ATV2 connect to computer - iTunes only?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jbsmithmac, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    In looking at the atv web page one of the screen shots shows the home screen and it says "computers". Is this just the iTunes accounts/computers it can link to?

    What I am wondering is if it can connect to another machine that isn't running iTunes and if so what can it see - stream images perhaps?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Until the iTunes Match/iTunes in the cloud stuff is fully rolled out, the ATV 2 is largely reliant on having an iTunes system running somewhere in the house for non-rental media.
     
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    What about jailbreaking the atv2...does that allow me to connect to a non-iTunes machine?
     
  4. macrumors 68030

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    Yes. You can jailbreak the ATV2 and install XBMC on it. That way you can access any machine and/or hard drive you want (well, within reason ;))
     
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    Ok...obviously a new guy here. Is there a site that explains the capabilities of xbmc...or maybe someone can post some screen prints of its functionality?
     
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    Thanks!
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    I think you mean entirely...
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Good read on xbmc. Let me ask this question....

    My end game is for photography, what I would like is when the photographer takes a picture that file is stored on the computer (this I can do now), I was thinking of using atv to monitor the directory where the photographer is saving to and play a slideshow of these images on the big screen.

    Would this be do-able? Should I ask this on the xbmc forum?
     
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    I am fairly certain is does that. I only use it for movies though.

    If someone else here can't answer that I am sure their forum would.
     
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    The guys on the XBMC forum have more know-how, but at least I know that what you're asking is definitely doable :)
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    Excellent...looks like I'm getting an ATV2...

    Should I buy new or go the eBay route? Looks like I can get a decent used one on eBay for $70ish.
     

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