External HD and 1st Gen Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MyiBill, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. MyiBill macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2012
    Is it possible to plug an external hard drive with movies into a jailbroken 1st gen apple tv and have the apple tv play those movies?
  2. dynaflash macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2003
    Well, yes if you install a linux/xbmc "hack" on the atv 1. AtvCloners linux/xbmc image (and I *think* crystalbuntu) will allow you to use the atv 1s usb port for not only an external usb drive (or many if you plug in a usb hub) but also a usb optical drive (dvd or blu ray) .

    For instance, I have three atv 1's running day and night ... one has a usb hub plugged into the atvs usb port and there is a 500 GB usb drive and a usb dvd drive running off of the hub. the atv (via xbmc) uses both the remote drive for local media storage as well as the optical drive for dvd playback seamlessly.

    Fwiw: technically you don't "Jailbreak" the atv 1 (though I know what you meant) as that is a reference to hacking the atv 2 - 3's ios operating system.

    Basically you hack the atv 1 the same as you do a normal computer. Much more "hackable" than either atv 2 or atv 3.
  3. MyiBill thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2012

    Ok cool, how are the movies on the ex hd recognized? Do they appear by themselves or do you need to transfer them?

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