Apple TV Preparation for ATV3 Jailbreak

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by 1984world, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. 1984world macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2008

    I keep hearing that a jailbreak MAY be coming out soon-which I would be interested in.

    I recently purchased an ATV3 and have not updated it to the 5.1.1 software that was released in the last few weeks. Questions:

    1-Is there anything I need to do to "prepare" my ATV3 for a possible jailbreak (and procedures to do so and/or link would be great!)?

    2-What I'm trying to achieve by a jailbreak (or if there is another easy method) to be able to access all the media on my main computer (I have about 14 terabytes of movies, tv shows, music, etc.) that is currently in various formats (ie. avi, mkv, etc.). I currently have 7 televisions and 4 laptops and 2 pc's in my house, but no apple computers (but do have iphones, ipods, ipad, etc.). I want to be able to access the media on each of the televisions (I will obviously purchase more ATV3's for the other televisions as the current one is in my bedroom) without converting it to itunes friendly format (like i currently do for my ipods).

    So question is, is there a way to currently stream/access my computer media through a non jailbroken ATV3 without converting?

    Thanks for taking the time to read through my long, drag on sentences, and (hopefully!) providing answers!

  2. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    This q should have been asked in the Apple TV forum instead. The answer is no, unfortunately - you in no way can stream any videos from a non-Mac / non-iOS device; for example, from a UPnP / SMB / FTP / HTTP / WebDAV NAS. From an iOS device / Mac, you can only stream iOS / ATV-native formats (mov / mp4 / m4v). AirPlay Mirroring, as is currently implemented, can't deliver the same video quality than native playback so even if you do have a mirroring-enabled iPhone (4S+) / iPod touch (5+) / iPad (2+) / Mac (2011+ models), you won't get the same quality when playing back MKV's as with just remuxing those MKV's to an ATV-native format (mov / mp4 / m4v).
  3. activemind macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    For the time being, there is a way to stream your contents from your PC to ATV3. You can use Plex or AirVideo on your iPad or iPhone to play your content from your PC, and then AirPlay it to your ATV3. It works great and I have been using it for quite some time.
  4. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    I ahve been using AirVideo to stream some old MST3K avi's to my appleTV, it has been working well. I wanted to just convert them and put in iTunes but each time i tired the audi would be out of sync.

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