can apple tv....?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by caj, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. caj
    macrumors member


    Aug 16, 2007
    Illinois, United States
    yo, i'm a fan of keeping the forums clean and i wouldn't know how to search for my question, so here it goes

    can apple tv sync anything in your itunes library, or just things in ipod format

    like home movie, dvd rips, etc.

    AND... is there some hack to where you can use it as a tivo and maybe even sync live tv wirelessly to your computers hard drive

    thanks, caj ;)
  2. macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    It depends.

    It needs to be H264 basically and up to about 4 MBPS or something.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2005
    The apple website says which formats the appletv is capable of playing.

    You can modify the appletv to play other formats, see websites like and

    You can rip dvds to a suitable format using the software handbrake.

    There is no hack for live tv or recording. But you could use an eyetv on a mac which can put recordings into itunes which you can then sync to the appletv.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Newton, MA
    To answer your unasked question and, in the spirit of keeping this clean, you can add any movie you like to iTunes as long as it has been encoded (converted) to H.264 format.

    If you have original source, like a DVD you purchased, you can use (the brilliant and free) MacTheRipper to copy the DVD to your hard drive, then use another free & brilliant program, Handbrake, to convert the ripped DVD to H.264 format. You can then add that movie to your iTunes library and watch it on your :apple:TV.

    If you have a clip or movie you made or some friend made and gave you, it might have to be converted to H.264 to be viewed. Quicktime (Pro) among other products can do that conversion for you.

    As far as live is concerned, this is not supported by design. (The following is an oversimplification:) The idea of this box is that it is (sort of) an iPod that connects to your TV and lets you view and hear everything that's in your computer's iTunes. It can stream wirelessly from your computer, too, as long as the movie/music is in your iTunes library.

    YouTube is supported, which is live, but that's about it.

    -- Mikie

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