Likelihood of hack to play non Apple formats?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rediffusion, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2006
    Brooklyn NY
    What is the likelihood of their being a hack for the AppleTV to allow users to play non Apple formats such as .avi files? Am I right in saying that all streamed content is played via iTunes? If this is correct, I guess the only way around this is converting the files (which is a pain)
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    yeah this is the main reason why i have not yet bought an apple tv, always thought it was cool. hopefully someone will be able to do something with this version so we have more options with it.
  3. macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2010
    I would imagine not anytime soon, as everything is streamed, so you'd need both ends to work well with each other.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2006
    Brooklyn NY
    That's what I thought :(
    What's the best alternative to the TV?
    I predominently want to watch downloaded avi files although Netflix & YouTube would be a nice bonus
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    the lack of a HD onboard the new ATV will make is a much harder device to hack. not sure if this was one of Apple's intentions or not...
  6. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Have you looked at the WD TV Live Plus?
  7. macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    I have an idea... Buy your films rather than pirating them..
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2010
    Can't buy with the new Apple TV. Also, if you buy disks, you can't play them on your new Apple Tv. But you can rent. High Horse, get down.
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2007
    sure you can. buy from itunes on your home computer and stream. if you want to purchase a disk, you can rip it on to your home computer
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2007
    On the original ATV you don't need the hard drive to run a hack. I'm running a crystalbuntu USB Disk Image on mine, which can also run on a virgin ATV system. Put the image on a 4gb-8gb flash drive plug it in, and boot up. Runs XBMC great, nice and snappy.

    And I've heard there's someone working on an ARM XBMC version, which I'm sure at some point will be running on a boot image (of which I'm sure ATV Flash and will claim as their own...).
  11. macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2007
    do they make micro-usb flash drives? that might be a problem.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2010
    I use a PS3 and run ps3 media server to stream content. works with lots of different formats.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Well of course it will have a hard drive. The question is how big it is. Rumors are that its to be a 16GB flash drive. Which of course it needs to store the os as well as a video and network buffer I would imagine.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Billy Boo Bob

    Jun 6, 2005
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    There's also the problem of no USB port on the new unit. Hard to use a patchstick if there's nowhere to plug it in.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    There is a mini-USB port on the back of the device.
  16. macrumors 603


    Nov 5, 2009
    check out the Logitech Revue with Google TV when it comes out....

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