Sell me on Apple TV (a few questions)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by kjvi5, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. kjvi5 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2007
    O.K. so I really want to get Apple TV but I'm not entirely sure it does what I want/need it to do. The apple site page on it is good but not specific enough.

    Here's my set up:

    -Imac running Leopard (purchased in November 07, all software, firmware, etc. up to date).
    -Airport Extreme Router with an airport express base station right next to where the Apple TV will be.
    -42" Plasma Flat Screen TV with an HDMI cable.

    1) Will I be able to browse/play anything from my entire itunes music library? Some of the Apple TV information says "play up to 36,000 songs from your library". I have about 40,000 songs on mine, so I'm not sure how or in what way this would impact playability or connectivity, if at all.

    2) Will I be able to browse/view all of my photos as they are on my computer in iphoto (events, etc.)

    3) Will I be able to brose/view my home movies? Currently they are stored basically in my movies folder but not connected to any one program (ie. imovie, etc.).

    I guess what I'm asking is, is the basic functionality of Apple TV pretty much similar to having Front Row on your television only with some added features (flickr, youtube, etc.).

    What I'm looking for is a way to stream and pull up the personal content on my mac (which is in my office room) to my living room. Will this do the trick?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    As long as all your stuff is in the formats AppleTV can play (standard iTunes stuff) you should be good to go.

    40k songs?! Wow thats a lot :) I think the 36k songs has to do with having them held on the AppleTV drive itself, not streamed from a server. But I could be wrong.

  3. kjvi5 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2007
    That makes sense abou the size of the Apple TV drive itself, and since I'm not really planning on storing anything on it exclusively I should be o.k.

    I'm assuming the same thing holds about pictures, movies, etc. That if it's all in regular formats (jpg, mpg, etc.) that I can stream it and view it from Apple TV?
  4. NinjaKid macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Apple TV

    The Apple TV device does not stream audio or video or photos from your computer. You must transfer the files to the Apple TV device first. You can purchase from the Apple store music and videos that will download to the Apple TV hardware then later Sync to your Itunes library on your computer to have a backup.
    You can stream Youtube videos from the Internet along with access other services that the Apple TV supports.
  5. jmccray macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
    Not true

    You can stream music and videos from your Apple TV
  6. kjvi5 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2007

    Do you mean from my mac to my Apple TV? This is a big question mark. If the other poster is right and everything I want to view NEEDS to be transferred and stored on apple tv to be watched, then it's useless to me. I may do that for some things (movies purchased from itunes, etc.). But the main functionality I want and need is to view content from my mac on my tv wirelessly. But I don't want to transfer the actual files.
  7. jmccray macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2008
  8. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California

    You can stream from your Mac/PC iTunes to the AppleTV...
  9. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2004
    This is not true. While you can synchronize content, you can also choose to stream from iTunes.

    I do think that to show pictures, you have to synchronize them with the Apple TV.
  10. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    You can stream or sync music and movies (anything from iTunes). Both work great. I am not sure about the 36,000 song limit, I only have about 3000 songs in my library.
  11. downinitjr macrumors member

    May 17, 2007
    Does anyone here actually use an apple tv? Yes, you most definitely can stream your entire itunes music collection TO the apple tv. Yes, you can stream your movies TO the apple tv. Keep in mind though that any movies must be in an apple tv compatible form. Just because they play in itunes/quicktime doesn't necessarily mean that they will play on the apple tv. Yes you can also stream your photos from your computer to the apple tv, you do not need to sync the photos directly to the box. For any of this to happen though, the computer that the box is streaming from must be on, and itunes must be running on that computer while you are streaming any of the content. As far as "selling" you on apple tv, it is a interesting product that does what it says it does fairly well, with a fairly nice interface. However its options are limited as far as how it displays content, and what content it will display. Just don't expect it to do anything else besides what apple says it will do.
  12. craigverse macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2006
    Reno, NV
    I'm constantly using my apple tv. I rent HD movies on friday nights usually. I have a fairly extensive collection of my own movies and a few tv shows as well.

    I'm use it for airtunes so I can pipe the music off my laptop through my surround.

    I use it by itself to play music with my iphone as the remote.

    I love my atv. <3
  13. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I JUST got an AppleTV, very impressed. To answer the OPs questions:

    1 & 2) You can stream content to the ATV from iTunes no problem. In my testing so far, music streaming is instant, pretty much just like you had it on the unit. Streaming movies involves a slight buffering time (over .11g) but it's not much - like a minute. I assume if iTunes will handle your library it will stream it to the ATV OK, but don't have 40k songs to test. I agree that the 36k is probably what fits on the internal 40gb HDD>

    3) You can stream any movie in MPEG4 or H264 format, including home movies, as long as they fit in the limits Apple gives for video formats. From iMovie (if you started using that) you can "Export to iTunes" and it will move a copy of the video you've edited into your iTunes movie library, which would then be available from the ATV.
  14. ozarkchoir macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Love my Apple TV

    I have a Mac Mini with 2 external hard drives connected to my living room TV with several hundred movies (mp4 format) I have ripped and converted from my own collection. This is my main home theatre pc. I stream all of my content (music, movies) to my Apple TV in my bedroom and it's awesome. Also have Connect 360 on the Xbox in the game room which is does the job...but it's nothing compared to the interface of the Apple TV.

    Whoever the guy was that said you can't stream movies and music was wrong. I stream all of it. The only thing I actually put on the Apple TV are the photos. (this must be done as the Apple TV won't stream photos)

    As far as selling you on it... if you have a lot of content that you want to stream to your home entertainment center then I would recommend it. Easy set like a giant ipod for your TV. Looks great on the HDTV. I actually enjoy the interface more than Front Row on the Mac Mini and will eventually put an Apple TV in the living room and just use the Mac Mini as a music/movie computer to stream to both Apple TVs.
  15. downinitjr macrumors member

    May 17, 2007
    Yes it will stream photos!

    It WILL stream photos what is the deal people.
  16. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    No it won't. The Apple TV will stream music, movies, and tv shows from the iTunes library just fine. However, it is NOT possible to stream photos from the Mac to the Apple TV. The only way to stream any photos if they are not synchronised to the Apple TV using iTunes, is to stream from MobileMe and/or Flickr galleries. It is possible to view any photos stored in these galleries directly on the Apple TV.

    Nevertheless, if the OP has photos on his/her Mac that they want to view on the Apple TV, they must be synchronised to the device first. The reason being that the Apple TV will only stream compatible content from the iTunes library, and no photos are stored there.
  17. downinitjr macrumors member

    May 17, 2007
    WOW!, I must own some super special secret model then...
    As I said before... TWICE... you CAN and I DO currently stream photos to my apple tv just fine. As with any of the other categories they show up under "Shared Photos" in the menus. My apple tv is set to stream only, right next to the summary tab for the apple tv in itunes, is the photos tab where you can select which albums/ photos you want to share/stream.
  18. rscott505 macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2008
    Apple provides directions for streaming photos

    Below is a link on Apples' own web site for how to stream photos from your computer to :apple:tv.

    Good luck.

    It really is an awesome product.

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