What are some things I can do with my Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by cootersgarage6, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. cootersgarage6, Feb 8, 2011
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    Nov 6, 2010
    I have the Apple TV2, and yeah, I can see why it isn't selling to good. Lol. But what are some cool things I can do with it? they don't even have to be related to Apple.. It's just a little boring. I might have to sell it... Lol
  2. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    How would you know?
  3. cootersgarage6, Feb 8, 2011
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    thread starter Guest

    Nov 6, 2010
    What are you talking about? Your asking how do I know it's not selling good? Because if you google it there are so many sites talking about how it's not doing that good... and it just hit 1 million sales about 2 weeks ago.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
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    Dude what are you talking about this thing is selling like hotcakes. It is leaving everything in it's category in the dust. It's not a life changing product but it's the best in it's market segment. Jailbreak the thing install plex and be happy. For $99 dollars it does a lot. It replaces you cd player in your stereo equipment while letting you play video and airplay to your tv.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Dec 11, 2010
    In addition to the much publicized Apple / Netflix stuff, I really like the video podcasts. There are gadget shows, photography shows, etc...
  6. macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Oh, I didn't realize you read it on the Internet. It must be true then.
  7. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
    You can use it to hammer nails




    Or, I dunno, maybe play some audio or video occasionally.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2011
    If you Google the GoogleTV is it doing well? :p
  9. macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Personally I love my AppleTVs. I have 7 of them at home - 3 original models and 4 new models. Essentially one connected to every TV. 5 wireless and two via ethernet.

    I have an i7 iMac in my home office that acts as the household iTunes server (among other things). All our music and movies are on this machine and all of our iPhones, iPads and iPods are synced to it as well (5 iPhones, two iPads and 6 iPods of various kinds).

    There's enough bandwidth on my home network to stream something different to each one, though I'll admit I've never gotten close to all 7 going at the same time.

    And AirPlay from our iPhones and iPads and the iMac is really nice. Different music in any room.

    We also have two Airport Express units connected to speakers (one in the kitchen and one in the master bedroom) for music without a TV. These also work perfectly via AirPlay from the iPhones or from the iMac.

    We don't use the DVD players any more. Everything goes on to iTunes first. I haven't yet gotten in to ripping my Blu-Ray movies, so those are the only disc-based media I'm still using.
  10. macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    You forgot Hockey Puck.
  11. macrumors member


    Oct 27, 2010
    East Coast
    Award this a few internets please!!!
    I love my :apple:TV2. I utilize it for everything on Revision3, TEDtalks, YouTube, Netflix, flickr, oh and I can also rent movies, TV shows and stream the media I already have from others computers in my home to it. Just wait for the update which will give us an App Store and then you'll understand.
  12. macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2010
    Are you connecting to YouTube (or watching TEDtalks in YouTube) from the ATV2 or are you using airplay to play it from Ipad or other device?
  13. ZBB
    macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
  14. macrumors 65816


    Jan 13, 2005
    Yep me too.. I have 2 new and one old and I'm about to buy 1 more new one for my Bedroom V and retire the old one. Everything goes into Itunes, and now that all devices play the ATV2 files it gives me compatibility across all my IOS devices, plus I use Airvideo to Stream to all devices. Just picked up 2 more 2tb drives to add more content, and everything is coming from my C2D Mac Mini. I jst hope they fix the issue with the TV seasons I'd like to have them stacked so that you have the title of the show, then the seasons, then the episodes. Maybe in a future update.
  15. macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    TV Shows
    Music Videos
    Podcasts(Audio) = IGN, GiantBombCast, RebelFM, CarTalk, ScrewAttack, CAGCast
    Podcasts(Video) = TWiT, CommandN, MacBreak, LinuxActionShow, Revision3
    YouTube = CTFxC, davidr64yt, TheCreativeOne, countless other channels

    If you have any sizable amount of iTunes DRM'd content, you would be stupid not to have an AppleTV.
  16. macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    What did you expect it to do that it is such a disappointment to you? Make sandwiches?
  17. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    I am amazed so many people don't know about all the different shows you can watch for free on the Apple TV through the podcasts feature. Apple doesn't really talk about or promote that part of it much but it's there. Roku has something similar. They just refer to them as "channels".

    By the way, it took the ATV2 less than 3 months to get to 1 million sales. Far faster than anyone else in the category. Roku is the second leading seller of dedicated media streamers and it took them 3 years and the combined sales of ALL of their different Roku devices to get to 1 million. How the heck did you figure the ATV2 was not selling well?
  18. macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2010
    That's me, I had no idea. Never bothered to look. Apart from the "error occurred" message it often gives, there is so much content. Just need to find the time. Thanks.
  19. macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
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    That's a heck of a set-up, but you still didnt answer the OP's question. What do you do with all those besides use the for Airplay ($700 bucks for the ability to play music in every room via Airplay is a bit much, You're the type Steve Jobs loves). As for watching iTunes content, you can do that from your iMac server.
  20. cootersgarage6, Feb 12, 2011
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    thread starter Guest

    Nov 6, 2010
    Yeah.. Those are some things to do with it.. But, I only have one. Lol. I don't need anymore than that. I am actually thinking about buying the OLD Apple TV to keep along with my second generation :apple:TV. This is because It has a hard drive. It's not cool how the new one doesn't have any real storage. I mean yeah, airplay is awesome. But it's laggy.

    The main reason for getting the old one is yes, because it has a harddrive. I find it a bit much to have my macbook on, open, keep it form going to sleep mode, being connected to the same Wi-Fi and have iTunes OPEN just to play something on it.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2010
    Admittedly XBMC is still in early stages, but I find that the ATV2 has finally gotten enough stand-alone functionality for me to even perhaps ditch Cable TV altogether.. Hulu, NAS, etc.

    Now only if the great devs at XBMC can make HD work a little better.
  22. cootersgarage6, Feb 12, 2011
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    thread starter Guest

    Nov 6, 2010
  23. macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2010
    what was once xbox media center is now xbmc and can be run on may devices. You have to jailbreak the install it. It will let you play a lot more media formats.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2011
    What's wrong with hd on xbmc Dacapo? Do you mean the atv2 limitation of only 720p output? Xbmc works without stutter for me playing 1080p and 5.1DTS

    Got to say this is one of my favourite buts of kit...it would have been useless without XBMC :) but you can't get better than XBMC with a NAS or two ( no need for computers on)

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