I’m a long standing user of both FireCore aTVFlash and the original Apple TV(1). I used to work in a DVD store many years ago and used to buy up all their remainder stock and ended up with a huge collection of films, which when I moved home became a nightmare. Eventually I discovered the Apple TV and FireCore. I spent my entire summer backing up one film after another and retired them to the attic (just in case!)
In the last couple of years I have had 2 “episodes” where power outages or HDD failure has caused me to almost lose all my films. Thankfully, due to data recovery tools that’s not been the case, but I am now at the point where I want a more practical and less worrisome solution. Frankly, I just want to enjoy my films.
So, at present I am streaming film from an external iOmega HDD attached to my Apple iMac. I use a rather interesting, but often flawed app called ‘AirFlick’. I can’t complain as it came free, but it doesn’t always work and / or sometimes I get odd error messages and have to reboot so not ideal.
At the moment I am exceptionally busy working on a University degree course and don’t have time to fiddle or take risks I can’t afford.
I am looking for a more efficient means of streaming to my Apple TV 1 (or) looking for a cheap Apple TV 2 and streaming via iTunes.
Would there be any disadvantages in moving from one version to another? (I.e. am I losing anything other than external USB support (which frankly, I am not keen on now))
Can someone give me an idiots guide to how I set the Apple TV 1 up so I can see film artwork etc. Can this be done only via iTunes and / or XBMC or am I missing something? I’d like (even if temporarily) to be able to see artwork for the films I have on my HDD when I go into Nito TV to select a film.
Thanks in advance ;)