Travelling with AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by rneglia, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. rneglia macrumors 6502


    Apr 18, 2006
    Will the Apple TV be useful as a travel device?

    Can I plug it into the TV in my hotel room, or is the HDMI-only going to restrict this for now?

  2. BruiserB macrumors 65816

    Aug 9, 2008
    Probably better to just get a video out cable for your iPhone/iPod and use that. Since the aTV has no (or little) storage, you can't keep your shows on it and you would have to AirPlay them from your iPhone/iPod anyway.
  3. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    It has been my experience that most hotels have TVs with composite or RF connections only, so even the old AppleTV is not a good choice. I bring an RF modulator (converts RF to composite) and an iPod (or a small DVD player) on travel if I want to watch movies.

    I've probably stayed at 15-20 hotels in the last few years, and only one had a widescreen TV with component and/or HDMI inputs. And more than you would imagine only have the RF input.
  4. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    You need to go to better hotels. I've been traveling the past 2 years multiple times a month and all my hotels have TVs with HDMI.
  5. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    So much depends on how new the hotel is. I haven't been staying at fleabag, low-dollar motels, but I haven't been staying in a lot of new hotels. I was at an Embassy Suites in Portland for over a month in 2007; all the TVs (at least in the 6 or so rooms I saw) had composite connections. I've stayed at Hampton Inns and Holiday Inns (plus many comparable hotels), all of which had 4:3 CRT TVs with either composite or RF connections.

    The only hotel I've stayed at that had modern TVs was a brand new Candlewood Suites, which had cheap (but serviceable) 27" LCD TVs. However, even that was a fiasco. They set their TVs to some bad (I mean really horrible, worst I've ever seen) stretch mode and gave you the cheapest universal remote possible, with minimal controls. I had to ask at the front desk to get the right remote. Furthermore, they had cheap DVD players in each room, all connected with composite cables (not component). To add insult to injury, they hooked all the red cables to the red component (instead of red/right audio) outputs, so you didn't even get decent stereo audio (obviously, I fixed that for myself and several others staying there).

    My point is that a lot of hotels do not have HMDI or component capable TVs. And when they do, they don't always know what to do with them. Counting on the AppleTV being a good hotel solution is a crapshoot.

    One other thing about hotels: they often have really mediocre internet speeds. At two recent hotels, I ran Speedtest and got download speeds of less than 1 mbps, not nearly fast enough to get a decent NetFlix stream.
  6. rneglia thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 18, 2006
    I guess the best plan is just to load up your laptop with plenty of stuff before you go. If you're staying a month, I don't have a better solution for you.
  7. iowamensan macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    I'm camping in the infield at Talladega next month, and my friend's RV has a TV with only composite inputs. I wanted to bring my Apple TV loaded with movies, but lack of HDMI on the TV prevented that. I ended up ordering a refurb WD TV for $35 from and will put my movies on an external. I haven't tested it yet, (just came in the mail today) but I'm pretty sure it will do what I want it to. I wanted to get the WD TV Mini for space saving, but from what I read about it online, it doesn't play well with the H.264 mp4s.

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