Apple TV in an RV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ceejayt, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. ceejayt macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    So, I have an Apple TV at home which is connected to iTunes and has lots of downloaded ready to watch content. My questions are straightforward so i am sure someone clever here will have the answer...
    1 - If I simply take my Apple TV out of the house and drive off with it in my RV and have no wireless network but have it connected to my TV, will I be able to access it in the normal way and watch my pre downloaded content?

    2- If I happen to park up somewhere where there is a wireless access point would I be able to connect my apple tv to that access point and then download some new stuff to watch?

    3- I am in the UK - will 1 and 2 above work when I am in Europe or even in the US?

    Thanks in advance
  2. whatupg1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2009
    I'm pretty sure that if you rent a Movie or TV show you will need to have internet access so the Apple TV can contact the itunes store and authenticate that the movie hasn't expired past 30 days.

    I recall having that issue when I brought my Apple TV over to a friends house to watch a Movie I had rented. It would not play until I connected to his wireless network.

    You can of course sync a bunch of Movies that you've ripped or purchased from itunes and they should play.

    To test this just rent a movie and disconnect the Apple TV from the internet and try to play it. Then you'll know for sure if it will work.
  3. rogervzv macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2009
    Huntington Beach, CA
    I use my ATV in my boat, which is, of course, a form of RV.

    1. You can watch any content that has been downloaded to your ATV regardless of whether it is also connected to your iTunes computer.

    2. As far as I know, if you have WiFi the ATV will be able to connect directly to the iTunes store to download content. You can test this by taking your iTunes computer at your home off-line, and then power up the ATV. I believe that you will find that you can still connect to iTunes so long as your network is still up. You point out a good fact for RVers -- the ATV is a really useful accessory for RVers because of this capability. A cheap and easy way to rent movies (or buy) while on the go. (Possible issue: downloading takes up a lot of bandwidth. Don't know how well free WiFi will handle this demand. Safer to download before leaving home.)

    3. The above works for me in the US. Can't speak to Europe or the UK.

    Let us know if any of the above is not correct.
  4. ceejayt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    Thanks - I now have a USB antenna which will connect to my MacBook, the Apple TV will work fine stand alone but connecting it to the internet without a wireless network will be an issue - I think you need to connect it to a network internally as there is no way of entering user information and passwords to log on to an external network. Any other thoughts?



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