ATV interface for watching episodic TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Chileman, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2013

    Am considering swapping over from PC to Mac (after 20+ years of PC!). I have terabytes of my ripped DVDs, blurays, TV shows etc sitting on a Netgear NAS box. Currently I use a Netgear NTV550 for streaming the media to the television, but not sure I'd be able to continue this method if I went the Mac route.

    On the Netgear, the interface allows me to browse through the folders on the network, eg:

    ----> Bluray
    ----> DVD
    ---->TV Drama
    -------->Season 01
    ---------->CSI SE01E01 The Pilot (avi, mkv, etc)
    ---------->CSI SE01E02 Episode 2 (avi, mkv, etc)

    I guess my question is, if I was to convert my entire collection to iTunes friendly format, how would the user experience be, on the Apple TV interface? Are there any example screenshots anywhere?

    Appreciate any help you can give...and please be gentle, long-time PC user tip-toing carefully into Appleworld... :)

  2. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    took some pics for u



    TV-Show Menu_unwatched


    TV-Shows Menu_general


    (u can tell by the blue dot next to the file what u havent seen it yet)

    Music Menu



    the Movies menu is basically the same as TV Shows, sorted by "genre, name, unwatched
  3. macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Olympia, WA
    Try Plex. It's seriously terrific. Only trick is that you need to have a server feeding the files to a device. Some NAS units support the server. And there's an iOS app that you can use to AirPlay media to the AppleTV.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
    i found videostation in my synology better than plex to be honest. :)
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    The Plex "channel" that was added to the Roku devices made them much more useful boxes. Now my Roku box can stream all my own media as well as Netflix, Amazon, etc.

    This way, I don't have to tie up a computer or iOS device to get Plex streaming.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2013
    Thanks everyone for the advice...and for the screenshots. Much appreciated.

    So am I reading correctly that I'm still better off converting my existing movies/TV collection to something more iTunes friendly?

    All of my movie and TV files have an associated jpg and .NFO file. Is there a decent app which will convert this information into iTunes? The .NFO file includes fields like genre, director, description etc, would they be converted as well to iTunes friendly information?

    I understand Handbrake seems to be the best choice for the actual media conversion...looks like my processor is gonna be busy!

  7. NMF
    macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    Once you have the Mac, I highly recommend purchasing iDentify 2 on the Mac App Store. Drag video file on to it, video file is populated with iTunes metadata. Nearly always works on its own, but in the rare case that it gives you some issues, simply manually paste the IMDB code (so it knows what the file is) and then it'll auto-populate correctly.

    NFO files... pfft. :cool:

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