Streaming movies to ATV3 from iTunes, USB vs NAS

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by nickosbad, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hi all, quick question regarding network bandwidth

    I currently have my ATV3 hard wired to my router, upstairs is my iMac with movies on a USB drive, now when I stream to the ATV3 I know there is a 1 way stream going from the iMac to the ATV

    Also connected to the same router as the AtV3 is a NAS drive, my question is....if I put the movies on the NAS and play them through the ATV & iTunes does the data first go to the iMac then back to the ATV (2 streams) or will it go direct from the NAS to the ATV so long as iTunes is running

    Basically the my 2.4ghz N network probably won't cope with 2 simultaneous 25mbps streams.....or will it???

    Cheers, Nick
  2. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2009
  3. macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2009
    Just to confirm - with movies on the NAS, you're still sharing them using iTunes on the iMac?

    I'm pretty sure in that situation the media is being streamed from the iMac to the Apple TV, with the iMac grabbing the data (movies) from the NAS.

    Outside of jailbreaking the Apple TV, I don't believe there is a way to get movies direct from a NAS to an Apple TV - Maybe actually if there is a decent iTunes server built into the NAS software? Don't think so though, there was some talk of it in a thread here related to Synology NAS.
  4. macrumors newbie


    Feb 20, 2012
    Old Bar, Australia

    If you put your itunes library on the NAS it should make it easier.:)
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2009
    I was experimenting this evening and with my library on the NAS, it takes ages for the remote app to populate the items and artwork, with a HDD connected direct to the iMac it loads instantly, video plays quicker too

    I think I'm gonna store my 1080 versions on the USB HDD for use with the ATV3 and the 720 versions on the NAS as my bedroom TV will play them direct from the NAS, I can still use these as SD versions in my itunes library for syncing with my iPad mini

    Damn Apple and their stupid streaming restrictions....just give us direct NAS streaming!!
  6. macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2009
    A lot can depend on the NAS type as well.

    Let's hope for some sort of SDK/App Store for the ATV in the future. It'll quickly open up many options I'm sure.
  7. macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2009
    This is dependent on how your library is set up. Personally, I have my files set up so that my library.xml file is physically on my iMac. This allows your iMac to "cache" the metadata of each file and have it prepared for use whenever it needs to. Then I just mount the NAS drive and have all of my movie files stored on there. Since the drive is mounted through the interface of the iMac, it will bounce the video from the NAS -> iMac -> Apple TV so you need a decently robust network infrastructure. Personally, I do this by hardwiring the iMac to my gigabit router, then have my Apple TVs (I have 3 of them, 1 Gen 2, 2 Gen 3) on wireless. I have had all 3 playing different movie streams at the same time and had no issues with stuttering on this setup. Also, since all of the artwork and metadata is stored on the iMac, there are no latency issues with that on the TV's or through the remote app.
  8. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Doesn't the iMac have to be on wether you use a nas or not ?

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