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MacFanJeff
Dec 7, 2011, 09:07 AM
What I would like to do is stream two different photo directories to 2 different ATV2 devices, not just the same one. I have searched and not been able to find a way to do this.

In other words, I would be using the same iTunes user account, have 2 ATV2 devices (one in office, one in family room) and want to send a different photo directory to each device. For example, all directories in my "family" photo would stream to the "family room" ATV2 and all directories in my "work" photos would steam to the "office" ATV2.

Not sure if this is even possible with iTunes, but wanted to find out.



rayyu882
Dec 7, 2011, 09:47 AM
I'm guessing for what you want to do likely won't work with 1 iTunes Library, you can run 2 iTunes libraries with the same user id, and have 2 sets of share photos, one for your office and the other for your family room.

But in order to run 2 libraries, you will need 2 computers up and running.

awair
Dec 7, 2011, 01:38 PM
Is this question unique to the ATV2?

I have 2 ATV setup, and each gets a Photos tab where I can chose to sync to iPhoto or any other folder.

I haven't used my ATV2 yet, how do photos work? Does it use the 8GB cache, or does the PC/Mac have to be on 24/7?

rayyu882
Dec 8, 2011, 07:22 AM
Is this question unique to the ATV2?

I have 2 ATV setup, and each gets a Photos tab where I can chose to sync to iPhoto or any other folder.

I haven't used my ATV2 yet, how do photos work? Does it use the 8GB cache, or does the PC/Mac have to be on 24/7?

I don't know ATV1 enough so I'm not sure about the original ATV.

Basically in iTunes you can choose Advanced -> Choose Photos to Share... in this option you can pick directories or any iPhoto Albums to share to you Apple TV. And I believe the host computer will need to be on 24/7.

MacFanJeff
Dec 8, 2011, 09:05 AM
Yes, the computer you are running must be on 24/7 running iTunes to work.

Also, rayyu882 is correct in that you can NOT do what I want to do using iTunes without having two computer running at the same time which is a HUGE waste. I would hope this is something Apple can add in the future as it would be a simple software solution. I just want to have two different directories (and their sub folders) sent to two different ATV2 in my family room and office.

newagemac
Dec 8, 2011, 11:56 AM
You don't necessarily need two computers running at the same time. You could use two different User Accounts on the same computer. That would work although not optimal.

And maybe you could utilize Photostream as the extra photo source but I'm not sure how that would work. Or share one of the directories to Flickr which the ATV2 supports.

awair
Dec 10, 2011, 10:08 AM
Based on a tip seen elsewhere, how about copying the iTunes app to another folder and running 2 instances?

Slightly more elegant than two logons, but this may cause issues using a 2nd iTunes library file.