several questions before i'm getting the apple tv

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by V4705, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. V4705, Mar 31, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2011

    V4705 macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2009
    1. which formats/resolutions can i stream from my macbookpro to the new appletv? can i just rip dvds/convert any avi or its just for itunes content?

    2. does the current appletv works on 5ghz wifi?

    3. if it doesnt have an hard-drive, what happend when i pay 99c for tv show episode? i rent it for one play? i get "license" to play this episode "forever" but only on-the-fly on appletv ? or can i download it to my computer using the same account?

    4. what do you think about its browser? works like osx's ? like ipad's browser?

    5. can i connect keyboard/mouse? other controller than the aluminum/iphone?

    6. youtube app playing HD?

  2. Aidoneus macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2009
    1. Content must be listed in iTunes to stream to the Apple TV.

    2. Yes, 802.11n

    3. You are renting the content. You can watch the show as many times as you want within the rental period (which I believe is 48 hours), after which, the file expires and is deleted automatically.

    4. Apple TV does not have a browser.

    5. No.

    6. Yes.
  3. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    More questions! Thought I'd tack them onto this thread. We aren't expecting apple tv 3 until september, right?

    Also, I can send almost any movie from my Mac to my iPad or iPhone and then send it to apple tv with AirPlay (regardless of the file format), right?
  4. RWinOR macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2010
    Greenest and wettest place in North America
    For the Keyboard you can use the remote app with your Iphone, Ipad, Ipod device. If you have a Blutooth keyboard attached to one of those devices it should work with the remote app and the ATV2.

    However the Remote app only works once it is set up on your Network not straight out of the box, Brand new you need to use the Std remote apple ships.
  5. Mr-Kerrse macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    United Kingdom
    1. Content must be listed in iTunes to stream to the Apple TV. (not if you jailbreak it)

    4. Apple TV does not have a browser. ( it does if you add ATV flash black after jailbreaking)
  6. sandman42 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2003
    The file formats the :apple:TV can play are listed on the Tech Specs page for the :apple:TV, under the heading "Video Formats". The files have to be in a compatible format and have to be in your iTunes library. In addition, for streaming to work you have to have your computer on (connected to the network) with iTunes running.
  7. briansolomon macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN
    It's doubtful there will be an ATV3 in September.
  8. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8G4 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Cool! how about the second question? can I air video to my iPhone/iPad and then AirPlay to the tv?
  9. DefBref macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Yes with the airvideo app you can send almost any format to the ATV via airplay.

    You need the latest beta of the server software running on your mac/pc.
  10. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Officially, the aTV2 plays 720p files up to 30fps. Codec support is h264 under the m4p/m4v/mov containers.

    In practice, the aTV2 can play 1080p files. I've found that files up to about 5 Mbps are OK. Any higher, and you get frame drops.

    Also, the files don't have to loaded into iTunes. You can run AirFlick and AirPlay Server on your MB Pro and stream to the aTV2. No hacks necessary.
  11. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    My guess would be close to christmas 2012
  12. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    So why do you guys think the ATV will not be updated soon? I was thinking they would want to update it with the A5 so that it can game better (I figure 3rd party apps are coming) and output 1080p. I know iTunes isn't serving up 1080p video right now, but maybe they'll start to soon?

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