Can i connect an external hard drive to apple TV or do i have to link it via my Macbook on airplay??

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  • Best Answer:

    You cannot connect an external HD directly to Apple TV unfortunately. For some bizarre reason Apple have chosen not to support the internationally recognized standard known as DLNA to stream video, photos, and music from external peripherals. If you have an iPad or iPhone you can use an app (such as Media Connect) to access DLNA peripherals such as an external HD, and then Airplay it to the AppleTV. This works fine but does of course require an iPad or iPhone to work. Alternatively you have to leave your Mac or PC switched on and running iTunes. This is a missed opportunity by Apple. Numerous other devices similar to Apple TV are avallable which do support DLNA (Roku, WD, etc). If Apple ever make an app store for Apple TV then maybe we will get DLNA but until then it is missing this vital feature.

    • Answered by Stuart B
    • 1 Oct, 2012
  • Nope, you cannot connect any external hard drive to the Atv. But as u said u can connect it to ur macbook and thru airplay u can play it on the TV

    • Answered by Saikrishna C from Atlanta
    • 2 Oct, 2012
  • You can't connect an external hard drive to Apply TV.

    • Answered by Michael G from North Adelaide
    • 2 Oct, 2012