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Kilamite
Jan 7, 2008, 12:05 PM
I'm confused as to how this works - whether my movies and TV shows have to be within iTunes or if it scans my Movies folder for content?

Basically I use Front Row on my MBP - and I'm after the exact same compatibility with Apple TV. Anything that works on Front Row will work with Apple TV I assume?



Mindflux
Jan 7, 2008, 12:10 PM
I'm confused as to how this works - whether my movies and TV shows have to be within iTunes or if it scans my Movies folder for content?

Basically I use Front Row on my MBP - and I'm after the exact same compatibility with Apple TV. Anything that works on Front Row will work with Apple TV I assume?


You can sync or stream your music from your computer/Mac to your AppleTV. Either syncing (think like putting music on your iPod), or streaming (which requires your PC/Mac to be on).. but yes they have to be in the iTunes library for either to take place unless you 'hack' your AppleTV.

Kilamite
Jan 7, 2008, 12:20 PM
I've tried sticking things into iTunes before - like TV shows etc, but doesn't like them.

What is the hacking options? What does that enable me to do?

Cheers,

nick.hobbie
Jan 7, 2008, 12:40 PM
awkwardtv.org will tell you about the hacks and such.

MikeL
Jan 7, 2008, 02:36 PM
I've tried sticking things into iTunes before - like TV shows etc, but doesn't like them.

They have to be in the appropriate format. I encode everything in h.264 now. I use Handbrake to do my DVDs (just got a bunch of new ones from gifts!), and VisualHub to transcode anything else I want.

Virgil-TB2
Jan 7, 2008, 02:39 PM
I'm confused as to how this works - whether my movies and TV shows have to be within iTunes or if it scans my Movies folder for content?

Basically I use Front Row on my MBP - and I'm after the exact same compatibility with Apple TV. Anything that works on Front Row will work with Apple TV I assume?Also, to avoid being killed at the cash register ...

Wait a week or two as it's rumoured there will be new AppleTV versions announced at MacWorld.