Question regarding connecting external HD?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by oharag, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. oharag macrumors newbie

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    Can the new Apple TV 4 stream media from a connected HD? Or does everything have to be streamed using another computer via iTunes?

    Basically I have music/videos/content on a HD - how do I view this on Apple TV 4?

    The Apple TV 4 does not have USB so I would say no. Is there anyway to get this content onto this system?

    I do not have a laptop or computer.
     
  2. CaptTCS macrumors regular

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    It has to be streamed using "Home Sharing" with another computer running iTunes.

    What I did is got an inexpensive Mac Mini (Apple's most affordable computer). Mac Minis have HDMI out, so I use my TV as it's display and a bluetooth keyboard and trackpad as controllers. My 3tb external HDD is connected to that and entire iTunes library is on it. A side benefit: If I want to watch something that is streamed via web only, I can use Safari on the Mini.. And it plays on the big screen.

    It's not exactly cheap, but probably around $500 less than other "Media Server" solutions.
     
  3. Chapuys macrumors member

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    Apple TV 4 does have a USB-C connector, however this is for servicing only.

    As the previous poster says, Apple allow you to stream (with media encoded correctly) via their 'Home Sharing' in iTunes on a computer. If you do not have a computer it will not work.
     
  4. oharag thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was thinking the same thing. I LOVE the Mini option. Been trying to find something that is reasonably priced. This is the true HTC. Though I believe the new Apple TV with iAps/search/and the streaming options in some way trumps Mini solution.

    I think the new Apple TV should have a browser option, and a means to attach external HDs.
     

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