it's no perfect solution, but still you don't need a PC or a Mac to stream NAS contents to your Apple TV 3.
The Apple TV 3 requires home sharing which is only available on an iTunes device. A NAS is no iTunes device. However certain NAS, such as Synology offer the ability to create an iTunes Server. This is no "home sharing" but it is the same as when going to "Settings" in iTunes and share your library (which also doesn't enable the Apple TV 3 to play your library).
What you can do now is to connect your iPhone or iPad to the iTunes Server on the NAS and then stream video or music (I use iTunes Match, so I only need it for videos) to your Apple TV 3 with AirPlay. Since I am using my iPhone and iPad to control the Apple TV 3 anyway, it's not really an issue for me. This kind of activity is also very kind on power consumption for the iPad.
What you need for this to work:
iPad or iPhone with the latest Remote App. I have an iPad 3 and iPhone 4S with iOS 6.
Any Synology NAS with DSM 4.1 and iTunes Server.
Apple TV 3.
It doesn't matter whether you use LAN or WLAN with your devices. The iPad/iPhone is WLAN only of course.
If you really want Apple only devices (i.e. no NAS) just buy a Mac mini and attach a 3TB USB 3.0 disk to it and use it as "NAS". The Mac mini is about the same power consumption as an average NAS on idle and at the same time is a real Mac allowing you to use it as a computer. I am just a student and after buying an iPad, iPhone and Apple TV no money was left for the Mac mini or I would have chosen that solution since I really dislike Windows 8 on my PC.
Well i have trues to find a solution. But it got me thinking... I want to buy i aTV3 and i have a NAS so i SAS thinking about The same stuff. Maybe i should og for a LaCinema thing that does Lmost the same thing but comes with a HDD.
Then came The moment when i began to thinkt! I dont see the big problem in using my iOS device to stream the media. You use a remote anyway, the difference is you use your phone og something instead, and maybe you use the remote app anyway?
Maybe the problem is in our head, we dont like to think in this way, we want it OUR way.. So is it a big problem to stream through a iOS device/your remote?
Im also from Denmark and i hate the stupid limitations in streaming service, movie rent and crappy iCloud service... With iTunes match most problems would be solved!
If you think streaming movies wirelessly through the air to your phone, then back again to your ATV when there is already a network cable attached to both the ATV and your NAS, then fine do it.
You also probably dont have family members who dont have your phone, but want to watch your movies, tv shows and pictures. And who also do not know how to use a Mac computer to turn it on and stream through iTunes. My wife on a daily basis puts on kids TV shows we have burnded from DVD to the NAS. She doesnt use MAC and will not be able to Airply.
So Airplay is a workaround for people with iOS. But this process should be made as simple as possible for all audiences, not for techy individuals with iOS. But yes, that should work for you, but is not the right solution.
Having just bought an Iomega Home 2TB NAS with cloud, and already having Apple TV3, 3x iPad 4's, 2x iPhones and an iPod touch in the house. I was looking forward to ditching my old laptop with iTunes and playing my library straight from NAS to Apple TV.....but along with the 47,000 other people who have viewed this thread we are disapointed by the lack of joined up thinking....
With tablets everywhere and laptops dying out, how the **** an i supposed to get the great Apple user expereince for movies and music without signing up for an exorbitent cloud service from Apple (given my broadband is less than perfect, i'd end up going back to DVD+CD).
The Iomega iPhone app for Apple allows me to play the music via Apple TV, but the user expereince is shocking with an lack of album information, playlists or artwork... but it works for now....
Please Apple - work with the NAS vendors to sort this out and give people a choice...It's so very, very frustrating.
I agree that this approach to what is quite plainly to so many people a hugely significant flaw in the method of delivering 'home entertainment' by Apple. Also I cannot believe that this was something that they simply failed to foresee. Even with a fibre connection (which I don't - 8mb copper at its absolute best), the 'cloud' option is still dependant/reliant on an ISP having no outages. Apple had always been about users having the 'nowse' to know what is what, and kicked back against a 'big brother' approach.
We need to have the option to use 'cloud' if we so choose, and has the infrastructure to support the required technologies. But also be able to determine a 'home based' solution, where 'cloud' fails to deliver the quality of user experience Apple 'touts' as a driving force behind what they do.
Nearly 50,000 people taking an interest in this topic has to mean something to Apple, or risk starting to alienate people that have woken up to the good stuff Apple does, only to see them returning to inferior options but options that do allow a degree of self control and management of the media for which we have paid good money for.
I'll never go to Microsoft, BUT Linux does offer options, and is becoming easier to manage 'out of the box'. Please Apple, hear your user community, and accept that the cloud and streaming are not the only option. NAS connected storage is a sensible, viable, and eminently reasonable option
"I cannot believe that this was something that they simply failed to foresee." Lol, I seriously doubt that. They just want you to use iTunes... why must everyone think Apple is some evil entity out to get everyone. They have Teams of team that oversee teams of people. Their only job is to "foresee" things. Sticking it to us is not one of them. We need to grow up and accept responsibility for ourselves. We all knew what we were buying and if we didn't that's OUR fault for not do the research. So now what we are doing in this thread is attempting to make a great product work for us in the way we want it to. Lets stop all the blame displacement here... its childlike.
"We all knew what we were buying and if we didn't that's OUR fault for not do the research."
I agree... to a point. The fact is that researching whether you can use an ATV3 to play media from a library on a NAS would be difficult at best. Judging from Apple's marketing and tech specs, you should be able to. And, in fact, technically, you can. Just not in a way that most people would find to be optimal. Which is something that you really wouldn't discover until after you've purchased the equipment, set it up, and actually tried it out.
So, yeah, I suppose the follow-on to that is it's OUR fault for not returning the product when it didn't perform as we desired/required. But it's soooo dang close in every other way. I don't think it's "childlike" to suggest that it could be made better, or that it needs something more to be truly usable. People make such comments and products every day, and, often, products evolve as a result.
My comment "I cannot believe that this was something that they simply failed to foresee." ... is stating exactly what you try to pick me up on .... that is, I doubt that they did not foresee it. In other words it was a design intent, to have more people use 'iCloud'. The point is that for many people, and probably not for those such as yourself 'davefromdallas' .... living in a large urbanised area such as Dallas, you will enjoy the connectivity that will enable you to happily stream 'HD data' across your internet connection. There are - sadly - still many in the world that do not yet enjoy such connectivity, and are therefore - by 'dint' of geography - denied the access to enjoy HD content
As for taking responsibilty ourselves. Without people requesting/requiring change to function, feature, or form in products we buy there would be little or no advancement. It is always reasonable to ask for change, or to enquire something that many find obvious has not been implemented.
Finally I do not see Apple as any kind of evil entity, just because I question a design function, and disagree with their implementation does not mean that I think them evil, or nefarious. To my mind Apple are a genious organisation, but just like all of us, not always right. An opinion, but fortunately something we are all free to express
guys to be honest i wouldnt waste your time, its such a mess and there are so many other products that do it.
I use my TV3 for solely streaming Itunes match content and Netflix, ive left movies alone as its messy, you have 2 options.
Run a media server on a PC or MAC, such as Air Video, or mezzmo and then use Airplay to fire it onto your TV.
Ive tried Upteen combos and the best option by far is
Iomega Boxee i have one sat with the TV3 pointing to my NAS and it plays everything and anything i chuck at it and never skips drops or stutters. Its by far the best there is.
Not expensive either, £80 for the standalone streamer to feed from a NAS or 150 for the same but with an included 2TB drive.
test the setup by installing Boxee on a MAC or PC laptop and see how none problematic it is, then decide.
I completely agree with this notion -- not EVERYONE has a 15-25 Mbps Internet connection to stream HD. Whoever tells you that 2-5 Mbps is good enough, is just wrong -- the experience will be awful.
The NAS approach of storing media locally for local distribution is the only solution until EVERYONE can get (and afford) 25+ Mbps connectivity.