What is the best way to store my movies for Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by strob1cj, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. strob1cj macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2008
    I want to buy an Apple TV, but the harddrive space is just horrible. I was wondering if there is a solution to this problem because there is no way that I can fit all my movies on there. I own a Macbook pro and my budget is limited because I'm a student. Thanks.
  2. ibglowin macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2005
    Buy a large external hardrive

    Rip the movies using handbrake and put the movies on the external hardrive and then stream your content from the laptop to ATV.
  3. trule macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    I copy mine to a Time Capsule hard disk and then drag from there to iTunes (where copy file to library is disabled). iTunes sync then copies from TC to ATV via my iMac

    Everything works fine.
  4. Tastannin macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2003
    I have my Mac Mini hooked up to a big drive and thats where all my iTunes content lives. EyeTV records then sends content to iTunes, and when I turn on my Apple TV, I can see it there.

    You might want to buy the largest external drive you can afford and hook that up to your MBP, stream the content off there to your Apple TV. $100 will get you a decent sized FW drive (250 gigs, or if you look hard enough, maybe 500 gig).
  5. Omnipotentsco macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2008
    I think if you look at Best Buy you can find a MyBook 1TB External for like $200.
  6. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    Instead of streaming, you could also hook your external drive directly to yout atv (after patching) and access your files from there without having to go through iTunes.
    That is how I do it and it works great.
  7. marklight macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2006
    hey tom can you send me some info on how to do this? also I've sent you pm asking you for some other info. i've been trying to figure out a way to hook up an external directly to the apple tv.
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I just bought a WD My Book at $200 for a terabyte. I think the "older" models are dropping down because they're "rebranding." Whatever. It's a terabyte, runs at 7200rpm, has the buffer. Works good so far.

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