Do we need a Apple TV to use Homesharing?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bobright, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Or can it be used simply with itunes and over wifi you stream to your iPad?

    Also do the movie/video files need to be a certain filetype?
  2. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    1: AppleTV is not required, just a Mac/PC with iTunes on it and a local WiFi network.

    2: Whatever video files iTunes plays, should play over HomeSharing.
  3. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8F190 Safari/6533.18.5)

    As troop231 says, appletv is not required. However, not all files that iTunes will play will work as iTunes will play files that aren't playable on an iPad / iPhone or iPod touch.
    Home sharing doesn't do any transcoding so the simple rule is that if iTunes can sync the media to your device, that device can play it over home sharing.
  4. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Thanks for clearin' up that last bit!
  5. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    thx guys

    I'm wondering havent loaded up my My Book with all my video and dumped anything into itunes, but majority of my videos are .avi and .mpg does itunes take these formats as is?

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