ATV and External Hard Drive

pmart

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 1, 2011
18
0
Can you access your movies that are stored on an External Hard Drive through ATV? Thanks!
 

maturola

macrumors 68040
Oct 29, 2007
3,861
1
Atlanta, GA
Can you access your movies that are stored on an External Hard Drive through ATV? Thanks!
Not out of the box

You can have a computer on your network share the external hardware using itunes, all the movies need to be on a iTunes compatible format.

You can read directly from a NAS device or share network hardware drive if you have a jailbroken ATV2, using XBMC or ATV flash
 

pmart

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 1, 2011
18
0
I have an ATV2. I am looking at buying an external hard drive with a network share so I don’t have to hard wire into my computer. All the movies I would put on it would be in itunes format. So will that still work? I am assuming by the responses, yes. Also, any recommendations for a good external hard drive? Thanks!
 

maturola

macrumors 68040
Oct 29, 2007
3,861
1
Atlanta, GA
I have an ATV2. I am looking at buying an external hard drive with a network share so I don’t have to hard wire into my computer. All the movies I would put on it would be in itunes format. So will that still work? I am assuming by the responses, yes. Also, any recommendations for a good external hard drive? Thanks!
as I said NO out of the box, you still will need iTunes (on a computer) to share it (unless you jailbreak, in that case you will be able to read the HD directly)
 

Gjwilly

macrumors 68030
May 1, 2011
2,874
513
SF Bay Area
The ATV can only access shared iTunes libraries.
That means the sharing computer needs to be turned on, the files need to be in an iTunes compatible format, and the computer needs to be on the same network as the ATV.
Only after jailbraking can you install additional programs like Plex or XBMC that will allow you to access shared drives or NAS drives directly and files which are not iTunes compatible.
 
Last edited:

pmart

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 1, 2011
18
0
Thanks! My roommate has an external hard drive that shows up in my itunes on my computer. However everything on his external is NOT in itunes format. So I got curious if it was in an itunes format, if the files would be accessible on ATV via itunes on my computer. Thought maybe the shared drive that shows up on itunes would also show up on the ATV. That’s too bad the only way to make it work is by jail breaking it.