Playing M4V without ATV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jjk454ss, Jan 14, 2013.

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    jjk454ss

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    I have converted my entire library to M4V with the ATV3 preset in Handbrake. I have a TV where I get no wifi and have o computer. Does anyone have a good idea for playing these movies off an external hdd? I was thinking maybe a WD Live Player or a BD Player that supports external HDD's? I want to make sure it will play the files in the current format, and I'd like it to be fairly inexpensive.
     
  2. macrumors 68020

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    er, if you encoded in the atv 3 prest maybe buy an atv 3 ? Just a thought.
     
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    jjk454ss

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    Sounds good of I could plug in an external hdd. Did you even read my post:confused:?
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    why would you convert to the apple 3 preset if you're going to end up getting a player capable of playing various formats?
     
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    jjk454ss

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    I have an ATV3, and I've added the movies to itunes, but I have another TV that I'd like to watch them on every once in a while.
     
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    Not sure what type of answer you are looking for, considering the ATV3 is competitive with the least expensive media players on the market. So why not pick up another one and keep it simple?

    But yes, the WD will play m4v or ruku.. if looking for alternatives.
     
  7. macrumors 68020

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    My bad, I read no wifi as no internet. I use atv 1's so network is not necessary as there is local storage. Sorry.
     
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    jjk454ss

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    That's ok, I didn't even think of looking for a atv1, not a bad option. I didn't see any Roku that you can plug in an ext hdd, the ones I saw just stream from PCM or web, but maybe I missed one? Thanks
     
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    off memory, i believe the roku 2 xs has a usb port. handles m4v h264 flawlessly.
     
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    jjk454ss

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    Looks like a good option, thanks.
     

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