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Streaming - not a problem

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Barry Levine Calculating status...
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Jul 29, 2007 2:28 PM
This isn't a question nor a problem.

I just wanted to encourage those who have not yet tried "streaming" from their iTunes Library to do so. In my case (with the tv close to a "g" router so it gets a great signal), even movies play perfectly.

Frankly, I'm ready to turn off virtually all syncing as it seems to be a waste of bandwidth to bother with it. Obviously, you must have your Mac on with iTunes running for streaming to work but, for me, that's a normal occurrence.

The more I use the tv, the more I am impressed with it. I dropped my cableTV service, went back to an antenna on my roof, and use podcasts to keep up with things on CNN, MacBreak, etc. I'm saving over $600/year by eliminating cableTV; that will pay for a big-screen LCD (if I even need one) or (part of) the next big thing from .

Intel iMac 24" / MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Where the h*** did all these external drives come from?
  • The Absolute Value Calculating status...
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    Aug 1, 2007 9:54 AM (in response to Barry Levine)
    Thanks for the info, I was worried about this. I was thinking that it wouldn't pre-load video as its streaming to the appleTV because I heard some reviews say it glitches when you stream.

    Thanks, I’ll try this out now.
    Powerbook G4 12
  • jtw13 Calculating status...
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    Aug 2, 2007 3:59 AM (in response to The Absolute Value)
    I am currently trying to resolve problems with streaming videos I've encoded using Videora. Anything 3Kbps and over seems to pause/stutter.

    However, having said that, I have converted a QT movie file using iTunes to convert it for use with the Apple TV and it generated a new file at nearly 4Kbps and this streams perfectly.

    So in conclusion, check out streaming and if necessary you may have to re-encode some of your videos if they are problematic. But it will depend on the source of your videos and how they were encoded.

    I bought the 160GB Apple TV but with over 1TB of movies, tv shows and music, there is no way I can sync everything.
    Apple TV 160GB
  • donreith Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Aug 2, 2007 9:08 AM (in response to Barry Levine)
    I second your comments. I love my ?TV. Streaming works great from my N-dedicated Airport Extreme. Like you I dropped cable. Most important of all, this thing is spouse friendly!

    My recommendation is to sign up with a good usenet service like Astraweb or Giganews, get VisualHub to convert downloaded .avis to .mp4, Handbrake to convert your DVDs, then enjoy.
    Intel Mac Mini
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (16,625 points)
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    Aug 2, 2007 2:05 PM (in response to donreith)
    If it works it works, if it doesn't it doesn't and there are also 'somewhere in the middle' cases where movies stutter if bitrates are too high.

    For me streaming works perfectly unless the microwave is on.

    I can see a market for a streaming only AppleTV personally with maybe an OS in flash memory, but each location/environment is unique and you may only find out if it works for you when you try it out.

    iMac Core 2 Duo 20"
  • Galago Calculating status...
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    Aug 2, 2007 3:34 PM (in response to Barry Levine)

    Sorry about my nuty question but how do you do to have an "Apple-logo" when you hit apple?


  • reckless ronin Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Aug 9, 2007 2:18 PM (in response to Barry Levine)
    Hi thanks for posting this thread. I was considering purchasing an TV for the house but since my iTunes library is far larger than any TV offering I wanted to just get the least expensive one and just stream content instead of downloading it all the time. I have a wireless g router at the moment with all my video content iTunes encoded for TV and if it works as good as you say then I'll be getting one shortly.

    Thanks again.
     Mac Pro 2.66 2GB RAM,  30GB iPod with Video, ★20.1 inch Dell Widescreen, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • James Harries Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 14, 2007 12:51 PM (in response to reckless ronin)
    But is everyone streaming from their laptops or what ?

    There's no way I want to clog up my computer with movies - or is it coming off a drive somewhere else ?
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 2Ghz -1 gig RAM
  • James Harries Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 15, 2007 2:06 PM (in response to Barry Levine)
    I have 300 DVD's and would like to get rid of them in the loft (with all the vinyl), we also have little children who destroy them.

    I just discovered in another thread it can take up to 6 hours to convert to TV and that the internal drive needs the originals present on the computer, so I'm struggling to find any advantage over sticking a DVD in a player now to be honest.

    Can you sell it to me ? I love gadgets, but I want them to make my life easier, not harder !
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 2Ghz -1 gig RAM
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