Why does Apple TV Photo Slideshow SUCK so much?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by qwimjim, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. qwimjim macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    I have 5000+ photos in iphoto for it to draw from yet it grabs what seems to grab about 50 photos and then I'll see tons of repeats even in those 50 photos. The next time the slideshow loads you would think ok, at least it will show 50 complete different photos, but no, 30-50 of them will be ones you saw last time the screen saver played.

    It's maddening how **** this feature is, when it's a really important feature, when they've had years to do it right and three hardware iterations. I don't get it? How does this get over looked?

    I can activate the screen saver on my iMac and mirror it on my tv with Airparrot and it works flawlessly, it's obviously not an issue of wi-fi bandwith.. there's no reason why it can't work on the Apple TV.. it would be something as simple as the Apple TV fetching photos from the Mac and -only- resorting to its microscopic photo cache as a last resort. I don't get it. There are years worth of threads and hundreds of people complaining about this on the Apple Support forums... and nothing.

  2. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Monterey CA
    From the beginning I set up albums of photos that I liked, were of certain subjects, etc. Most contain 50-100 or so images. Since I haven't noticed any duplication problems, the smaller number of images to choose from must be the answer. You might try spitting your collection into two albums, then four and so on to find what the limit is.

    I think iTunes has the same problem. If I use shuffle on a limited playlist it works well, but if I use my entire lot of purchased tunes, I get duplicates like a bad AM radio station. Not a scientific analysis, but it seems to be this way...
  3. qwimjim thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2011
    But yet when I use the Artsaver third party screen saver, I can select a folder of photos with thousands of photos and it will never show me a duplicate, works just like you imagined it should. And then with airparrot I can view the truly random full library slideshow on my Apple TV.. but this is not exactly convenient, but it shows that there's no reason why Apple can't implement this properly. The slideshow feature could be one of the best things about the Apple TV, if it was done right..
  4. majuha macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2012
    When home sharing your iPhoto Library and load it on the AppleTV, does it have to load the entire library every single time, or is it just once?

  5. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    It's been like this for years. Tons of people have the same problem and I'm one of them. From my understanding theres no fix. I really wish Apple would fix this problem. I have over 12,ooo pictures and I might see a few hundred.
  6. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Same problem here. One of my biggest annoyances with the iOS apple TVs.

    Also the lack of a filtering system for tv shows and movies like the old model had.
  7. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Is your iMac generally sleeping when you use the AppleTV? I've noticed the same issue, but for me it's usually that the iMac hosting the photo library is asleep. It doesn't seem to wake it up to grab new photos. If its awake I see far fewer duplicates.

    I do agree it could be better though.
  8. jdag macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2012
    I have a similar problem accessing photos through Aperture, not iPhoto. I haven't completely figured it out, but I believe it has to do with "Previews" that Aperture creates.

    Basically, the previews are smaller copies of the original photos and therefore more readily usable in external apps. I would guess that iPhoto uses previews too.

    When adding or removing photos in the Aperture group that supplies my AppleTV screensaver, sometimes those photos either don't appear or still appear. In other words, the change made in Aperture is not immediately available to the AppleTV.

    The way I've gotten around this is to occasionally rebuild my Aperture library.

    I too would love to know if there is a better solution.
  9. Skoopman macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2011
    Just a question, do you guys use the Photostream function or access your shared photos? The Photostream didn't download all my photos either, only about 450 from 670, still a lot. When I access my shared photos it displays them all.

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