Can I use my ATV to view bittorrent files? If so how?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Slidertx, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Slidertx macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2008
    Hi y'all. Newbie here, I just found the wold of bit tottent files and wanted to know if I could use ATV to veiw them and store them versus Vuze.

    This is all new to me so please forgive if it is a silly question.

    Thank you for your help!

    Peace out!
  2. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    You can either use software like Handbrake to convert your files to ATV compatible files, or you can install Boxee on your ATV and stream files from your computer without converting them.
  3. rfrankl macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2006
    You can use iSquint to convert .avi files so they can be put into iTunes and synced with your ATV.
  4. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2007
    I use visual hub (you'll have to bittorrent that programs since the company is no longer producing it)

    After visual hub gets the file optimized for ATV I use a program called MetaX to correct all the metadata tags and cover art. It also then adds it to my itunes library for me.
  5. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Yes, you can :D
    The easiest way is to patch your aTV, install aTVFiles and play your movies using that plugin.
  6. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Is this thread for real? You can't watch bittorrent files. You can watch the video files you download through bittorrent though if you convert them to an ATV compatible format.
  7. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    I had a look at the app the OP was referring to. You are right - there is no way to directly download and watch BT files. However,as I mentioned, you can use e.g. ATVFiles to play them on the ATV.
  8. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    Actually what I think geoffreak meant is that there's no such thing as "BitTorrent media", just like there's no "FTP media" or "HTTP media". BitTorrent is just a protocol to get files.

    Also, you could very well be downloading ATV-compatible files via BitTorrent. Not everything is in DivX, you know.
  9. fleeper macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2008
    I have boxee on my ATV and I have been converting files to be viewed on my ATV.

    How can I just stream the avi format so that I don't have to waste time converting the files?
  10. ayale99 macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    Way to split hairs buddy. You know what the newbie OP is talking about. Obviously he's talking about the AVI's downloaded from bittorrent files. Cut him some slack.
  11. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    I personally attached an external USB drive to my aTV and I play the files using the ATVFiles plugin.
  12. macuser120393 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    Yes, if you install Boxee

    Boxee has a built in torrent client that will automatically start streaming torrents (which you put in a specific folder) down to your AppleTV. Once complete you can browse/watch the file(s) contained in the Torrent. For a little more info see the Gizmodo article:
    section: "Torrent RSS"
  13. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Yes, that is true. However Boxee is rather complex and sluggish. I don't really like it that much.
    @OP - try and see if you like it, it is not my cup of tea
  14. Slidertx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2008
    Thanks for all the great info.

    I am just trying to learn the ropes and you guys have been great!

    Thanks again.

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