Does Apple TV work well with satellite ISPs?

I use HughesNet satellite ISP service and am severely restricted on download speed and usage (sometimes as poor as dial-up and always restricted to 250 MB during a 24 hour period). I have no other options for ISP and am interested to hear of other HughesNet users that have Apple TV. I am concerned that the routine problems I face will deter from my enjoyment of Apple TV. The download speed is so poor that I can not run routine updates at home and have to take my computer to the Apple store! Obviously my use of the Cloud is totally out of the question. (Please don't take that as a "rant" against my ISP -- simply a statement of fact to help you understand my situation).

Will I find the features of Apple TV, that i will be able to use, worthwhile? Thanks for your input!

3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    I have Hughesnet too. I agree with you regarding the restrictions that Hughesnet has. Their speeds are nothing to brag about. I recently (last week) upgraded my system to their Gen4 satellite. It is AMAZING to say the least. I am getting almost 10 Mbps instead of the 1 Mbps download speed prior to my upgrade. I don't know if this is available to you yet but is well worth the upgrade.

    I have not tried to download a movie yet since it is still pretty new to me but have downloaded a 1.3 Gig file for an Apple update and it went flawlessly. I am just now purchasing an AppleTV to give it a try.

    There is a place on the Hughesnet web site to see if the Gen4 is available in your area. I would HIGHLY recommend this if you can.

    • Answered by Reid E from Elk
    • Oct 19, 2012
  • I have AT&T u verse, and for the most part it works beautifully.There's a lot of awesome features on the Apple TV. Mirroring is one of my favorite features since I don't see well... so even when I web surf I can see it on the big TV. Sometimes there's a buffering delay, like with netflix, but its not too bad. Remember apple is good about letting you try it for at least 14 days, and letting you return it if it doesn't work for you. I'm sorry I'm not familiar with huesnet, but mine is satellite and it works for my two apple tv's. I also have low memory on my main computer, but I can still access my iTunes via Apple TV and use it for mirroring, so I'm pretty sure you'll be okay. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    • Answered by Tina S from West Palm Beach
    • Oct 19, 2012
  • Based on your description of internet service I wouldn't recommend Apple TV for you. If you have to take your computer to a better internet server to download updates you will not be able to download movies or TV shows either. Many HD movies are a couple GB and even standard definition would likely push your max data allowance in a day. You would never be able to stream content either at your speeds.

    • Answered by Colin A from St. Albert
    • Oct 21, 2012