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Apple TV 2 w/ XBMC

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by Kona*, 14 Jul 2011.

  1. Kona*

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,039

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Hey,

    Does anyone here have an ATV2 running XBMC? I'm interested in getting one but I've got a few questions first...

    Can it playback @ 1080p?
    If it can't playback at 1080p, how is 720p?
    Can it pass through DTS & Dolby?
    Are the current, on-sale models Jailbreakable?
    Does it play .mkv's fine?

    That's about it!

    Thanks :)
     
  2. GJ02

    Soldato

    Joined: 30 Nov 2007

    Posts: 6,419

    Location: .

    ive it running xbmc on the latest firmware

    i have 1080 movies and they pay no problem at all
    mkv's are also no issue

    i was very unsure about apple tv when i first got it, but jailbreak it and use nitotv and xbmc and its like a whole new world
     
  3. Somnambulist

    Capodecina

    Joined: 17 Jun 2010

    Posts: 11,254

    Location: London

    I've been too lazy to JB mine, but it appears like Apple deliberately released it with a lot of locked stuff, and are slowly letting it become more functional and feature rich with updates. iOS 5 brings bluetooth support and FaceTime over Airplay. Might JB it once there's one for 5.0 since I'll have my server up and running, unless they start adding more apps to the thing officially.
     
  4. ZXSpectrum

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,964

    Location: Derby

    I just ordered one to run XBMC :) Will only be playing 720p tho and plugged into a 32" 720p so its only going to be used for films and tv shows.
     
  5. daz.wallace

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,178

    Location: Tyne & Wear

    Mine struggles with high bit rate bluray rips but normal 720p and 1080p stuff is fine, nice, neat piece of equipment, if they bring a 1080p capable one with a beefier processor I will have one for my living room in a shot
     
  6. Somnambulist

    Capodecina

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    Location: London

    They showed back in September that it was capable of playing 1080p trailers off Apple.com but scaled them down to 720p on the display. It wouldn't surprise me that once they start offering iTunes content in 1080p that they'll be an update that will unlock it on the ATV2. It's not full on high bit rate BD (I think it's 10mbps or something), but then even in 2011, iTunes music is still all 320 AAC rather than ALAC, which is why I still have to buy CDs. Sigh. I imagine for the vast majority of people it won't matter whether it's full on BD quality, as long as it says 1080p...
     
  7. Steve_bullockuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Oct 2010

    Posts: 1,179

    I invested in an Apple TV earlier this year which is Jailbroke with XBMC and it really is a great piece of equipment. I do have issues with streaming high quality stuff but ive been told that it is because the machine im streaming from is pretty poorly spec'd.

    A guy at work streams his media from a NAS box and can stream high res media without issues.
     
  8. OllyM

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Aug 2004

    Posts: 6,227

    Location: New Jersey, USA

    I bought an Apple TV in the US so it worked out at about £65, which is a bargain. When jailbroken and with XBMC it works well as a media player in the bedroom!
     
  9. lemoon

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  10. Ice On Fire

    Capodecina

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    Location: Johannesbug, South Africa

    I have also been thinking about getting an Apple TV 2- My only worry is that a lot of people san you can only stream from a Mac - not from a PC. This is a problem for me as all my stuff is on a PC.

    If I were to JB it - would it allow be to stream from a PC as well?

    (Sorry for Hi-jacking the post! ) :cool:
     
  11. ChrisD.

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Sep 2006

    Posts: 26,443

    So it downscales 1080 then? I guess I'll stick to my WD Live box with WDLXTV on it for now.
     
  12. daz.wallace

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Tyne & Wear

    I stream all my content from my WHS and my main windows pc through iTunes, even before jailbreaking (obviously needs to be jailbroken to stream mkv's etc)
     
  13. Ice On Fire

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    Location: Johannesbug, South Africa

    Okay great - what about Avis etc?

    I have a crap load of content on my pc spanning a few drives. At the moment I am using my Xbox to connect to the PC and play the content - however I can't play .mkv files and a few other types as well.

    Was hoping the above was possible with a JB Apple TV 2?

    Also the WiFi option is really appealing to me - one less wire running around the room! :cool:
     
  14. utajoker

    Capodecina

    Joined: 13 Jan 2006

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    Location: Wigan

    my mates is jbed with xbmc and it couldnt play 1080p or 720p mkvs.
     
  15. daz.wallace

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    It wont work on the latest stable build, you need to run the nightly builds to get them to play and in reply to ice on fire, avi's play fine as well.

    Only issue I have is with high bitrate bluray rips at 1080p
     
  16. SIAT

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Nov 2003

    Posts: 601

    Location: The back of beyond

    Sorry for the hijack. I'm thinking of switching to an Apple tv from a revo.

    How easy is it to Jailbreak the apple tv? What's the latest version of the apple tv software does it keep pace with the iphone so 4.3.4? Will it be getting IOS5? Is iplayer possible?
     
  17. GJ02

    Soldato

    Joined: 30 Nov 2007

    Posts: 6,419

    Location: .

    WoW !
    My ATV 2 is just getting better and better
    Just installed navi-x, and watched the shuttle landing on 720p
    this has got to be the best £99 ever spent

    Very easy, look at THIS GUYS channel, he helped me no end with all my ATV2 related questions, very very helpful guy, also on twitter too
    His channel has everything you need to know about the JB, and stuff you need to install to get the most out of the box.
    If you thought ATV2 is good out of the box, your going to be blown away when you JB it
     
    Last edited: 21 Jul 2011
  18. SIAT

    Hitman

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    Location: The back of beyond

    Thx that's superb help. :)
     
  19. GJ02

    Soldato

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    No probs,
    Glad I can pass on whats helped me
     
  20. Somnambulist

    Capodecina

    Joined: 17 Jun 2010

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    Location: London

    Given Apple tend to 'borrow' so much from the JB community, it seems like the ATV2 has a bright future even in it's un-JB'ed form.