Thinking of buying an Apple TV, few questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Kilamite, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. macrumors G3

    Kilamite

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    I'm confused as to how this works - whether my movies and TV shows have to be within iTunes or if it scans my Movies folder for content?

    Basically I use Front Row on my MBP - and I'm after the exact same compatibility with Apple TV. Anything that works on Front Row will work with Apple TV I assume?
     
  2. macrumors 68000

    Mindflux

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    You can sync or stream your music from your computer/Mac to your AppleTV. Either syncing (think like putting music on your iPod), or streaming (which requires your PC/Mac to be on).. but yes they have to be in the iTunes library for either to take place unless you 'hack' your AppleTV.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors G3

    Kilamite

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    I've tried sticking things into iTunes before - like TV shows etc, but doesn't like them.

    What is the hacking options? What does that enable me to do?

    Cheers,
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    awkwardtv.org will tell you about the hacks and such.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    They have to be in the appropriate format. I encode everything in h.264 now. I use Handbrake to do my DVDs (just got a bunch of new ones from gifts!), and VisualHub to transcode anything else I want.
     
  6. macrumors 65816

    Virgil-TB2

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    Also, to avoid being killed at the cash register ...

    Wait a week or two as it's rumoured there will be new AppleTV versions announced at MacWorld.
     

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