Source of Photos and Videos for ATV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by meduk1, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. meduk1 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2008
    I'm thinking of getting an ATV for my parents who want to be able to view their pics on the TV and play music through it.

    What sources of photos/music does the apple TV support. My parents photo and music library sit on a macbook. They have some pics in the photo stream but would also like to have some albums they can use for screensaver that currently reside on their MB. Do they need to have their macbook on for them to stream these or can they be transferred to the cloud (any limitations on number?) or the ATV itself?
  2. Weaselboy, Feb 5, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2016

    Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    They could subscribe to iTunes Match to have all their music on Apple's cloud service, then do the same with all their photos with iCloud Photo. But both of those cost money.

    If they just want to stream music and photos from the MB without those paid cloud services, the MB will need to be on and iTunes running for it to work.
  3. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    ...and if the MB leaves the home sometimes, another option would be to buy a mac or windows machines capable of running iTunes as the always-at-home, always-on solution for this. Even an old, used machine good enough for run iTunes can cover this need. Store their music and pics on it and hide it away somewhere. Then the MB can come and go (or be turned off) as desired and still have pics & music for the :apple:TV.

    OR, shop around for :apple:TV first generation- the one that could have content synced to it's internal hard drive. Set that up and sync their music and photos from that MB and it will all be internal on that model, playable whether the MB is on or at home.
  4. Albert2000 macrumors newbie


    Jan 1, 2016
    Your entire iTunes library and your photo library on a Mac is available to any generation Apple TV connected to the same wifi network. The Mac must be on and iTunes must be on. Easy - can do slide shows from the Apple TV.
  5. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    The next release of tvOS (ATV 4) will have better support for iCloud Photos. Your parents may want to fully support iCloud Photos assuming mainly using iOS Devices to take the photos. I still use iTunes on my Mac Mini but with the full support for iCloud Photos I would use it instead. But the current information about support for iCloud Photos is still not "full" support but better support. Maybe when the finally release is out it will even better. Assuming another 30 days or so. But certainly over time I am hoping for the same support that is on the iPhone/iPad.
  6. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    At the moment, my own experience with sharing my local photos via iTunes is also extremely bad. I still do not understand how the system selects those few photos, out of 3000+ I have in my Aperture library, that make it to my TV screen. The number of photos visible on aTV is extremely limited and selection totally unpredictable. YMMV.
  7. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    If your parents have less than 5GB images in photos, iCloud should take care of their needs for free and without a running computer.

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