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appletv – How can I show a read-only version of Google Calendar on Apple TV 4th generation? – Ask Different

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/05/14

Two calendars and three weather frames.Based on [WayBack] appletv РHow can I show a read-only version of Google Calendar on Apple TV 4th generation? РAsk Different there is one choice that might work on Apple TV 3rd generation and 4th generation:

This is the only practical solution I dissected from [WayBack] How to surf the web and use Safari on Apple TV РMacworld UK: Here is how to browse the internet and watch web services on your Apple TV.

Installing requires a few steps as described at

Limiting to only Apple TV 4, another solution is also possible:

However the last solution is not a real web browser, so it does not allow a layout I’m using for the calendar, or actually two calendars:

  • weekly calendar on the left so my brother sees his detailed activities for the upcoming days
  • monthly calendar on the top right for an overview of the past and upcoming weeks
  • three weather frames on the bottom right with two weather radars from different sources and a weather overview for the upcoming days

The reason I need this is because my brother is mentally retarded having problems with abstract concepts like relative time and scheduling. Like me he is also easily distracted and not good at repeating tasks. So looking at a schedule at least once a day is tough for him.

He is very good at concrete topics, especially ones he can put to practice right away like “will it rain on my way to work”. That makes him look at this web page in the first place.

Currently this calendar is shown on a monitor by a Raspberry Pi attached to it.

But I might go for the Apple TV 3 route later on.


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Rebooting Apple TV 4k and 4

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/02/28

Every now and then, when an Apple TV falls asleep with an app running, it wakes up without the app showing actual content on HDMI.

I’ve seen this quite a lot with the NPOStart app, but other apps suffer from this as well.

It happens more often with an Apple TV 4k than with an Apple TV4.

When this happens, the TV thinks there is no HDMI device connected to that source any more.

The solution is to reboot the Apple TV without active screen output:

If the remote refuses to connect, then you have to pull the plug and reinsert it; either the power or HDMI plug will do.

Luckily this workaround I did not have to reboot my TV, as the only two ways to do that is to pull/reinsert the power plug, or to perform a [WayBack] How do I perform a Factory Data Reset on my Smart TV? | Samsung Support Australia.


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Fix Apple TV No Sound Issue ‚Äď AppleTV2

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/08/04

The first method I try for any Apple TV issue is to reset the device (Hold the Play & Menu button simultaneously on the remote for 6 seconds)

Source: [Wayback] Fix Apple TV No Sound Issue ‚Äď AppleTV2

This usually works for me too and is easier/faster than fiddling with the solutions mentioned at Wayback: Apple TV: HDMI audio stops working РApple Support (which now has moved to [Wayback] Get help with audio, video, or power on Apple TV РApple Support).

After releasing Play&Menu buttons, wait for the Apple TV to reboot itself and listen if your remote-buttons will give you audio-feedback from the Apple TV. If that works, then audio on multi-media works fine too.

This is way cheaper than putting additional hardware in the HDMI chain as described in [Wayback] The fix for AppleTV HDMI audio and video woes and HDMI problem solving | The Poor Audiophile

In my setup the [Wayback] Apple TV 3rd generation is hooked up to a [Wayback] Harman Kardon BDS 580 receiver/blue-ray-player.


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Factory restoring a 3rd generation Apple TV was more cumbersome, but I learned about BlueTooth keyboard sharing from my Mac

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/03/03

Apple TV needs iTunes

Apple TV needs iTunes

A while ago, my model A1469 3rd generation Apple TV had a slowly blinking white light but nothing displayed over HDMI any more, so I searched for Apple TV slow blinking white and

Reading¬†Restoring your Apple TV (when its white light is flashing) | Comics and gadgets, I opted for the first option: a soft-restart of the Apple TV. To do that you have to press menu+down on the Apple Remote at the same time for 5+ seconds, then wait for the Apple TV to restart. That initially did show an image over HDMI which later disappeared. I didn’t get the image at first as I thought it was looking for iTunes media over USB (like from an iPhone or iPad), so I waited for a time-out to occur.

After a while that image disappeared and the Apple TV white LED started rapidly flashing. Not good.

Later I found the image was portraying a USB cable not having a connection to an iTunes logo and some dark grey text on a black background pointing to

I didn’t see that at first as the room was a bit brightly lit since we had a lot of sun that day¬†so this non-descriptive image with grey on black UX worked really well.

Conclusion: I had to restore the Apple TV which I thought would be straight-forward as it had been connected to my iCloud account.


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How-To: Create a free Apple developer account for sideloading apps | 9to5Mac

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/02/16

Interesting: Starting with Xcode 7, Apple made it possible to sideload apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV using a free Apple ID. Although a paid developer account is still required to deploy apps to the App…: How-To: Create a free Apple developer account for sideloading apps | 9to5Mac

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