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grinder March 16, 2012 11:14 PM

Apple TV3 plus MKV files?
 
I just saw the price on this thing, $110 CDN. If it will play-back MKV files I might have a replacement for my clunky old AMD HTPC! Has anyone tried this thing out?

Technokat March 17, 2012 05:01 PM

i doubt it will.

Although you can get something like this, its 89.99 after rebate from ncix, and it does support mkv

ASUS O!PLAY Live Network Media Player HDMI Youtube Netflix H.264 BD ISO USB 4 in 1 Card Reader - ASUS - OPLAY LIVE

supaflyx3 March 17, 2012 05:24 PM

If you jailbreak it and install XBMC it will.

grinder March 18, 2012 05:14 PM

thanks guys. The non Apple products seem like a better fit so far

Lyserberg March 21, 2012 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by grinder (Post 612360)
thanks guys. The non Apple products seem like a better fit so far

There's nothing better than an HTPC capable of playback 1080p 60frames per second videos,that's afterall everything you might need for a home theater experience,MKV is the kind of things that APPLE on their products or even Sony on their playstation Vita are aware of,due its nature (piracy is the biggest factor)
And yes anything capable of powering XBMC should be a great home theater media player,this software has one of the best hardware acceleration capabilities outthere,while supporting a wide wariety of different formats :thumb:

lowfat March 21, 2012 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by supaflyx3 (Post 612125)
If you jailbreak it and install XBMC it will.

Can this be done on the new ones? If so then this definitely would be the way to go. You can't beat XBMC in terms of of a front end.

supaflyx3 March 21, 2012 09:07 PM

Not 100% sure, i know it could be done on 1st and 2nd gen ones.

p3t3rson March 23, 2012 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lowfat (Post 613441)
Can this be done on the new ones? If so then this definitely would be the way to go. You can't beat XBMC in terms of of a front end.

Apparently the Apple TV 3 is the most secure product yet and hard to crack. As of today, a jailbreak is not yet available but being "worked on".

grinder March 23, 2012 02:21 PM

i have a full blown PC now that i want to retire... hense the question. I want to move to an "appliance" based solution on my next upgrade cycle for multiple reasons... some of which include:

- smaller device (I'd like to downsize my AV rack)
- lower power consumption
- fanless / noiseless
- low cost
- no maintenance

I make a living in IT and have no interest in tweaking/maintaining my entertainment products... i target to discontinue my HTPC completely sometime in the future and hand it down to the kids. on the surface the Apple TV looked like a very attractive playback device, but with no easy way of supporting .mkv files, i will end up overlooking this device.

lowfat March 23, 2012 03:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by p3t3rson (Post 614087)
Apparently the Apple TV 3 is the most secure product yet and hard to crack. As of today, a jailbreak is not yet available but being "worked on".

It took 3-4 months for the iPad 2 IIRC. I expect ATV3 owners will be waiting a while as well. But once you can JB it will be pretty awesome.


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