Using Apple Tv (1st Generation)

Using Apple Tv (1st Generation)

You can set iTunes to automatically sync your Apple TV (1st generation) with your iTunes library. So you can play your iTunes library on your TV without even turning on your computer and not starting iTunes.

If you have a 1st generation Apple TV, you can stream items (songs, movies, TV shows, etc.) from your iTunes library to your TV. In streaming mode, you can play objects from several iTunes libraries (up to five), as well as from the library with which Apple TV is synchronized.

If the Apple TV (1st generation) is synchronized with the iTunes library, it is already set up for streaming. (When Apple TV is synced, it appears in the Devices pop-up menu next to the top edge of the iTunes window.)

Sync Apple TV with iTunes

Make sure the computer you want to sync with is turned on and iTunes is open.

On Apple TV, select the “Settings” menu item > "Computers" > “Add a shared iTunes library” and write down the password code that appears.

Click the Devices button next to the top edge of iTunes to access your Apple TV and enter the password code.

Press the category buttons (Films, TV Shows, etc.) and configure the synchronization settings.

To transfer a rental movie from your computer to your Apple TV, click the Movies button, select the movie you want to transfer, and click Move.

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Important: An Internet connection is required to transfer a rental movie.

To synchronize photos, click the "Photo" button.

Note: If you start playback of content on the Apple TV during synchronization, synchronization will be paused until playback ends.

If Apple TV does not appear in the iTunes window

When you set up synchronization on Apple TV (1st generation), your Apple TV appears in the pop-up menu of the "Devices" button (or in the pop-up menu "Devices", if other devices are connected) near the top edge of the iTunes window on the computer with which synchronization in progress. If Apple TV Does Not Appear in iTunes

Make sure your Apple TV is turned on and connected to the network. To check your Apple TV’s network settings, select Settings > "Basic" > "Network".

On Apple TV, select the “Settings” menu item > "Computers" > “Add a shared iTunes library” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Check if the OS X firewall is turned on (in the Security and Safety System Preferences panel or the Sharing system Preferences panel). If the firewall is turned on, make sure that the Shared Files feature is enabled for iTunes in the Firewall Settings section.

Turn off sync

Perform one of the following actions.

On Apple TV (1st generation), select the “Settings” menu item > "Computers" > Select iTunes Library, select iTunes Library, and click Disable.

Click the "Devices" button near the top edge of the iTunes window to access the Apple TV, click the button in the lower left corner and select "Turn off syncing" in the menu that appears.

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Note: When you turn off synchronization with Apple TV, all synchronized objects are deleted.

Removing Apple TV from iTunes Library

Select the iTunes menu item. > “Settings” and click “Apple TV”.

Select Apple TV and click Uninstall Apple TV.

Set up Apple TV for streaming

Make sure the computer you want to stream from is turned on and iTunes is open.

On Apple TV (1st generation), select the “Settings” menu item > "Computers" > “Add a shared iTunes library” and write down the password code that appears.

Click the Devices button next to the top edge of iTunes to access your Apple TV and enter the password code.

Using Apple Tv (1st Generation)

Note: The computer must be turned on (but not in standby mode) while streaming content, and iTunes must be running.

Stream photos to a TV

Set up Apple TV (1st generation) to stream the contents of your iTunes library on the computer that contains the photos you want.

Click the Devices button near the top of the iTunes window to access the Apple TV and click the Photos button.

If the Apple TV icon or Photos button does not appear in iTunes, make sure that you are using Apple TV software version 1.1 or later. To check the software version, select the “Settings” menu item > "Basic" > "About the program" on Apple TV. To update the software, select "Settings" > "Basic" > "Update software."

Select the photos to stream and click Apply.

Note: The computer must be turned on (but not in standby mode) while streaming content, and iTunes must be running.

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Streaming Disable

The 1st generation Apple TV can be set up so that it does not support streaming and only plays files transferred during synchronization.

Click the Devices button near the top of the iTunes window to access your Apple TV.

Check the box next to “Only show synced items on Apple TV.”

During synchronization, objects are added to the Apple TV (1st generation) in the following order (as long as space permits): movies, TV shows, music, podcasts. If you also want to synchronize photos, they are added last, if the option “Sync photos first” is not selected in the “Photos” panel.

Synchronization starts automatically when you click "Apply" or "Synchronize" or select "File" > "Synchronize".

For more information, see the Apple TV Setup Guide or the Apple TV Support site.