Where are the movies and shows Stored.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by adamwt28, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. adamwt28 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2010
    This may be a dumb question but where would my movies and shows be stored? In the Apple TV, Ipad, Laptop? How does it work? Does it stream from Apple or one of my devices.
  2. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    too many variables to really give an answer.

    apple tv 1 or apple tv 2?

    essentially, with the apple tv2, you can stream from your itunes library to it. and with the airplay addition, you can play from your ipad/iphone to your apple tv.
  3. adamwt28 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2010
    I'm getting the new $99 one for Christmas. So it can stream from one of my devices or my library?
  4. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Yes, you'll be able to stream the items from your iTunes library(on a computer) and from your recent iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
  5. maturola macrumors 68040


    Oct 29, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    On the Apple TV they are store on the Hard drive.

    On the Apple TV 2 (2010), they are NOT store locally, they are cached on Flash and read from the cloud or from another machine on the local network.
  6. iancheyne macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2010
    Colleyville, TX
    Well actually

    On the aTV 1 they can be stored on the aTV HD but they can also be in your iTunes library and streamed, which works fine in a wireless 'N' environment. I have two aTV 1's and two aTV 2's and they work great, the only difference is that I have aTV Flash on the installed on the 1's as I am a MLB subscriber. I'm hoping the aTV ap store will include MLB when it opens ...
  7. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    There are a lot of ways to store the actual files, for me i use a firewire EXT HD (4TB) connected to my iMac. This has worked very well, there are some who do not like the thought of leave their computer on. We have always left all of ours on over the years and so far there have been no issues.
  8. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I do the same thing with an external (1.5TB) containing my iTunes library attached to my iMac. We leave the computer on, but sleeping. If you have an Airport Extreme and Snow Leopard, you can have your ATV unit wake the sleeping Mac to get your music or movies when needed.

    I have an original ATV and have never stored anything on the unit. I have always streamed from my iMac.

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