Excuse my ignorance - stream or copy?

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

  1. lindmar macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2003
    I've got about 90 dvd's ripped from my old xbmc setup. I'd like to add them to my AppleTV but I'm wondering, once I convert to mp4 do I have to copy to the appletv or can I just stream from iTunes?

    I've got them all on a couple of big HD's which obviously my ATV does not have the needed space.

  2. iceman17 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2008
    Denver, CO
    You can just stream from itunes. I like to copy some of the DVDs that we watch frequently on to the Apple TV hard drive and stream the rest. It works great.
  3. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    If the movies are in your iTunes library and are in a format that is compatible with the :apple:TV, it will sync what it can and stream the rest. I have a similar situation (more content than the capacity of my :apple:TV, though not quite so many movies), and I have my settings set to sync. In practice there's no significant difference between movies that are sync'ed and those that are streamed. All the movies are listed on the :apple:TV, you just select the one you want and the system just takes care of it. The downside is that in order for streaming to work though your computer has to be on and iTunes has to be running. If your computer (or iTunes) is shut down you'll only have access to sync'ed content. Streaming works so well though that if you're willing to have your computer on all the time you wouldn't need to sync anything.
  4. marcusgee macrumors newbie


    Apr 18, 2008
    I keep the kids' movies synced to the :apple:TV so it's easier for them to scroll through and watch what they want, without me having to keep iTunes up and running all the time. When the wife and I want to watch something more grown up, I stream. Makes sense, as I have WAY more movies than my 160GB :apple:TV can hold, but more than enough room for the kid stuff!
  5. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008

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