Apple now offers on-device sign up for some of its Apple TV-enabled content partners, and you subscribe using your Apple ID (and therefore your iTunes-stored credit card).
You can sign up directly via the Apple TV for Netflix and Hulu Pluswhich each cost $8 a monthand those subscriptions carry over to your computers, mobile devices, and other supported home entertainment hardware. With Netflix, launch the app and select the option for the free one-month trial, after which youll be prompted to enter your iTunes Store password. Hulu Plus works the same way, but with a free week-long trial period instead.
With the sports subscriptions it works a little differently. Launch one and then go to its Settings menu. There youll see a Sign In option that prompts you for your login ID for that service. If you want to sign up, however, youll need to go to the links provided near the top of screen for NBA, MLB, or NHL in a Web browser; the links take you to special landing pages targeted to Apple TV users. Prices vary depending on the sport, the subscription type, and the point during that sport's season when you sign up.
Vimeo, which offers both free and paid accounts for personal video hosting, similarly directs you to its website to sign up for an account if you dont already have one.
If you already have an account with or subscription to any of the services accessible on the Apple TV, dont fretyou can still log in to your various other accounts for easy access to content.
4. The Menu button is your friend
Once youve navigated several levels deep into the Settings app or drilled down into a Netflix search to find something to watch, you have a long way to go to get back to the Apple TVs main menu. But no matter how far down the rabbit hole youve ventured, just click and hold the Menu button on your remote, and youll quickly move to the Apple TV's homepage.
5. Download the Apple Remote app
With the app, you can control navigation and playback on your Apple TV using your Wi-Fi network. And if you have a large iTunes library, the app is a far superior way to find specific content than scrolling through huge lists on your HDTV screen.