ATV general questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by browerjs, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Since I'm getting sucked into the Apple ecosystem more and more (iPhones, iPad, MacBook), I'm thinking about getting rid of my Netgear NeoTV550 and switching to an AppleTV for streaming purposes.

    Currently all my BluRays are ripped to movie only ISO, so it is my understanding that I will have to convert all of these to mp4. Is there any free software that does this (BDISO->MP4) directly w/o intermediate steps, or do I need to buy something like DVDFab.

    I have all my content stored on a Netgear ReadyNAS, but it is my understanding that I have to have iTunes open to use the AppleTV. No streaming directly from the ReadyNAS. If iTunes is open on my MacBook, does it actually stream from the NAS to my MacBook to the ATV, or does it go directly from the NAS to the ATV, and just use iTunes for the location information? My ATV would be hardwired, so I'd like to minimize the WiFi. If I start streaming with iTunes open and someone is using the MacBook and shuts the lid, will the streaming stop?

    I have no real interest in buying an ATV2 and jailbreaking.
  2. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Mount the ISO and Handbrake will convert it to an ATV3 friendly .m4v
  3. macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2012
    If your ISO's have been decrypted, you can go directly to HB. You will then probably want to tag your files. I use Subler (free and a very good product).
    You cannot stream directly from the NAS.
    If the lid on the MBP is shut, streaming will stop.
  4. macrumors 68000


    May 20, 2002
    middle earth
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2012
    Only streams music.

    Homesharing is needed for video streaming and there is no NAS that I am aware of that supports Homesharing. There are other recent threads about this very subject and no one has yet come up with an NAS that will run iTunes that supports video.

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