4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2007 5:18 PM by Ferdinand Periquet
svds Level 1 Level 1
I was just wondering if the Apple TV could work without a computer actually attached to it. Say I plug in a disk (via USB or network connector) and on this disk I've got stuff like movies, pictures and music. Would the Apple TV be able to play/show this content? And what is the actual use of the build in 40GB disk?

Kind regards
svds

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  • Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.serversenterprise
    Servers Enterprise
    Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    The Apple TV will work without a computer attached if you've synchronized your files to the internal hard drive. (That's what the built-in hard drive is for, so you don't have to stream everything.) However, the USB port is for "for service and diagnostics" only, you won't be able to attach a hard drive and have the Apple TV see it. The network connections are for streaming or synchronizing content only, not for networking files on a "server" of some kind.

    -Doug
  • svds Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you very much for the quick reponse.

    Kind regards!
  • Douglas McLaughlin Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.serversenterprise
    Servers Enterprise
    You're welcome. There is now an Apple TV (pre-release) forum for future questions:

    http://discussions.apple.com/forum.jspa?forumID=1133

    -Doug
  • Ferdinand Periquet Level 1 Level 1
    Interesting. It sounds like the AppleTV is really an iPod that connects to your TV and can have media streamed to it. You sync it over some network and from a PC -- vis-a-vis iPod over USB. I guess it looks like my iPod dock is going to be obsolete when I hook up my AppleTV to my TV.

    I'll be happy to get better picture quality than the current S-video -- although I'll have to convert the AppleTV's HDMI out to DVI via a converter. And digital optical cable instead of analog stereo.

    Anyway, ... Can't wait.

    FD