New APPLETV3 user questions about internet

imorton

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Hi Guys & Guys, I just bought an Apple TV3, and I have a few questions, and hopefully someone here can help me?

A little background info: I am on a "metered/tiered Data Plan" with a ZTE Rocket Hub for internet access.... In other words, $60 for 5GB, $75 for 10GB, $90 for 20GB, and $110 for 50GB, and $145 for 100GB

So regarding Apple TV, here are some questions:

1) I have some movies, (MP4's, and @ 200 of them) on an external hard drive. If I connect it to my MB Pro, and AirPlay it thru Quicktime, to my TV/AppleTV... Am I using internet data for this? (or is it simply going thru my local WiFI network).

2) If I stream a Netflix movie, does anyone know @ how much data is being consumed to watch a movie.

3) If I was to import my @ (200) MP4 movies into iTunes, does it upload this up into the Cloud? In other words, will I use a couple hundred of GB's of my metered/tiered data plan importing movies into iTunes & sharing all of this thru the Cloud? (or does it stay strictly on my local MB Pro hard drive).

I hope someone here is knowledgeable as I have not been able to find answered regarding data consumption...

Thanks in advance, IAN.
 

Boyd01

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I have an Apple TV3 but rarely use streaming because the Verizon DSL service in my area is just too poor. However you will not use any data in your scenarios 1 and 3. Well, ok, there might be just a few bytes used because the device apparently checks with Apple's servers periodically to make sure the ATV is authorized to access your Mac, but this is insignificant. That is kind of a nuisance actually, because when my internet connection goes down I can no longer access my local iTunes library on the AppleTV (DVD's I ripped myself too, not just iTunes purchases).

The Apple TV directly accesses the iTunes library on your Mac, the cloud is not used. There is no "iTunes match" service available for video, that only works with music (if you subscribe).

Since I rarely use streaming, can't really help with #2. However it will be affected by the settings on the Apple TV, you can select standard definition, 720p or 1080p for example.
 

imorton

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Wow, Boyd01, thank you so much for your reply... :)

1) Now I just have to figure out HOW MUCH DATA does stream a Netflix movie consume....?

2) Is there a difference in HDMI cables, in regards to the image/visual quality on the TV (my TV is 1080p)...?

IAN
 

jdag

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https://help.netflix.com/en/node/87

  • Low (0.3 GB per hour)
  • Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour)
  • High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)
  • Auto (Adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current Internet connection speed)
 

imorton

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And I guess if you have a US Netflix account, I can't stream anything while in Canada...?
 

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2) Is there a difference in HDMI cables, in regards to the image/visual quality on the TV (my TV is 1080p)...?
HDMI is digital, so something like a cable won't affect the quality like it would with analog, but a cable problem could cause data loss. I'm sure if you looked hard enough, you could find a cheapo cable that would have problems with connectors that don't fit well, bad wires, whatever. But if you stick with reputable brands I don't think there's any difference. One of my AppleTV's has a $20 Apple HDMI cable, the other has a $10 Best Buy cable. Both work fine.

Just don't get a cable that also has ethernet. That is not needed for the Apple TV, makes the cable more expensive and also thick and stiff.
 

imorton

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Wow.... thanks for the tip re: don't get a cable that has ethernet, as it is THICK & EXPENSIVE... :)

A friend has one of those cables, and BOY, is it stiff... Lol ( just realized what I wrote)... Lol
[doublepost=1475948646][/doublepost]Is there anyway to use a US Netflix acct in Canada, or use a Canadian Netflix acct in the US?
 

satcomer

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Wow.... thanks for the tip re: don't get a cable that has ethernet, as it is THICK & EXPENSIVE... :)

A friend has one of those cables, and BOY, is it stiff... Lol ( just realized what I wrote)... Lol
[doublepost=1475948646][/doublepost]Is there anyway to use a US Netflix acct in Canada, or use a Canadian Netflix acct in the US?
Yes look up using a VPN sevice!