We decided we needed to get out of the house a bit. So we went to Park City Utah for a week.
Nicole skied, I wrote and attended an online event, and we watched our shows like we would have at home.
I’ve long been a huge fan of Plex. Been using it for years to manage our media library (TV and Movies). I gave up trying to let iTunes be a home media server, it just sucked over time, but that’s not the point here.
I had a spare AppleTV that will eventually be shipped to my mom, but since it was here, I took it with us.
What’s nice about AppleTV is that you can plug it in, click a few things, then hold your iPhone over it and boom, it is set up. Handy to be sure.
Within a few minutes I had Netflix and Plex installed. I was able to continue my binging of Person Of Interest, streaming it from my home network media server in Denver, to Park City. Seamless, lag-less.
Do I wish the AppleTV wasn’t so “big”? only a little. I see people moaning about it not being a dongle like others, I honestly don’t care. It’s literally 3 inches square, I’ve got the space. If you don’t, I don’t know what to tell you.
As mentioned above, it was 100% seamless to watch an episode of Person of Interest the night before we left (It’s my current writing in the living room background show) and have Plex at the rental know what episode was next.
The one biggest issue was not the AppleTV at all, but the TV in the rental. At home I have a nice Sonos ARC soundbar with Atmos. The TV on the wall of the rental had nothing, just the pitiful little stereo speakers mounted inside it.
It took me a day of cranking the volume on the TV to its max to realize it sounded so bad because the TV was doing it’s best (and failing) to still produce sound at Atmos. Thankfully it was easy to tell Plex to play the shows or movies in stereo. It was like night and day sound-wise.
One of my biggest gripes with traveling generally is not having access to my media, short of whatever I’d load up on my iPad. I hate being in a hotel room and having to watch a show on my iPad because that’s where it is and the big screen in the room is useless.
Is lugging an AppleTV around ideal? sorta, it’s not that big, easy to set up and better than nothing.
Hope you enjoyed some pics from our trip. Park City was beautiful.