Set-up/syncing Issues

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jbl594, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. jbl594 macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2006
    Hi all,
    I recently purchased 2 Apple TV's. We set them up in the living room and bedroom. We used them for about a week, bought a few movies on them and then wanted to sync everything with our iMac. I got them both to start syncing, but it was all downhill form there. I was finally able to get the living room to sync fully. Here is my question:

    I don't want to put everything from the Apple TV's on the mac, just a few select movies from them. Is this possible to just sync a few movies that i select, not everything each time?

    Also, can I have more then one Apple TV sync with a single Itunes library? or is that my first problem?

    When I went to sync the bedroom, it removed the content, put it on the imac than then the living room apple TV. The problem is in the bedroom i can see the movie on the Apple TV by I can't play it anymore (the movie was purchased on the Apple TV)

    Thanks for the help!!
  2. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Everything MUST be synced with your iMac....that's how AppleTV functions. It is a vessel for playing your iTunes content which is held in a database on a separate computer.

    I only have one ATV, so I can't comment on how multiple ones behave. But your iMac will hold all of the content, and you can pick or choose what you want to sync to each ATV...if you want to sync anything at all...I just stream all of my content.
  3. rayward macrumors 68000

    Mar 13, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I have 4 ATVs: 1 wired and auto-synced, 1 wireless and auto-synced, 1 wired and streaming only, 1 wireless and streaming only. I think that pretty much runs the gamut!

    Other than a slight lag for streamed content when my Mac is busy doing something heavy (like encoding a BD rip), you do not see any difference in performance or quality between any of these units. You can also watch the same content, independently on different units, at the same time.

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