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Zwift Releases Apple TV App: Everything you need to know

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Today Zwift released their long-awaited Apple TV edition, allowing you to get riding on the platform with a relatively small investment compared to a full desktop computer or expensive tablet.  The Apple TV variant has been under external testing since last spring sometime, but today it’s now available for everyone.

I’ve been using it lately for my rides and overall it’s pretty darn good – especially if you have lesser hardware – this will really clean things up for ya.  But like anything, there are a handful of tradeoffs, so I figured I’d run through those and the entire experience real quick.

If you don’t have time for a full post, here’s a super quick video I stashed together showing how it all works, including footage straight from Apple TV:

With that – enjoy!

The Hardware:

The first thing to know is that this won’t work on all Apple TV’s.  Meaning, you need one of the newer Apple TV’s that supports apps.  If you’ve got an older Apple TV that doesn’t support apps, Zwift won’t work on it.  Not sure which one you have?  No problem, here’s how you know:

Is your Apple TV remote control usable? Then you have an older unit, no good for Zwift.
Is your Apple TV remote control the most miserable piece of tech on earth? Then you’ve got a new Apple TV – good news, that’ll work for Zwift!

Most notably though, this even works with the new Apple TV 4K edition, allowing you to get other 4K content for a mere $179 (Zwift still renders today in 1080p).  Else, the regular Apple TV edition is only $149.  Seriously, just think about that: You can get an entire spec’d out Zwift system for under $150, or 4K for under $180! Nuts!

What about sensors? You know, things like heart rate straps and trainers?  You can use almost anything you used before – as long as it’s Bluetooth Smart.  See, since Apple and ANT+ go together like electricity and water, the Apple TV doesn’t support any ANT+ devices.  You’ll only be able to connect to Bluetooth Smart devices.

The good news is that almost every sensor made in the last couple years is dual ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart.  Got something that’s still ANT+ only though? You could use the NPE CABLE accessory to translate it, alternatively, the 4iiii Viiiiva heart rate sensor that also re-broadcasts ANT+ to Bluetooth Smart. Both work well here (check out this more detailed video describing CABLE).

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And of course, you’ll need your bike, which is attached to that trainer.  As noted, as long as your electronic trainer supports Bluetooth Smart, it can control it as well.  I’ve tried it with both a Tacx Neo and the new Wattbike Atom without issue.  From a sensor standpoint I’ve also tried Garmin’s Vector 3 power meter and Wahoo’s TICKR X heart rate strap – all over Bluetooth Smart natively, no issues.

So, to quickly iterate/recap through some hardware questions:

1) Can I control my smart trainer with it? Yes, as long as that trainer supports Bluetooth Smart control (almost any electronic trainer made in the last 3 years does).

2) Can I connect to my sensors with it? Yes, as long as it’s Bluetooth Smart enabled.  It’ll support Bluetooth Smart power meters, speed sensors, cadence sensors, heart rate sensors, and trainers.

3) What about ANT+ sensors? No dice. You can however use translation systems like the 4iiii Viiiiva [Review here] and NPE CABLE to convert to Bluetooth Smart.

4) How do I connect my Apple TV to my TV? Using an HDMI cable, it doesn’t come with one, but any cable will do.

5) Do I have to have a 4K TV? No, not at all! In fact, even though I bought the Apple TV 4K version, I don’t have it connected to a 4K TV at the moment. I just figured I’ll soon replace that TV with a 4K variant and the cost difference was minor to get the 4K version of Apple TV now.

6) Will a computer monitor work instead of a TV? Some might, if it had HDMI on it.  But most computer monitors don’t have sound on them, so you’d lose that (which doesn’t matter a ton in Zwift of course).

Got all that? Good.

Going for a ride:

Ok, enough background, let’s go ride.  The first thing you’ll need to do is download Zwift from the App Store.  You’ll just search the App Store for it within Apple TV:

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Once that’s done you’ll see it on your home screen, ready to select it:

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A few seconds later Zwift will launch, leaving you at the usual sign-in page.  Remember with Apple TV you can use your voice to spell out usernames and passwords.  Though, in the odd event your Cave is considered a public place, you might not want to spell the password aloud.

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From there it’s right into the initial sensor pairing page:

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Now, the page is a wee bit confusing because it doesn’t actually show you all your sensor options.  Just go with it.  First, pick out your power meter or smart trainer.  If you have a smart trainer, choose that here. Then, add your HR too if you’ve got that.

Next, after choosing those two sensors, you’ll be able to select more sensor types on the next page:

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You’ll see trainers as well on this screen too (they should also show up on the previous two-spot sensor pairing screen though):

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And here’s where there’s an important catch: Apple TV only supports two concurrent Bluetooth Smart sensors. To explain this in 1st grade math terms:

A) BT Smart Heart Rate Strap + BT Smart Power Meter = 2 Sensors = OK, good to go!
B) BT Smart Heart Rate Strap + BT Smart Cadence + BT Smart Speed = 3 Sensors = No good, too much!

So how do you solve this? The Zwift companion app on your mobile phone.  It can act as a secondary in point for sensors, allowing you to connect far more sensors.  This way if you have more than two sensors, you can still connect them.

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Do remember that most power meters transmit cadence, and more smart trainers transmit speed and some cadence too.  So depending on your trainer, you may not need to funnel more connections in via the app.

But here’s the thing: You’ll want the app anyway.

That’s because doing anything with the new Apple TV app just sitting on your couch is miserable, let alone while sweaty and pushing hard on a trainer.  Of course, the phone isn’t quite a keyboard – but I promise you it’s a million times better than the remote control since it’s obvious and easy to use.

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With everything set, off we start riding.  All screenshots in this post are from Apple TV 4K, though recorded using HDMI out into a video capture USB adapter.  You can also jury-rig it using this method as well, sans capture card.  Oh, and if you use the mobile app you can take screenshots as normal (to upload to Strava of course).

For the most part riding is pretty normal like it would be elsewhere within Zwift, and more importantly, the graphics quality is quite good (at least, for what I care about).  I haven’t seen any graphics oddities or such, except that cyclists seem to cut each other a bit close on passing in some cases.  For the most part I tend to ride on Zwift iOS on a recent iPad, so this isn’t a huge leap from that (using the 4K edition).

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I haven’t run the 4K and non-4K versions side to by side, though Zwift says the 4K variant will roughly double the frame rates you’ll see.

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Here’s a small random gallery of screenshots (that were captured at 1080p, not 4K):

Now as I noted the biggest catch is really the remote, which is just fiddly to use.  But I found that just using the mobile app really solves all those issues.  It allows me to easily communicate with others as well as take screenshots, change the view, and so on.  It replaces the need for keyboard for traditional keyboard shortcuts too.

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As usual, when you’ve wrapped up your ride it’ll show your stat totals.  Also as usual, it’ll upload to 3rd party platforms like normal.  So things like Strava, Garmin, TrainingPeaks, and Today’s Plan all work.

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Overall, things work fairly well for me.  I haven’t tried to find a compatible Apple TV keyboard to see if it works with that, so if someone has one they’ve tested Zwift tvOS with, feel free to drop the model/name down in the description!

Wrap-Up:

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Overall, this is actually the cheapest way to get cookin’ on Zwift.  There’s no other device that’ll support Zwift for under $150, let alone do it for other things in 4K for under $180.  That’s amazing.  And the quality is great, likely better than most people’s leftover computer hardware that they’ve repurposed to Zwift today.

Of course, some people might still be bitter about last week’s Zwift price increase (that doesn’t take effect for another year for existing users), but this does at least show that Zwift is innovating on the platform.  There’s no other Apple TV capable trainer apps that I’m aware of.  Though, I’m not totally convinced there’s as much value for many of the other apps since their graphics requirements tend to be fairly low.

In any event – if you’ve got a capable Apple TV, go forth and give it a whirl and report back how well it works for ya.  I haven’t seen any recent compatibility issues with sensors, though like anything new, I suspect we’ll see a few little bumps in the road in the first few weeks.

With that – thanks for reading!

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211 Comments

  1. Marius Popovici

    Can you upload custom workouts exported out of Training Peaks for example?

    • I can’t see any way to upload a custom workout. As I understand it Zwift require you to copy the .zwo file to the Workouts Directory for the app – at least this is what you do on MacOS and iOS (though iOS is made even trickier now that you can’t use iTunes to do this – so you need a third party app like iMazing), and without going all developer I don’t know anyway to do that on tvOS.

      I’m hoping I’m missing something though, and there is way to share workout files via iCloud so all platforms can see them? Ray – do you know if that’s possible?

    • My understanding is for TrainingPeaks specifically, if you have it connected to your account and have said workouts in TrainingPeaks and set on your schedule, then they’ll magically show up on Zwift.

      That said, I haven’t tried that personally yet.

    • codyish

      You also no longer need to manually export workouts from TrainingPeaks, if you pair Zwift with TrainingPeaks your daily workout will automatically sync to Zwift and be available in it’s own “TrainingPeaks workouts” folder.

      link to community.zwift.com

    • Excellent – I must have missed that announcement re workouts from TP and Zwift and it seems like my connection wasn’t quite working for this.

      Anyway I disconnected TP and then reconnected it at Zwift.com and today’s workout then did indeed magically appear on my iPad and also on Apple TV.

    • Bill B

      I think I read somewhere that Zwift is planning to sync workouts at the account level so you’ll have all the same ones across all devices. I don’t recall if they specified a date though.

    • Marcus

      As long as your Zwift account is connected to TrainingPeaks then your TP workouts will magically show up in the list of workouts on the scheduled day in the TrainingPeaks drop down.

    • Grant Guerin

      Go onto your PC and log onto TP go to the workout and Export it as a ZWO file.
      Then go into your files and copy and paste that file into zwift workouts . then open zwift and go to workouts and it is there. I tried it yesterday and it works

    • Graham Moore

      I have my trainer attached via BT and all good but Applr TV does see my cadence BT?

      Tried variuos things but no luck so far, battery good on device and recoignised by my Garmin, so know it is not that, can anyone help?

    • Graham Moore

      I have my trainer attached via Bluetooth and all good but Apple TV does NOT see my cadence Bluetooth?

      Tried variuos things but no luck so far, battery good on device and recoignised by my Garmin, so know it is not that, can anyone help?

  2. Todd Matthews

    I think there is confusion on the 4k. It renders in lower resolution like 720p then upscales to 4k. This is not the same as rendering in 4k. Rendering in 4k would result in better graphics.

    • 1080p actually, but good point, clarified in post.

    • Ed R

      I was just about to comment that I don’t think Zwift is rendering at 4k on the Apple 4k TV. That would require quite a bit more horse power. Love to see Zwift release a version for the Xbox One X. Should be able to run it at native 4k with all settings on high and 60 FPS.

  3. MAGNUS

    Thanks for this… Was considering building a dedicated machine for the pain cave as its become quite annoying having to move my laptop/charger every time I just want to hop on…

    Curious about the custom workouts as well.

  4. Grant

    Looks like the link for the NPE CABLE isnt working I’m afraid, it goes to Amazons site but then it doesn’t recognize he page

  5. Mike King

    Looking at the comment above, in that Zwift is being rendered in 720p, what graphics profile is it using?

    I would hope that it’s doing Ultra High for 720p with all of the bells and whistles turned on.

  6. Peter

    Ray, you posted on FB : “..now the cheapest way to get on Zwift…”

    so does it mean you don’t require $14.99 monthly subscription ?? that’s frustrated me (Strava, Trainerroad, Zwift) …

    • Anne

      No, it still requires a subscription. This is just the cheapest hardware option to get onto Zwift – the account is the same price regardless of hardware.

    • Neil Jones

      I’d also say that as your pricing comments are based on starting from scratch for a Zwift set-up, they should really include the cost of a suitable TV/monitor which is going to add at least another £100. I know that’s still likely to be the cheapest option, but then you get into the realms of “for just a bit more, I could get a cheap laptop and use it for other things around the house rather than have something that’ll I’ll only use for Zwift as it’s set up in my garage” etc.

    • I thought about that. But then I figured where does that stop? Do I need to mention the trainer? The sensors? The bike?

      I think it’s fair to say most people have a TV or monitor already. It might not be in the most ideal place in their house, but it’s there.

    • Tim Grose

      I can see the way this would go. Me: “Zwift have got a great new way to use the platform. Can I bring my bike and trainer into the front room to try it please.” Other half: “On your bike!”

      In my case, our old TV was “relegated” to the garage but so was an old “all in one” PC to actually run the game. So actually no additional hardware was required. The Apple TV might well have been an interesting option however if I did not have some old kit looking for a new purpose.

  7. jean pierre de la Tronche

    i don’t think your weight is only 80 kg, adjust it on Zwift please !

  8. Mark Hewitt

    Ray,
    Note that Zwift on the AppleTV 4K renders at 1080p in the virtual world, not 4K. The menus etc are 4K.

  9. John

    Not having audio with an HDMI monitor is actually a plus IMO, as I’m soooo sick of that Zwift “song”. Maybe they could use some of that cash windfall to get a different music track (or tracks).

  10. CeeGee

    Just thought I’d mention that I own an iPad, an old Apple TV box, and a subscription to Sufferfest, I can setup my trainer, Bluetooth devices, and use tv mirroring and send my Sufferfest workout to TV, not a 4K or smart TV but it works. Big screen but a lot cheaper?

  11. Robbert-Jan Das

    Is it possible to scroll trough the riders nearby with the Apple TV remote?

    • Dan Kothlow

      I had a similar question.
      My guess is that you’d have to use the Zwift Mobile Link app to do that.

      Although, that does lead to another question –
      On the iPad, I could swipe and get rid of the rider nearby list. Is that possible on Apple TV?

  12. phr3dly

    While tempted, I’m hesitant to take the plunge (admittedly, a relatively affordable plunge) because of continued FUD I hear regarding Bluetooth as a Smart-trainer interface. I have a Tacx Neo, and it seems like a non-trivial number of users who try bluetooth end up with data dropouts.

    The ANT+ bridge might solve that, or it might make everything worse by adding complexity.

  13. Aam

    This seems to warrant a comment that Zwift, TrainerRoad, Sufferfest et all will also run on most of the mini pcs, Intel NUCs, compute sticks, etc at various price points in this range and as high as you want to go.

    That would allow you turn on any of the apps and connect to ANT+ sensors.

  14. BP

    Next, the XBOX! It runs Win10, so should be an easy port? :)

  15. Kevin Latney

    Can you use trainerRoad on apple TV

  16. Antony

    I was almost ready to buy an iPad for my Zwift setup but this would work out cheaper.

    One question as I’ve got an android phone, would the android app work with the apple tv version of zwift?

    • Dan Kothlow

      If you are asking about the Zwift Mobile Link app, I used to use a Samsung tablet running the ZML, and an iPad running Zwift.
      As long as it’s on the same network, it should work.

    • Antony

      Thanks, that’s answered my question.

      I’d assumed if both were on the same network it should work.

  17. Thomas Wylie

    Problem with using it on any iOS devices for me is that they still can’t talk to both my powertap pedals at once. Therefore it’s a no go.

    • True, though that’s technically a PowerTap P1 problem. Well, technically it’s both. It could be handled either way.

      For example, Garmin and Polar on their head units know how to handle these specific BLE dual sensors. And at the same time, Garmin actually solves this on their Vector 3 pedals and makes it enumerate at a single proper BLE device, which is kinda cool. You can see it on the screenshots and in the video above.

    • Thomas Wylie

      Yeah, apparently Xert have managed to sort it on their Android app (even over BLE), just waiting on their iOS app to drop! I can’t remember if TR fixed this or not, as I just bought an ANT+ stick and mainly use it on my computer. Shame there is no decent workaround for iOS though. Also a shame that more of the app developers don’t prioritise a fix.

      Good to hear companies are addressing it a bit on the new devices though!

    • Chris Ott

      Thats very good to hear! I searched the net for experiences on paring Zwift with the new Garmin Vector 3 or Assioma.

      I read some reports on some forums about pedal-based powermeters showing watts for only one pedal and not both on Zwift with a BLE connection. This sounded like a Zwift bug to me and made me hesitant to buy a Garmin Vector 3 or an Assioma. I do not own a head unit and was planning to use the pedal with an iPhone and iPad.

      Glad to read, that you are able to get it working with a Garmin Vector 3. Will that work with a Vector 3S or an Assioma without a head unit on the iPad? Does anyone have any experience with that setup?

    • I’ve used Vector 3 with both Apple TV and iPad, without issue. Vector 3S acts the same way.

  18. Chris Cooper

    Is this exclusive to Apple TV, or are other devices in the works (Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast, etc)?

  19. John

    Re: Remotes

    If you happen to have one of those old silver remotes from a 2nd or 3rd Gen AppleTV, those will pair with the newer AppleTVs for simple navigation, which should be very useful for moving around between “buttons” on the main Zwift screen. At work right now, so I can’t test at the moment.

    • Paul S.

      I love those old remotes. I bought a new one every time my daughter lost one, so we must have 5 or 6 around here, and I even know where two of them are. As for the remote that comes with the newer ATV’s, they love to flee, so the best thing you can do is to slap a Bluetooth tracker on it as soon as you get one before it escapes. I’ve no idea where the remote for my last gen Apple TV is right now, so I use the silver ones (which were a lot cheaper than the current model). No voice, but I usually don’t use voice for my ATV anyway.

    • John

      From my brief few minutes of testing, Zwift only responds to two buttons on the old silver remotes: the center button (select) and the “menu” button (back). Likewise, on a Bluetooth keyboard paired with the AppleTV, the only two keys that Zwift responds to are the “enter” key (select) and “esc” (back).

      This is clearly a Zwift issue, this is hardware that works fine with other apps.

    • John

      Based on some brief testing with the black remote, it works OK to choose between routes or workouts.

      However, from the main riding screen if there is some way to get to the actions/options screen or toggle off the watts/heartrate section or the riders nearby section, I couldn’t find it.

      Is there a cheat sheet for the AppleTV options similar to the one for the computer app?

    • Nico Heßlich

      How to change between routes and workouts with the black Apple TV remote while riding? Or just before?

  20. John Montes Jr

    Great review. I have an ANT+ only Cycleops trainer. From reading this review I see ANT+ sensors can be converted with the NPE cable, does that also include the Cycleops?

  21. Wayne Hamilton

    Is there a clear difference in graphics quality between the 4th Gen and 4K versions. I have used a 4th Gen as part of the Beta and found the graphics OK, but not as goodas a 3 year old PC with a low/mid range gfx card.

    Thanks

    • I haven’t run them side by side. I took home the 4th gen unit and replaced it with the 4K variant. But my understanding from something I read was roughly double the frame rates.

  22. Frans

    Hello Ray,

    For Zwift I am using a Tacx Neo as smarttrainer/ cadence, a Ant+ hartrate sensor and I am using my laptop (windows10/ant+ usb) and my android phone.
    The laptop is not the fastest so Apple Tv might be an option.

    What do I have to do/buy (besides switching to abluetooth hartratesensor) to use the Apple TV device for having a smoother system and better graphics.
    Can I still use the Android phone for using the Zwift mobile app ?

    • Yup, you can still use the Android mobile app on Zwift with it. However, I don’t think (but am not 100% sure) that Android on Zwift Mobile Link supports ANT+ accessory pass-through. So for the HR piece you’d need to either pickup a new dual strap, or a converter. My understanding is that 4iiii Viiiiva doesn’t work with Apple TV, but does work with iOS/Android apps.

      So your best bet would probably be to pickup either the 4iiii Precision strap (ANT+/BLE) or just a cheaper dual strap like the base Wahoo TICKR, which works with both ANT+ & Bluetooth Smart.

  23. Josh M

    Worthwhile noting that if you’re in my situation, where you have some old computer monitors (but not a TV) laying around that you can use, you can still get sound by connecting either Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker to the Apple TV. Time to crack out that old 17″ LCD. :)

    • Nate

      Yup. I went one step further and got a 27” open box dell 1080p monitor to make the experience more immersive. I figured I’d be sweating and spitting on it from time to time so why pay full price? pretty happy with this setup now. Like others, plugging/unplugging the laptop robbed precious minutes from the workout.

  24. David Dabbs

    The article says that extra sensors can be added by using the zwift companion app. Can this be then used as a ANT+ bridge to zwift? I have a samsung S7 so it is compatible with ANT+….

  25. matt savage

    I’m curious to see how the Apple TV might work with the WASP-N bluetooth/ant+ bridge, if that will even be possible. I’m looking to setup a small studio with this in the future… Apple tv will be way cheaper for hardware than small desktop or laptop solutions.

  26. fabio

    it would be really great if they’ll develop a version for nvidia shield or something similar.

    180$ is really a good price but there is nothing in the 300/400$ price range (here in italy alienware starts @849€ in the latest and cheapest version).

    I wonder what kind of graphics we could see on an xbox or ps4 version…4k with ultra details ..with a 200€ hardware.

    • Greg

      Get an old used intel nuc…mine is 3 generations old and handles zwift like a pro…plus I can crank Spotify in the background to drone out all the bad zwift elevator background music. Oh and I can run sufferfest, veloreality, etc…when zwift gets boring

      If you have Bluetooth accessories it’s super easy. I can’t stand Apple TV, and I can also play funny you tube videos for my kids.

      They sell used on eBay for like 100 bucks loaded. Just install app, hookup hdmi cable and bammm

    • fabio

      i have a 4th gen intel NUC i3 but i don’t think it can run zwift well. If i want a 1080p with medium details and 30fps the intel GPU integrated in the processor is not enough.

  27. MK

    Are the graphics significantly better on the 4K Apple TV opposed to the non 4K?

  28. Russell

    I like to run TrainerRoad and Zwift together. I connect all my sensors to TR on my iPhone via Bluetooth and let TR run the workout. Then I connect my Kickr plus other sensors via ant+ on my laptop and they work together great.

    Will I be able to do this with Apple TV? Can My sensors connect to both TR and Zwift using Bluetooth only since the Apple TV doesn’t do ant+?

  29. Dale C

    Kinda crazy to me that they don’t have chromecast support, nor the ability to run the game on Android devices, nor a Roku App. All of those probably outsell their Apple competition, but apple gets all the support. They better start branching out to earn that $5/mo extra.

    • They already announced Android support for running the game back at Eurobike, planned for sometime in the next couple months.

      But they also cautioned that it’ll take pretty strong Android hardware to run it. Most of the Android devices you’re referring to are lower end units from a GPU standpoint and Zwift says they just don’t run the game well. There’s a list around here* somewhere of roughly what will be supported.

      *’Here’, being, I have no idea where I wrote it down.

    • jolaca

      Nvidia Shield should be ideal for that.

    • Yeah, I think the challenge there would just be adoption. My guess is that it’d be dismal in this specific crowd/market (plus, it’s more expensive than an Apple TV anyway). Devices like Apple TV, and if it had the graphics (maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t – I don’t know) Roku TV and Chromecast is that they are widespread and well known with mainstream media circles. That’s generally the test here, whether or not the mainstream consumer would know about it/them.

      Now, if you look at Nvidia Shield from the angle of ‘an Android tablet replacement for Zwift’ instead of terms of a TV box, then it’s more interesting for those that don’t want an Apple TV.

    • fabio

      that’s what i hope. Apple tv is really good in that price range…but it seems that after ATV4k i have to jump to something at 400/500$ price for a good zwift experience.

      A shield support would be great…

    • Todd Matthews

      I’d buy a Shield if it had zwift.

  30. Tim Grose

    On other platforms if you have used Zwift Running once (for at least a mile I think), then next time the pairings screen has Ride & Run tabs. Have you seen anything Run related here?

    • John

      It doesn’t show in Ray’s screengrab above, but at the “Paired Devices” screen at the start of your workout, you can choose between “Ride” and “Run” which determines which types of sensors will be paired.

    • Tim Grose

      Thanks. On other platforms you also get this but only if you have used running before. Are the Run options now visible to everybody I wonder?

    • John

      Tim, I’m guessing running must be available for everyone on AppleTV, since I’ve never run on Zwift and I’m seeing it as a pairing option.

  31. Gabe

    Zwift running supported ?

  32. @JascnC

    I hope Zwift will include ANT+ support in the Zwift mobile link app in android in future.

    However, in the meantime, here is my solution:
    ANT+ Heartrate: link to play.google.com
    ANT+ Power: link to play.google.com

  33. Daniel

    Can you use the companion app to bring in ant+ data?

  34. Jeremy

    It was a rough first attempt to use Zwift on an Apple 4th gen TV tonight. I ended up giving up after 20 minutes of trying to get it to work.

    First, when trying to run zwift on a 4th gen Apple TV, it was very laggy and seemingly buggy. I attempted to register for a race, got logged in and selected to join the race. It took me to the start but there were zero racers present. The gun went off and I could hear other racers go but no one was visible on my screen.

    Second issue, every 45-65 seconds, the whole screen would flash black and then come back. I don’t think it was my tv. I couldn’t repeat the issue when using the ATV while playing a movie, Netflix or Hulu. I think it’s a zwift app issue but not positive?

    Third issue, the Apple TV kept losing my BT signal. I run a 4 VIIIIA heart monitor strap that converts my garming ant+ cadence and speed sensor that came with my garmin 510. Unfortunately the last two times I’ve tried to ride; once on iOS app on my 6s and then tonight on Apple TV, it kept dropping my cadence data and read 0, leaving me at a standstill.

    When using a laptop with ant+ dongle, no issues at all. I’m guessing this might be operator error and I’m doing something wrong?

    Any help or advice is really appreciated. I did submit a ticket to zwift as well.

    • Don Schenck

      I gave my Apple TV 4 a test run today and had similar problems with a slower frame rate and lagging! Compared to running Zwift on my iPhone 8, it was awful. Could my iPhone be that much better than the Apple TV?

  35. I’m very happy about this long awaited release. 😍

    For me the renderquality of the 4K aTV is enough. It’s about on the same level like my 13“ laptop with integrated graphics delivered; but my laptop‘s fans had to work really hard for that. 🤒

    The cheapest gaming rig would cost much much much more – but of course the renderquality would be better. For me it‘s not worth to spend CHF 800-1000 for a gaming machine.

    @Ray: For me the Remote works very well. 😂

  36. DaveMac

    If one were to be using a (Plasma) tv that only puts out 720p, is there any benefit to purchasing the 4K Apple TV over the gen 4?

  37. Tim

    Only Level 10 ..! You need to stay in more (on Zwift that is). Still at least you could join me in the Jungle now!
    – he he..

    • Stephen Cook

      I have the original Wahoo kicker will this be controllable by the app if i purchase the Cable Ant+ to ble ? I also have a ticker x and Garmin speed and cadence sensors. Im assuming they will pick up in the app? I currently use the usb dongle and hate the cord so the Cable Ant+ to ble will be a nice upgrade.

    • Multiple apps can be supported by having an individual CABLE paired with each app. This allows one trainer to be monitored by more than one application.

  38. Stephen P

    Does anyone have a recommendation for the cheapest (but still good quality) BLE heart rate monitor? I currently use a Garmin HRM Tri, but it’s ANT+ only. I’ve been playing around with both the Zwift and Sufferfest iOS apps on a Stages SC3 bike in my gym. I can connect to the Stages power meter via bluetooth in both apps on my iPhone, but my Garmin HRM Tri doesn’t play with my iPhone since it’s ANT+ only. Two products are mentioned in this review that would allow me to use the Garmin HRM Tri strap since the ANT+ signal can be converted, but it probably makes more economic sense for me to buy a cheaper BLE/ANT+ dual strap or BLE only strap. I’ll be riding in the gym on the Stages SC3 bike for the foreseeable future and don’t need to worry about multiple ANT+ connections or anything.

    Thanks for any help.

    • Tim Grose

      I use a Wahoo Tickr X. There is a cheaper one which does not have the “X” features but they are mostly only of benefit to runners. Both are dual BLE/ANT+ so you can still also connect it to your Garmin if you want.

    • I’d agree, I use the TICKR quite often (X and non-X). For a cyclist, I don’t see any value in X. And heck, even as a runner I don’t see much value in X the way Wahoo has ended up implementing it.

    • okrunner

      Zwift website had the Powertap Powercal BLE heart rate strap for $40. Provides heart rate and power, if you need power. If your trainer provides power or you have another power meter just don’t pair the power side.

    • Marc Saunders

      I pulled the trigger on the Apple 4 and if I get a Tickr, is that all I need? I am replacing my Ipad config (w/ Tacx flux) because it’s too small and I can’t get HR from my Garmin HR monitor.

      Thanks!

  39. T Benton

    Hi Ray, If you unpaired the ATV remote and use the remote app on the phone does it free the remote’s bluetooth slot for another bluetooth bike / HR sensor?

  40. Big G

    Many thanks Ray. What are the advantages of using the Apple TV app vs accessing Zwift on a iphone and connecting it to the TV with an HDMI cable and adapter, as you suggested in an other article?

    • I’d argue not having a gigantic cable from your bike to your TV, like a huge game of tetherball. ;)

      That aside, I like to be able to use my phone as the Zwift Mobile Link for doing various control stuff, so tying it up with running the game makes that tough.

    • Danny Wright

      all of the heads up display is more proportional when using the apple tv app compared to using a phone. More of the screen is open when using the app,

  41. blanco

    Ray, have you tested this with the Mio Velo? Can I pair my ANT+ devices to the ATV via the Mio Velo?

    Thanks

  42. Peter Flur

    Greetings – a convoluted question. My ATV is not in the same room as my trainer bike. About to swap out my dumb trainer for a smart one – so can I control the trainer & sensors via my phone but put the display up on the ATV (without doing it via Airplay that is)?

    Thanks –

    • Ricardo P.

      If the TV isn’t in the same room, how will you see what’s on the TV?

      >> so can I control the sensors via my phone but put the display up on the ATV?

      What you describe is AirPlay…

      Technically, even if the TV is in another room, and the TV to which it is connected is in your room, AND the TV can “see” the sensors you could still run Zwift on the TV and use the ZML to control the game.

  43. Eli

    Not on the benchmark page:
    link to zwiftalizer.com

    They also have interesting statistics on powermeters and trainers:
    link to zwiftalizer.com

    • John

      They are under the “1080 Basic” and “720 Basic” sections, search for “Apple TV”.

      If you scroll up, Boris posted screengrabs.

  44. Ray, from your video it seems like most of your resting is from just you on the virtual road or a small number of people. Have you tried a massive group ride or group workout session where there can be a few hundred people that are being drawn and tracked on screen? In 3d games thats usually the time when a computer is most slow. (too many people in one room)

    Seems like latency would impact how you should pair devices. Nothing really depends on heart rate so a delay of getting data from that sensor doesn’t matter but if you are in workout mode where you need to set a certain wattage or cadence that lag could get annoying, especially if your using the power from a power meter to do power matching to the trainer

    • Ricardo P.

      I didn’t participate in the event, but I rode through a large group workout with what appeared to be a couple of hundred people and I didn’t notice any unreasonable lag or frame drops.

      And I’m currently running it on the TV4, not the 4K, so the older chips/graphics.

  45. Kevin

    4th Gen ATV

    Downloaded it and ran it in “watch” mode. First time it launched it skipped the login screen and went to the mountain view with balloons. Music played, but app was unresponsive to anything but the Menu (back) button.

    Restarted the ATV and this time it took me to the login screen. Used my iPhone to login – much easier than using the remote. Watching people worked fine, but I could not figure out how to choose who to watch. Will test ride tomorrow.

    • Dan Kothlow

      I would imagine that for “who” to watch, you’d have to select them from the Zwift Mobile Link app. I have not found a way to interact with the riders nearby list on the Apple TV yet.

  46. Danny Wright

    I have been mirroring from my iphone 7 to 4th gen apple tv, and has been working fine, just used the new apple tv app and it is noticably smoother and crisper than the previous way I was playing.
    I use my apple watch as my heart rate moniter when playing, but with the new setup it would not pair. The only other sensor I have connected is the Elite Direto so I thought it should work. It always worked fine when using iphone to run zwift

    • Kevin

      I don’t think you can pair the watch HRM to anything but the phone.

    • Will

      Works with Mac and PC now.

      link to support.zwift.com

      Pairing via Zwift Mobile Link BLE (PC/Mac/Apple TV)

      Turn on your iPhone’s Bluetooth setting via your Settings screen.
      Open the Mobile Link app on your mobile device. Make sure your mobile device is on the same WiFi network as the computer you’re using.
      Launch the Zwift game on your computer.
      Log in.
      Skip the pairing screen for the heart rate monitor (you can pair your other sensors normally) and join the world.
      While in game, tap the Menu button in the lower-left, and tap the Pairing icon in the lower-right.
      Open the Zwift app on your Apple Watch. It will say Zwift in the top-right and unpaired at the bottom of the Watch screen.
      Search under the Heart Rate menu on the pairing screen in game.
      The Apple Watch will show up under the Heart Rate menu on the pairing screen in game.

  47. Kyle K.

    I’m new to the Wahoo KICKR and ZWIFT world…

    If the Apple TV has the ability to only connect to 2 BTLE concurrent sensors would the following work?
    Connection 1 – Wahoo KICKR (2016 version)
    Connection 2 – Wahoo Element
    But will the Element be able to connect to a Wahoo HR monitor and to a Wahoo cadence sensor and relay that info through the Element to the Apple TV?

    Will the Apple TV work with an ANT+ USB dongle?

  48. Midh M

    Hi Ray, I cannot seem to pair to my Vector 3S pedals by BT on ATV or iPhone or iPad.
    Works on ANT+ on iPhone or iPad though.
    What firmware version are you running? I have 2.30 (the latest)

    • Hi Midh-

      Garmin hasn’t released the firmware yet publicly for Bluetooth Smart pairing on Vector 3. I believe it’s slated for about 7-10 days from now. They’re just waiting on getting the all clear from Bluetooth for the certification piece.

      I know they’re eager to get it out, so I suspect it won’t be long.

      Cheers.

    • Chris Ott

      Ah, thank you, that’s an important piece of information. IMHO this should absolutely be on top of their priorities list.
      I would hope we can read it here as soon as the firmware and the BT certification is ready. That might be the date I am going to buy a Vector 3… :-)

    • My understanding is the Vector team had sent that to BT on Nov 10th, and they were expecting it to take 2-3 weeks to get approval (assuming no issues). So…soon!

    • Midh M

      Thanks Ray. Very helpful.

      FWIW, I bought my Vector 3 on Clever Training to support DCR.
      I would encourage others to do the same.

      Links and more info here
      link to clevertraining.com

  49. Gregor

    Thanks for the long post.

    There’s actually one way that’s even cheaper. I bought a Tacx Neo and thought I would by the new apple TV 4k right the moment when Zwift would be available as an app.

    Since I have an iPhone 7 and an “old” apple TV (with easy to use remote :) ), I tried screen mirroring via Airplay. It works absolutely flawlessly and the graphics are fine too. The app fills the entire screen with no black bars on the side.

    So for everyone who has an iPhone, you could just as well get an ‘old appleTV’ and use Airplay to mirror the screen. Since most TVs nowadays are ‘smart’ anyways, I don’t really see the point in connecting an apple TV just to access the same apps you use anyways (netflix, youtube, etc.).

    • Jens

      Hi Gregor,
      thanks for your report. I would prefer the same solution. I’m considering buying an Apple TV 3. Which generation do you use?
      Best regards

    • Gregor

      I use the 3rd generation Apple TV. I would assume the limiting factor is the graphics processor of the phone. With the iPhone 7 it’s working with hardly any lag.

  50. Matt

    With the various Black Friday deals, how would the following options stack up for running zwift: 4K Apple TV or the newer low model iPad that will be on sale for $250 this week. I have been using an older iPad mini that has been good but gets choppy.

  51. Rich Brookler

    Did you test Zwift on the 32gb or 64gb model? Should I buy the 32gb model if I only plan to use the apple tv with swift or wait for the 64gb model?

  52. Jason

    Great review, Ray.

    So I tried this the other day (I have the $150 version, one prior to the 4k), after only using an iPhone 6 connected to a 720p TV via AV adapter/HDMI cable. I did not find the graphics any better on my TV, in fact, the rider panel on the right was cut off a bit, as was the map top-right. If the graphics would have been much better (doubtful on this tv), I may have played with tv settings…but what’s the point when my iPhone works so well.

    Also, I have the Direto and believe I correctly paired it as both power and controllable (trying to mimic when I use my phone), but I didn’t find the trainer control the same…hills didn’t hurt as much. Anyway, I disconnected and used my phone and all as good.

    • You could short-cut the whole cable mess and use mirroring from your existing iPhone to the Apple TV…

    • Aaron M.

      This is how I use Zwift. Any benefit to using AppleTV over mirroring from iPhone 8? Sounds like you recommend using phone as a remote for AppleTV anyway…

    • By using Apple TV separately to render the game, you’ve got easy access to use the Zwift Mobile Link app on your phone.

    • Dave

      Jason,

      I noticed a setting that stopped cutting off things in Zwift (and everything else too)

      From the main menu, go to “video and audio”
      then select “calibrate”
      then select “zoom and overscan”
      From here, with the TV remote, you can increase or decrease the size of the image, and also move it left, right, up, or down. I think this will fix your problem.

      Dave

  53. Chad

    Would it work to connect my sensors (Garmin cadence & speed, Tickr X) as usual to my Garmin 520 then somehow linking the 520 to my existing Apple TV (1080) via BT to provide the sensor data to Zwift, and use the other BT connection for my Snap?

    • No, unfortunately not. But, you’re still good:

      Edge 520 to TICKR: ANT+
      Edge 520 to KICKR SNAP: ANT+ Power

      Apple TV to TICKR: Bluetooth Smart
      Apple TV to KICKR SNAP: Bluetooth Smart Control

      So no problems!

    • Chad

      Thanks for sparing me a headache trying 17 different ways of connecting before getting it right. Will I want to upload rides to Strava/TP/etc via Zwift connection or Garmin? I’m guessing the GC route will supply additional data for posterity, at least cadence?

  54. For specs:
    4th: Apple A8 at 1.5 GHz
    5th (4K): Apple A10X Fusion 64bit 2.38 GHz six-core CPU (big.LITTLE with only 3 active at a time) with 12 GPU cores

    Iphone 7 used a A10 (basically 4 core version of the A10X) with 6 GPU cores

    Just by specs the 4k version seems much better. Though seems strange how much less computer power is needed by iOS then the Windows/macOS version

  55. Pierre L

    Hi
    I have an issue to paired my FENIX 3 with Zwift in broadcadting mode.
    I have an AppleTV, TACX Vortex and Fenix 3 HR.
    I am able to have the ZWIFT application on my TV. TACX Vortex is paired with Zwift but unable to paired my Fenix 3HR for heart rate

    • Hello. Yup, in your case you’d need to find a way to get the ANT+ signal from your Fenix 3HR into the Apple TV. Pretty much the only two options you have are CABLE and VIIIIVA for that (linked up above).

      Alternatively, you could just buy a TICKR HR strap for cheaper ($49 I think), which is dual ANT+/BLE and may be of use to you in other settings.

    • Pierre L

      Thanks Ray,
      My choice will be TICKR HR to use it with Swift.
      Regards
      Pierre

  56. Chad

    I’m a newbie to indoor and trainers and am having a heck of a time getting some Zwift fun in on my setup.

    What I’m using:
    * Kickr Snap v1
    * Garmin Edge 520
    * Wahoo Tickr X
    * Wahoo Cadence
    * Garmin Speed sensor on rear wheel
    * Zwift on Apple TV Gen4 (non-4K)
    * Zwift Mobile Link (ZML) on iPhone X

    Connections made:
    * ATV: Kickr trainer, Kickr power, Tickr
    * Phone: Cadence – readings DO match between 520 & Wahoo fitness app, but ZML does not. Should the ATV Zwift show some acknowledgement it’s receiving cadence data from ZML?
    * None of the sensor connections show on the phone or ATV at system level but did show up inside Zwift app on ATV
    * There’s no evidence I can see that the cadence is providing data to Zwift app on phone as the value does not match the 520/Wahoo fitness app

    Problems & Questions
    * Failure to calibrate power on 520, and many power data fields are empty. “Power Sensor” on Garmin Edge just stays on the calibration screen with the spinning circle for longer than I had patience to wait, instructions say to unclip but Garmin’s documentation is so vague I’m likely doing it wrong. ATV/Zwift spindown calibration process did complete successfully.
    * Inaccurate cadence data via ZML, I don’t know if it’s actually reading this sensor like the Wahoo Fitness app does
    * I don’t see a way to verify the 520 is only occupying the ANT connection and not meddling with Bluetooth that the ATV & phone needs – does the 520 default to using ANT+ from the wahoo sensors?
    * I’m going to try disconnecting everything and trying setup again from scratch. In what order should I reconnect things to each other to ensure the signals aren’t being stolen/conflicted by other apps or devices?

    Thanks to anyone who can make sense of my mess, I am really surprised things are so fussy. Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!!

    • “I don’t see a way to verify the 520 is only occupying the ANT connection and not meddling with Bluetooth that the ATV & phone needs – does the 520 default to using ANT+ from the wahoo sensors?”

      The 520 can ONLY connect via ANT+ to sensors.

      “I’m going to try disconnecting everything and trying setup again from scratch. In what order should I reconnect things to each other to ensure the signals aren’t being stolen/conflicted by other apps or devices?”
      As Bluetooth (Smart) devices/sensors devices are only able to make a ‘one-by-one-connection’ (link to youtu.be), make sure to disable / turn off all rivalling devices/apps (smartphone, tablet, Mac/PC) while you start with your aTV from scratch. Make sure that all your sensors are BLE capable.

  57. Rigo

    Hi there,

    I’m thinking about buying an Apple TV 4K and a 4K monitor/tv. Does the Zwift app on Apple TV 4K plays in 4:3 (standard) resolution or in 16:9 (widescreen) resolution?

    Like to hear from you soon! Thanks in advance!

  58. Jens

    Hi,
    it is possible to use Apple TV Generation 3 and mirror the Display from a iPhone 6 or an IPad to Ride on strava ?

  59. Walter Nietmann

    What do you recommend, the 32GB or 64GB AppleTV. Or does it matter?

  60. Tommy

    Looks smoother than on iPad air 2. I assume there is a better chip in these ATVs. I can’t really justify getting one since I have the iPad.

    Nice iPhone X btw. Times must be good lol

  61. Rigo

    Today I bought the Apple TV 4K. When I connect it to a computer monitor, does the monitor has to have HDMI 2.0 to get the best quality and most smooth and detailed graphics?

    I’m thinking of buying the ASUS PB287Q monitor, which has HDMI 1.4. As far as I know HDMI 2.0 is 60Hz and HDMI 1.4 is 30Hz, but I don’t exactly know what’s the difference in quality, details and smoothness of the graphics in Zwift.

    Anyone can help me out here? Thanks in advance!

  62. Alan

    On the Apple TV 4 vs. 4K, Zwift Blog shared this from Jon Mayfield (link to zwiftblog.com):

    “I think there’s a huge perceptible difference between the two. ATV4k will run smooth the entire time and runs at full 1080P, with a 4k user interface layered on top. It also supports glowing things (think Tron bike wheels) and has room for us to make the graphics even better.

    Older Apple TV is an old iPhone 6 blown up to full screen. Gonna look pretty rough.

    ATV4 can barely cope with a few riders on the screen. Every day as the worlds get more populated, the number of average riders on screen goes up, and the frame rate goes down. While I can say Zwift is more optimized than ever for packs of riders, I don’t think the optimizations are keeping up with the increasing numbers of riders.

    The new ATV 4k runs at about twice the average framerate of the older Apple TV 4, and it does it at a much higher resolution too. It seems to keep up just fine so far.”

  63. Alan

    Thanks for the info!

  64. Sandy Braun`

    I believe the answer is yes but at the risk of being anal: I purchased my Kickr in the Fall of 2015, is it safe to assume it will work with the Apple TV, you state “as long as that trainer supports Bluetooth Smart control (almost any electronic trainer made in the last 3 years does).” Fall 2015 is three years ago exactly….

  65. Sven

    If you have an older version of the Apple TV, can you use the iphone to send the data to the TV?

  66. Clayton Bigsby

    Does anybody know for sure if the new Apple TV 4K supports HDMI 2.1? Or just 2.0?
    I ask because I just saw this procurement delay on the 64 gig unit and there was some question as to why? I’m pretty certain it’s not a firmware update type of thing…
    link to macrumors.com

    • Clayton Bigsby

      ……meaning the upgrade to 2.1 is hardware dependent …(I don’t even think any 4K Tv’s have a 2.1 plug yet) so could they be making that change on the higher end model for longevity….our are they just plain outta 64 gig chips as that seems to be a sweet spot in i-devices…

  67. Jeff Sangster

    Hi. Loving the Apple TV app. One problem I am having is that if I do a 10min warm-up and spin down before a workout, how can I start a new workout without saving and exiting the warm-up first?

  68. Kevin

    Lesson Learned: Don’t put the apple remote in your jersey pocket where you might touch it when you scratch an itch. Dumped me out of the 20 minute portion of the FTP test with 5 minutes left. D’oh!

    Other than that, it works great.

  69. Karim

    Today I hooked up my Kickr 2016 and Apple TV 4th gen and tried a Group Workout. I managed to connect the Kickr to the Apple TV as well as the wahoo cadence sensor which came with the Kickr.

    I joined a a group workout ride and was put in the starting area and when I used the Apple remote to activate the menu at the bottom of the screen it indicated that ERG mode was ON (periodically a message would pop up saying ERG was suspended).

    When the workout started I was in the middle of the pack but had the following problems occurred:
    1. My Avatar on the screen was not always spinning even though I was constantly spinning–not sure if this is normal as everybody else seemed to be spinning correctly;
    2. When we would do intervals like 15 seconds x 300 watts the Kickr was not ramping up the resistance and I would miss the interval;
    3. I seemed to be over spinning and the resistance would come at the end of the interval–effectively rendering the and workout useless;
    5. On the screen it seemed that the cadence was very erratic and constantly dropping.

    FYI I also had my P1s connected via Ant+ to my 935 and there were no issues with my cadence (which was high because the Kickr was not applying the resistance).

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated. For what it is worth I had updated the firmware of the apple tv prior to downloading Zwift. I also noticed that the Beta toggle was green/on.

    Is this related to the cadence sensor not getting a constant reading or is it Apple TV Gen 4 issue? Could it be the Wahoo Kickr (I also recently performed an advanced spin down)?

    Thanks for reading.

    • Karim

      Hey any insight would be great…issue is that the resistance is not working correctly in workout mode even though the ERG is activated and cadence wonky on zwift

      Thanks

    • I’m sorry, I don’t honestly know what to say there on that one. I have seen exactly your issue before of super latent resistance, but not sure on how to fix it.

    • Karim

      Say it aint so…I see DCR as the Sage of all things bike tech related…who should I reach out to Swift? I have this sneaky suspicion that it is somehow related to fact that the BT cadence sensor is acting wonky on the Zwift app–very erratic…guess my last question is the resistance adjusted by the app based on cadence if you are in ERG mode? Also there is the high likely hood i have no idea what i am talkiing about.

      Should I reach out to Wahoo or Swift?

    • Definitely Zwift in this one.

      I’m not sure I’d see much tie-in with the cadence sensor, unless you were seeing drops. You can use Zwiftalyzer though to look at that piece (communications drops).

    • Karim

      There were actual moments where cadence was registering on the screen in zwift as zero which I assume is a dropout? What would that fact pattern lead you deduce or suggest I try? Last comment or question i promise!

    • Correct, if it’s showing zero, it’s a dropout. That could be then causing other dropouts on the other channels. By looking at the logs using Zwiftalyzer, you could see if that’s also impacting power specifically.

      If that’s happening, then you’d be getting lag or wonky like you noted. Essentially, it may be trying to send commands that aren’t getting through and going into a retry loop for a long time.

  70. MacBeth Watson

    Can you have multiple riders using the same Apple TV ?

  71. Ed Lee

    I have ordered a new smart trainer and am thinking about running Zwift. For CPU options, which would be best from these choices:

    iPad Air (1st version)
    Retina Macbook, 13 inch (about 3 years old, I think)
    iPhone X
    Apple TV 4k

    I think I end up needing a bluetooth HR strap unless the Tacx Neo converts ANT+ HRM data to bluetooth to transmit to the CPU device?

  72. Jamal

    Anyone have any success pairing Apple Watch 2 as HRM with Apple TV 4th gen with CycleOps Magnus? I can always get the Magnus connected to the ATV-4, but no hrm, thus I cant participate in any races or even see epic rides in Strava?? Help

    • You need to load the Apple Watch app from Zwift using the Zwift mobile link app, then it’ll all work.

      That’s because Apple doesn’t broadcast the HR signal over BLE. So you have to use teh Zwift app.

    • Jamal

      Thx for the quick reply. I have tried the step by step instructions on the Zwift support site, as also stated above. I have Zwift app and mobile link app on phone and watch. But still for some reason no connections. I updated software on Apple Watch a couple days ago and it connected for one session. But now, not even recognized.

  73. JonMess

    Did my first Zwift with the 4K TV, Drivo, and Mio Velo HR band. Works great and is a much better experience than with my iPad and Apple HDMI adapter. With the 4K TV I don’t have to shuffle computers and cables around or worry about my iPad battery charge (iPad won’t charge when HDMI adapter is active with TV). Game runs really smooth and the graphics resolution is nicer.
    Only issue was the Apple TV remote and the Samsung 4K TV remote couldn’t control the Samsung TV volume when Zwift is running. I tried the Apple TV remote learning mode which indicated it had learned the Samsung volume controls but it still didn’t work with Zwift. I ended up disabling the TV’s internal speakers.

  74. Ernesto Acosta

    OK, I have my Apple TV set up with the ZWIFT app, I also have the Viiiiva HRM to talk to my Garmin magnetless speed and cadence sensor. I followed your recommendation and used my iPhone to set up and pair the sensors. All the sensors (speed, cadence and HRM) show up on my iPhone. I can ride with my iPhone. The problem is, the information on the iPhone does not “travel”to my Apple TV. Am I missing a step here? I want to use ZWIFT on my Apple TV, not just on my iPhone. Thanks.

  75. JonMess

    If you ever need to troubleshoot a Zwift problem with Apple 4K TV or try and recover from a failed Zwift file upload here is what Zwift support says:

    “Unfortunately, due to Apple’s limitation, there is no way to obtain fit and log files from your Apple TV. If your ride is not available on your Zwift website dashboard, it’s unretrievable.”

  76. harry

    Thanks for another great review!

    I am enjoying the atv app since a week or so with my Elite Qubo Digital Smart.

    Just one anoying issue with the Bluetooth connections of the atv: My heartrate sensors (Wahoo tickr) are getting “lost” after shutting down the atv. Next start of zwift, the app doesn’t find the sensor anymore. An other sensor will be found. But this one gets lost as well, the first on will be found now …. and so on.

    Very strange – I think its an atv issue.
    I also got a kind of pop up screen saying the sensor isn’t connected anymore, and if would like to go back to the Zwift app.

    I will try to chance the order of taking off the tickr and shutting down atv…

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  78. Clayton Bigsby

    Ray, (or anybody for that matter) since I won’t get my Doreto until January was curious if in Zwift you have managed to persuade them to offer DCR “colors” to choose when getting kitted out to ride….?

    • They’ve actually offered a number of times in the past to do a DCR jersey, but I don’t really want to be seen as aligned to one specific trainer app platform. I subscribe to (and pay for), many of them, including Zwift, TrainerRoad, SufferFest, and Kinomap.

  79. John

    Thanks for creating such an amazing site. My #1 question when reading this article though is how does the graphics on the Apple TV 4K compare to my iPhone 7s with hdmi cable? As a bonus, how do the graphics compare to a gaming pc? Just bought a 4K tv specifically to run zwift. Some benchmarks or even a subjective rating would be extremely helpful. Will I be degrading the experience by using the iPhone or Apple TV?

    • Check out Shane Miller’s video doing a bunch of graphics comparisons: link to youtube.com

      Keep in mind that one of the benefits of separating out Zwift from your phone, is being able to use your phone as a controller. That becomes a bit more cumbersome when it’s also running the game.

  80. Marco

    Is there an easy way to play music from the Apple TV4K when using Zwift?

  81. Joe Carey

    Great Job on the video.

  82. Johan Barelds

    I do have the following hardware:

    -Tacx smart Bushido
    -Wahoo heartrate (Bluetooth & ANT++)

    I consider bying a Apple TV K4 but I have following questions:
    – Does the Bushido count as 1 Bluetooth connection? (altough it provides, speed, power and cadence)
    – Does it makes a difference for Zwift if i use a Apple TV 4 or 4K?

    Thanks for any replies!
    Gr. Johan

  83. Brent

    Am I the only one who is using a Stages powermeter and Tacx Flux, and when I use the Stages for power and cadence and the Flux for controllable get all sorts of weird crap going on, like being in almost my highest gear but cranking out 230 watts or so, going 30 mph? It’s very odd and I don’t get a good feel for when the grade changes for climbs. Is it just me, or is anyone else experiencing this?

    • Ignoring speed, since that doesn’t matter on an indoor controllable trainer…

      For everything else, in general, you’ll see funky things when you use a power meter (especially a left only one) to control accuracy on a trainer). It’s one of those things that a lot of people seem to want, but in practice it never works out as well as everyone wants.

  84. Danny Wright

    Hi Ray,
    thanks for everything you do. I am using a 4k apple TV, Elite Direto, and Wahoo Tickr, all based on your videos, and am loving the setup! Only small issue that I am trying to work out…..The Tickr pairs right up no issues, but reads almost double my actual HR for the first 5 minutes or so of my ride before it the reading drops and begins to read accurately. After that 5 minutes it does perfect, but it does this every time. Have anyone heard of anyone experiencing something similar? I’ve looked around but with no luck

    • Clayton Bigsby

      This might sound naive….but do you ( or have you tried) wetting the contacts or your torso where the strap makes contact before your start? (Sweat may be doing the job after 5 minutes)…… I have found on my previous (Garmin) ones all kinds of crazy stuff can happen without good contact…

    • Danny Wright

      I haven’t tried that, but def will! Anything is worth a shot, thanks for the response!

    • Clayton Bigsby

      De nada….Let us know it that’s a fix…