Is the AppleTV Hacked a true "easy net videos on your tv" device?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by brucku, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. brucku macrumors regular

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    I've been doing a ton of research and I am considering buying an ATv and hacking it with common tools or just using atvflash.com's solution.

    The reason why I want an appleTV is not so much to play my itunes content on my tv, or to rent apple's pay movies... but to have a simple and effective way to play downloaded divx/xvid/avi/mkv files on my tv.

    Right now anything i download plays in perian or vlc - but only 1/3 of those files work on my ps3... I'm thinking a hacked appletv will be much better?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    Buy an Asus Oplay or WDTV Live if that is what you're after.
     
  3. WilliamLondon macrumors 68000

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    I love my ATV. I hacked it by hand at first, then bought ATVFlash last year, and I must say ATVFlash is so much easier! It's not an effort at all. My ATV plays pretty much any format of video. I don't have cable (gave it up when I hacked the ATV), I now only watch shows and movies on my ATV any more. I highly recommend it.
     
  4. CrAkD macrumors 68040

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    the atv is good for what it is but lets hope apple eventually gives it a refresh with a faster processor. the atv can really slow down. esp after its hacked.
     
  5. Shoesy macrumors 6502a

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    If you're gonna go for it I can certainly reccomend xbmc with the crystal HD card for HD videos. If team boxee move support for crystal HD over it would be really exciting...
     
  6. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

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    Get a WD TV Live.

    I have a collection of MKV movies on a server, all shared using Samba (Windows File Sharing). You would store your movies either on a network share on your computer or on an external hard drive.

    It plays almost everything... and YouTube too.
     
  7. Shoesy macrumors 6502a

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    It's about half the price also (at least in the uk) - no internal storage though, although I rarely use the internal drive of my appletv.
     
  8. brucku thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did some research on the Western Digital HD Live TV unit, it has some really frustrated users writing reviews. Plenty are happy but there are some complaints that worry me. (i might pick one up to test)

    Can anyone in this thread or who has not posted add some of your expirience with copying xvid, divx, 720p etc video files to the apple tv unit and compatibility with different formats?

    Mostly my goal is 3rd party video players on the appleTV, not itunes sync'ed content.

    (for example external HD connected by usb with divx movies and tv show episodes) - automatic IMDB searching? Thumbnails? A lot of capabilities have been demonstrated online but I'm looking for real-world exprience.

    the WD reviews mentioned clicking on a video and hoping it plays... if i'm going to have this experience with the apple device also then why go WD.
     
  9. Maks macrumors member

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    If you want to copy movie files to your ATV, you'll have to use one of the flash solutions to install XBMC or similar. After that it works pretty well from my experience. I've watched a few DVDs and some divx movies as well.
     
  10. nathanjbrown macrumors regular

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    While a hacked aTV is a fun toy, I would never refer to it as "easy" or elegant. I can tell you that the WAF is very low. Going in and out of Boxee and XBMC requires a software reboot of sorts. There's a delay that is fairly significant and certainly not for those who expect seamless operation (i.e. family members). Streaming video from the web is choppy and at times painful to watch because the quality is so poor. And while I haven't experimented with playing xvid content of my own, I find it far easier to enjoy media that stems from the iTunes ecosystem (from the iTunes store or Handbrake).

    All that has been accomplished by the dev community is certainly
    impressive. With that said, however, the aTV's hardware is simply too slow to drive the user experience I wish to have. My aTV is hacked and I enjoy streaming TED videos when I'm hangin out by my lonesome. But when the family is around and we're sitting down for a movie or enjoying music with friends, I never stray from the Apple interface.

    All the best...

    Nathan
     
  11. Maks macrumors member

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    Yea...don't plan on doing Internet streaming with the ATV, it's just far too underpowered. I haven't had any problems streaming DVDs from my network shares, though.
     

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