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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:33 pm    Post subject: new ATV install ... or not? Reply with quote

I have Comcast cable (TV and internet) with digital tv service and a DVR cable box. I also have 3 general purpose computers in the house ... a pc, iMac, and a macmini ... all networked with wireless-G.

I'm not a sophisticated media guy but the ATV intruiges me. A few questions ...
What is ATV Flash??
Do I need another pc or Mac running to download movies, or stream shows, with the ATV? Given I have a wireless router anyway, it would be nice if the ATV can network without having a computer running.

Thanks,
Rob
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:02 pm    Post subject: Re: new ATV install ... or not? Reply with quote

albireo13 wrote:
What is ATV Flash??

aTV Flash basically adds a bunch of new functionality and software to your Apple TV. You install it from a flash drive and it adds the ability to:

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- Play most video formats (DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, RMVB + more)
- Play DVD files WITHOUT converting them (includes DVD menu support)
- Surf the web with a Safari based web browser
- Create video playlists with loop and shuffle support
- Easily enable external USB hard drive storage
- Enable FTP, SFTP and SSH access
- Install other Mac OSX applications like Firefox, and EyeTV
- Restore synced media from Apple TV in the event of a hard drive failure
- All original Apple TV features remain intact


albireo13 wrote:
Do I need another pc or Mac running to download movies, or stream shows, with the ATV?

A computer running iTunes needs to be on for streaming, but not for content that's been synced to your Apple TV. It just plays off the Apple TV like a computer or iPod. You can also buy content directly from iTunes on your Apple TV without a computer, as well as stream podcasts and watch Youtube stuff. It's actually pretty neat.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: new ATV install ... or not? Reply with quote

So ... I can download movies and subscribe to shows directly with ATV, not needing another computer involved? That's what I want to do.

Another question ... Is there something that ATV gives me that I don't already have with digital HD Comcast service with DVR?

Thanks,
Rob



Grover Time wrote:
albireo13 wrote:
What is ATV Flash??

aTV Flash basically adds a bunch of new functionality and software to your Apple TV. You install it from a flash drive and it adds the ability to:

Quote:
- Play most video formats (DivX, Xvid, AVI, WMV, RMVB + more)
- Play DVD files WITHOUT converting them (includes DVD menu support)
- Surf the web with a Safari based web browser
- Create video playlists with loop and shuffle support
- Easily enable external USB hard drive storage
- Enable FTP, SFTP and SSH access
- Install other Mac OSX applications like Firefox, and EyeTV
- Restore synced media from Apple TV in the event of a hard drive failure
- All original Apple TV features remain intact


albireo13 wrote:
Do I need another pc or Mac running to download movies, or stream shows, with the ATV?

A computer running iTunes needs to be on for streaming, but not for content that's been synced to your Apple TV. It just plays off the Apple TV like a computer or iPod. You can also buy content directly from iTunes on your Apple TV without a computer, as well as stream podcasts and watch Youtube stuff. It's actually pretty neat.

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