How to play xvid?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by California King, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. California King macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    So after I SSH'd into my ATV and install the Perian plugins to play xvid files, how exactly would I get the video files onto my ATV? It won't go through iTunes, so does that mean I need an external HD? I tried a USB stick, but nothing pops up when I put it in. Please help
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Funny, I was looking at xserve earlier and xvid somehow came up. Then this article and it actually pertains to your question.
  3. California King thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 20, 2007
    Thanks, but do you or anyone else have an updated tutorial? That one's from 2007 and doesn't explain how to do it on the newer ATVs.
  4. OldMike macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    I have been running XBMC and Boxee on my Apple TV, and love it.

    I use the Apple TV interface for music, pictures and youtube. I use the XBMC interface for watching all of my movies. It is the best of both worlds since I had converted a lot of my movies to XVID when I was on Windows. I stream from my iMac to the Apple TV via wireless. The only files I actually store on my Apple TV are pictures.

    XBMC allows you to watch pretty much any format, even DVD iso. I was pretty impressed by the fact that I can stream an uncompressed DVD iso via wireless without a hiccup.

    So far, the only thing I use Boxee for, really, is to use ShoutCast to listen to some stations...

    For info on how to install XBMC and Boxee, follow the instructions at this link:

    For me, the Apple TV + XBMC is excellent. The only functionality that it does not provide is NetFlix, but that has to do with the issue of Silver Light running on the Apple TV...

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