Quick Question About AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Ronin64, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Ronin64 macrumors member

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    Hi,
    I have pretty crappy internet connection where I live and was wondering if I need an internet connection to stream HD videos I bought from iTunes on my TV with an :apple:TV?

    Thanks
     
  2. maturola macrumors 68040

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    If you bought them and you got a local copy on your machine, you don't need internet, as long as the Apple TV is on the same network as the Computer.
     
  3. rayward macrumors 68000

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    Slight caveat here, in that ATV2 uses HomeSharing, which requires an active internet connection to operate regardless of whether the content is local or streamed.
     
  4. maturola macrumors 68040

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    That is not correct, you don't need internet connection to share your data locally, I do it all the time. while most people use their AppleID to enable homesharing, homesharing doesn't actually check with apple server, homesharing can be set with any account.
     
  5. pilot1226 macrumors 6502a

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    Good to know. I have a solid cable internet connection at the house but from time to time it does give me hiccups, which would certainly be annoying.

    Using a Cisco/Linksys E3000 router. Has been working great for almost 2 years now.
     
  6. rayward macrumors 68000

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    Good to know. I was going on what I'd read in this thread, which suggests otherwise.
     
  7. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Are you sure about that? Apple's support pages say you need to use an iTunes Store account to turn on Home Sharing. (I never tried using a non-AppleID).

    And for me, it does require internet authentication when turning Home Sharing on, even though I was only playing non-DRM music. In fact, I started a thread a few months ago after I noticed I couldn't turn on Home Sharing on any of my devices, it looked like Apple's authentication servers were down for a couple of hours. It might be possible, that if an ATV isn't connected to the Internet, it won't try authenticating, but if it has a connection, it does require authentication.
     
  8. maturola, Mar 7, 2012
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    maturola macrumors 68040

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    I am 99% positive unless there is some real vodoo magic going behing it that I am not aware of, my Apple ID is a @me.com while my homesharing is set to my @gmail.com, I share musics and movies with my GF laptop all the time giving it my @gmail credentials. (unless maybe you have to be Authenticate once, the first time you do it, that could be possible, I know for sure I do share my music with not internet, but I cannot guarantee that didn't authenticate at one point in the past when internet was available)

    EDIT: *********************************
    So I was curious and it seen I was wrong, it seen like an internet connection IS required, however I said it before it had to be require to "set up" and no to actually share the content since I do it all the time, I kill my router for testing proposes and i can still share all my content locally with all my devices, however all my devices were authenticated once.

    Here is what I found:
    Source: Apple Support - Troubleshooting Home Sharing
     
  9. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Thanks for taking the time to confirm! I think if you're playing iTunes-sourced videos with DRM, it might also need an internet connection; but otherwise it just needs it whenever you switch Home Sharing on (or change your Home Sharing ID).

    That's a little bit annoying, if you just want to stream around the house to a new device, but for whatever reason (broadband is down.. Apple's servers are offline) you can't turn on Home Sharing.
     
  10. ankitsid macrumors member

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    so it'll only work if you bought the movies, i have tons of avi, mkv and such video files that id like to play on an atv, i cant connect a hard drive correct?
    other than jailbreaking and using plex, what are my options for putting a non itunes mkv on the atv, both mac and windows.
     
  11. Ronin64 thread starter macrumors member

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    So I just need internet connection to turn on home sharing. Thats fine, I was just worried that the :apple:TV would be buffering a lot when I was watching my iTunes library.

    Thanks guys.
     

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