Are you going to add download feature like you have on ios for iPad/iPhone?
I second this, it seems to be possible since Onevideo app on Apple TV has this feature.
Kinda curious… what is the motivation for using Apple TV local storage in this way? As I understand it the main appeal of Infuse is being able to leave your enormous library (terabytes!) on networked storage while only using the Apple TV for caching metadata as required. The downloading feature is obviously essential for the iOS app because the devices are mobile, and you need to be able to take the content with you. I would think your Apple TV generally won’t be moving around too much… and even if it is travelling with you, isn’t it more practical and versatile just AirPlaying any downloaded content from the iOS app? Am I missing something?
I can see people who do not have another iOS device (thus unable to use AirPlay) wanting to be able to download media to the ATV4 for use on the move. However how common this Use Case might be I have no idea. Also since TVOS reserves the right to arbitrarily delete content if space is needed there may also end up being technical problems.
I, for one, have children and a summer cabin with no internet connection other than the one in our phones. It would be nice to fill my ATV with movies so they could watch them on the big screen instead of the phone or iPad.
I second that!
I can see people who do not have another iOS device (thus unable to use AirPlay) wanting to be able to download media to the ATV4 for use on the move. However how common this Use Case might be I have no idea. Also since TVOS reserves the right to arbitrarily delete content if space is needed there may also end up being technical problems.[/quote]
That’s a really good point, didn’t occur to me but yeah I heard storage management is something Apple is taking incredibly seriously with tvOS. No idea how Apple will respond to apps that empower the user to store potentially tens of gigs indefinitely.
Yeap, traveling with the ATV - perhaps even to places without any WIFI network, let alone internet connection - is clearly a valid use case that’s gonna apply to a lot of people. My first thought was that - since holidays are fast arriving, and Infuse hasn’t got the feature yet - perhaps one of those all in one wifi-hotspot-portable-hdds could work? I mean you’ll fit a lot more on that anyway. Also to my mind it’d be helluva lot easier to transfer to and from when you’re actually travelling, as opposed to getting new stuff onto your Apple TV. Alas I do not own one to test this idea out.
You can always create a network in your cabin to connect to a laptop or a mini server even if you don’t have internet. Plus you would have all the storage you need.
That’s would be my approach too, especially in the case of a summer home where you plan to stay for a fair while. Mobile routers are cheap as chips, cheaper than the apple Tv itself, and many have a USB port to plug in a cheap old 2TB portable hard drive and share on the network to all your devices. To my mind that sounds less restrictive and more functional.
It works great with LaCie Fuel Wi-Fi 2TB. But i think its better to have it all on one device.
Normally I’d agree, however in this case considering the limitations of the Apple TV storage and the way it’s managed I really think it’s less than ideal, especially looking at these very simple cheap and superior solutions (like the WIFI portable HD; so simple and versatile, larger capacity and infinitely easier for transfers on the go), so I wouldn’t at all blame the dev’s if they decided against implementing the download feature for tvOS. If you’re a dev then you know that the more code you write, far more chances of things breaking (which is far worse for everyone than a feature you don’t have and already found a workaround for), ultimately resulting in more time spent simply keeping things working. Every feature you include HAS to be maintained forever after and can’t be taken away later because it becomes too difficult to keep; at least not without alienating a chunk of the customers like you who want to rely on it. It’s my current understanding their dev team is still relatively small - perhaps I’m wrong? - so really all I’d be asking is that they listen, then use their own best judgement to prioritize and manage their time and resources wisely, with the first focus on implementing and improving features that benefit the largest percentage of users, rather than the 1 percenters. Time will tell who gets their wishes first. I have confidence they’ll make the smartest decisions for their customers. / rant
I very much agree with this. Since inFuse allows easy access to playing of a network resource a portable device that exposes a network share achieves the same functionality. Still I am not against it in theory.
There is, however, the fact that I am not even sure that it is technically possible to implement this in a robust way. One of the new features of TVOS is the ‘app-thinning’ technology where TVOS can arbitrarily delete content when it runs low on resources as it is assumed it can always be re-downloaded on-demand when needed. This is fine in normal use when a device is network connected but could be a major issue if you try and use the ATV4 offline.
I often have problem streaming 1080p content from my NAS and would love a download mode for offline viewing.