External Hard Drive to Apple TV 3?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jason.siegel, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Is it possible to play a movie from an external hard drive (either Time Capsule or a drive connected to Time Capsule) on Apple TV 3 directly, without going through iTunes on a Mac?
  2. macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    In that case, is it possible to leave a movie on an external hard drive and have it play on AppleTV, while iTunes is open but without it streaming to the Mac and then back to the AppleTV?
  4. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  5. macrumors 601


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Answers (above) to your (OPs) questions are correct. It sounds like you are wanting a solution that unchains your computer from the equation but still works. Think server instead of hard drive. If the server can run iTunes, it can get you pretty close to what you want.

    If you have some old computer that you are no longer using, it can be your "server" (if it can run iTunes). If not, you could buy a cheap windows machine (even a used one to get the price low) and dedicate it to this purpose.

    OR, consider going with something else :)apple:TV like) such as the WD device that allows local storage of your choosing.
  6. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    As the others have already stated, no, it's not possible directly.

    However, I should add something: in addition to full x86 computers, you can also use low-power iOS sources (even older ones like the iPad 1 / iPod touch 4) to act as a proxy between a UPnP (and prolly also SMB) NAS and your ATV.

    I've thoroughly tested UPnP and it worked just great. All this without any power-hungry, noisy etc. desktop computer.

    (More info: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1503346 )

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