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10 tips & tricks for the AppleTV in South Africa


As I mentioned the other day, I am loving the AppleTV at the moment. The intergration with all my other iDevices is simply amazing, and everything just works. I thought I would put together a few tips & tricks of what I have learnt over the past couple of weeks with the AppleTV. if you haven’t got one yet, I highly recommedn heading over to the WildTwig guys, and ordering one.

  • Setup Home Sharing in iTunes, which will allow your AppleTV to browse your iTunes library on your PC/Mac. You need to enable this on the AppleTV as well by going to Settings -> Computers -> Home Sharing & entering your Home Sharing username & password (iTunes account)
  • Even though the AppleTV doesn’t play DVD’s, I have backed up a lot of mine (especially the kids) and store them on my iMac. I used Handbrake, which allows you to “rip” your DVD’s into a M4V format, which you can then import into iTunes, and the Apple TV sees using Home Sharing. Handbrake offers a preset specifically for AppleTV2
  • Turn AirPlay ON, on the AppleTV by going to Settings -> Airplay & On. This means that if you have an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, and are listening to music or watching a video on the iDevice, you can automatically start streaming it to your Apple TV, by tapping the Airplay icon. This works awesome with Youtube Videos as well. You can also view your photos on your iDevice, by clicking the AirPlay button.
  • Although I am not a big fan of Jailbreaking, I would recommend Jailbreaking the AppleTV & install Plex. Basically Plex allows you to watch any existing AVI’s or MKV files (over WiFi) you have on a PC/Mac that is running the Plex Server software. The really cool thing about Plex is it goes and gets all the movie or TV show information, and displays it on-screen. To Jailbreak the AppleTV, I recommend using Seas0nPass, and following the steps makes this a really simple process. Once that is done, follow these steps on the Plex Wiki, to get Plex installed. You need a little bit of tech savvy to do this, but it is quite simple once you get the hang of it.
  • Movie Rentals & TV Show Rentals are awesome. 2 things you need to ensure though; Make sure you have credit on your US iTunes account by topping up with iTunes vouchers & ensure you have a decent ADSL line. I would highly recommend a 4MB ADSL line, as your movies start streaming almost immediately once you have rented them. The cost of renting a movie is well priced in comparison to DVD rentals.
  • Hidden away at the bottom of the Internet menu on the AppleTV is a section called “Radio” which gives you access to thousands & thousands of online streaming stations. This is a great feature if you want to play background music, or are interested in a specific topic
  • Also hidden in the Internet menu, is “Podcasts” which allow you to stream the latest episode of your favorite video or Audio podcasts. An awesome little gem !
  • If you really feeling at a loss for content, you can sign up for a Netflix account. Just follow these steps on Jason’s blog for a How-To on how to get Netflix setup in South Africa
  • Download the awesome Apple Remote iPhone & iPad app, which allows you to connect & control the AppleTV. Perfect for when the small included remote goes astray !
  • Download AirFlick. A must have free Mac app, which allows you to play & Airplay ANY content from your Mac to your AppleTV

If you have any cool AppleTV tips & tricks, please leave a comment below.

8 replies on “10 tips & tricks for the AppleTV in South Africa”

I haven’t had too many issues. I did find in Plex with some of the bigger files it lagged a bit, but moving my access point a bit closer to the server & AppleTV def seemed to help quite a bit. For the price you paying for the device, and the intergration between iDevices, it’s well worth it. Added to that, with iOS5 & iPad2, they will have wireless Airplay, ie. Play your games on your TV with no cables. Real Racing HD already is implementing this. You can see where this is going though.. ;)

I love my Apple TV, which I use almost exclusively for viewing photos stored on my iMac. But sometimes when I have downloaded new stuff from my camera into iPhoto the Apple TV doesn’t recognize that they are there and they don’t show on the list of events or albums. The only solution I can find is to leave the TV on overnight and by morning it has listed them.

Has anyone else had this problem? Is there any way to force the Apple TV to refresh it’s information and recognize new stuff?

I’ve also encountered hiccups streaming a short music video via AirPlay direct from iPhone to Apple TV. Sometimes it plays smoothly other times it stalls. I gather all this works via one’s wireless router … Could that be the source of these problems? If so, is any router particularly good for Apple stuff? And any to steer clear of?

I just jail broke my ATV and it opens up a whole new world to TV.
Now, how can we access the likes of Hulu and Netflix. I already have a VPN account?

If one purchases an Apple TV in USA or Canada, is the power supply going to work in SA with our 220V supply. If not, what do I need to do to ensure correct power supply as I am currently in Canada and would like to purchase the Apple TV here?

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