Will It Work with the Computer Off?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Mac In School, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    I'm getting ready to go on vacation for a week. I'd like to shut my (syncing) computer down, so it can rest a bit.

    Assuming everything is all synced up when I shut down, will my AppleTV function normally while the computer is off?

  2. pjac macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    I'm guessing you'll be leaving the Apple TV on for others in the house to use? 'cause otherwise your question doesn't make sense... :confused:
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Yes. :)
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    It'll work fine for content synced to it, as it resides on the :apple:tv harddrive. They won't have any streamed content, w/o your computer, though.
  5. Mac In School thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
  6. amc382 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2003
    sure... that's why it has a HD built in... to store media.
  7. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    They could still watch YouTube though provided it's connected to a live router. ;)
  8. Mac In School thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    Yeah, I knew it stored it. I just wondered if there was some kind of security check in place that made you stay in touch with the mother computer to use it.

    Sort of like DirecTV, where you have to be connected via a phone line in order to by PPV programming through the TV.

    I could see people taking their AppleTV to a friend's house, letting them fill it up with their (DRM-loaded) content, then taking it home, only to return when they want new stuff. I'm (pleasantly) surprised that this security check isn't there.
  9. pjac macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    That sounds like something Apple would block... can an Apple TV only be "linked" to one iTunes library at a time? That would make borrowing your mates' content harder.
  10. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Only one iTunes Library at a time can sync stuff to the AppleTV's hard drive. In addition to that computer, up to 5 other computers can stream to it.
  11. imlucid macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2007
    Nope. You can sync the device full of content and then take it (or the computer) anywhere you want. Only when the two find each other on the network again and a sync is performed will any content be changed on the Apple TV.

    This makes the Apple TV a cool way to take a bunch of media on vacation...


  12. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    Yep, just like an iPod with the video cables...

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