Possible to add movies to apple tv without itunes?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Duch, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. Duch macrumors member

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    I am looking into buying an Apple TV, but would prefer to use the apple tv as a hard drive with the movies. I would not want the movies on my macbooks hard drive, in Itunes. Is it possible (and how) to add movies to apple tv, and not have those movies in your itunes library?
     
  2. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    Yes it's possible, but not "out of the box".. You need to patch your Apple TV and install a piece of software called ATVFiles. This will allow you to copy the movies onto Apple TV filesystem independently of iTunes.
     
  3. Duch thread starter macrumors member

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    with ATVfiles, do you need to use the itunes format for the movies? it it free to use, or what does it cost? Also, I am technologically challenged, and prefer things that are very easy.
     
  4. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    If you install Perian, you can play just about any media format. ATVfiles is free.
     
  5. mpshay macrumors 6502

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    Patching the ATV is not super hard, but it is a little more complicated that using it straight out of the box with itunes. There are also potential issues when apple releases upgrades to the ATV.
     
  6. OldGuyDave macrumors member

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    Well I didn't want this as well so first I patched the aTV with a patchstick (not very hard) but for me everything didn't work and being in europe I couldn't use much of Boxee or Hulu so I just bought an external hard disc and ran an iTunes library from that. The movies are still on the hard disc AND the aTV but disc space is not a problem these days and at least I got the movies off my Mac. I have now two iTunes Libs. One for music and serials on my Mac and one on the external drive for movies. Start iTunes holding the alt key and choose which one you want to start.
    =:)
    :p
     

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