ATV - possible to play .avi?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by h2009, May 15, 2008.

  1. h2009 macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2007
    I've got loads of .avi and wmp files on my laptop - at the moment im using a pc to stream it to my tv - but could i replace this with ATV?
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Not out of the box. Even if you managed to install the codecs on the ATV, iTunes would not accept the files, let alone sync/stream them to the ATV.
  3. SouthernMac macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2007
  4. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    You'll need to convert them to .mp4 files.

    Benefit is you will be able to tag them with descriptions and artwork.
  5. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    It's a lengthy process, but I agree with the convert/tag/import to iTunes suggestion. I'm still in the process of finishing it now, but I can't even begin to describe how satisfying it is to open iTunes and see a beautiful array of movies and TV shows, only to be superseded by the glory that is turning on my Apple TV. *heavenly chorus* :D
  6. chas0001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Alicante, SPAIN
    Either hack the AppleTV and install ATVFiles, like I have done, or convert them to mp4. A good conversion program, if you are using a Mac, is Visualhub

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