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Posted on Jul 19, AM. I have a dedicated computer that all it does is "host" my itunes library. The apple TV is designed to work with content over home sharing from an itunes library running on mac or windows; streaming content from the internet; or airplaying content from an iOS device or computer.
It is not designed to play content from a hard drive or other external source. Jul 21, AM. Page content loaded. Jul 19, AM.
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Watch your daughter's birthday party video or show off your vacation slideshow on your TV. DLNA 1. Netflix, Hulu, etc. That way you can have the best of both worlds. Aug 31, PM.
Just a quick note if this helps. I just served a movie to my Ipad from my My Book Live harddrive. From there I selected my apple tv as my output source. This is working great! Oct 19, AM. Oct 19, AM in response to jcab09 In response to jcab That will NOT work.
AppleTV will only read content from iTunes. It is not enough to have a shared folder or drive somewhere.
It has to be indexed and served though iTunes. So you have to have a Mac or PC running iTunes. I have the same question too. I have my book live and I am thinking about buying Apple TV. I found this on my book live page "The drive includes iTunes server support so you can centralize your music and video collection and stream it to any PC or Mac computer with iTunes.
Someone stated that it will only work with iTunes so if it serves the media like iTunes then it should work, right? Dec 5, AM. Wow, really? This is the same idiocy apple has been spewing for years. If iTunes ran as a service on the system instead of as a per-user library, I could almost see this model being viable. But it doesn't, and apple has no plans or desire to make it so.
Is there any way to access my home NAS remotely from an Apple TV?
Simply so that the computer can perform the required DRM, even for content I've created myself and content which has no DRM restrictions. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to store your content on your NAS and be able to watch it on all attached devices directly, immediately, and as if it were local?
It seems to me that the only reason for these limitations can be that apple wants to ensure that you have to spend as much of your hard earned money as possible to utilize the content you've paid for on the devices you've paid for.
Contingencies, convenience and user satisfaction requirements be damned. These are things you can't even accomplish when using apple's own hardware and software throughout your presumably home based enterprise.
It's a poor design carried further by the selfishness of the parent. Here's hoping that at some point apple gets with the program and provides a means by which to share content in a more acceptable means.
Jan 12, AM. Western Digital has an app called WD 2go. While it requires you to have an iPhone or iPad possibly an iPod, I'm not sure , no computer needs to be running. Jan 30, PM in response to francisco In response to francisco OK, these short clip answers "no" or "won't work" - give me a break, that's just not helpful.
I just got my MyBook Live, and haven't put media on it yet. Certainly, we do have a Mac server that is always on, and I leave iTunes running on this server, using the same Home Sharing account.
Time to get a good dual-band gigabit N router, eh? Jan 30, PM. You can certainly lock the computer while on, and still access its library using Home Sharing by going to the "Computers" app on the Apple TV. Or just run it while watching. Yeah, I'm a little hard core.
You need to double your bw because you are putting more use over it.
The alternative is not to stream. One provides Time Machine backups on half of it, and media on the other half.
The other is a backup for the first drive. One thing I have been considering: CrashPlan.
Not bad, adding off-site redundancy. It is inexcusable nowadays with all the economical options to go without backups. If you aren't running a Mac, this gets more difficult. I frankly don't know how good the WD backup software is on Windows, as I don't have any Windows machines any more at home that I am responsible for backing up.
If you follow Windows out-of-the-box best practices, and store all your files in the Documents library folder and only have one library folder , then it is easier to back up, but Windows still stores other important stuff all over the place. It is getting better, and the emerging standards will converge.
Rebuild your entire library on the WD network drive and on one computer, point to it as the source for iTunes. Aug 15, PM. Communities Contact Support. Sign in Sign in Sign in corporate.
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