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Ap­ple TV is not just about chan­nel surf­ing

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Ap­ple HomePod £349 (TBC) ap­ple.com/homepod

It’s not here yet, but the new HomePod speaker shares the Ap­ple TV’s sup­port for both HomeKit and AirPlay 2, so they’ll make a great com­bi­na­tion for han­dling mu­sic and video, as well as con­trol­ling lights and other smart de­vices.

Net­flix £8.99/month net­flix.com

Net­flix started 4K stream­ing back in 2014 with HouseOfCards, and its cur­rent range of 4K films and TV pro­grammes is per­fect for the new Ap­ple TV. It’s good value too, as the 4K sub­scrip­tion only costs £8.99 per month.

Philips Hue From £80 meethue.com

Ap­ple is go­ing gung-ho on home au­toma­tion at the mo­ment. Philips pretty much owns the smart light­ing mar­ket with its Hue range, and the new Ap­ple TV will let you fire up a 4K film and just say “Siri, turn down the lights…”

Sam­sung UE40MU6400U £500 sam­sung.com/uk

Sam­sung makes some pretty smart 4K TVs (it tends to use the term ‘Ultra HD’ – UHD). This 40-inch model is af­ford­able, but also in­cludes HDR for en­hanced bright­ness and colour.

TP-Link Archer VR2600 £150 uk.tp-link.com

You’re go­ing to need fast broad­band and a fast router to han­dle 4K video stream­ing and down­loads, and the VR2600 is one of the more af­ford­able ‘Wave 2’ routers around at the mo­ment. It also in­cludes a mo­dem for In­ter­net ac­cess.

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