New TVs that go straight to HDMI and can power on and off with Apple TV?
January 1, 2020 2:01 PM   Subscribe

What brands of new TVs will go straight to HDMI input when turned on and have HDMI-CEC (i.e will turn on/off with the Apple TV remote)? Need a replacement for an LG that just got destroyed by a toy rhino......

My family knows how to use the Apple TV and I like having only one small remote - and just knowing the TV will work. I loved my 7 year old LG - it didn’t try and make you navigate a bunch of menus - it just booted straight into HDMI 1.....and had HDMI-CEC working right so you could turn it on and off easily. But one of the kids got to excited watching Wild Kratts and smashed it by accident.....

I’ve tried a few TVs recently that make you go into their RoKu/Alexa/Smart interfaces *every* time the TV restarts and select the correct input with a separate remote. Which blows.
posted by inflatablekiwi to Technology (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
My currrent LG works fine with HDMI CEC (OLED C9).

I would expect any TV you can buy will work properly. HDMi CEC functionality is baseline at this point.
posted by doomsey at 2:11 PM on January 1, 2020


samsung smart tvs will work like this.

i have an apple tv and turn it on like with only apple remote. there’s a setting on the tv itself to turn it off after no activity for a certain period of time which still works even if the apple tv screensaver is on.
posted by affectionateborg at 2:19 PM on January 1, 2020


My Vizio M-class from 2015 does this, so I'd hope later models do, too.

My 2017 TCL Roku TV doesn't exactly do this, unless I'm overlooking a setting. It does power on from the Apple TV remote, but for the first two years I had it, it'd go into its own Roku screen (to push the latest free Roku movie, a new channel, or whatever), and I'd have to use its own remote to go into Apple TV mode. As of a few weeks ago, it now switches to the Apple TV on its own, but only after about five seconds. Again, I might be overlooking a setting to skip even that, but I haven't found it thus far.
posted by kimota at 2:45 PM on January 1, 2020


I actually adore my Sideclick universal remote. My Samsung TV cooperates with on/off Apple TV settings most of the time. And my Vizio soundbar works with the Apple TV remote. However, I have multiple inputs for various game systems, and occasionally the TV won't turn on/off with the Apple TV. I HIGHLY recommend the sideclick which you can program however you want AND it makes the Apple TV remote less likely to slide between couch cushions. (PS, they have versions for other small remotes.)
posted by Crystalinne at 3:02 PM on January 1, 2020


My 2017 TCL Roku TV doesn't exactly do this, unless I'm overlooking a setting. It does power on from the Apple TV remote, but for the first two years I had it, it'd go into its own Roku screen (to push the latest free Roku movie, a new channel, or whatever), and I'd have to use its own remote to go into Apple TV mode. As of a few weeks ago, it now switches to the Apple TV on its own, but only after about five seconds. Again, I might be overlooking a setting to skip even that, but I haven't found it thus far.

The TCL Roku TV's have an option to start up with whatever the last input was (cable box, or Apple TV, or whatever): Settings-->System-->Power-->Power on (Last used TV input). If they were running one of their internal apps, it probably doesn't automatically return to that, just the main menu.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 3:11 PM on January 1, 2020 [1 favorite]


Cool, thanks all - I may just go pick up a new LG.

I would expect any TV you can buy will work properly.

You would think so right? I mean it’s a flipping TV. But I spent quite a bit of time in various AirBnBs this year with my AppleTV and could not getting it working on various cheaper models (some brand of RoKu installed I can’t remember). And the cheap Insignia I brought as a second TV about six months back absolutely won’t do anything other than go into Amazon smart TV mode despite hours trying to configure different options.

I HIGHLY recommend the sideclick which you can program however you want

That’s cool - I have a bright red case with a tail on it to make my AppleTV remote more findable, but if I ever end up with anything other than an Apple TV plugged in I’ll take a look (we have a Nintendo Switch as well but that only gets plugged in as a special reward treat for the kids maybe once a month)
posted by inflatablekiwi at 4:29 PM on January 1, 2020


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