Just bought an AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by A4orce84, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. A4orce84 macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2012
    Hey Guys,

    So I just received a brand new AppleTV and hooked it up. I already had a Macbook, iPhone, and iPad....so I guess this made the most sense to stay in the Apple ecosystem.

    I already had a chromecast to do some streaming (or casting) to my TV, so excited to get more plugged into Apple's toy for the Home TV experience.

    What's everyone's favorite feature, app, function that they like to do? Anything I should definitely look into or setup to get the most out of my device?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood

    Using airvideo to stream over the air encoding mkv movies to my Apple TV from my computer, using my phone is my favorite. Second is HBO go, and Netflix. I'd say Hulu, but I hate the ridiculous amount of commercials in a paid app. Plus after cutting the cord, my cable bill is only $70 from $140 before.
  3. A4orce84 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2012
    Is airvideo free? Looks like I just need to throw the server component on my desktop, and that's it?
  4. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    He meant AirPlay and yes it's free assuming your Mac's have that capability. It's free on IOS devices too. You need to check to see which Macs have the ability to use AirPlay.

    BTW, i use my ATV to stream my 750 DVDs from my iMac to my big screen TV. Works well and easy to setup.
  5. A4orce84 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2012
    Do you have them all ripped and loaded up in iTunes?

    Thanks again everyone for all the comments so far! Please keep them coming!

  6. Lord Hamsa, Sep 25, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014

    Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    The things I do most, in order:

    1) Stream movies and TV shows from my own (ripped) collection from my Mac Mini HTPC.

    2) Netflix.

    3) AirPlay video from an iPhone app.

    4) Use AirPlay mirroring (mostly to entertain the young ones with whatever game I'm playing on my phone without them having to crowd around me and peer over my shoulder)

    5) B*tch about the UI.

    Edited to add: though I may have placed #5 too low on the list...
  7. A4orce84 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2012
  8. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Google Plexconnect.
  9. orestes1984 macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2005
    The first step to fixing all your issues is using Subler to convert all of your MKVs and other containerised movies to MP4s. Once you've done that you can tag them all with iDentify and then import them into your iTunes library which will neatly sort and categorise all of your movies on your hard drive.

    People bitch and moan about iTunes but that's mostly because they've never bothered to tag their content properly. Once you've tagged everything iTunes works almost faultlessly
  10. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    A) Use Handbrake to rip my DVDs to M4V files (using the Apple TV3 preset), then MetaZ to change the files' metadata before loading into iTunes (with Home Sharing enabled so the ATV can see the library). The process for ripping BD is similar, but more complicated, but since I don't have a BD drive on any of my computers, I don't do that anyway. When buying movies on BD, I tend to look for packages that include a digital copy.

    B) iTunes purchases download to local storage in iTunes (with Home Sharing), These will also be available to stream direct from the cloud, but having it local has advantages too, including lower latency.

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