Considering AppleTV, have questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mrhat, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. mrhat macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2009
    Hi everyone,

    I'm considering getting an :apple:tv and setting up a home media server with all my DVDs on it, including tons of tv shows.

    My question is, is there anyway to set up "channels" with my media? For example, lets say i want to create an "comedy" channel, with TV shows and movies in the comedy genre, and whenever I click to it, a random episode comes on, and then after that continues to play random episodes in that genre. And if :apple:tv cant do that on its own, can boxee or another one of the hacks do that? I haven't used an :apple:tv yet, so I'm not sure what all the capabilities of it are.
  2. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    I believe you can shuffle by Genre. I'll have to get home and check for you.
  3. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    I believe you can just make a play list of TV shows and have that playlist shuffle.
    Or what the other poster said.
  4. mrhat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2009
    Randomizing a playlist or by genre seems reasonable. Now beyond that, and I doubt :apple:tv does this, but maybe boxee or another hack can, is there any way to make it do this: lets say i have episodes of The Office, Seinfeld, the Simpsons, Arrested Development, etc. is there anyway i can set up a playlist with or something that will play a random episode of The Office first, then a random episode of Seinfeld second, etc., basically making sure that two episodes of the same series arent play back to back.
  5. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
  6. mrhat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2009
    One more question. I have alot of AVI files that I don't really want to covert to itunes format because I don't want them to be compressed even more. Is there a hack for the :apple:tv that would allow me to play those and still be able to play my music and shows purchased from the itunes store without having to switch between one interface back to the original :apple:tv interface?

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