Running AppleTV on my MacbookPro-Leopard-

Discussion in 'macOS' started by danedane5, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. danedane5 macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2008
    I want to run apple tv on my macbook pro to download HD MOVIES onto it! PLEASE any ideas?
  2. consumedsoul macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2008

    Apple TV is not software or service that you can 'run' on another computer (e.g. MBP) - can you clarify/elaborate on your question?

  3. danedane5 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2008

    I just want to be able to have Itunes recognize my MacbookPro as an AppleTV so that i can download HD movies for it. Or actually run the software that AppleTV does so i can just download HD movies. Still unclear? I saw on another post that an Apple TV can run Mac OSX....I just wana do it in reverse lol.
  4. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Apple TV always runs some version of OS X, and some people hack it to do other things.

    However, I'm pretty sure you can't hack a Mac to make it an Apple TV.

    You'll have to stick to SD rentals I'm sorry to say.
  5. NJuul macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    The Apple TV connects to the iTunes movie store to rent or buy movies. If you want to do that on your mac, you can just open iTunes, go to the store, and buy or rent movies that can be watched in iTunes. What you are asking really doesn't make any sense, and no, it is not possible (and there is no point).
  6. danedane5 thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2008

    I thought there was a know to download an HD movie from Itunes... Cause honestly PirateBay is good but im sick of waiting for days to downlaod a movie.
  7. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Then try a different site. :)

    TPB is my last resort site ...
  8. somecallmechief macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2008
    hate to bicker

    You're right and wrong at the same time. The AppleTV is a hardware device, but it's little more than a modified Mac Mini with an Intel based processor running a trimmed down version of OS X Tiger. All of the functionality of the AppleTV is software based. You can run the software end of AppleTV on any OS X Tiger machine. Leopard introduced major changes to FrontRow, the core technology that powers Tiger (and AppleTV). I've been looking for a way to hack Leopard's FrontRow as well, but haven't had any luck.

    It is frustrating that a piece of hardware many times more expensive than an AppleTV isn't permitted by its software to perform the same basic functions. I have an iMac with Leopard that we use as a TV in our bedroom, and you simply cannot use the Apple remote and iTunes and FrontRow in any way that's conceivably as functional as you do with an AppleTV.

    Let me know if your search ever bears fruit. There are many waiting for a solution just as you are.
  9. steve67 macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2009
    Why is everyone acting like he is crazy for asking this? It is a legitimate question and there is a whole project surrounding this goal. Unfortunately, it is not yet Leopard compatible. ATV4Mac ( runs the Apple TV firmware inside OS X and allows access to HD movie rentals. For now it is only Tiger compatible, but maybe one day it will be updated for Leopard.

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