Can AppleTV access a shared iTunes library?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Griggi, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hey everybody,

    I do plan to buy an Apple TV 3rd generation, however I do have the following question:

    Can the AppleTV access a shared iTunes library?

    NOT a home sharing library - a shared library - please don't mix this up. Sharing your iTunes library can be found in iTunes -> Preferences -> Sharing -> "Share my library on my local network" (see screenshot).
    I haven't found a clear answer because either people mix up these things or they just say that home sharing works. Can somebody please verify this?

    Thanks in advance.


    Kind regards
    Christian
     

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  2. macrumors 6502a

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    No, it can't. You must be using Home Sharing for an Apple TV (running the stock OS) to see the library.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much for your reply!

    But this kinda sucks - I can't imagine/I don't want to run at least one PC all the time I want to watch something on my Apple TV (I don't even have my whole video/music library on any device in my home except on my NAS). I thought I could stream anything wirelessly from my NAS to the AppleTV...
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    If you have a smart TV you don't need the apple TV. You can run a DLNA server on the NAS and connect to it using a client on the TV. Some of the NAS servers like Synology also can run a Plex server and LG and Samsung TV's both run a plex client.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply! Yes, I do own a Samsung TV that can access the DLNA server on my NAS. However my Samsung TV can not read videos that I bought in the iTunes store (I bought every season of HIMYM :S) because they are copy-protected or whatever. I also tried to convert the bought videos with Handbrake into another format but it won't work due the copy-protection.

    This was actually the reason why I wanted to buy the Apple TV.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Most items you buy through the iTunes Store can be played by ATV2/3 directly from the internet. You can stream them from the iTunes store to the ATV without having a local copy on your home network.

    I rarely play anything out of my local iTunes library anymore, because I find it easier to browse to my purchased items in the "Movies" or "TV" menus on ATV.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is this possible for items I've already bought?

    Because that would be sufficient for me :)

    Edit: Ok, I've checked this in iTunes from my MacBook. I can only see music, apps and books that I bought - but where are my videos? :D
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    My purchased videos appear when I click on "Purchased" on the right side of the main iTunes Store window.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've just found out that iCloud is limited to music, apps and books in Germany (i am from Germany, by the way).

    So I will wait - I read something about licensing issues between Apple and the movie companies - maybe streaming your purchased videos will be possible in near future in Germany :D

    Thanks to everyone who helped me in this topic!
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    Viel Glück.
     

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