Apple TV Jailbroken and USB HD

bman98

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Is there any way to watch video files like MKV from an external USB drive? How about from a NAS?
 

Gjwilly

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If it's jailbroken you can install XBMC or Plex and watch anything that's accessible on your network.
If the external hard drive is mapped to a computer that's turned on and accessible or if the NAS is configured properly then no problem.
The ATV1 can use its own USB port but the USB ports on the ATV2 and ATV3 are client only.
 

bman98

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What is the value of the USB port on the ATV?
What would be the best way to configure a NAS so I don't need to keep a PC running?
Thanks..
 

maturola

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What is the value of the USB port on the ATV?
What would be the best way to configure a NAS so I don't need to keep a PC running?
Thanks..
USB port is for firmware upgrades and diagnostics.

If you want to use a NAS you need to jailbreak and use a 3er party software (XMBC, Media PLayer, ATVFlash, Plex)
 

Gjwilly

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The USB ports on the ATV2/3 are for diagnostics and re-loading the OS should it become corrupted.
And as long as your NAS is up and running XBMC should be able to access it.
Not sure about Plex but I don't think that XBMC has any special requirements.
I'm running mine in a Windows environment but I'm sure that OSx should work similarly.
As long as your computer can see and access the NAS then the ATV should be able to also.