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Old Feb 21, 2011, 10:52 AM   #1
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Up to 4 now

Just bought 2 more ATV2's bringing mytotal to 4, Put on in my Kitchen and Bedroom, in addition to my Living Room and Basement HT. Love it in the Kitchen I have all my shows ripped to it and its great not to have to have crap Network TV on while cooking etc. These are great little boxes for the Money.
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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Still only two here so far (LR and BR). Using an Airport Express to stream audio to the kitchen, and my iPad to watch videos and stuff. May add a third if I ever fix up the spare bedroom...

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Will say that if I still had my old town home instead of this condo; I could see having four ATV2's (LR, BR, Den, and spare BR).
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Old Feb 22, 2011, 04:29 PM   #3
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How many concurrent TVs will 1 account support on a single machine?

ex. We have a macpro that holds all the media under a single account, how many units will we be able to run?
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Old Feb 22, 2011, 04:51 PM   #4
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As many as you would like, since Home Sharing does not impose a limit on the number of devices (Apple TV's in this case) that it can link together. Works great!
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Old Feb 23, 2011, 04:10 AM   #5
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Ive been running upto 5 ATV1s without issue...now 3ATV1s and 1 ATV2...still no issue.
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Old Feb 28, 2011, 04:15 PM   #6
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I am considering creating a setup as described but one thing is still not clear to me. If I have one mac mini with a drobo containing all my movies, can I stream a movie to the apple tv2 in the living room while streaming another movie to another apple tv2 in the kitchen?
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Old Feb 28, 2011, 04:23 PM   #7
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I am considering creating a setup as described but one thing is still not clear to me. If I have one mac mini with a drobo containing all my movies, can I stream a movie to the apple tv2 in the living room while streaming another movie to another apple tv2 in the kitchen?
To date we have been able to watch itunes content on both our ATV's and Plex running on our iMac.

I have 4TB firewire drive connected to my iMac and that is what is feeding iTunes.
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Old Feb 28, 2011, 05:58 PM   #8
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I am considering creating a setup as described but one thing is still not clear to me. If I have one mac mini with a drobo containing all my movies, can I stream a movie to the apple tv2 in the living room while streaming another movie to another apple tv2 in the kitchen?
Yes
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Old Mar 1, 2011, 09:17 AM   #9
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I have an ATV120GB in my media room attached to a Samsung 40" HDTV and 2 ATV2, one in bedroom 32" Sony HDTV and the other in Dinning-room small 27" all stream off my MacPro.
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Old Mar 1, 2011, 09:27 AM   #10
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I am considering creating a setup as described but one thing is still not clear to me. If I have one mac mini with a drobo containing all my movies, can I stream a movie to the apple tv2 in the living room while streaming another movie to another apple tv2 in the kitchen?
You should be able to watch the same movie, simultaneously on two different ATVs.
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Old Mar 1, 2011, 10:04 AM   #11
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You should be able to watch the same movie, simultaneously on two different ATVs.
It doesn't need to be the same movie. The ATVs are pulling content. AirTunes is limited to one 'stream' for N number of devices. Using an AppleTV in the normal way does not have this limitation though.
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Have two so far one in my bedroom and the other in the guest bedroom for now.
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It doesn't need to be the same movie. The ATVs are pulling content. AirTunes is limited to one 'stream' for N number of devices. Using an AppleTV in the normal way does not have this limitation though.
Right. I was just clarifying that you weren't limited to watching different content on different units - and that you can watch the same movie separately on different units if you want to.
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It doesn't need to be the same movie. The ATVs are pulling content. AirTunes is limited to one 'stream' for N number of devices. Using an AppleTV in the normal way does not have this limitation though.
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Right. I was just clarifying that you weren't limited to watching different content on different units - and that you can watch the same movie separately on different units if you want to.
Yes on both counts, and here's another one: tv2s are not limited to pulling from one source either (this was one of the big steps forward with this model). Each tv can hit any available iTunes source, simultaneously and/or independently. This works great in households with more than one computer running iTunes at the same time, with libraries customized to that person's tastes. My wife can find her stuff on tv easily, and I can find mine, just by selecting the desired computer.

EDIT: Just wanted to mention that I picked up a second tv for the bedroom. When we installed it, my daughter mentioned that she wants one in her room. I'm not so sure about that; we'd possibly never get her out of her room.
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Old Mar 1, 2011, 02:39 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the replies to my question, that made it more clear for me. Now I have another question. Why would I buy an airport express if I can just buy an ATV2 and hook it up to something like this:
http://www.adorama.com/CBYDVD998.html

Can I now create multiple music zones in the house? Does the Apple remote control app for iphone/ipad have volume control? Does the iphone/ipad app allows you to choose which ATV2 to control? Sorry, lots of questions, I know.
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