Ok I apologize if this is long winded - I'm simply trying to organize my own thoughts, questions and confusion. I have been browsing quite a bit here in the ATV forum for some ideas, but I'm so new I am a bit confused. Info For starters; - I am familiar with program ripping DVDs via any DVD/clone DVD on a PC, although very limited in that scope - I do not own a Mac nor am I familiar with them, which is what I'm wanting to change. Likewise with Apple TV - I have a very large movie collection of DVD + blurays (pushing a thousand or so). I would like to begin converting these to digital, easily accessible format all in one place that's organized and clean. - the only apple products we currently own are IPhones and an iPad. 1) Ok, so I am admittedly a bit confused on the Apple TVs function. Originally I always thought of it as an overpriced Netflix box that could play your iTunes purchases as well. Apparently I viewed that quite wrong, as Ive seen threads where it appears people have converted their entire collections to iTunes, and then use the Apple TV as a movie hub....am I correct in this? 2) How does the Apple TV handle such impressive movie catalogs? Does it have a massive internal storage? Can it take an external storage device loaded with the files? Or does it stream them from a home network somehow? Please, I appreciate even the simplest caveman level explanation here 3) if it streams from say your Mac or laptop or home pc or whatever, can you do so with those movie files on an external hdd? My pc is a multi use computer with only a 750gb hdd so I have no where near the internal storage I'm going to need. 4) how simple is the process of converting to iTunes (assuming that's what I do)? I've been reading some articles about handbrake etc. 5) I saw people had their ATV converted collections with wonderful cover arts etc...how is this done? Or was I only seeing those that had iTunes purchases movies? 6) does the ATV do HD audio as well? Does converting say a bluray to iTunes etc cause you to lose the HD audio? Any help would be much appreciated. I would absolutely love to get my collection more simplified and streamlined, something where we could simply turn on a little box and have it all at our fingertips. I appreciate any and all help or clarifications. Sorry I'm having trouble wrapping my head around it all, it's just a fairly new thing to me.