Apple TV on Timer

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by petergunn, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. petergunn macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009

    Because Apple TV is constantly "on" (even though it's on standby), can anyone see a problem with putting it on a timer plugged into the surge protector? It would turn off the ATV and then turn it on when I am home. Less energy and less heat sort of thing. I'll sync it when I am home.

    I am just curious if anyone has had any problems (damage, breakdowns) with turning their ATV on and off, instead of keeping it in standby.
  2. johnkountz Guest


    Nov 3, 2007
    Don't do it

    ATV is running OSX, unexpected power loss may result in corruption to the disk drive -- data loss & worse.

    Definitely don't do this.
  3. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    When it restarts it'll pause at the language or restart screen. It's a low-powered device. I wouldn't worry about it.
  4. Nimiety macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2006
    My father-in-law has his apple tv plugged into the componant power outlet on his receiver, so his is almost always in an off state until he turns his receiver on.

    He's had a few sync issues, but it's otherwise fine. It's been like this since last Christmas.
  5. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    When I want to turn off my AppleTV I just cut the power at the plug (I only have it powered up when I want to use it) - with no clear 'shutdown' option or power button, I've assumed that's how Apple intended their users to turn them off.

    Mine's about 18 months old and I've never had problems. I think the timer idea is great - go for it.
  6. BORIStheBLADE macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2008

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