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Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by zooby, Jan 4, 2013.
The new Apple TV (the black one), does not have any HDD inside, it has a small 8 GB (if I remember correctly) flash storage, which is only for temporary data and not for actual storage of your files. The USB port also does not seem to allow an external HDD: http://forum.firecore.com/topic/8554
You might have to look at AirPlay or an older Apple TV 1 (the silver one).
There is no hard drive in the newer Apple TV; only 8GB soldered Flash.
To my knowledge no JB available.
Any you can only stream; the system will cache files (e.g. Rented movies) but as user you can't manage that.
Edit: I was too slow ...
Other idea: get a used iPad 2 or 3 and connect it via HDMI to TV ...
If you bought the movies on itunes, simply setup the appleTV with your itunes info and she will be able to stream movies, TV and music which you have purchased. You mentioned youtube, there is an app for that, no need to store the files.
Does it need to be Apple ? did you looked for alternatives like Roku or Western digital (http://m.wdc.com/en/product/570 ) ?
You can stream all of your iTunes content to the Apple TV2 or 3. Movies, music, pictures etc. Just turn on homesharing in itunes.
I don't see why having mom click Purchased, or youtube icon is any harder than clicking Computers icon.
If the video files really are purchased or on youtube, this seems like an easy answer.
If the video files are not purchased, simply have itunes on their home computer, and homesharing allows them access via AppleTV in one click.
sounds like OP is now mad
As others said above, it has no hard drive so for what you want to do, it's not possible. You pretty much need either a computer or be able to know how to stream iTunes purchases down from iCloud. So it seems the only options are to teach your mother how to use it or just keep with the original Apple TV.
Purchased items (Movies, TV, Music, etc) stream over the cloud. No Macbook needed. YouTube has a favorites area too. Thats what I was saying is easy.
But yes. If she doesn't have internet, apple TV isn't the best solution. Western Digital is super easy to plug a thumbdrive into.