External Hardrive

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by macgoodnight, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    can the Apple Tv play movies off my extenal harddrive without loading them to my computer? Also do i have to convert all my AVI file to Mpeg 4 to play
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Yes and no. If you are asking if you can hook up an external hard drive directly to the :apple:TV and play back movies from there, then the answer is "No."

    If you are asking if you can hook up an external hard drive to your computer system and then stream those movies to the :apple:TV, then the answer is "Yes." Just make sure the "alias" to the movie is in iTunes.

    This one's easy:
    YEP. Get busy!

    -- Mikie
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That makes me sad

    It makes me verrrrrryyyy sad.....it is going to take forever to convert the files....In terms of the external hardrive.....All i have to do is connect my external hardrive to my comp and i am good?
     
  4. macrumors 68030

    iPhil

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    Use this lil app to speed up the conversion process... i use it to pull apple videos off you tube
     
  5. macrumors member

    EasyB

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    Thats interesting, I watched a avi divx movie last night from a 500gb attached to the usb port of my apple tv last night. Oh, yea...I forgot its hacked. Go here http://wiki.awkwardtv.org/wiki/Main_Page and read. I did take mine apart to access the drive, it was really easy though, but i hear there is a way to hack it without taking it apart. It is not as smooth as a stock atv but i can do all sorts of things with it now. I can even stream drives from my airport extreme and manage my atv file with the finder. GOOD Luck!
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    Hack up this, Loogie

    Good luck is truly all you'll need. If you are interested in voiding your warranty.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Correct me if I am wrong but....

    You must have missed the memo. Just open your avi files in quicktime and do a save as normally (alowing dependancies). This is basically a 1Mb shortcut file that can be added to your iTunes library. It will then play your avi files right within iTunes and AppleTV as well.

    No conversion required at all. :p
     

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