Streaming from NAS to Apple TV3

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  1. Giuanniello macrumors regular

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    Hello everybody,

    I have a NAS on which I have quite a few movies I'd like to stream to the AppleTV so that I need no computer to start the whole process, the NAS is a Q-NAP, is there any app for the ATV3 to perform such a duty?

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  2. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    The only way to do it on the ATV 3 that I know of is to use iTunes Server (somewhere). And put the movies in that. There are many ways to do this on the ATV 4 if the movies do not have iTune DRM.
     
  3. Rigby macrumors 601

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    The ATV3 does not support apps, so no. It is possible though to tell the QNAP to stream compatible videos from the QNAP to an ATV3 via Airplay. For that you need to install the "Media Streaming" add-on in the QNAP app center. You should then be able to use the QFile app on your phone to connect to the QNAP, select a video and stream it to the ATV via the "stream to" function. This is less convenient that regular homesharing.

    If you have one of the bigger QNAP models that supports "VirtualizationStation" you may also be able to install an iTunes server in a virtual machine on the QNAP, but that's a bit more involved.
     
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    No easy way on an ATV3 - on an ATV4 it's trivial.
     
  5. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh come on, I don't want to get the ATV4 (lie...)!

    My NAS is a Q-NAP TS212P which has an iTunes server built in so what, I enable the server, move the movie files (all already converted into either mp4 or m4v) in the iTunes folder and then what, should find it on the ATV3, is that correct?

    I gotta make a test, thank you so much!!!
     
  6. Rigby macrumors 601

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    No. The "iTunes server" uses the old-style iTunes library sharing, which is not supported by Apple TV for videos (it may still work for music though).
     
  7. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hopeless then...
     
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  9. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

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    Uhm, any hints??? What do I lose with jailbreaking? As by now the only thing I care about is Netflix since it's quite good for the price.

    Thank you
     
  10. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I meant to say Jailbreak and Firecore.

    https://firecore.com/atvflash-black

    I streamed almost any format from my NAS to my ATV3 via the old Infuse app.

    I moved onto ATV4 because it's cleaner.
     
  11. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

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    Se
    Seems firecore requires an ATV2 whilst mine is a 3rd gen.

    I was actually thinking to get an ATV4 for my son's room, his TV doesn't work well so before getting a new one I thought an ATV could serve him to watch Netflix or to stream movies over the NAS, a new TV screen (his desk wouldn't fit more than 32") would cost between 250 and 300 euros whilst the baby ATV4 is in the 170 I seem to remember, ok, maybe a new TV would already have a Netflix app, who knows, maybe the ATV4 makes no sense...

    By the way, interested into the firecore bit, thank you for the hint ;)
     
  12. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I forgot that ATV3 doesn't support jailbreak. I had an ATV2.
     
  13. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    You could install plex on the Apple TV 3 no jailbreak requireD
     
  14. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Then you also have to have a Plex server running somewhere
     
  15. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

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    Best thing to do is trade for an ATV2 or upgrade to an ATV4.
     
  16. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just read a bit about installing Plex on the ATV3 but it's not easy at all if not unfeasible depending on the firmware on the ATV, by the way, was thinking to get my son an ATV4 for his birthday next week but wondering since it's a "don't buy" but, as far as I remember they update it every few years...

    If there is any updated guide on how to install Plex on the ATV3 I would really appreciate since my NAS already has Plex installed.

    Grazie
     
  17. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    You can stream from a NAS to the Apple TV 3. You will need a NAS that has hardware transcoding such as the Play series line of Synology (DS214Play...etc) It AirPlays directly to the Apple TV and has a companion app for your phone/tablet to find the files you want to Airplay from the diskstation.
     
  18. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

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    My QNap can also stream to the ATV but I don't want to use a computer to tell the NAS to stream a video, I want to use the ATV straight away.

    My Sony TV su**s at streaming, it can only play .mp4 as far as I remember, no big deal, I transcoded all of my library to either mp4 or m4a and that's fine but my son's TV, a Panasonic, doesn't bother at all, it plays it all, also .mkv

    The ATV would come handy as to have a smoother interface between user and the TV-NAS.
     

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