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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy Apple TV 1st Gen issues...is it me?

Maybe it's me!
So all you mac heads. Here's my problem. I have 2 Apple TV's 1st gen. One upstairs, and one downstairs. Running wifi. 2 laptops--each once connected to their respective AppleTV's...
I find that syncing is very sporadic at the best of times---sometimes everything that I want sync'd from my computer onto the AppleTV is there---sometimes it isn't. I've had to disconnect, then reconnect and then resync. Very frustrating. Often, the AppleTV is not being picked up by iTunes (lefthand menu), even when directly in front of it.

Now--I'm no computer wizard by any stretch of the imagination (i'm sure you've figured that out by now )

Anyone have any suggestions? short of throwing it out the window!

Thanks!
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 11:04 AM   #2
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Here's an easy way to organize. Make a Playlist called "AppleTV Sync" and put e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g you want on your AppleTV in that list. Now have your AppleTV sync only that playlist - problem solved.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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Maybe it's me!
So all you mac heads. Here's my problem. I have 2 Apple TV's 1st gen. One upstairs, and one downstairs. Running wifi. 2 laptops--each once connected to their respective AppleTV's...
I find that syncing is very sporadic at the best of times---sometimes everything that I want sync'd from my computer onto the AppleTV is there---sometimes it isn't. I've had to disconnect, then reconnect and then resync. Very frustrating. Often, the AppleTV is not being picked up by iTunes (lefthand menu), even when directly in front of it.

Now--I'm no computer wizard by any stretch of the imagination (i'm sure you've figured that out by now )

Anyone have any suggestions? short of throwing it out the window!

Thanks!
Why not just use one computer for them both to sync to? This eliminates the confusion of which media goes to which TV. I also have two 1G ATV's, one up, one down, as well as one 2G ATV (I couldn't resist the AirPlay thing). All work well and can stream from the main computer or any other computer in the house, plus the 2G ATV can AirPlay from the iPads or iPhone directly. The 1G's both have 40GB hard drives, which can be handy for hauling the ATV to work or to a friend's house. I just wish the new 2G had RCA outs as well as the HDMI and optical audio out. Never really had any syncing problems so far, but I suspect the fact that you're operating from two separate iTunes collections could be part of the problem. Using Home Sharing fixes this problem.
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Sounds like spotty wireless. That happens to me sometimes - I have an old router. I just restart iTunes on the Mac and it seems to work.
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Hey, colleagues. My wife's been needling me about looking into ATV. I've done some reading up on it, went on the Apple site, etc. I'm still a little foggy as to why I'd spend the $129 or something on it. It's a box that connects to the TV; it allows us to watch anything we have on iTunes (movies, podcasts, music, etc.); it also has some deal with Netflix. Am I right here? Worth the buy? Thanks.
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Hey, colleagues. My wife's been needling me about looking into ATV. I've done some reading up on it, went on the Apple site, etc. I'm still a little foggy as to why I'd spend the $129 or something on it. It's a box that connects to the TV; it allows us to watch anything we have on iTunes (movies, podcasts, music, etc.); it also has some deal with Netflix. Am I right here? Worth the buy? Thanks.
And you can rent whatever movies are out there even without Netflix for cheap and have them ready to start watching in about 30 seconds. Hard to go wrong for $129 if you make a lot of use of your TV or you enjoy internet radio or big-screen YouTube.
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it also has some deal with Netflix
Not with the 1st gen apple tv (which is the subject of this thread ).
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Sorry. I guess I'll find the 2nd generation ATV thread.
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Old Feb 21st, 2011, 07:21 PM   #9
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Sorry. I guess I'll find the 2nd generation ATV thread.
Even without Netflix there are tons of movies and TV shows available to rent for both first gen and second gen TV's. Movie rental alone makes it quite worthwhile IMHO.
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You mean rentals through iTunes, obviously, right?
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