Who has an AppleTV?

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  1. Maffy29

    Maffy29 Active Member

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    Thinking about picking one up on an upcoming trip to Atlantic City. I saw a demo of it, but how do you guys use it? How often? I will be hooking it up to a 32" LCD TV thats in my bedroom.
     
  2. jackback52

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    yo, I got one when then first came out. I added a 100GB Seagate drive (ST9100828A) and at first used it to listen to my music collection & audiobooks (20GB) Added 3GB of Fiona luv Pics to use as a screen saver
    and 3 seasons of Veronica mars.

    now, I've replaced 100GB seagate with a 160 (ST9160821A) I have 3 seasons of V Mars, 3 seasons of House, season 1 of Heros, all my music + audiobooks, the complete star wars saga (riped myself) and I still have 30GB of space left.

    all the TV shows & Movies I've ripped myself with handbrake & I plan to rent movies directly from the Apple TV itself.


    Oh yea, the hard drives I installed myself I selected based on their heat output and temperature tolerances cause the apple TV gets HOT when in use. if you have a chance, go to an apple store and try one out.
     
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    Does the content have to be stored on the AppleTV or can it stream over the wireless network? (router is in the next room)
     
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    both, you can sync over your content to the Apple TV or, if you don't have enough Hard Drive space, stream it over. Just remember, to stream video content, have a 802.11G or better card installed. The old B cards won't be able to give the speed required to stream over video content.

    oh yea, make sure to have the iTunes program on in order to stream over content.
     
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    Thats cool. The only thing I would probably stream is music.
     
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    i was going to get one, but ended up modding an xbox instead
     
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    yea, but. . .

    1. I don't have an xBox lying around

    2. don't want to mod one.

    3. apple tv has a smaller footprint.
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    very true, the xbox is a little noisy. it takes up a chunk of space. the interface is decent with wireless controllers. they cost about $50-60
    i've modded about 10 xboxes, so thats no problem.

    nearly all of my shows and movies are xvids, and i've read that you have to mod an apple tv to get it to play that codec.

    in my case, a modded xbox worked perfectly. also because i'm a gamer
     
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    I considered that as well. I do have an Xbox laying around too...

    Just don't know how to mod it.
     

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