I have an Apple TV3 and have been patiently waiting on a jailbreak. Unfortunately my patience is now getting thin and I have decided to look at other options. Is there any way I can convert or stream movies from my PC to ATV3 either via itunes or some other method. I have tried handbrake but it takes ages and uses alot of my laptops resources. Can anyone please help me or give me hope on a jailbreak. I know ATV3 could be so much more and I really hope I havent bought the wrong box. Should I have bought BOXEE.
Until the ATV3 is jailbroken the only way it will ever play movies that are on your PC is if they are in iTunes. That’s it, I’m afraid. There are loads of utilities for converting to iTunes format for both PC and Mac. If anything, the selection is better for PC. But if your machine struggles with Handbrake I doubt there will be many other utilities that can do it with less resources; then again perhaps someone that knows more about the nitty gritty of conversion can help you set up Handbrake or whatever more effectively for the content you’re converting?
I don’t know anything about Boxee, or your setup, or what you ultimately want from such a box, but if all you want to do is stream non-iTnes-friendly movies from your computer and Boxee can do that… Well… Yeah I guess it would suit you better.
Having said all that, ATV Flash Black on a jailbroken ATV2 is all kinds of lovely, especially if you have a mac-based setup at home like we do. Dunno how long you’ll be waiting for ATV3 jailbreak, it’s been an inordinately long time coming so far, Apple must have properly locked it down this time,
If you have one of the newer Mac’s, you can also try Airplay Mirroring from your Mac (OS X Mountain Lion needed). Then, no conversion is necessary saving you a bunch of time. I believe Mac Airplay can do full 1080p. Not sure about the sound - will be probably stereo and not 5.1 surround. \
Since I don’t have a newer Mac, I can’t test and confirm.