just bought a apple tv2

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by gdeusthewhizkid, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2008
    Just finished buying myself a new :apple:TV2 and wow. Apple does it again. I have a ps3 with netflix integration but this apple tv is so easy to use. Netflix looks better on the apple tv. SO does youtube. I was hesistant on buying :apple:TV since it came out but after reading the reviews on macrumors and seeing the 100 buck price tag. This purchase became a no brainer. Very happy with it.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    If you're one of the target customers (someone who exclusively uses itunes and owns a mac and you really want something to get your media from your computer to your TV) then the Apple TV is perfect.

    Unfortunately I have more half a dozen formats floating about and converting them through handbreak was painful (quality deterioration, bigger file size, missing subtitles, etc, etc).
  3. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    + 1 for loving it. The wife said today that our current TV set up is the most user friendly we have ever had.

    Netflix + youtube+ podcast + our media through iTunes, and everyone is very happy.
  4. macrumors newbie


    Nov 28, 2010
    I really like the Apple TV but I am hesitant to buy one since I have quite a few different formats on my computer. I really don't want to take the time to convert them all. Right now I stream to my PS3 but I am not a big fan of this solution. I am considering buying a WDTV but am also considering JB'ing an Apple TV. Please let me know how you like your Apple TV as you use it more.
  5. macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2009
    +1 here too.
    My girlfriend basically loves it because now we can stream all our photographs to the tv when people come round, much better than sitting round a 13" macbook.
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2008
    Well this past sunday I sat around and really played. I rented a new episode of "No ordinary family" which looked great. I have it connected wirelessly to my bedroom lcd and it never glitched once. Im a little upset that i can't rent episodes of "Smallville" & " Supernatural" my other two favorite shows. Even youtube streams clearly almost HD quality unlike my ps3. I also like the airplay feature with the pictures. Im going to pick up another :apple:TV for my studio for clients when they are waiting in the lounge for their sessions to start.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2008
    what's the best media server solution strategy since i have a ton of media on my itunes but i want to set up a mac mini with a external drive and leave that quietly stored away someplace. can anyone direct me to a link on macrumors or any other website. I want to have simplest but most effective strategy for this.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    If you are happy leaving the Mini on then just transfer your iTunes library to the external and then use the Apple TV.

    To transfer your library, assuming it will all fit on one HDD, just open iTunes, go to preferences and in the "advanced" panel enter the location you want to use.

    Then, on the "File" dropdown, select "Library" and then "Organise Library". Finally, tick "Consolidate Library" and hit OK.

    Leave it for a while to transfer all your files across to the External. Your Apple TV will still see the library fine and the Mini can just chug away in a corner.

    If you don't want to keep the Mini on the Apple TV isn't the answer. If the library won't fit on one external then you will need to turn off the "Keep Media folder organised" box in iTunes preferences and place the files yourself. That's what I do and it works fine.

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