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Import, Sync, or Stream Your Content to Apple TV

  • Last Modified on: December 07, 2007
  • Article: 305098

Use iTunes to manage the movies, TV shows, music, and other content you purchase and download from the iTunes Store. Organize your content in iTunes and watch or listen to it on Apple TV.


Importing Content Into iTunes

To purchase movies, TV shows, music, and other content from the iTunes Store, set up an account in iTunes, find the items you want, and then buy them. They’re automatically downloaded to the iTunes library on your computer. If you already have an Apple account, or if you have an America Online (AOL) account (available in some countries only), use that account to sign in to the iTunes Store and buy content.

Tip: For more information about iTunes, open iTunes and choose Help > iTunes Help.

You can also check out our iTunes Fast Start to learn more about using iTunes.


Sync or Stream Content to your Apple TV


Adding Movies, TV Shows, and Music

You can setup and add movies, TV shows, music, and other content to Apple TV in the following ways:


Automatically Syncing Content

Syncing is the simplest way to add content to Apple TV. Syncing copies content from your iTunes library and stores it on Apple TV. By default, iTunes automatically syncs your content to Apple TV. Your computer doesn’t have to be on to view content you sync to Apple TV. If you have a slow network, syncing is recommended.

If your iTunes Library is not already synced to Apple TV, select Syncing from the Sources menu.

    Content is synchronized to Apple TV in this order:
  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • Music
  • Podcasts
  • Photos

Tip: In the latest version of iTunes, you can check the "Prefer photos over other media" checkbox in Photo syncing preferences. This puts synchronizing photos as priority over other media.

If your movies and TV shows fill Apple TV, for example, your music, podcasts, or photos are not added. Content is removed from Apple TV in reverse order, as needed. Syncing a new movie might result in photos and podcasts being removed from Apple TV.

To sync content:

Note: If your iTunes Library is not already synced to Apple TV, you need to obtain a passcode for iTunes first.

  1. Select Sources > Syncing

  2. Select Syncing > Turn on Syncing

  3. Make a note of the passcode displayed.

Once you have a passcode from Apple TV, proceed to the next steps:

  1. On your computer, open iTunes and select Apple TV in the Devices list.
  2. Choose the content you want to sync from the Movies, TV Shows, Music, or other tabs. iTunes automatically syncs content whenever iTunes is open and Apple TV is on.

To turn off syncing:

  1. On Apple TV, choose Sources in the main menu.
  2. Select Syncing > Turn Off Syncing.

To sync Apple TV to a different iTunes library:

  1. On Apple TV, choose Sources in the main menu.
  2. Select Syncing > Changes iTunes Library. Content from the new iTunes library replaces the content that was on Apple TV.

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Syncing Selected Content

Setting iTunes to sync selected content to Apple TV is useful if you have more content in your iTunes library than fits on Apple TV. Only the content you specify is synced to Apple TV. You can sync your most recent movie purchases or only movies you haven’t watched, or create an iTunes playlist and sync that playlist.

    To set iTunes to sync unwatched content:
  1. On your computer, open iTunes and select Apple TV in the Devices list.
  2. Click a tab, for example, Movies.
  3. Select "Sync:... unwatched movies" and choose the number you want from the pop-up menu.

  4. Click Apply.
    To set iTunes to sync selected content:
  1. On your computer, open iTunes and select Apple TV from the Devices list.
  2. Click a tab, for example, TV Shows.
  3. Select "Sync TV shows."
  4. Choose "Select TV Shows" or "Selected Playlists" from the pop-up menu.
  5. Select the movies or playlists you want.

  6. Click Apply.


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Streaming Content

When you stream content, it isn’t stored on Apple TV. Streaming carries the content over your local network while you watch or listen to it. You can browse all of your content, no matter how large an iTunes library you have.

You can stream content from up to five iTunes libraries on your local network, in addition to the iTunes library Apple TV is synced with. However, you can stream from only one iTunes library at a time.

    To stream content to Apple TV:
  1. Open iTunes on the computer you want to stream from.
  2. On Apple TV, choose Sources from the main menu.
  3. Choose "Connect to New iTunes" and make a note of the passcode displayed.
  4. In iTunes, select the Apple TV icon with "Click to set up" next to it.
  5. Enter the passcode. While content is being streamed, the computer must remain on and iTunes must remain open.

Note: The time it takes to begin viewing streaming video on Apple TV is dependent upon your network speed.

To stream content from a different library that’s been set up for streaming, go to the Sources menu on Apple TV and then choose another library. If Apple TV is synced with an iTunes library, it is already set up to stream content from that library. Otherwise, follow the steps above.

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How many iTunes libraries can I sync or stream?

You can sync 1 iTunes library, plus stream up to 5 iTunes libraries at one time. Apple TV does not count as an iTunes computer authorization.

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Related document

305270: "Sync or stream differences and setup"

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