Apple TV Apple TV 2nd Gen..... Should I get one????

MacVirgin1976

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Aug 23, 2012
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Beaverton,Oregon
Im looking for a solution that fits my needs. I have a NAS that holds all my media,I then use my iMAC to transcode MKV files to a PS3. THe PS3 can only play MP4 and some AVI files.

My question is first can a Jailbroken ATV play MKV files and How does it access its files? IS it only thru itunes or can I tell it to path to my NAS? Again my question is for Jailbroken version.

I also am looking at the Roku which does play MKV out of the box. Im still in research phase at the moment. But if ATV can meet my needs I will go that route because all my gadgets are Apple. Phone,Ipad,Imac...Yes I am a fanboy:rolleyes:
 

Wavell

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Nov 7, 2007
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Essex, UK
Im looking for a solution that fits my needs. I have a NAS that holds all my media,I then use my iMAC to transcode MKV files to a PS3. THe PS3 can only play MP4 and some AVI files.

My question is first can a Jailbroken ATV play MKV files and How does it access its files? IS it only thru itunes or can I tell it to path to my NAS? Again my question is for Jailbroken version.

I also am looking at the Roku which does play MKV out of the box. Im still in research phase at the moment. But if ATV can meet my needs I will go that route because all my gadgets are Apple. Phone,Ipad,Imac...Yes I am a fanboy:rolleyes:
the Answer to your first question is "Yes" .. but only the 2nd Gen. Take a look here : http://firecore.com/atvflash-black. You could even try Plex - I believe you just point it at your NAS and no need for iTunes.

I looked at the Roku a few years back too, but I decided the ATV fitted my needs more. Shame Apple have locked it down to the extent that it can't (as of this point in time) be jailbroken :(
 

MacVirgin1976

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Aug 23, 2012
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Beaverton,Oregon
the Answer to your first question is "Yes" .. but only the 2nd Gen. Take a look here : http://firecore.com/atvflash-black. You could even try Plex - I believe you just point it at your NAS and no need for iTunes.

I looked at the Roku a few years back too, but I decided the ATV fitted my needs more. Shame Apple have locked it down to the extent that it can't (as of this point in time) be jailbroken :(
Do you mean ATV 3???

Well what are pros n cons of ATV 2 (Jailbroke) vs Roku???

I will research Flash-Black..
 

Wavell

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Nov 7, 2007
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Essex, UK
Do you mean ATV 3???

Well what are pros n cons of ATV 2 (Jailbroke) vs Roku???

I will research Flash-Black..
No.. I'm referring to the ATV2, which is no longer available from Apple - you'll have to search on eBay etc to find one and their high price reflects the fact that it's capable of being Jailbroken.

You can do more with a jailbroken ATV2 than you can with a Roku, including pointing it at your own NAS which holds your media (AFAIK.. not 100% sure, but I believe Roku just streams from internet and not from a network share.. unless there's some way around this). Quite important if you don't have unlimited Data on your broadband.

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nearly forgot.. Roku won't handle "Airplay", which is just awesome :)
 
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golf1410

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No.. I'm referring to the ATV2, which is no longer available from Apple - you'll have to search on eBay etc to find one and their high price reflects the fact that it's capable of being Jailbroken.

You can do more with a jailbroken ATV2 than you can with a Roku, including pointing it at your own NAS which holds your media. Quite important if you don't have unlimited Data on your broadband.
It costs like 250$ now for version 2.
 

maturola

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Oct 29, 2007
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You can do more with a jailbroken ATV2 than you can with a Roku, including pointing it at your own NAS which holds your media (AFAIK.. not 100% sure, but I believe Roku just streams from internet and not from a network share.. unless there's some way around this). Quite important if you don't have unlimited Data on your broadband.
For the record, Roku have channels that allow you to stream locally and directly from NAS.

Plex allow you to stream from a local machine running plex server and there are a couple of channel to point to a NAS.

also for the record, I like the ATV jailbroken UI better however it doesn't support 1080p. (i got ATV2 on my 32'' in the bedroom, and the Roku on my 60'' in the living room)