Best Apple TV Deals: The best offers and discounts in December 2017.
Here’s our round-up of all the best Apple TV deals and discounts available right now, including deals on the fabulous Apple TV 4K.
On-demand or subscription based viewing services are increasingly popular; even your grandma has probably heard of BBC iPlayer by now. And for those fed up of playing TV catch-up on the small screen of your laptop, a snazzy streaming box is a great idea. For Apple fans, the Apple TV is the most likely option, and we’ve got a list of the best deals you can grab at the moment.
However, before we get to the best Apple TV prices, let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that there’s now a 4K Apple TV available. This is something Apple TV fans have been clamouring for, well, pretty much since birth – and now it’s here.
Prices start at just £179, it supports HDR and a wide range of Ultra HD content (including Netflix and Prime Video 4K), and you can bag yours now.
Buy Now: Apple TV 4K from £179
Apple TV Deals – What is Apple TV?
Apple TV is an external box that transforms your ordinary TV into a smart TV. This means you can access features like BBC iPlayer, Hulu, YouTube and Spotify, plus several more, all on your lovely big screen. It also functions as an entertainment hub. You can sync your existing Apple devices and stream a slideshow of your latest holiday snaps or your favourite iTunes playlist. You can even play games! What’s more, if you download the Apple TV app you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch as a remote.
The Apple TV has undoubtedly come along way since it launched in 2007, with noticeable improvements to its built-in Wi-Fi and processor. These days, it’s available in two storage sizes, 32GB or 64GB, with the latter being a little more expensive. Given that our viewing habits are geared towards streaming, the smaller one is probably suitable for the majority of people, offering better value for money.
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Apple TV also has far fewer programmes available compared to the Amazon Fire TV Stick, which boasts more than 7000 apps. Plus, the remote with Siri voice control is not the most responsive.
But if you are still itching to invest, check out the best Apple TV deals below.
Best Apple TV Deals – Fourth Generation
Choosing an Apple TV deal is nice and simple because there’s actually only one version available at the moment – the fourth-generation Apple TV. It launched in 2015, and Apple has discontinued older models because their technology is now massively outdated. So, you don’t need to worry about comparing different boxes. Here are the best deals on the fourth-generation Apple TV:
32GB refurbished Apple TV – £119 from Apple (£139 brand new)
Buy now: Apple
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64GB refurbished Apple TV – £139 from Apple (£179 brand new)
Buy now: Apple
The cheapest way to get your hands on a fourth-gen Apple TV is by opting for a refurbished one from Apple. It will still be covered by Apple’s one-year warranty, which offers you peace of mind that other second-hand purchases will not.
Teachers and students get a 10% discount, even with the refurbished models. If you have a Quidco account, you can get 2% cashback. Which might only be £2.38, but at least it’s something.
Both models come with a power lead, Siri remote, lightning to USB cable plus all the relevant documentation to help you get set up.
32GB Apple TV – £149 new with two-year warranty
Buy now: John Lewis
If you would rather buy the Apple TV brand new we recommend buying it through John Lewis. This gives you a two-year guarantee compared to Apple’s one year of cover at no extra cost.
Best Apple TV 4K deals
The 4K version of the Apple TV was initially only available directly from Apple when it launched in September 2107, but you can now pick up those extra pixels from plenty of the top retailers.
Like the fourth-gen version, it’s advisable to pick up Apple TV 4K from John Lewis, where the price includes a 2-year protection plan. Here’s the link to buy:
Buy Now: Apple TV 4K at John Lewis for £179
Here’s the direct link for buying it from Apple, where you’ll have to bag your 2-year protection plan for an additional £26.
Buy Now: Apple TV 4K at Apple from £179
Best Apple TV deals – Required accessories
Regardless of whether you buy the Apple TV new or refurbished, you’ll need a few things to use it. Firstly, you need 802.11 wireless, Ethernet network, or broadband Internet access. You also need an iTunes Store account in order to buy or rent apps, films, music etc.
Finally, you need to buy a HDMI cable so that you can plug the Apple TV into your television. Don’t be duped into spending crazy amounts on your HDMI lead, though. Apple sells one for £11 on its website but our Home Technology Editor Ced Yuen happily uses a non-branded £5 one from Amazon.
For more information on HDMI cables, read John Archer’s explanation on why you shouldn’t waste loads of money on one. Once you’ve got these few accessories, you are set to start streaming your favourite shows!
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