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Controlling Apple TV with Your Apple Watch

Controlling your Apple TV with your Apple Smart Watch. Chances are, if you clicked on this article purposely, you already have both of these items, but if you happened to accidentally click this article, but became intrigued, feel free to stay and;

You can buy Apple TV here

You can buy Apple Watch here

I’m going to make this as simple as I possibly can for you readers, and give you a step by step instruction on how to control your Apple TV with your Apple Watch.

So, the Apple Watch has a Remote app to control your Apple TV (After it has been linked).

Once you have linked your Apple Watch to your Apple TV, following the prompts, use your Apple Watch to turn on your Apple TV. You can even choose to watch Netflix through your Apple Watch. As well as other features such as pause/resume music and content, as well as head to your Menu. Don’t forget your Apple Music libraries are there for you as well.

Let’s Get Started

First things first, grab your Apple Watch.

  1. Press the Digital Crown to pull up your Home screen.
  2. Tap the Remote app.
  3. Tap Add Device, and you’ll see that you’ll have to note a password. Remember it.
  4. Grab your Apple Siri Remote.

Now, let’s move to the Apple TV.

  1. If you’re not already on the Apple TV Home screen, use the Siri Remote to press and depress the Menu button.
  2. Select Settings – General – Remotes.
  3. Click on Select to Add, which should now bring up your Apple Watches name.
  4. Remember that password I told you to note? Grab that password and enter it on the Apple TV.

Now, BACK to the Apple Watch (We’re almost done)

Click Done – An Apple TV icon should appear on your remote app on your Apple Watch. (If this doesn’t occur, try rebooting your Apple Watch) – If that doesn’t work, force restart your Apple TV.

Alright, we’re pretty much done. But you’re probably wondering where to go from here? How does this work? So, in a nutshell;

  • To access the Remote app, press the Digital Crown.
  • All of your apps will be right here.
  • Tap the Remote app, then you should see an Apple TV icon
  • Tap on that icon to access Apple TV
  • DONE – You can now control your Apple TV with your Apple Watch. Happy swiping and tapping!

Removing Apple TV From Your Apple Watch

If you every need to remove Apple TV from your Apple Watch, like other apps, press and hold on the Remote app icon, tap Edit, then hit the X button.

To remove the Apple Watch from your Apple TV, hit Settings > General > Remotes, click the name of your Apple Watch and finally, hit Remove.

Amazon to stop Apple TV sales due to poor interaction with Amazon Prime Video

Arriving as a shock to the industry, online retail giant Amazon.com has announced a ban on Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast. As reported by Bloomberg, Amazon.com shared the news that they will be removing all existing listings by October 29th 2015, and allowing no new listings of devices featuring media-streaming from Google Inc. and Apple Inc. It was stated that those devices do not “interact well” with Amazon’s streaming media service, Amazon Prime Video.

Less-than-satisfactory compatibility blamed

It was also explained that Prime Video is not fully functional on their competitors’ hardware. It should be expected that Amazon will protect their own interests, seeing that they have invested heavily into Prime Video, as they do with all content services. Even though only 20% of Amazon customers are also subscribed to Prime Video, Amazon has decided to remove Apple and Google devices, making a dent in their marketplace. Will this in time net them more Prime Video viewers? They appear to think so, whilst setting an example as firm players in global retail by standing up to Apple and Google.


Sales Tactic?

Another product that Amazon is surely hoping to sell more of thanks to the hole in their market, self-made, is the Fire TV set-top-box inclusive of 4K support. Apple TV may not feature 4K but this new standard in digital content is yet to be expanded, it is simply not yet in demand. Apple TV may be making the intelligent decision by not yet adopting this bandwidth-heavy standard. Apple Inc. already has many exciting products in high demand and will most likely feel a impact from this daring move by Amazon, but not one big enough to shake them.

Amazon bans Apple TV and as a result could see more damage done to their own income, than to that of Apple. Amazon.com has employed similar tactics in the past, although the resultant effect was a drop in favorable customer opinion and loyalty. Let’s hope for their sake that this, too, do not backfire.

Philosophy of Steve Jobs evident in latest Apple TV subscription service

Steve Jobs remains a visible presence in the Apple 1 Infinite Loop office literally as even now, 4 years after his death, the company celebrates his birthday and his office remains exactly as it was when he was alive. In a recent interview with chief executive of Apple, Tim Cooks, the legacy of Jobs was to train everyone at Apple to reject a limited mindset. It was this “big idea” philosophy that drove the company to succeed as well as it did and today, this same philosophy is evident in new products or changes in Apple.

The Apple TV Service

Apple is rumored to be on the edge of offering a TV service as company executives have hinted at being in talks with programmers about a bundle offer with different networks to be launched sometime in the fall. What this means is that with the Apple TV service, customers have more choices including abandoning the TV altogether with streaming!


Currently, there are the following services: Sling TV ($20/month), CBS ($6/month), Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix. With the rumors of Apple cutting a partnership deal with Comcast, chances are high that Apple could be the key to online video finally making it big.

Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple is currently negotiating with major TV networks to come up with a bundled 25 channel package to be launched in September. However, as early as April, HBO Now will be available to all Apple users for a minimal charge of $15/month.

All the talk about the Apple TV service has led to a rash of activities as large networks are said to be considering changing the terms of their agreements with cable companies. Also, stocks of some top cable companies have dropped following the news of Apple’s plans for streaming.

This whole scenario appears to mimic the time when Steve Jobs launched the iPod and iTune in 2001. It caused the music industry to work even harder against music piracy and get involved with the retail of digital music.


Of course, the problem with Apple today is that their loyal customers have a very high expectation unlike in 2001 when the iPod was launched. Cook has addressed this concern by saying that Apple develops new products but is also very serious about reinventing what is available like the TV and the watch. History shows and will continue to show that Apple never gives up. It will keep plodding on to improve because that is what Steve Job did and did well.