apple tv Question from Mom

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Mike83, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Mike83 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    My mom has a windows based laptop its a 2006 model with only 100 gig hd.

    She wants to know if she buys apple tv can all the download content be stored on the apple tv or does it have to be stored on the laptops hd which is not big at all.

    When she would download something via her tv with apple tv would that just store it on the apple tv or make a copy and take space on both cpu and apple tv?
  2. dubhe macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Norwich, UK
    you can put everything on the apple tv hard drive, but I think it needs to be on iTunes on the laptop first.

    You can't record TV on the appletv, only download stuff or transfer from your iTunes
  3. Mike83 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    Thing her laptop only got 100gig from factory, would it even be worthwhile?

    once u put it on the apple tv can u delete the computer file?
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Get an external drive - you'll definitely want purchased content on more than one device.
  5. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    If she doesn't mind the quick setup, she can just connect her laptop to her tv and watch her content that way. It's not as elegant, but it won't cost her anything. It's what I've been doing since my ATV died.
  6. johnkountz Guest


    Nov 3, 2007
    Be a good son Mike

    Buy an ATV so you know how the thing works ;)

    Best practice would be for her to store content on a large external HD, RAID if possible, and then stream the content to her ATV through her laptop.

    The laptop has to be powered on and iTunes needs to be running. Of course the ext HD has to be connected.

    She can also sync content from her Laptop, but the limiting factor becomes the ATV HD.

    Again, buy one and play with it. It's very well done, great media device for music, photos and video as well. Just what grandma needs to see her grand-kids Mike.

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