Any device that plays m4v content without going through itunes?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mpovolo, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. mpovolo macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    I noticed all my movies are in m4v format. If I get an appleTv, my pc needs to be on all the time. Is there anything that can play the content directly from my media server through DLNA/other without accessing the PC first. From what I have read, no

  2. Cholesterol macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2008
    I'm sure that there are others, but the Patriot Box Office does perfectly.

    not a very pretty interface, but it was only $40. from Amazon last week after rebate...
  3. Cholesterol macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2008
    I was in the same boat as you; didn't want a PC on all the time.

    how about the previous generation AppleTV? It's got onboard storage so you don't need a computer on all the time (unless you want constant access to more than 160GB at a time).
  4. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
  5. mpovolo thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    Thanks. I wish Apple continued with the previous ATV with built in drive. Thye should really have two options, the streamer and one with a hard drive.
  6. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    I bought an old 1.6Ghz Mac Mini from eBay. It plays everything fine except 1080p. There is a free media interface called Plex that you can install. This combo is way better than ATV.
    Yes, it is on all the time, but it can sleep when not being used, plus the Mini is very energy efficient.
  7. 87vert macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    If you don't need the wifi you can install a CrystalHD card and be able to do 1080p, I did that on one of my AppleTV 1st gen's and it works good.
  8. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    Wow! Never heard of it before, but a quick google and it sounds awesome!
    Just checked eBay and they are about £50. Considering I have been this close to getting a brand new Mac Mini for about 2 months now solely so I can play 1080p you could have just saved me a lot of money!
    You are a legend! This is why I love macrumors.
  9. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    Some investigating reveals that the Crystal HD card isn't supported by Plex (and probably never will be) and while it is supported by XBMC this could be dropped if they change how their player is implemented. Weak!
  10. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    If people had bought the aTV1 there would be no aTV2. However, both are available on Amazon if you want the original model.
  11. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    So apple would never have updated the AppleTV, i doubt that. Or are you saying that the 2nd generation appleTV would be different then the current 2nd generation.

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