Use AppleTV as a looping demo system?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by keoshea, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. keoshea macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2004
    I volunteer at a theater that currently has three flat screen TVs in windows, which run a looping video with adverts, promos, etc.

    Today, each TV has a DVD player attached, which means that monthly we have to make a new DVD, burn multiples, and then put them in the systems. At least one of the DVD players has already broken.

    I'd like to replace all three with AppleTVs, but I need to be able to get the following behavior:
    1. Store at least one video file locally on the AppleTV
    2. On powerup, the AppleTV should begin playing the movie, and loop indefinitely

    Does anyone more knowledgable know how easily I might accomplish this after jailbreaking?

    The units will all get powered down every night, so the video playback needs to start up automatically. Having the ability to SSH, replace/update the video over the network is obviously a big bonus as well.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You may be able to do that with a jailbreak and the screensaver function. But I don't think that is in the Apple TV. Another thing you could do is get some older gen iPod Touches and use the AV out cable. The screensaver thing would work quite well with that.
  3. slothrob macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
  4. Omne666 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Wish it could.

    We run a fireplace movie at dinner parties...I've made it an hour long but a loop would be so much better.

    Would also love the option of a movie as a screen saver when playing music.
  5. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    I would just use one DVD player and then get a video cable that splits into three different ones and places everything the same from one player.

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