Used Apple TV - which Gen?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by james*b, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. james*b macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2011

    I am looking at getting a used Apple TV. It is now 666 days since the last launch, according to Mac Rumors, and it doesn't look likely that there will be anything along too soon.

    Is there any reason to buy a 1st Gen with a hard drive over a 3rd Gen? I wondered if it was possible to store movie files locally and play them using VLC directly from the Apple TV, without having to stream.

  2. westrock2000 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2013
    If you look at the 3rd Generation, just remember that Apple sells refurbished ones for $75 with free shipping all day long. Sometimes Microcenter will sell them for around $85 (I think new). So keep that in mind when you see the "used" prices of ATV3's on eBay or something.
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
  4. james*b thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks - is there no way to store non-DRM video files (DivX, MKV etc) locally on the Apple TV Gen 1 instead of streaming them? Or to play them directly from a NAS without a Mac etc turned on?
  5. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    You need either XBMC or NitoTV to be able to do that.
    You also need a "jailbreak" to be able to copy files onto AppleTV hard disk without iTunes.

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