My wife and I are both totally blind, and we have no children nor relatives visiting us. We have for years used cable TV connected to our stereo equipment by RCA phono patchcords only. As we consider the purchase of at least two Apple TV setups in our home, we want to buy only the equipment required to run Apple TV. I have heard that a TV set is required to run Apple TV; if that is the case, I'll buy at least one setup to run in our living-room. In any case, I would like to run the audible portion through our conventional stereo equipment; we do not have Surround Sound. We don't have room for it, and we don't have the money to buy a complete unit. Further, I don't like all the menus in many of the complex amps capable of surround sound.
Best Buy told me that the smallest TV capable of working with Apple TV is a 32-inch box. At present, I have one ANCIENT 19-inch TV which we rarely turn on. I do have an iPhone 6, and I have moderate skill using Voice-Over on it.
Bottom Line: What is the minimum equipment I would need for each Apple TV setup in our house? We have Ethernet in two rooms in our house (I'd have to run cable and a switch if I wanted to use the other location preferred by my wife).
Someone at the Apple store in our town even suggested that I might be able to get substantially the same programming material with something like a MacBook or the like.
Any help you can provide will be appreciated as we consider whether to go into Apple TV or perhaps a Mac or MacBook.