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    Is it possible to get the apple tv to play more files without going through boxee and xbmc. I tried them out but dont like them as much.



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    NitoTV (or atvfiles) + perian plugin
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    Hi I have tried NitoTV and ATVfiles + perian plugin it always ends in a crash or a blank screen with sound anybody know why??? Boxee is ok but logging in and then files, home folder, Movies etc... much easier interface and less sub folders would be great...

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    Maybe you have the wrong versions of NitoTV, ATVFiles or Perian. Your symptoms sound like something is not up to date.

    Boxee is dog slow on the ATV1 - I haven't run it for a long time because it runs so slowly.
    XBMC is my player of preference (mostly because I have a CrystalHD card) but I do find it has a few too many layers of folders to navigate through (plus the lag of actually launching XBMC from frontrow).
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    Takk skal du ha, Olethros. Have switched over to XBMC seems to be better but like you said still lots of layers.. Can't seem to change aspect ratio aswell it is stuck in wide screen (with black bars top and bottom) have tried to change it in apperance (Settings -> Appearance -> Screen -> Resolution -> Full Screen) but it stays the same. I watch alot of TV shows on Atv so would like them to be fullscreen. Do you have any ideas.

    Been looking into Crystal HD where did ya buy yours ??

    When installing it, it replaces the wireless card. So it is a sacrafice, I rely on wifi as Mac is on 3rd floor and Atv is on 1st floor (live in a 3 floor house) is there a way to install it and keep wireless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil123 View Post
    Takk skal du ha, Olethros. Have switched over to XBMC seems to be better but like you said still lots of layers.. Can't seem to change aspect ratio aswell it is stuck in wide screen (with black bars top and bottom) have tried to change it in apperance (Settings -> Appearance -> Screen -> Resolution -> Full Screen) but it stays the same. I watch alot of TV shows on Atv so would like them to be fullscreen. Do you have any ideas.

    Been looking into Crystal HD where did ya buy yours ??

    When installing it, it replaces the wireless card. So it is a sacrafice, I rely on wifi as Mac is on 3rd floor and Atv is on 1st floor (live in a 3 floor house) is there a way to install it and keep wireless.
    I bought mine cheap on eBay directly from china.

    What i did with wifi was to extend my existing wifi network with a new wifi access point in the same location as my ATV, my ATV is connected via Ethernet into the wifi access point.

    You can fine tune the screen dimensions in XBMC's setup, if you have a TV that is not widescreen, it might be possible to tweak an XBMC config file so that it defaults to 4:3. Most TVs are widescreen by default these days.

    Have you set the aspect ratio correctly on the ATV itself? Are you using composite input?
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    Thanks it was the aspect ratio on atv.

    Thanks for advice i have a airport express kicking around that i can use to extend my network to..

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    That way seems very time consuming, when ya have XBMC/Boxee etc so ya can just SSH in to ATV and transfer files and watch no need to stream..

    Quote Originally Posted by luckyjames View Post
    you may also refer to the following Step by Step Guide on How to Play AVI on Apple TV or Apple TV 2 at

    it applies to import avi to apple tv, apple tv 2, iphone, ipad, ipod, itunes

    it also applies to import other video formats to apple tv including MKV, MPEG, 3GP, WMV, FLV, MOD, TOD, WTV, WebM, F4V, BIK, M4B, 720p, 1080p, 1080i HD, Xvid, DivX, AVCHD
    Last edited by Olethros; 08-25-2011 at 03:41 PM.

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    Just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Play AVI on Apple TV or Apple TV 2

    you will find a easy way to stream and play AVI on Apple TV 2 or Apple TV or the new 1080p Apple TV 3.

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    Why it seems so complex for playing some video files on Apple TV? Do you have some video files like you mentioned AVI on your computer? If so, you just need to convert these files to Apple TV supported video format like MP4, and then you can sync them your ATV for playback freely. I've tried to convert some video files including .mkv, .avi, .vob, .wmv to my ATV with the help of the video converter from brorsoft.
    Have a try.


 

 

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