How to configure ATV/TC to do this?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by karansaraf, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. karansaraf macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2010
    I apologise as I realise this question has probably been asked quite a lot, but I hope someone can help me.

    If I was to buy a Time Capsule and Apple TV to hook up to my MBP, what would be the best way/app to configure it so that I could directly stream videos from my MBP/TC to the ATV without converting them to mp4/buying through iTunes (ie. playing AVI, MKV, MPEG, FLV, F4V etc. files)?

    I take it this is not possible to do natively.

    So are there hacks or third party apps that allow you to do this? And how reliable/effective are they?

    Many thanks for your help.
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    You can't do it natively. The most common option is to jailbreak and install XBMC on the ATV2.
  3. treestar macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    That is a really terrible option.
  4. karansaraf thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2010
    Why do you say that treestar? What would you recommend is the alternative?
  5. treestar macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    Never mind. I think I was maybe wrong. I thought ATV was limited to 720p and if you installed XBMC then you wouldn't have access to iOS. But if you can install XBMC and playback all formats up to 1080p with an ethernet port and HDMI, for $99 it's a steal. I don't know if that's the case though. Otherwise, there are cheap options out there that can play content in the formats you listed. I use a TViX. It's not the best. I actually like XBMC a lot, I just didn't know the ATV was a good match for XBMC. I still don't.
  6. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    A better option is PLex jailbroken on the ATV.

    I have it running and I am very happy on my ATV.
  7. Skyseattle macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2011
    There is an app to do that

    As I understand your question, you can use the app "air video" to do that. You need the app on your iPhone or iPad, and the server app on your computer. After configuring it, you can call up most video types and it will play it with live conversion and allow you to stream it to Apple TV. It works pretty good, it's a little slow to get started but not a big deal.

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