How the new Apple TV turns on your TV, switches inputs and controls volume

The new Apple TV is coming soon, it can do a lot more than the old Apple TV. Among the new features is the ability to power on your TV, switch to the correct input and control volume. Just bear in mind that TV needs to support a technology called HDMI-CEC, or Consumer Electronics Control. The good news is that many HDMI sets do, even those that may not say "HDMI-CEC" on them anywhere.

HDMI-CEC is an existing standard that's been around for a number of years. CEC-enabled devices connected through HDMI can control each other using the technology. Which commands each device can accept, however, is up to the individual vendor. Volume control, power and input switching are all pretty basic functions, fortunately.

As a result, no additional wiring is necessary: The Apple TV's single HDMI connection to your TV should be sufficient to control it to power the TV on, switch to the Apple TV input, and manage volume levels all on its own.

HDMI-CEC has been rebranded using a variety of monikers by different companies over the years. "Anynet+" is Samsung's name for it, for example. For Sharp it's "Aquos Link," Sony has "BRAVIA Link" and "BRAVIA Sync", Insignia calls its implementation "INlink," and Panasonic calls it "VIERA Link."

There are a number of other brand identities too, so check with your individual television's manufacturer or its owners manual if you're uncertain if your set supports CEC.

If your set does not support HDMI-CEC, you're out of luck on automatic input, volume and power control from the Apple TV, unfortunately. You'll probably be able to fill the gap with a universal remote, like Logitech's Harmony series. For now, though, Logitech says it's waiting to get its hands on the new gear just like everyone else.

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  • Doesn’t seem anything new to me. Loads of VCRs etc had switching inputs back in the day.
  • Why does it have to be new? Sent from the iMore App
  • Just nice to hear it supports the standard. My Vizio supports CEC, so looking forward to it. I use it with my KODI(XBMC) Pi Box right now. Hoping this might fully replace that.
  • Didn't they say the Remote has an IR Blaster/Transmitter for Devices which don't support CEC? Edit: apple.com/tv/specs also states that the Siri Remote has an IR Transmitter built in.
  • Yeah, looks like it.. but I bet it's more limited to basic controls(On/off and volume). CEC seems to support more control, like auto switching to correct HDMI port on the TV. I also have a sound bar connected to my TV, so not sure if without CEC the blaster could control that.
  • For this to work, Apple will have to include some sort of setup routine so that the remote knows what TV you have or figures it out on its own by looking at the IR output from your TV's remote.
  • I listened to that part of the keynote again, and it was a bit ambiguous. Cue said the remote controls your TV's volume, and then paused and said it will even turn on your tv and switch inputs via Cec. It sounded like the volume could be IR and the other stuff CEC. Maybe.
  • Apple has a bad habit of hiding glaring gaps when demoing cool new features. If it's just a matter of time before third party apps have access to universal search and other features, then that's OK. But if we have to wait a year or longer with universal search limited to five sources, that's gonna suck.
  • The IR Blaster is for the Siri Remote to Communicate with the Apple Tv. I don't see anywhere in the specs, or anything in Eddie Cues keynote of the Apple TV to suggest anything but CEC to control any other equipment. I hope it works the way you are suggesting, that would be great, I could get rid of $200 worth to Roomie stuff.
  • Of course i'm just speculating, but the Siri Remote connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to the Apple TV, as said by Eddie Cue during the Keynote and not IR! Maybe i'm wrong, but the only reason i can think of why Apple would add an IR Blaster to the remote is to control the volume of your TV or Receiver. This would allow the remote to control the volume of TVs that don't support CEC and hopefully old AV-Receivers without HDMI and CEC.
  • I think the IR on the new Apple TV box is so then you can control it still with a universal remote or something Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • I didn't talk about the IR Receiver in the Apple TV, but the IR Transmitter in the Siri Remote!
  • All they really needed to do was add a few "learning" buttons to the remote. I don't think that would have been so hard.
  • That can get messy and clunky. Have you ever programmed a universal remote to work with multiple devices working together? It's a mess, especially when dealing with varying degrees in latency from different devices. I used to have a Logitech Harmony remote which was a pain in the ass to use. For some operations, you needed to point the damn thing at your entertainment system for several seconds to ensure all the commands were executed properly, If anything was missed, god help you trying to isolate the cause and correct it. Apple will never put their users in this sort of situation. Keep it simple.
  • That's so funny. Putting a few programmable buttons on the remote is the DEFINITION of simple for me. I've never had a learning remote give me any troubles. haha
  • In theory it's great, which is why I bought one in the first place. Reality fell short of expectations.
  • The remote was able to learn IR volume control signals for my LG soundbar just fine. It was the easiest learning process I have ever experienced with a remote...very simple.
  • Yes, programming a remote to control one device is simple. Try it with a system where three or four different devices need to be turned on and set in a particular order to function in a particular mode.
  • Definitely not fun. Was not quite as bad with my Harmony remote being able to use the computer to program, but it seems to "lose" it's settings over time and I have to re-sync to make it work right again. Frustrating. We won't see Apple do that with their device/remote for good reason...their vision of the future is no other devices needed...apps & iTunes via ATV will do it all, live tv, dvr, past tv shows, movies, console gaming, and more. Their intention is for the ATV to only ever need to control a TV and volume on a sound system. They haven't said this, but clearly, that's where they are headed.
  • Exactly. Regardless, I'm certain the latest iteration of Apple TV falls well short of Apple's vision for home entertainment. The biggest obstacle is the cable box. I've already eliminated that item on my system, but I'm still stuck with crappy (though great sounding) Bose speakers that lack HDMI-CEC support. Sound bars are ridiculously expensive (at least the ones that sound good) and I'm not inclined to purchase new speakers and an AV receiver just to eliminate a the need for a second remote.
  • Well, if you plan to get the newest ATV, at least the IR capability should allow you to control your speakers w/o having to use a 2nd remote.
    I'm not sure this latest ATV is all that far from their vision. With the ability to run apps, all the networks need to do is add live broadcast (with DVR-like capabilities) to their existing iOS apps (either for free or more likely for a small monthly fee), and the cable box eventually becomes a relic of the past. I fully expect this to happen as there is too much incentive for the networks to cut out the distributors and, thereby, make more money per subscriber and have a direct relationship with the subscriber. The potential disruptor to this is Apple Music for TV shows...one subscription price for all the TV you want.
  • The only channels I care about are HBO, Netflix, and PBS. Everything else is either worthless or has at most a single decent show, which I can obtain elsewhere. I would never consider paying $40/month for a package of generic cable channels. So far the rumored channels in Apple's package include CBS, 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, and Discovery. I would;t watch these for free, let alone pay a fee for them.
  • Very happy they are adding this! Love having HDMI-CEC support with my Chromecast and this is a very welcome feature with the Apple TV!
  • Yep, it's a great feature of the Chromecast, and one that I don't think Google ever actually bothered to advertise. I didn't even know that it was a feature until I rearranged the cables behind my TV and plugged the Chromecast into an external USB port rather than one on the TV.
  • Glad I went with a Logitech smart hub last year. It supports Bluetooth (how it controls my ATV 3), wifi, and IR. My TV doesn't support HDMI-CEC and it still doesn't matter. Woohoo.
  • Peter, you wrote, "The Apple TV's single HDMI connection to your TV should be sufficient to control it to... manage volume levels all on its own." First I wanted to say that I've read and heard some horror stories about how unreliable HDMI-CEC can be. John Siracusa has some particularly amusing rants on the topic, going so far as to advise everyone listening to never enable this feature. Negativity aside, and assuming this works as designed, will I be able to control the volume even though my speakers get their sound from my TV's optical output? I have a Bose Cinemate II 2.1 speaker system and its only available inputs are optical and analog.
  • Most TVs have a setting for using the internal speakers or whatever you attach to the "out." As long as you do that, then when controlling the TV volume, you should be also controlling the external speaker volume.
  • Does that mean that disabling the optical out port would require listening to audio from both my speakers and the TV's crappy internal speakers?
  • There's a lot of apprehension towards HDMI-CEC because some vendors don't implement it correctly. As for your question, your Bose speakers will not work with the Apple TV unless you use an HDMI to Optical adapter. HDMI-CEC will never work with your setup.
  • Will never work, or will never work to allow direct control of the speakers? The speakers aren't connected to the Apple TV, they're connected to the TV.
  • What are you talking about? It sounds like his TV set controls the level of the audio going to the Bose speakers. HDMI-CEC from Apple TV to TV set will allow the TV's volume to be controlled.
  • I install TVs (and other AV equipment) for a living. I've never seen a TV (or any other device) that will change the volume level of an optical output. My 2014 LG for example- while viewing my AppleTV, PS3, or built in apps, I can select the audio output to be the TV's speakers or the optical output. If I have optical selected and I press the VOL+/- buttons, I get a big red (X) on the display. I have to change the volume with my receiver's remote (or Harmony remote)...
    Now, if someone is using an HDMI-CEC enabled (and compatible) receiver, connect the AppleTV to an input on the receiver, set the audio output to the receiver's speakers (within the receiver), then, in theory, the volume controls of the [AppleTV -- HDMI-CEC -- receiver] should change the volume of the receiver. As many people have pointed out- many controls of CEC are not standardized. I believe power off is the only one or one of the only. They usually aren't too bad, though, with the most common such as input (my PS3 will turn on the TV or turn on WITH the TV when I choose its input) or navigation - Up, down, left, right, select, back. However- Play, pause, ff, rw, next chapter, previous chapter, etc are hit or miss (they do work on my LG/PS3 setup, but in my case they aren't on the remote, they are an on-screen menu since this is a "Magic Remote" with no such buttons).
    Confused yet?
  • If I recall correctly, my TV has a setting to enable/disable its internal speakers, which I disabled for use with my Bose speakers' optical input. With this setup, my speakers control their own volume, which requires the Bose remote I'm currently using. At worse, I should be able to preserve the current setup, with the difference being that I'll have to use two remotes: the Apple remote, plus the Bose remote to turn speakers on when needed (because they obnoxiously power themselves off automatically.) I'm assuming the Apple remote will also handle powering the TV on and off, and I'm hoping it can also select the correct source so I don't have to fiddle with that whenever I've been using something else like my PS4. So the remaining question is whether there's a way for the Apple remote to control volume with my setup. This would probably require mimicking the Bose remote, which I will bet my left nut Apple is not going to bother with. They will probably assume everyone has a pure HDMI-CEC setup and the hell with everyone else, so the product will only be "magical" for a select few. I've been tempted numerous times to replace my speakers, but everything else requires buying and setting up a receiver (which is complete overkill for my needs) in addition to purchasing brand new speakers, which together would be a lot of money for not a lot of benefit. The ideal would be something like my current, self-powered Bose speakers, but with full HDMI-CEC support instead of being limited to optical and analog inputs. Edit: another likely annoyance is that the Apple remote lacks a mute button (unless they've done something clever like emulating the mute button by holding down the volume-down button.) This will require most people to have a second remote handy for whenever they need to quickly silence the TV, such as for a phone call or some other interruption.
  • If you are willing to upgrade, then a soundbar might be what you want. These may offer more "surround-like" sound for movies and TV shows, vs your Bose. From my experience, Bose in particular doesn't like to play nice with other standards, but its been a few years since I've worked with Bose. Now that I think of it, are you sure your Bose system uses IR? I've seen some that are RF = you have no chance in controlling it from any other remote. Either way, there are soundbars that basically work like a receiver & speakers (front, left, right) all built into one box. Some offer wireless surround speakers and subwoofer. These can offer HDMI inputs, and some may support CEC. I really can't point you at a particular one. My advice is to see what your favorite local electronic shop offers, check the reviews on amazon, then go to your local store to play with it and ask for specific demos of CEC. If they aren't willing to cooperate, you might have to rely on reviews. Amazon is great for asking questions as well, so all of those who have bought or reviewed an item will get a notification of your question. Also, the advantage of a newer receiver / soundbar is called HDMI Passthrough. So, AppleTV plugged into the receiver, HDMI out to the TV. With the receiver on, the sound will come out of the speakers/soundbar. When you power off the receiver it will pass the HDMI audio and video to the TV. This is helpful for when others are sleeping or you just don't want to burn as much electricity while watching talk shows or whatever. From my experience, CEC will also pass through. Anyhow. I missed the lack of a Mute button. I wonder how they will do that. Maybe the button it self is made in such a way that both + and - can be pressed concurrently to produce a mute command. I mean, the button might be a rocker for + and -, but can also press straight down in the middle for mute. Also, yeah, IR codes data base for TVs / sound systems is unlikely, but not impossible. If Cox can do it, then why not Apple? They could easily create a companion app for the iPhone for settings, in which you simply enter the model number of your device and 'alakazam' you're controlling the volume via IR. I honestly haven't looked into the AppleTV enough to find out if anyone has confirmed the presence of an IR emitter in the remote... Someone mentioned an IR blaster, which that term usually means that the stb itself has a high powered IR emitter built in. We'll see.
  • My Vizio TV has CEC, but my LG soundbar does not. Fortunately, the ATV remote has an IR transmitter and it very easily learned the appropriate volume control signals. I tried muting in the manner you suggested, but that did not work. Seems only way to cut to quick silence is hit the play/pause button.
  • What about the many of us who are using a receiver? I have my ATV plugged into an HDMI input. Will this somehow work? I'm using a Harmony remote to negotiate all the input switching.
  • Depends on your receiver. If it is fairly new (last 5 years) you should be good. Maybe look through your blu-ray player's (or PS3's) menu, the receiver's menu, and the TV's menu, so see if you see the option. As Peter stated- there are many names for this technology, varying from brand to brand. If you see these options, give it a try. If you have your blu-ray player on, try navigating the menu with your TV's remote (up, down, left, right, select). Good luck!
  • Although every brand obnoxiously came up with their own name for HDMI-CEC, each of them should acknowledge the proper term somewhere in their spec sheet or instruction manual. For example, Sony calls this something like "Bravia-Link" but their documentation explicitly references support for HDMI-CEC. I think a TV with receiver is the default setup Apple is expecting you to have, assuming both support the CEC tech,
  • I never really thought about it before, but I bet they all rename it or their own sales benefits. The common user will see "Supports Bravia-Link" and therefore choose to buy the Sony Blu-ray player, and not the LG. I always blamed the code differences on a lack of concern for the customers, but it's clearly a money driven decision. Jerks.
  • The mike on the remote means Logitech will need to come out with new versions of the harmony remotes in order for it to work, they can support it in the iOS app but the physical remotes will need to change. This i going to get expensive. :(
  • They needed to update that ultimate remote anyways.
  • I got rid of my programmable touchscreen Harmony remote and I'm in no hurry to get another one. That was the most ridiculously complex gadget to setup, and any promised convenience was killed by the continued reliance on infrared with many components along with the latency across several devices requiring you to aim the remote for several seconds. I hated using that thing.
  • "That was the most ridiculously complex gadget to setup..."
    I would like to introduce to you the world of AMX & Crestron. Logitech is simple in comparison. They both use their own customized programming language, AMX is pretty close to C, I think. (Disclaimer- I'm not smart enough to program this stuff, I just engineer and install the systems)
  • HDMI-CEC is indeed the method Apple is using and it is pretty flaky due to inconsistent implementation and branding issues amongst manufacturers. There are also four levels or "types" of HDMI-CEC which makes things worse. The good news is that simple volume adjustment and power on/off are included in the most minor (original) part of the spec and are likely to be foolproof as long as you have the feature enabled on on the TV set at all. It would be kind of crazy to expect Apple TV to be aware of your other boxes and be able to switch to them anyway. This is part of the reason the spec is so fraught with proprietary implementations. No manufacturer really wants to enable the user to switch *away* from their device, and why would they?
  • I'll be perfectly satisfied if I can reliably control power, source, and volume with the Apple remote. The only downside is my crappy Bose speaker system that shuts down after a few minutes of inactivity. No HDMI or CEC, which means you need to keep its crappy remote handy.
  • I've had that particular sound system before...long ago. Not one of my better buys.
  • Yeah I bought it five years ago, with the main appeal being decent sound and no need for a receiver. I'd be fine with it if it had HDMI support and a way to override the obnoxious auto-power off.
  • Thanks, if I hadn't read the article, your post would have been informative. Your last paragraph doesn't really make sense though, CEC is about control, not "switching away".
  • I'm hoping that the experience in the UK will be as good as it'll be in the U.S. Television is very different over here, and satellite companies tend to swallow up the best from Showtime, Fox and the rest of the U.S. Networks. I'd love nothing better than to ditch my Sky subscription, as I find myself paying for content that I have no interest in. TV should be about quality, not quantity. Apple know they're on the right track with apps, but they will have trouble convincing a lot of TV networks and film studios. Sent from the iMore App
  • Another part of the problem is consumers thinking that "cutting the cord" means "saving money." You will likely spend more money nine the short run with a la carte programming channels. The upside is severing our connection with the cable companies and consuming the content we want the way we want.
  • Yep. It's important to remember that Apple doesn't want to save people money. They want to redirect it towards them. Thinking in terms of channels is the old way though. The content providers won't let go of this. We all want the apple music or spotify version of tv. I'm hoping that's the future. It's not the present. All I know is that I've stopped watching live tv (cable or network) with commercials a long time ago.
  • Apple is a business, and a very successful one at that, donuts natural that they will try to launch products and services that are profitable for them. But unlike many other companies, I don't think that profit for its own sake is their primary focus. If it were, they'd be more like Samsung. At the same time, "saving people money" is also not their prime motivation. It is to make products that delight users and fundamentally change how they use them. In this case, that means removing the abiding felationship with cable operators and instead presenting a customer-friendly way to enjoy content isn't eh user's own terms. Saving anyone money is nowhere in this equation, nor is gouging people with unreasonable charges.
  • Absolutely. If Apple can find me a better way to enjoy tv, then I'll redirect my money to them. The new apple tv will be much better than old because of apps. I can install what I want. But they still don't have the money I give to cable each month. Supposedly, that's in the works. I'm not sure I want it though but we'll see.
  • cutting the cord can indeed mean saving money. it has for me. 15 years ago I realized most TV was garbage that I didn't need. 300 channels of crap doesn't make crap any more delectable...just more of it. so I dropped cable and buy the series I'm interested in. I spend less on that than you likely do on your monthly cable bill.
  • I doubt you pay less than me, but I'm in an unusual situation. I live in a condo and my rent includes 20Mbps internet access and basic cable. I returned the cable box because basic cable is worthless., but I pay for HBO and Netflix, which I watch on my Apple TV. A typical cable bundle costs about $100 a month including internet service and a channel package. A cord cutter will typically have to pay at least $60-70/month for broadband internet access (20+ Mbps). Then HBO Now is $15/month, and Netflix another $8/month. So a cord cutter will pay at least $83/month plus taxes and fees just for internet access and two channels of content. If you go with a la carte movie purchases and rentals that amount will go significantly higher over the course of a year - even more if you want to pay for sports of some sort. And at this point you have no local content unless you hook up an awkward antenna, old school, to get broadcast news and other local channels. Bottom line is at best you're going to be close to breaking even. I'm perfectly OK with this so long as I never have to deal with Comcast and it's software or watch commercials.
  • As long as it has IR blaster for my amps volume, I'll just use my Harmony to power everything on, then use the Siri remote. Sent from the iMore App
  • Not going to happen, unless you use CEC. I think we will all be disappointed if we think this thing is going to act like a logitech harmony type device.
  • Great. Now can it turn on bloody iTunes by itself instead of making me get off the couch and walk back to the office if it's been left off?
  • I'm really confused about something. On stage, it was said that through CEC, the Apple TV could turn on your TV or AV receiver but also that the remotes Volume buttons controlled the volume of your TV. I want it to control the volume of my receiver, not my TV. If I disable my TV's speakers (which I have) it's controls no longer effect the volume from the receiver.
  • I hope we can use the IR Transmitter for that! (I am in the exact same situation, i have new TV with CEC and an old, but good, Audio Receiver without HDMI.)
  • That defeats the objective of doing away with line of sight IR controls.
  • I was able to use the IR transmitter in the remote to control my LG soundbar that does not have a HDMI port. What's cool is it learned the IR signal far easier than any other learning remote I've had to program. Pleased with what I see so far. Though no app store access yet to really test the device.
  • If you can set your receiver to receive CEC commands then you can control the receivers volume. I do that now with my samsung tv and pioneer receiver. I turn on the TV and it automatically turns on my receiver and then control of volume can go through the TV set to the receiver.
  • I just want to be able to turn on Apple TV with the Remote app, we have lost and found our several times...
  • Certain hardware versions of the Apple TV went to sleep and couldn't be woken by IP, only IR. One of my Apple TV's is like that.
  • So, how about turning off the TV? I'm talking about a situation where, we are heading to bed and when I turn off the apple tv, it also turns off my Television. No extra remote needed. I'm a cordcutter with a Tablo, having one remote to control everything would be perfect. If Apple TV turns my TV on and off, I'm buying immediately. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • "So, how about turning off the TV?" That should work provided your TV supports CEC and is connected to the Apple TV via a CEC-enabled HDMI port.
  • According to the documentation, my TV supports CEC. Also the Chromecast automatically switches inputs on my TV. I know documentation is different then implementation. We'll see what happens when I actually hook it up.
  • Still waiting for details on how Home Sharing will work on this device... Every piece written about this product regurgitates what was discussed in the demo without addressing any of the unanswered questions people are actually asking... : (
  • Home sharing works as expected. Not sure what you would want to know. I have my new AppleTV linked to my iMac and Macbook. I can drop movies I have into iTunes (literally) and walk right over and play them immediately on AppleTv. Actually is much easier than putting them on a jump drive and then using the Micca media player. All controls work as expected including Siri commands. Actually the playback controls with touch and Siri are great. I can see all pictures, music etc that I want to share and it does not require internet connection (router yes, but does not use the net).
    As for controlling the Bose...yep, everyone nailed it. It controls the volume of my Cinemate II but will not handle on/off on the Bose. TV on off is automatic (I set it up this way) with the AppleTV.
    Gaming will be nice for those that game (not really me). Messed around with some racing games only using the remote (use in landscape mode as a steering wheel). The graphics rocked and smooth play.
    Cannot connect my apple wireless keyboard BT to it though. Seems like a glitch. Also the Apple Remote App not working yet so you have to use onscreen keyboard for all password entries etc (for now)
    Airplay seems to work better than my old AppleTV when streaming from internet -> laptop -> Apple TV
    All in all I am very happy with this so far. Big improvement all around
  • "Home sharing works as expected." No, it does not. When Apple demo'd the Apple TV 4's new features, everyone who uses Home Sharing naturally assumed that those new features would apply to Home Sharing content as well, especially since virtually none of the reviews and articles about the product mentioned the omission. After being stuck with the same poor user interface for so many years, it made sense that Home Sharing would be part of the much ballyhooed universal search. Apple could have at least thrown us a bone and promised future support for this, but they didn't. "I have my new AppleTV linked to my iMac and Macbook. I can drop movies I have into iTunes (literally) and walk right over and play them immediately on AppleTv." That has nothing to do with the issue at hand. Nobody is complaining that Home Sharing doesn't work. The complaints focus on its prehistoric user interface for browsing and accessing a locally-hosted collection of movies and TV shows. For a one-off use case, you might as well just stream over AirPlay from any computer. Home Sharing is about making one's media collection easily accessible. "All controls work as expected including Siri commands." No, they don't. Asking Siri to skip back ten seconds is not the main feature. The big draw is universal search, with the ability to tap into every movie's metadata. Siri does not include any of your Home Sharing content when you search for a title, genre, director, or actor. If you have a personal copy of "2001: A Space Odyssey" stored in your iTunes library, a Siri search for that title on your new Apple TV will return results from the iTunes store, Netflix, and any other affiliated services offering the movie, but no mention that you have a copy right on your hard drive. The silver lining to all this is that my frustration with the Apple TV's limitations led me to try out Plex, and now I'm annoyed at myself for not checking it out sooner. Basically, Plex does everything we ever wanted iTunes and Home Sharing to do and does so with a more elegant and easier to use interface. Unlike iTunes, Plex lets you stream all of your non-DRM'd content to any device with an internet connection, and for a very modest $5/month fee also allows you to download content to specific devices for offline use. it can tap into your iTunes library, but can also consume content from any folder on any storage device without depending on iTunes as a middle man. Plex is the sole reason I'm keeping my Apple TV 4. Without it, I'd be unable to use most of its new features. "I can see all pictures, music etc that I want to share" No, not unless those pictures and songs are stored in iCloud Photo Library/Photostream or your Apple Music service library, respectively. None of your Home Sharing photos or songs are directly accessible via voice command or via the Apple TV Photos and Music apps. "As for controlling the Bose...yep, everyone nailed it. It controls the volume of my Cinemate II but will not handle on/off on the Bose. TV on off is automatic (I set it up this way) with the AppleTV." I have the same speaker system and I am also very happy that I can finally control its volume with the Apple TV's remote. I'm also thrilled that I can automatically turn my TV set on and off as well. The inability to power-on the Bose speakers after they've shut off automatically is entirely Bose's fault, given their terrible design that doesn't include the much needed ability to power back on automatically or to interpret a volume command as a power up request.
  • Wish I could buy a huge screen with no bezel and one hdmi input. Nothing else. I don't watch tv, I don't want it powered by android or something else. Sound is not needed I have my surround system for that. I could go for a tv set with the possibility to turn off everything except image. Like pure audio on some receivers.
  • Glad Apple is including this feature. It's a no-brainer since most new TV's support this. My Amazon Fire Stick has always done this, and it's really convenient.
  • New Apple TV over priced.. Wait a couple of years watch to price go down just like the gen 3 Apple TV which works great Sent from the iMore App
  • Yiu also have to make sure CEC or "anynet+, etc..." Is turned on in your tv settings. Sent from the iMore App
  • Power on is one thing, but what about "power off"? I know a lot of devices have been doing it for awhile (1st gen PS3), but some current ones still do not (my Genie/Mini Genie DirecTV STB). I liked being able to turn off my entertainment cluster by just turning off my PS3 when I was done using it (my XB1 doesn't do it the same way.... idk why a Kinect would be required for HDMI-CEC to work).
  • I got my new Apple TV today, and having the remote control the TV is almost working. We have a Samsung TV with Anynet+, a late 2008 model (I know, ancient in TV years, but it still works great). The volume control works and the TV comes on when I wake up the Apple TV, without my having to configure a thing.. But the TV stays on when I put the Apple TV to sleep, even though everything I read says that if turning the TV on is working, then turning it off should work too. I haven't been able to find any troubleshooting info for the "partially working" scenario. Any ideas out there?