Why does the Apple TV have a USB port?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iParis, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. iParis macrumors 68040

    iParis

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    I've been wondering why in the world the Apple TV has a USB port.
    For a second I was thinking that maybe it's to expand the library by plugging in an external hard drive.
    But then I thought, that won't work because the Apple TV has to be synced with iTunes and you can't sync an external hard drive.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    The FCC requires all set-top boxes ( which the Apple TV falls under ) to have an "access port". On most devices it's usually a USB port.
     
  3. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

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    You can use an external hd with the USB part when you patch your ATV.
     
  4. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

    iParis

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    What do you mean by "patch;" sorry if that sounded stupid.
     
  5. tom1971 macrumors 6502a

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    You hack it with a so-called "Patchstick", a USB stick that installs additional software and functions to your ATV.
     

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