Feb 17

dvd

 

I just set up my Apple TV and was very surprised that when I played a DVD from my Macbook  it came out all grey on the Apple TV. This thread claims that you cannot play a DVD on Apple TV due to copyright. Here are two ways to get around Apple’s DVD viewing protection.

To play a DVD on an Apple TV you need to load the DVD into another computer  then ‘stream’ it to the Apple TV.  You can do this with movies you have hired or purchased from the Apple store, but when you try to view a DVD, it comes out grey.

 “The licensing from the DVD technology owners generally prevent video DVDs from being streamed, mirrored, or otherwise displayed on anything other than the device for which the player has been licensed.” (Apple support thread)

I believe it is legal to watch a DVD you have purchased or rented.

Here are two ways to watch a DVD on Apple TV:

1. Instead of using the Apple DVD player to watch the movie, use VLC. (VLC is free.) VLC does not have the greyed out problem. You can do this live.

2. RIP the DVD to your computer using Handbrake. (Handbrake is free.)  In Handbreak select  ‘Apple TV’ as the preset. You can then drop the movie into iTunes and access it from your Apple TV. You need to do this before you watch the movie and it can take up to an hour or two.  Alternatively you can copy the ripped DVD to a thumb drive and stick the thumb drive into the Apple TV USB port.

 

5 Responses to “How to watch a DVD on Apple TV”

  1. Anne says:

    This has happened even with VLC. Not only does the TV hooked up to the Apple TV go grey, so does my MacBook — so long as the AppleTV is set to “computer”.
    This does not seem to affect the sound.
    Also, I am left with a reduced screen on my MacBook – a black bar stays across the top of the MacBook screen (and the rest of the display seems in a bigger font).
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks — from a mom whose tech support is 4,000 kms. away :(

  2. george says:

    I can’t believe this! But it is correct. If the Apple TV is connected the DVD is useless even to be watched on the system the DVD is connected to. Damn Apple has become what it once mocked, a Fascist tool of the State.

    And worse, searching their discussion boards doesn’t provide an answer. A few are posted but years later not answered.

    Sad but true.

  3. Susan says:

    Well thanks for all this information. Now I know that it isn’t my low-tech problem! Guess I’ll just watch the small screen or move to a room with the DVD player:(

  4. David Burton says:

    VLC media player works for me. Thanks for the tip.

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