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General discussion about Apple TV & Apple TV 2

I saw there's no general thread about Apple TV in here, and willing to start one

Do you own an apple tv, what do you do with it? Did you jailbreak it? do you have xbmc on it? What did you do with MKV files, can you play them on apple tv? Do you use it together with Time Capsule or any other HDD?
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Re: General discussion about Apple TV & Apple TV 2

Yep, apple tv2 pulling from time capsule. jailbroken, naturally.

Nothing apple makes is any fun without a jailbreak, and I think stock, this may even be the most useless of the bunch.
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Re: General discussion about Apple TV & Apple TV 2

Mkv = Pirate Format, unlikely to be supported. Same applies to the PS3, no chance with mkv files.
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Nothing apple makes is any fun without a jailbreak
I agree, fully
I had some issues with MKV files, although I've installed nightly builds, I couldn't get a full performance out of it. Now I'm muxing them to avi's and watching them like that, it takes 2-3 minutes to mux a movie into avi.
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Mkv = Pirate Format, unlikely to be supported. Same applies to the PS3, no chance with mkv files.
The guy who came out with this MKV format should be hung from his balls
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The guy who came out with this MKV format should be hung from his balls
Good luck: https://www.facebook.com/robUx4
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Mkv = Pirate Format, unlikely to be supported. Same applies to the PS3, no chance with mkv files.
I stream Mac to PS3 using Medialink, it transcodes unsupported formats on the fly (including mkv). Maybe there's similar apps for appletv.
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I stream Mac to PS3 using Medialink, it transcodes unsupported formats on the fly (including mkv). Maybe there's similar apps for appletv.
I would love to learn if there's any.
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Re: General discussion about Apple TV & Apple TV 2

Why is MKV a pirate format? I use it all the time to make my purchased movies half the size.
And MKV is supported using PLEX
http://www.appletvhacks.net/2010/11/...n-apple-tv-2g/
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I stream Mac to PS3 using Medialink, it transcodes unsupported formats on the fly (including mkv). Maybe there's similar apps for appletv.
Does this medialink work with newer BluRay players from Sony, or just PS3?

I have Apple TV2 since last October I think, got it in the US just before they sold it here.

I have a HDD connected to my Airport Extreme, and all my media files are there, managed by iTunes. So the apple TV wakes up my iMac from sleep if it wants to access the library.

There are other media streamers in the market, but I had to get AppleTV2 because the others will not play stuff I bought from the iTunes store. But it doesn't matter because it is a great product anyway.

I use a US itunes account to access english speaking content.
If I do come across some mkv files (no more than 10 times so far), I use handbrake to covert.
I ripped almost my entire CD and DVD collection over a few weeks, so now I have all content on demand, controlled using apple remote on my ipod/ipad. Great stuff as now my toddler cannot mess up the house pulling out my CD collection.

The apple TV2 is connected to my Yamaha receiver via HDMI to extract the 5.1 surround sound, and from there to my plasma.
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Old 15.06.2011, 16:55
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Does this medialink work with newer BluRay players from Sony, or just PS3?
No idea, it should really work with any suitable uPnP device, but it's obviously marketed at the PS3, maybe it depends on which format it transcodes to and whether or not your device supports it.

I keep all my media on the iMac (for now, running out of room) and just tell it to keep network connections alive while sleeping, seems quite happy to stream without waking the computer (or maybe the screen just stays black).
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Why is MKV a pirate format? I use it all the time to make my purchased movies half the size.
And MKV is supported using PLEX
http://www.appletvhacks.net/2010/11/...n-apple-tv-2g/
Great tool isn't it.

It's because the majority of MKV files you can find lurking on the "internets" in dark places are pirated films.

Yes I know the media stream hack for the PS3, would be nice if it played direct eh!
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Old 15.06.2011, 18:16
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Great tool isn't it.

It's because the majority of MKV files you can find lurking on the "internets" in dark places are pirated films.
Doesn't make it a "pirate" format though, it's a legitimate file format like any other. I've ripped my entire DVD collection to mkv using Handbrake / MakeMKV to play on Plex. Easy and flawless in my experience, and certainly not pirated.
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Why is MKV a pirate format? I use it all the time to make my purchased movies half the size.
And MKV is supported using PLEX
http://www.appletvhacks.net/2010/11/...n-apple-tv-2g/
I couldn't add my time capsule as a server to plex, do you have a guide to do it?
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Old 15.06.2011, 18:42
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Re: General discussion about Apple TV & Apple TV 2

Jailbroken, US Itunes account for films. XBMC for everything else. Don't use iTunes malware. All the CDs are ripped in FLAC format and stored on a NAS.

Works pretty well but ridiculous that you have to go through hoops to make it useful. Why can't Apple just include XBMC like functionality out of the box ? I want to play whatever I have in whatever format it is store and from wherever I have choosen to store it.

If there is an alternative for streaming films in English without needing a vpn then I will probably drop the Appletv box.

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I couldn't add my time capsule as a server to plex, do you have a guide to do it?
Ok I've managed to do it, but I need to leave my computer open to watch the movies, is that the only option? Can't I just show the hard drive and take my computer out of the equation?
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Re: General discussion about Apple TV & Apple TV 2

I have AppleTV, using it alternatively with a US and CH account.
What drives me mad:

1) no easy way to store account/password information for user-friendly switching

2) no possibility to search on TV movies based on user rating

3) no subtitles (sometimes closed caption)

4) on iMac iTunes when selecting a movie in wishlist....I don't see it on wishlist on AppleTV.

otherwise the video quality & CH catalog is quite poor.
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Old 16.06.2011, 09:34
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I have an Apple TV2, but wish I hadn't bothered. It's the only piece of "Created in Cupertino, CA" hardware that sits idle collecting dust. Should have just gone with a Slingbox from day #1 to feed internet sports broadcasts directly to the TV. Ditto some of the other posters' comments, it's probably OK if you're Stateside with a US iTunes account, but short of fooling around with US gift cards, I'd steer clear.

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Doesn't make it a "pirate" format though, it's a legitimate file format like any other. I've ripped my entire DVD collection to mkv using Handbrake / MakeMKV to play on Plex. Easy and flawless in my experience, and certainly not pirated.
It wasnt a personal comment about you using a MKV encoder it was a observation. Stop splitting hairs.

The internet is full of MKV files usually on torrent sites/usenet, hence a pirate format.

I don't see the majority of legit film studios offering MKV format movie files for download, they are usually AVI or MP4. Also they have DRM imbedded.

Which means what I said still stands.

In the UK you are actually breaking the law doing this (rip + encode) and the T+C of the DVD purchase. CH is another matter.

Regardless MKV is the choice of pirates for the high quality encodes.
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Re: General discussion about Apple TV & Apple TV 2

I have the 1st Gen ATV which I use almost exclusively for music. the 30GB is just not big enough for any meaningful collection of films.

Haven't looked at XBMC. I assume it works on the old ATV too?
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