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Old Jun 13, 2008, 02:09 AM   #1
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Questions from AppleTV Newbie

Please excuse my ignorance - I'm an TV newbie

1- Will my appleTV be able to stream movies from my Mac if they are stored in an external hard drive?

2- If I purchase TV episodes/Movies on the AppleTV, will they be stored on my Mac or on the AppleTV hard drive?
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Old Jun 13, 2008, 02:36 AM   #2
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Please excuse my ignorance - I'm an TV newbie

1- Will my appleTV be able to stream movies from my Mac if they are stored in an external hard drive?

2- If I purchase TV episodes/Movies on the AppleTV, will they be stored on my Mac or on the AppleTV hard drive?
1. The AppleTV will stream content played from iTunes on any synced computer. In short, if you've defined your iTunes library to run from an external hard drive it will stream to the AppleTV.

2. They will be stored on the AppleTV drive primarily, but when you open iTunes it will sync purchases.

However, you may be interested in hacking your AppleTV to play media files you manually copy to the internal hard drive. With ATVFiles (a commonly installed add-on to hacked AppleTVs) you can even access media files via the USB on the AppleTV, thus bypassing the need to stream from an iTunes library or filling up the internal hard drive.
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Old Jun 13, 2008, 03:11 AM   #3
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Great, thanks for your help

ATVFiles sounds interesting.. If I do install this add-on, will I be able to uninstall it in the future if any problems come up?
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Old Jun 13, 2008, 05:06 AM   #4
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A few people are quick to encourage new owners to hack their Apple TV. While hacking has its benefits, I would encourage you to learn more about the device and its abilities (as well as its shortcomings) before modifying it.

Out of the box, the Apple TV has a lot of features. Get used to them before hacking it.
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Old Jun 13, 2008, 06:47 AM   #5
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Great, thanks for your help

ATVFiles sounds interesting.. If I do install this add-on, will I be able to uninstall it in the future if any problems come up?
Yes, you do a factory restore and that's it. None of the commonly used hacks voids the guarantee of your aTV or lmits you in any way.
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Old Jun 13, 2008, 09:11 AM   #6
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Out of the box, the Apple TV has a lot of features. Get used to them before hacking it.
This will take 1 hour, and then you notice - "sh*&%#!!@" , what do I do with all those avis, mpepgs etc. that I own already ?

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Old Jun 13, 2008, 07:02 PM   #7
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Ok I have another question.. I thought the apple TV would be able to stream content from my Mac to the TV. It is asking me to sync the content - do I have to sync in order to watch my iTunes content on the TV?

Or is it possible to just stream it without actually storing it on the Apple TV?
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Old Jun 13, 2008, 07:10 PM   #8
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You can stream without syncing.

The very first computer that your AppleTV connects to is setup to sync. In addition to syncing your content, you can still stream from that computer, too. (A lot of people with 40GB AppleTVs have way more than 40GB of stuff in their iTunes library).

You can also go into your iTunes library and click on the AppleTV (in the Devices area) and turn off all syncing.
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Old Jun 14, 2008, 08:40 PM   #9
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You can stream without syncing.

The very first computer that your AppleTV connects to is setup to sync. In addition to syncing your content, you can still stream from that computer, too. (A lot of people with 40GB AppleTVs have way more than 40GB of stuff in their iTunes library).

You can also go into your iTunes library and click on the AppleTV (in the Devices area) and turn off all syncing.
I turned off syncing, but I'm still not able to see my iTunes stuff on the AppleTV.

My music is there, and so are my videos, but the TV shows I have bought are not there. It says "There are no TV shows n your Apple TV. Set up a connection iTunes...etc" I'm already connected to iTunes though. My Podcasts and Photos are also not showing up.


EDIT: OK nvm, I figured it out. I had to deauthorize and then re-authorize my Mac.

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Old Jun 15, 2008, 03:18 PM   #10
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Hm another problem has come up. I was watching a movie, it was being streamed from iTunes. Halfway along the movie my Mac fell asleep and it stopped playing the movie. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 07:10 PM   #11
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Hm another problem has come up. I was watching a movie, it was being streamed from iTunes. Halfway along the movie my Mac fell asleep and it stopped playing the movie. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?
Just set your mac to go to sleep either after 3 hours or never. This would fix it in a jiffy. Even energy bothers you, just set your display to go to sleep after an hour or so.
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Old Jun 15, 2008, 09:01 PM   #12
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Question.

I just brought home my first ATV from the Apple store. Is there a way to stream without copying the movies locally to the ATV?

I initially deselected syncing, only to watch ATV disappear from iTunes and the movie/music list disappear from ATV.

I paired ATV with my iTunes library again, and I'm able to stream movies, but it will still eventually copy them over.

It's only a 40GB drive, so I can't fit all my movies on it.

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Question.

I just brought home my first ATV from the Apple store. Is there a way to stream without copying the movies locally to the ATV?

I initially deselected syncing, only to watch ATV disappear from iTunes and the movie/music list disappear from ATV.

I paired ATV with my iTunes library again, and I'm able to stream movies, but it will still eventually copy them over.

It's only a 40GB drive, so I can't fit all my movies on it.

thanks
I believe it always sync the newest items first, meaning older content will be overwritten, and will have to be streamed.
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Old Jun 16, 2008, 06:23 AM   #14
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Question.

I just brought home my first ATV from the Apple store. Is there a way to stream without copying the movies locally to the ATV?

I initially deselected syncing, only to watch ATV disappear from iTunes and the movie/music list disappear from ATV.

I paired ATV with my iTunes library again, and I'm able to stream movies, but it will still eventually copy them over.

It's only a 40GB drive, so I can't fit all my movies on it.

thanks
If you set it up to sync automatically, it will copy what it can to the ATV (most recent first, I think), and stream the rest. This is completely transparent and works really well. I've got over 500GB of music and videos on my iTunes Library and they are all available on my 40GB Apple TV and 160GB Apple TV
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If you set it up to sync automatically, it will copy what it can to the ATV (most recent first, I think), and stream the rest. This is completely transparent and works really well. I've got over 500GB of music and videos on my iTunes Library and they are all available on my 40GB Apple TV and 160GB Apple TV
Thanks Galley/Phil. Works like you said.
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This will take 1 hour, and then you notice - "sh*&%#!!@" , what do I do with all those avis, mpepgs etc. that I own already ?
My answer to that question was VisualHub. Heaven knows I was tired of dealing with a needless number of file formats and codecs.

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hello all, I was wondering if there is any way to play the content from my iMac screen through my ATV.
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