Using AppleTV Offline

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by gazfocus, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. gazfocus macrumors 68000

    gazfocus

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    I have just ordered an AppleTV which should be arriving soon but what I would like to do is load it with movies purchased on the iTunes store then take it on holiday with me instead of taking loads of DVDs.

    If I buy the movies on iTunes and sync the AppleTV, will I still be able to play the movies without an internet connection? When I had an AppleTV before, everything was DRM'd but not sure if the movies still are or not.
     
  2. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    Of course, take 'em all with you. No need for internet once they are on there. :)
     
  3. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    I was wondering this same thing. I really want to buy Apple TV but had to find out about this first.
    That will be pretty cool to carry around one little "box" instead of tons of DVD cases!
     
  4. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    If you buy/rent something from the Apple TV then sync your computer with the Apple TV, any media should get transfered to your library. So you can then watch it on the go without an internet connection (provided your computer has been authorized in iTunes to play back such media).

    With rented movies, if you start to watch it on your Apple TV, get half way through and stop watching it, sync your computer with the Apple TV again to continue to watch it where you left off while on the go. Don't forget that you only have 24 hours to watch a rental, then its automatically deleted from your Apple TV and library

    hope this helps

    pac
     
  5. suburbiton macrumors member

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    Does one's iTunes library NEED to be syncd with Apple TV for it to work, or can Apple TV worlk as a wireless streamer between one's computer and TV (so no need to transfer files from computer the Apple TV's hard-drive first)?
     
  6. JAWWC macrumors regular

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    When ever I've used Apple TV offline only ripped content works. For iTunes bought content it say it couldn't be authorized to play.
     
  7. Advance The Man macrumors 6502

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    If movie/song is not on ATV's hard drive, then yes iTunes has to be on. But it doesn't have to as long as the media you want has been synced to the ATV hard drive.
     
  8. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    You can do what I have done and choose to sync with iTunes, but actually not transfer anything to the Apple TV's hard disk, instead stream all the media over your network connection, be it cabled or WiFi.

    There is no way however to buy from the Apple TV and it not touch the Apple TV hard drive. You would purchase your media from your computer as normal. You can then either when you get back choose to stream it to the Apple TV or sync it to the Apple TV's hard drive at a later date

    pac
     
  9. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    That's right, you do not necessarily need to sync content to your :apple:TV's hard drive to view it -- once you establish the connection between the :apple:TV and iTunes on your computer you can watch the content by wireless streaming. In order to do this, though, you have to have your computer on with iTunes running and both your computer and your :apple:TV have to be able to communicate with each other through your network (or wired connection).
     

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