One quick question about apple tv.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jlyanks85, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2008
    I just got mine for Christmas and wondering are you able to view your iTunes content (tv shows, movies) without your computer being on?

    Because when I have my computer on with iTunes running, I'm able to view my content on atv, but when it's not on I can't view it and can only do the other stuff apple tv offers.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    As the HDD in your iMac, where the content is stored on, needs to be running, thus the :apple: TV can access it, the iMac needs to run too.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2008
    Ok, that's all I needed to know. Was worried there might be something wrong with my apple tv or computer for a minute.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    The first generation AppleTVs had local storage (40 or 160 GB HD), so content could be stored on them. The new version only has 8 GB of flash memory and is designed to stream everything. So, yes, your computer will need to be on with iTunes running. The exception would be iTunes rentals; these can be viewed without your computer on (because they stream from the internet, not your computer).

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