external storage and Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by wfriedwald, May 20, 2017.

  1. wfriedwald macrumors member

    wfriedwald

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    a friend of mine bought an apple TV box last summer - I imagine this is the Second Generation. (?)

    Question: does anybody know if there is any way to attach a flash drive or a USB drive to the Apple TV box and play content from video or audio files?

    I keep thinking that there must be a way ... or maybe not??

    thanks!

    w
     
  2. CarlJ macrumors 68020

    CarlJ

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    There's no way officially (or unofficially that I've heard of) to plug in external storage to the Apple TV - it is meant to be a network streaming box. If what you have really is a 2nd generation AppleTV, it's quite old - those shipped in September 2010 and were superseded by the 3rd gen in March 2012. The current 4th gen shipped in October 2015, a year and a half ago.

    The 2nd and 3rd generations had a fixed set of apps/icons, provided by Apple, and you could only rearrange or hide them.

    The 4th gen introduced a proper 3rd-party App Store, and you can download all sorts of apps. Including Infuse, Plex, and VLC, which are all designed to stream video (or audio) from a local network server, and do so quite well (Kodi is the major player that's missing - there are tutorials for how to shoehorn it onto the AppleTV, along with many complaints of trouble doing so, since it isn't coming in through the front door - there are better devices for running Kodi).

    Streaming from a local network drive is the approach most people take these days (why move content to flash drives and plug them in when you get a multi-terabyte NAS for under $150, drop that on your network, and throw all your video there?). Note that you could also stream from your existing networked Mac/PC, as well, for no cost.
     
  3. wfriedwald thread starter macrumors member

    wfriedwald

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    thanks ...

    I'm thinking the best idea may be to get a $60 bluRay player with a USB port, and play movie files that way.

    but maybe a NAS drive ... I've never really used one of those, and this has the added complication of me having to mess with a friend's set-up, rather than my own.

    thanks for the info!

    w
     
  4. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

    HobeSoundDarryl

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    TV have a USB port? Might be able to just plug your movies into the TV.
     

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