Is Apple TV suitable for me?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by joestas, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. joestas macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008

    I keep having to carry my iMac from my office upstairs to my lounge downstairs so that I can watch films and TV shows that I have downloaded.

    They are mostly on AVI.

    I get very confused about Apple TV. Does it stream the files on your mac to your TV?

    Also, can I do this with the AVI movies that sit on my desktop or do they all have to be .mov files?

    Thanks a lot.
  2. stomer macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    AppleTV can do both stream from another iTunes library and play content stored directly on its hard disk.

    Unfortunately your AVIs will not play on AppleTV (unless you hack it). You'd need to transcode those files to either MOV or MP4 format.
  3. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    AppleTV + Boxee might work for your .avi files.

    If you don't have alot of movie files, it may be worth just encoding them to .mov, or .m4v or .mp4.

    Also, you could always buy a Mac Mini to keep by the tv?
  4. rayward macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Much cheaper to get an Apple TV and convert the avi files via free software (Handbrake et al).
  5. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Enabling the USB port and linking an external HD to your ATV is probably the easiest solution.
    You can copy your files via SFTP to the external hard drive connected to the ATV.
  6. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

    Chris Rogers

    Jul 8, 2008
    my house
    Boxee will allow you to play AVI on ATV. I have quite a few

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