External HD and ATV4

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by SalukiTD, May 19, 2019.

  1. SalukiTD macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2017
    I am traveling to China next month for a week and a half and I'd like to take my Apple TV 4 and external hard drive full of movie and tv shows. At home I run a plex server of of an old pc, but I don't have the room to drag all that along. Is there any way to make the ATV and HD play together. As far as I can see, the company line is no, but there has to be a way. Jailbreak the ATV...is that still a thing?! Is there a small intermediary piece of hardware to go in between the ATV and HDD.

    Thanks much!
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Doesn't Plex offer you a playback from your home server over Internet?
    I understood this must be one of the selling arguments for Plex.
    So you could leave your HDD home as well.
    AFAIK the last aTV that could be jailbreaked was the 2 Gen (the very first black puck).
  3. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    OMG, a week and a half in China without movies and TV shows! How will you survive?!

    You could attach your hard drive to a Raspberry Pi, or other small form-factor computer to make a media server. Or even a WiFi router that has a USB port and a media server built-in.

    Good luck explaining to the border officials why you are bringing a Raspberry Pi (or WiFi router) and a hard drive...
  4. SalukiTD thread starter macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2017
    The internet is sketchy at best and I'd probably need a vpn.
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    First, it's eight weeks and last Summer, one week of Chinese state tv was enough for me. I had three HDDs last time and they didn't even blink.
  5. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    I'd go with the Raspberry Pi.

    Scare up a mouse, keyboard, and display once you get there, and you have a throw-away Linux desktop system to boot.
  6. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    As someone who travels for 8 months of the year, I say 'Get out there and explore'. Try and see as much of it as you can or even go to the health clubs there were you'll make friends and socialise. People that you meet along the way leave imprints on your heart - I've met some of the most incredible people in the last 5 years that have truly changed my life. I didn't get that feeling when I lived in the UK.
    It breaks my heart that you want to take a movie collection with you to a new and exciting country! Try and see as much of the place that you can. TV should have a Govt health warning - it's no good for anyone!
  7. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
  8. HDFan macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    This reminds me of an experience of one of my guides. Seems that a couple took a trip to China. One problem though - they didn't like Chinese food. So they took a suitcase full of powerbars!

    First thing I do when I get into a hotel room is turn on the TV to see what the local folks watch. I usually find great stuff, like music videos that aren't played in the states. Game shows are fascinating .... Or walking the streets ....
  9. docmcallister macrumors newbie


    Jul 10, 2014
    Just offering support. As someone who has to be in the USA for weeks at a time, I understand the need to bring something familiar and good. I hear the advice to go and explore but sometimes one needs to come back to base and recharge. It is like eating foreign food (American in my case), interesting at first, sometimes even good, but it gets old and one needs a break.

    As someone posted, the concern is real about Americans asking you to turnover your disks and who knows charging for having something they don’t like. I don’t know about Chinese but I have never heard anybody I know have concerns in Asia.

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