Why the need for Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Rideherhard, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Rideherhard macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    You need your computer on and you need to have it going through your computer, right? why not just hook your laptop to your AVR or TV and get the apple remote? wouldn't this be doing the exact same thing with less limitations?.
  2. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    I do not have a laptop. I like to use appletv.
  3. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Another thread on this? This is discussed in countless threads.

    Your computer only has to be running if you want to stream from it. Otherwise, it streams from the internet (TV show rentals, Netflix, etc)

    You might have multiple TVs in one house, and one media server. The AppleTV is used throughout the house, and you don't need a computer at each location.
  4. markgo2k macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2008
    The new Apple TV does NOT require a computer. Only an iTunes account.

    It supports streaming media from your computer, but unlike the original Apple TV it does not require a computer to use it (as long as you can sign up for an iTunes account on a computer somewhere).
  5. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    My computer sits in my bedroom with a nice dual monitor setup. I'm not lugging it downstairs if I want to watch a show on the big tv.
  6. Rideherhard thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    So if you rent TV shows or movies from iTunes where does it store it?...
  7. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    It doesn't. Well, it probably buffers/stores some in onboard flash. But if you want to rewatch it within the rental period, it will redownload it if needed.
  8. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
  9. Arnieaz macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    EyeTV HD

    I have an EyeTV HD so when I rent a a movie on directv I can also record it.
    I can then export it to AppleTV format. Later I can replay it on the new ATV.
    Pretty simple for me. It's he only way to get this time limited media back on the big screen. :D
  10. gugy macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    But it does require a computer on if you want to watch anything you have stored on a computer or external hard drive.
  11. Rideherhard thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    Hey I don't want to start another thread so maybe someone can help me here?... is my internet speed any good?.

    download 1.73mb/s

    upload 0.30mb/s

    PING 17 ms
  12. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

    Mike Oxard

    Oct 22, 2009
    This is because it is hard to get to files on a computer when it isn't turned on :p
  13. UnseenLlama macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    That seems to be fairly slow for connections today, especially with services like Comcast internet. Are you on a DSL line? I tried switching out to that from Comcast, but found that the latency and speed was horrible.
  14. Rideherhard thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2010
    Thanks. Yeah it's DSL, I thought it was on the slower side, I'll have to check into this.
  15. gugy macrumors 68030

    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    I am talking if the files are on an external drive hook up to an Airport base.
  16. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    It does require a computer if you want to stream stuff that you already have, where as the old version you could sync media over to the apple tv for later viewing, without a computer.

    But back on topic, my need/reason is AirPlay, and a nicer interface for streaming than my 360 or PS3.

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