Apple TV and internet availability

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Richard8655, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Richard8655, Nov 17, 2013
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    Richard8655 macrumors 6502

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    So in a rare event due to storms, my internet goes down for most of the evening. Ok, I settle in to use Home Sharing and stream movies/music across my home wifi connection to my Apple TV to enjoy on my big screen TV.

    What a surprise. Video will not stream. That includes movies and TV shows not purchased from iTunes. Music, however, streams fine. 4 hours later the ISP connection is up and now videos stream fine too.

    This to me seems odd. Why would there need to be an internet connection to watch your own movies residing on your own Mac computer at home and streaming across your own wifi network? Why would music be an exception and always work?

    Any insight appreciated.
     
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Based on my experience with slow YouTube on the other thread, my wild guess is Apple is collecting users' information, but they assume everybody have beroadband and always on.

    I am not defending them, merely theorize, with a little experience, what's happening to u.
     
  3. Richard8655 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I suspected the same. Apple wants to know what their customers are watching, and if that content was purchased from them or not. Since so many people rip their own CDs to iTunes, music must not be as much of a concern.
     
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  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Well I was debating whether stay with Windows or go to a Mini for my next HTPC, but this is probably the last nail on that coffin.
     
  6. Richard8655 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I wonder what's being authenticated, especially if wanting to play a video not purchased from iTunes? And why does music not need to be "authenticated"?
     
  7. Cinephi1e macrumors regular

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    I have streamed without the Internet many times. I often take an Airport Express and sometimes an Apple TV with me when I travel. I just set up a local network with the Airport Express and stream to the ATV. You need the Internet to authenticate everything the first time, but after that it all streams fine.
     
  8. priitv8, Nov 18, 2013
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    priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Home Sharing, as name implies, allows you to copy all media between homeshared computers, thus the authentication.
    Also, you can still AirPlay your videos with Home Sharing turned off. You then just need to push the stream from iTunes. You can't browse your library from :apple:TV UI.
     

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