Options to watch channels


#1

So could be a redundant query but a few searches in the community haven't helped. We are set up with Channels on Apple TV's and my iMac as server in my household. I wanted to set up one of our iPad for my wife to watch channels in the kitchen but turns out our iPads are too old. I really don't want to buy a new iPad just to watch tv and we don't use iPads very mutch any more anyway. My question is what are options for an inexpensive tablet to set up on my current channels account and to mount in the kitchen for news, etc.


#2

How inexpensive? You can get a new iPad for $250 dollars on Amazon that is current and runs like a champ.

Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, 32GB) - Space Gray (Latest Model) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BTS2KWK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_E1l5CbT9T3VDV

If you need to go cheaper you can with Android but I can’t comment on the quality of experience on that platform. It may vary substantially depending on the tablet you get.


#3

I suspect that an Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet would be sufficient. You can pick one of those up for $69.99 refurbished: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0794PD8NR

Even though the screen is only 8", it has a widescreen aspect ratio so the display should be comparable in size to an iPad display for TV viewing.

I'd avoid the Fire 7 -- the screen is very small and the built-in speaker is very weak and probably would be difficult to hear from across the kitchen.


#4

You can cast to a google home display, but that only works with recordings for some reason.

I'd really like to see casting get more attention and have native support in the mobile apps, that would open up alot of possibilities.