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    How many ATV's?????
    Before someone jumps down my throat, i have searched for previous threads discussing same, and nobody has provided an answer!!!

    ok so, i am going out to buy an apple tv,

    i have 3 flat screens that i want to use atv with,
    Do I
    -buy one atv and move it from tv to tv as required? (pain)
    -buy 3 atvs at an expensive cost?
    -is it possable to connect more than one atv to itunes library ?

    All comments most appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronan2k View Post
    ok so, i am going out to buy an apple tv,

    i have 3 flat screens that i want to use atv with,
    Do I
    Quote Originally Posted by ronan2k View Post
    -buy one atv and move it from tv to tv as required? (pain)
    This probably makes the most sense financially.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronan2k View Post
    -buy 3 atvs at an expensive cost?
    This is certainly an option.

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    -is it possable to connect more than one atv to itunes library ?
    ATV's are simply "networked devices"...so yes they should connect to iTunes just like three networked computers. Of course I'm not exactly sure if you mean an iTunes library on a computer...or the iTunes Store.

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    Expensive cost? I guess that's all subjective. I don't consider $99 for an AppleTV to be expensive.
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    No $99 dollars is not exspensive but $297 is!!

    think ill just stick with the one

    Thanks for the help
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    Those three TVs were a lot more than that.

    So's the yearly satellite / cable / box rental fee for each one of them.
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    Can you access multiple itunes libraries from one ATV? That's the question!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePope43 View Post
    Can you access multiple itunes libraries from one ATV? That's the question!
    Yes....
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    I can access a gen 1 and a gen 2 ATV from the same iTunes library. That's all I can attest to from personal experience. Works just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePope43 View Post
    Can you access multiple itunes libraries from one ATV? That's the question!
    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    Yes....
    As has ben said, yes. However, you can only be logged into one iTunes Shared account at a time. It's just a matter of logging out of one and logging into another. My wife and I use one ATV in our living room, we just switch accounts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss View Post
    As has ben said, yes. However, you can only be logged into one iTunes Shared account at a time. It's just a matter of logging out of one and logging into another. My wife and I use one ATV in our living room, we just switch accounts.
    Well it's not always as complicated as actually logging in or out. It all depends on how you have your Home Share setup. We just all log into my Home Share account and that way all our iTunes show up as an option on the AppleTV.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schweb View Post
    Well it's not always as complicated as actually logging in or out. It all depends on how you have your Home Share setup. We just all log into my Home Share account and that way all our iTunes show up as an option on the AppleTV.
    I guess that would work and you could authorize her iTMS protected media to play on your account. So far my wife and have not tried that but maybe we will once I get my new rig up and running.


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    Buying another ATV was the best move I've made. I'm looking at a 3rd one now. I've got NitoTV on both of mine now and I'm streaming from the same external HD plugged into my airport extreme. Mine are both wired so no issues with the larger files. The wife and kids in one room and me in another room streaming from the same HD with no issues.

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    I've got two ATV2s and they are both connected to my iTunes library with no problem whatsoever. One is wired and one wireless and I notice no issues on either of them when streaming. Between the DVR and the ATVs, we rarely use the Blu-Ray player anymore and that cost as much as the ATVs combined did. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a third if I had another TV that was without. IMO, it's a necessary accessory for a television, at least in my house.

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    I have a few TVs also and am not sure which TV to install the ATV on. If I plugged an HDMI cable into the back of two TVs, could I just unplug the ATV and move it from TV to TV? Is it that easy to transport within the house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark Kent View Post
    I have a few TVs also and am not sure which TV to install the ATV on. If I plugged an HDMI cable into the back of two TVs, could I just unplug the ATV and move it from TV to TV? Is it that easy to transport within the house?
    Yes that is an option. They are very easy to move. Just the HDMI and power (that is if you are wireless) - I ran network cable to all the rooms that had a cable connection so that I didn't have to stream stuff wirelessly.

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