Apple TV with MacBook Air SuperDrive

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jmggs, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2007
    What do you think about connect a MacBook Air SuperDrive to apple tv.

    MacBook Air SuperDrive Needs Above-Spec USB Port. Perhaps in a near future someone finds a away to connect to apple tv. To view dvds, divx etc.

    Would be great?
  2. macrumors member


    Dec 18, 2007
    It WOULD be great. I would love it if the :apple:TV had an attached DVD so I didn't have to have a separate DVD player.

    I think that would make the :apple:TV more marketable to a broader base of consumers since they wouldn't need two devices.
  3. macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2002
    Remote disk for AppleTV

    I would bet that when the Mac OS 10.5.2 update comes out that apple will add the ability to use the remote disk feature with AppleTV. There would be no need to buy the external USB Superdrive when you could have Remote Disk. And just pop the movie into your Mac and share the drive over your network.
    Now that would be a feature I would really like to see added. :D
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2007
    I will take you up on that bet. Seeing as how the current Remote Disk for the Macbook Air doesn't let you use it to watch DVDs, I am guessing the same is true for the AppleTV.

    There is no chance in hell that Jobs is going to allow you to watch DVDs on your AppleTV. He would rather you buy the movie again (or rent it) through iTunes.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    DVD bit rate is too high for streaming movies wirelessly without any stutter in a lot of settings. Besides, what is the point of going to another room to insert a DVD and then coming back to the living room to watch it on your TV? Some geek might do it once to show his friends that he can actually do it, but overall it would be a useless feature. I don't think Apple can justify any engineer's time working on it.
  6. macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2006
    Deep in The Weald, England
    Ha Ha - Thats EXACTLY what a geek would do - :D
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2001
    Um, don't bet on it:
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2006
    La$ Vega$, NV
  9. macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
  10. macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I actually tested this myself. I streamed an uncompressed Video_TS folder ripped straight from a DVD about 30 feet and through a wall using 802.11g and it played flawlessly.
  11. macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Isn't the read speed off a HD is faster than that of a DVD though???? That would be another consideration....
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    I can't see why the read speed would have any effect.

    Seek speed possibly... I'm not sure how reads would be handled in that scenario, and if it kept seeking repeatedly I could expect that to cause problems.

    Also: Never, in over fifteen hundred years of continual evolution and refinement of the English language, from the barbaric yawps of the Angles and the Jutes to the eloquent farces of Oscar Wilde, has it ever been necessary to use repeated punctuation marks to express yourself. It is the sole domain of comic strips, AOL-users, and football enthusiasts. I condemn your practices, sir, as I might condemn those of a drunken sodomite violently molesting a dog in my parlor while I attempt to serve tea.
  13. macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    There is the school of 3-dot journalism...
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    I was NOT molesting that dog, sir. I was merely indulging his appetite for peanut butter. And as an aside, I asked for coffee, not tea. Harumph!
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    The question is would you condemn a drunken breeder violently molesting a dog in my parlor while you attempt to serve tea. After all if your going to use derogatory terms for a minority, turn around is fair play :) - unless of course you were making a reference to Wilde, well then you need to place a green carnation on your lapel.
  16. macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    There's a big difference between ellipses (which are so acceptable as to have a legitimate word to describe them) and what my english teacher referred to as "school girl punctuation."
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    Wow. This says it all!

    This has to be my favorite post. I am stealing it and plan on using it extensively.

  18. macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2007
    Milford, MA
    Agreed. Best post ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    Safari seems snappier now too after reading it ...
  19. macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2007
    I'd rather have a BD/DVD drive built into :apple:tv, then I'd get one...

    besides an ellipsis...

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