What are my options for codec support?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Reaktor5, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Reaktor5

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    So I really like the new Apple TV, but there is no jailbreak yet and thus no additional codec support. So should I wait until there is a jailbreak and go with the new model or try and score a cheap previous gen model on Craigslist? I know the older model can be hacked to support Xvid, Divx, and an external hard drive (which is what I'm after) but I've heard the internal specs are a little weak for HD video decoding. Is the new Apple TV a little more powerful with the A4 or will the difference in specs only be seen with streaming (which is what the new model was designed for)?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Streaming over ethernet or wifi wirelessN the performance is 100% superior to the original
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Reaktor5

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    My internet here at school is ****** to say the least. I have a dedicated hard drive just for my media which has all my movies, tv shows, etc. on it. Whatever device can see that hard drive and content is the one I want, the Apple TV interface just looks better than any other set top box out there right now which is why I want to use it.
     
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    87vert

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    The old one should be fine with a Broadcom Crystal HD card replacing the internal Wifi. I have one of mine setup and I can decode most 1080p blu-ray mkv's.
    I picked up an additional firstgen :apple:TV on ebay for $70 last week. it was advertised as a 40gb but actually had a 160gb also came with Twilight already loaded LOL.
     

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