First gen Apple TV--a robust media player?
April 26, 2012 5:03 AM Subscribe
I have some questions on what a first-generation Apple TV can or can't do.
posted by zardoz to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 720p capable HDTV. I have a media player that connects via HDMI. On my iMac, I have various ripped (and otherwise) video files I play on the TV, in 720p. The media player can connect via network cable to my iMac, but that connection works only intermittently. There's also a USB port, so I usually copy video files from my iMac to a USB drive, then play it on the media player. Problem is for a 4 or 5 gig video file, it takes upwards of 30 minutes just to copy to the USB drive. It's a pain, so I'm looking for something less awkward. Incidentally, I do not have Wifi so that is not a factor with this at all.
I am considering buying an Apple TV (secondhand), but I wonder if it's a good choice. I have video files of various flavors--.mkv, .mp4, .mov, etc. Will a first generation Apple TV play all those files? Also, I need movies to play with Japanese subtitles--these are .srt files. Can Apple TV handle Japanese subtitles?
Ultimately, I want to know if the Apple TV can play in 720p resolution. From the research I've done, it looks like it can't, but the seller insists that it can--this is a potential craigslist purchase, btw. So I'm a little confused. Is jailbreaking an option? Any advice you can give would be really helpful.