I just learned of your product and am very interested. I plan on purchasing a 40GB Apple TV and your program to really enhance my home theater setup. Please let me know if I understand everything correctly.
Here is my current process:
Rip my DVDs to MacBook Pro
Convert them to .m4v using Handbrake
Copy them into iTunes
Store on external Hard Drive and have iTunes point there to locate
The result is that I have them on my external and they play great in iTunes. The problem is that if I want to see them on my tv, I have to bring both my computer and external hard drive into the family room, plug them in, and connect my computer to tv using a VGA to HDMI and audio cord.
What would be ideal for me is to have my external hard drive stay in the living room, plugged into the Apple TV, and then have the Apple TV read the movies and tv shows straight off of it. With your product, I could plug my external hard drive into the back of the Apple TV, set the Apple TV to use the external hard drive as the primary source, and see my movies by going to “Movies” > “My Movies”. Most importantly, I would not need my computer turned on in order to play the media. Is this correct? Also, will the artwork (setup in iTunes) for the movies and tv shows appear as well?
*Note: The external Hard Drive is an Iomega 1TB
I really appreciate your time fielding this question. I look forward to purchasing your product (given the response) and doing business with you.