View Full Version : Controlling External Hard Drive w/ Apple TV using iPhone Remote App

Aug 22, 2010, 04:02 PM
Hey everyone,

Here is my current process:

Rip my DVDs to MacBook Pro
Convert them to .m4v using Handbrake
Copy them into iTunes
Store on external Hard Drive and have iTunes point there to locate

The result is that I have them on my external and they play great in iTunes. The problem is that if I want to see them on my tv, I have to bring both my computer and external hard drive into the family room, plug them in, and connect my computer to tv using a VGA to HDMI and audio cord.

What would be ideal for me is to have my external hard drive stay in the living room, plugged into the Apple TV, and then have the Apple TV read the movies and tv shows straight off of it. I would then be able to control playing the movies and tv shows on the external using the "Remote" app on my iPhone.

Is this possible? If so, could you please list the necessary steps I would need to take?

*Note: I currently do not own an Apple TV (so I would not be able to provide a model number or software version) but would buy one if this is possible.

Thank you very much for your time.


Aug 22, 2010, 05:49 PM
Can you put your external drive on the network? I think it might make things easier for you....

Heres what I do, I have my hard drive connected via usb to my Time Capsule. I rip my dvds using handbrake, and have it just save the files on the networked drive. Then I open itunes and add the new dvd to itunes. I leave my itunes up and running on my Imac, and atv stays sync'd to it. Atv just pulls the movies from the external hard drive on the network, and works beautfiully.

Aug 22, 2010, 06:47 PM
But an apple tv and connect it to the tv in question. Moveis can either syncy from the computer or stream if you don't have enough room on the ATV