Network
Computer + iTunes Cables

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1. Widescreen TV

You can connect Apple TV to a widescreen enhanced definition or high definition TV that has:

  • An HDMI port using an HDMI cable for both video and audio
  • Component video (Y, Pb, and Pr) ports using a component video cable with green, blue, and red connectors, and an audio cable
  • DVI port using an HDMI-to-DVI cable for video and audio cable
  • You can also connect Apple TV to a home theater receiver.

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2. Computer + iTunes

In order to rent or buy content from the iTunes Store, you need an iTunes Store account. If you do not have one, you can create one on a Mac or PC running iTunes 7.6 or later. Additionally, you can enjoy your music, movies and photos from your computer on Apple TV.

  • A Macintosh computer with:
    - Mac OS X system software version 10.3.9, or 10.4.9 or later
  • A Windows-based computer with:
    - Windows XP Home or Professional with (SP2) or Windows Vista
  • iTunes 7.6 or later

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3. Network

  • AirPort Extreme, Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n wireless network (wireless video streaming requires 802.11g or 802.11n)
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network
  • Broadband Internet connection (DSL, Cable, LAN)

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4. Cables

  • HDMI-to-HDMI cable
  • HDMI-to-DVI cable and analog stereo or optical digital audio
  • Component video cable and analog stereo or optical digital audio

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You can purchase compatible cables from Authorized Apple Resellers, at an Apple Retail Store or from the Apple Online Store.

Important: Read all of the following installation instructions and the safety information in the included Apple TV Safety and Regulatory Compliance Information booklet carefully before you plug Apple TV into a power outlet.

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