Jailbroken AppleTV - what video formats will it play?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jataga, May 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    New to the forum so hopefully I can get as much detail in my question and logic behind what I'm asking.

    My question: Will a new jailbroken AppleTV play all of the most common video file formats? Those being .AVI, .MKV, .MTS, .MP4, .MOV, .WMV, .MPV and others.

    I had the original AppleTV about 4 years ago and sold it to buy a Boxee Box because the AppleTV would not play .AVI, .MKV, .MTS and other file formats besides .MP4, .MOV and few other video files. The Boxee has been perfect for what I use it for which is simply viewing my own video files. I can care less about Hulu, Vudu and features of Boxee and AppleTV.

    A friend of mine mentioned that a jailbroken AppleTV 2 would read any video format. True?
  2. macrumors 603


    True a jailbroken Atv will play all those
  3. macrumors 68020

    A jailbroken ATV won't play any of those until you install 3rd party software.
    Might be obvious but since you are new I thought it was worth mentioning.
    Didn't want you to think it was a magic one-step process.
    Welcome and good luck.
  4. macrumors 68040


    once you are jailbroken you can install other players that can read any of those formats.
  5. macrumors newbie

    What players do this? I just jailbroke my 2g but I'm doing research into the different players (NitoTV, XBMC) but am getting very confused. Do I have to install both of those to play other formats over my network? Or can I just install XBMC (without NitoTV)?

    Basically, all I want my 2g Apple TV to do is play videos (in all different formats) over my network (from my computer and NAS drives). What is the simplest thing I can install to accomplish this task?

    Thanks! (Sorry, didn't mean to hijack but it seemed relevant)
  6. macrumors 68040


    As on any platform each player have some pros and cons... it all depend on what you need..

    Here is some of the bigest:

    XBMC: can read from NAS, don't need a computer running, it can read pretty much any format. on the other hand, it required quite a bit of setup, it can be somehow complex.

    Plex: Require a computer running the plex server.

    ATV: flash, lightwight, easy to setup, can read from NAS, doesn't required a computer. it cost money: $30.

    I personally use Plex, since i can stream my media over the internet and i got a media server running all the time anyways.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Thanks for the info.

    One more question: in order to use XBMC, does NitoTV have to be installed? After reading XBMC's wiki page it seems as if it instructs you to install NitoTV when installing XBMC.

    I'm going for a very minimalistic setup/install...
  8. macrumors 68040


    Nitotv is really pretty small, and it is not a bad thing to have, however it is not really required for XBMC, you can install XBMC manually. (however, that way you will have to install, update and maintain all package you need/want manually).

    You can read here how to install it manually:
  9. macrumors newbie

    Sorry for being completely stupid on this, but I have Apple TV with NitoTV and also XBMC. On my Mac I have a .mkv file (with subtitles) that I want to stream - how do I do this using either Nito TV or XBMC? I have tried converting to .mp4 but it loses the subtitles. Ideally I'd just like to stream the mkv file.
  10. macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Infuse for Apple TV, part of aTV Flash (black), is the best stand-alone player. Files can be almost anywhere on your network, like another Mac, PC, NAS or USB drive on an AirPort Extreme.

    PlexConnect, which doesn't require jailbreaking, is the best client/server player. It requires that your files be accessed by a Plex Media Server.

    Both are exceptional because they look, feel and act like native Apple-delivered software with an experience that matches the rest of the "channels" on your Apple TV.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Many thanks Mr. Zarniwoop. How do I get those on to my Apple TV?
  12. macrumors 68040



    If you have XBMC already installed all you need to do is to go to the settings and tell XBMC where your media is and it will scrum it and show it to you. No conversion necessary. I stream mkvs files everyday
  13. macrumors demi-god

    Mr. Zarniwoop

    Here's a link to my summary of PlexConnect with information on how I use it with my Apple TVs. PlexConnect does not require the Apple TV to be jailbroken.

    Infuse for Apple TV is part of aTV Flash (black) for $29.95 USD, and requires a jailbroken 2nd gen Apple TV.
  14. macrumors 6502


    Have you tried using the Opensubtitles / etc subtitle addon, this shall enable the subtitles. You can also download subtitles too for the movie you are watching!

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