Taking Apple TV abroad

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MacUser09, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. MacUser09 macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know?

    If I loaded up an AppleTV with TV series from ITunes, and ripped some of my DVD collection to it, then took it abroad to another country (Thailand), would there be any problems playing it back?

    I know that the Thai TV broadcast system is a version of PAL, but I don't think that that affects playback. Are downloads from the iTunes store region free?

    Voltage should be OK.

    Can anyone advise what problems I am likely to encounter, if any?
     
  2. wnorris macrumors member

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    You should not have any issues. I purchsed my AppleTV in the US and have used it for over a year in Japan. Since you will use your home based iTunes account it will recognize your home country and not the country you are in at the moment.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. FrenchDressing macrumors newbie

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    Taking AppleTV Abroad

    I live in France and have an AppleTV from the US. The PAL or NTSC thing is not a problem because you can use either a DVI or an HDMI connection into most newer TVs.
     
  4. tmofee macrumors regular

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    unless you have a reaaallly old tv, PAL/NTSC colour issues is no longer a problem at all. The TV changes all that behind the scenes. as for the store, the store settings are inside your atv, and dont change unless you want them too. if you want to continue using your american account overseas, the biggest issue is getting pre paid cards, as each country's prepaid cards are only valid for the place you buy them. there are less "official" ways of getting cards, but best best is paypal-ing a buddy back in america and getting them to email you the code.
     
  5. MacUser09 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone.

    My idea was to take an AppleTV, fully loaded with films, music and tv programmes, rather than lug a whole load of disks with me. The TV there is a late HD model, so should be OK.

    I could buy an ATV in BKK, but then I would have to download through Thailand's terrible broadband service, whereas I have a 20Mb connection here in the UK. Of course there are lots of "copies" of the very latest movies there, but the quality is always bad.
     
  6. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    Just curious: are you visiting there or moving there? I lived there for a while for work.
     
  7. MacUser09 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just going for an extended stay. Blu rays are expensive, and everywhere sells badly made copy DVDs. Better to take my media library on some sort of disc, and thought that aTV would be the way to go.
     
  8. glitch44 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I used to live there so I know how bad DVD piracy is.
     
  9. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

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    Like a few, been there, done that.

    Take my 140GB ATV around the world on extended travels, Singapore, Aus, NZ. It's stuffed with Photos, Movie DVD rips for my son, home video, TV show DVD rips, even 100 episodes of Waybuloo, Findlay the Fire Engine, In The Night Garden, Charlie and Lola, etc, downloaded from the BBC iPlayer (using iPlayer Grabber).

    All I need is an HDMI TV at my destination and all is good for my 2yp son. He's been able to use the ATV via the remote for over a year now. He's very good at upgrading the firmware, especially when I don't want him to.

    It goes in hand luggage, in a laptop case, with more material on a stash of Lexar 8 / 16GB USB sticks. It has no issue with alternative voltages, but make sure you take a universal plug adapter with you - under a tenner from Boots.
     
  10. MacUser09 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Bertie.

    gonna have to look at this iPlayer grabber as well. Never heard of it.

    Thanks once again.
     

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