streaming from external drive

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Hoagie5252, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
    so recently i moved all my media to a external drive and i noticed t takes longer to get anything to start playing from the apple tv. is there any way to speed this up?
  2. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The delay is likely waiting for the drive to spin up. Once it's spinning, there shouldn't be a delay. You probably wouldn't have any noticeable delay with a SSD.
  3. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I noticed it got better from USB to FW800 with mine
  4. macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2011
    same thing here -I am using USB 2.0 so there is a definite delay. unfortunately I was using too much space on the imac - so I had to move the library. Find it even more irritating when I am trying to access remotely.
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2008
    Thanks for the info guys. I'm in USB 2.0 an old Mac. I guess I will have to deal with it or just move my movie files.
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2008
    i have this same issue, however after 20 minutes we give up watching the movie through the apple tv3. watching a movie on my iMac with teh same source, external drive, causes zero delays. think this is an apple tv issue. before the last update i did not have this delay.
  7. macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2008
    It's funny two day after I had this problem I tried agin and didn't experience any problems. The movie started within 10 seconds and never buffered.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Honolulu, HI
    I am having the same problem, my setup:

    Apple Airport Extreme with external HD, Apple Tv JB

    When I try to play a file directly from the HD through XBMC it buffers and stops like crazy.

    I decided to try the PS3 Media Server connected to Allshare over WIFI on my samsung and it streamed a 20gb MKV 3D 1080P movie without one buffer.

    Both TV and Apple TV are hooked to router by ethernet. What I don't get is the PS3 Media server needs to go through an extra step and then uses wifi to connect to the Allshare, so I don't understand why a direct connection like AppleTV to router would basically be useless in this situation.

    Anyone know why this is happening?

    And just the other day I tried to stream a movie I own in Itunes and it said it would be 38 minutes before it could start and I went to Icefilms on XBMC and it played without a hiccup.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    well, you must realize that a usb drive hooked up to an aeb via I presume wireless, then the mac wireless to the atv will cut your bandwidth in half. Cause the move has to be streamed on the network to the mac, then streamed back to the atv. Its not like its a one way connection from the aeb with the usb drive right to the atv. Provided I understand your setup correctly. If not, please disregard the above.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    Honolulu, HI
    The External HD is plugged directly into AE via USB, the AE is connected to AppleTV 2 via Ethernet cable, I don't even need the Mac you can just take that out of the equation with my setup through XBMC since I access my external HD directly from ATV2.

    With the PS3 setup I do have to go through the additional step of shooting it over wifi to ATV2 and it still works flawlessly, so I know its not my connection, and I don't understand why the ATV2 can't handle the large files.

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