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alanchrishughes Level 1 (0 points)

1: If you are using airplay replicate what’s on your ipad or iphone to stream video from sites the old fashion way through your browser, will it stream quickly through the Apple TV box at a rate similar to a computer? Or will it have to go through your ipad/iphone at their god awful slow speeds?


2: I read on here, “Click Computers on the Apple TV menu to stream your photos, home videos, and music collection from your Mac or PC. And Apple TV lets you wirelessly access your content from iCloud, too.” Does that mean you have to have iCloud to access your content wirelessly from your computer? Or does that just mean you are able to wirelessly access iCloud content as well?


3: My iMac glitches a lot while watching movies in iTunes or online videos if I have other stuff open. Should I assume Apple TV will work the same? Like if I am streaming a movie from my iMac to my TV will I still be able to work on things on my iMac?


4: How big of a hard drive does the box have? Are you able to directly connect an external hard drive?



  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,956 points)

    1. I have seen no difference in regards to network speed on IOS vs computer. You may want to look into interference on your network.


    2. You don't need iCloud to access your content wirelessly. That part of the quote is referring to specific iCloud features on the ATV. To access your local content you enable home-sharing in iTunes and ATV and then when your computer is running iTunes the ATV will be able to see your library.


    3. If you are streaming a movie from your iMac, it would be over the local network (not the internet). You can't stream content web content (will have to wait until Mountain Lion for this). So when your iMac 'glitches' is it when viewing downloaded content, or only streaming content?


    4. ATV 2 (and now 3) does not have an accessible hard drive (and no way to attach an external). The small flash drive is used to cache streaming content.

  • alanchrishughes Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks vazandrew


    1: I don't know if it is IOS or the hardware but streaming videos on an ipad is excessively slower than on a macbook or imac or pc.


    2. Awesome


    3: I was refering to playing movies that I have saved to the hard drive of my imac and then being able to still work on that imac at the same time. (What do you mean you can't stream web content? Isn't that the whole point of ATV? When is Mountain Lion suppose to come out?)


    4. Okay


    New question, with that ATV remote control app, would I be able to sit on my couch and use my iPad to tell my ATV to grab this or that video from my iMac?

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,956 points)

    1. Likely network related, I tested both on my network and they were identical speeds


    3. Yes, you can do that, if it is being glitchy then there is a problem on your system. You can't stream web content from your computer at this time (you can from an iPad 2 & 3 as well as iPhone 4S). There hasn't been an official release date for Mountain Lion but it should be this summer



    Re: new question. You can use your iPad to navigate your iTunes library from your iMac as long as it is on and running iTunes. You can also navigate it on the ATV itself

  • alanchrishughes Level 1 (0 points)

    What I mean is, is it possible to use an ipad to tell your ATV to grab a file from your mac and play it on the ATV?

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 (19,190 points)

    Using Remote app?

  • alanchrishughes Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah. Or whatever would be needed to control them.

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,956 points)

    If the file resides in iTunes. You can access it via the remote app and use airplay or access it directly on the ATV via the computers section.


    Or if you want to control your iMac remotely you will need to search for a VNC client in the app store

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 (19,190 points)
  • alanchrishughes Level 1 (0 points)

    I just this morning installed the app and started playing with it with my macbook.


    But I don't own an ATV yet, I just have been considering finally buying an HD tv and the main reason I would buy one depends on how well this ATV box works because most of what I watch is from the internet.

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,956 points)

    This will tell you what's natively on the device


    Local content can be streamed via home-sharing from your computer to ATV, or airplay using compatible apps from say an iPad. If you have a compatible device you can mirror and view web content on ATV. Mac mirroring is coming.


    I have cut cable myself and the ATV is what I use to access all content. But everyones needs are different.

  • alanchrishughes Level 1 (0 points)

    What is a VNC client?


    I have a mountain of skate videos I've ripped from dvds and saved on my computer, but some are really old and I rarely watch them so I don't keep them all in iTunes because it would be way too cluttered. There would be no way to access these on the ATV though unless I added them all to itunes? Every file on a computer has to be listed in itunes in order to play it on the ATV?

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,956 points)



    Yes, currently all content needs to reside in iTunes. Once Mac mirroring becomes available that will change.

  • alanchrishughes Level 1 (0 points)

    I know you already said yes it is possible, but since you keep bringing up Mac mirroring I'm not sure if we are understanding each other.


    The main reason I want to buy an ATV is because I have a lot of video on my iMac that I would like to be able to watch on a big tv. You said that by using the remote app on my ipad, I would be able to control both the tv and the mac, and tell the ATV to grab videos from the imac and play them on the tv.


    When you say "Yes, currently all content needs to reside in iTunes," do you mean it just has to be listed in the itunes app on my imac? Or that it has to be hosted on an Apple/iTunes cloud server?

  • vazandrew Level 6 (17,956 points)

    The remote app only controls iTunes and grabs content that is in there. If you want to control your Mac you need the VNC client.


    When I said 'it needs to reside in iTunes' it simply needs to be in the app on your Mac (with the computer running) for ATV to see it. Content does need to be compatible with ATV as well (see below). iCloud only hosts past purchases, which you can stream directly to ATV, so that doesn't appear to be relevant to this discussion.


    • H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats
    • MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats
    • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format


    I was referring to Mac mirroring since that will open things up. You will no longer be limited to iTunes, all content will beam to your ATV from your iMac.

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