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I would like to upgrade my 1st-gen Apple TV and was wondering if it is possible to stream to new Apple TV from a NAS drive with iTunes server or an alternate method. I am not willing to go XBMC way since I would like to control my Apple TV though the Remote app for iOS.

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The AppleTV does not understand network files. You need some Apple device to send the video streams. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Sep 22 '12 at 17:53

You can play media that originates on an iOS device using AirPlay to send it to the Apple TV. AirPlay is built in to iOS.

If you have a PC or Mac, you could turn on iTunes Match and send the entire library to the cloud. At that point, you could ditch the PC/Mac and let Apple TV play from the cloud. iTunes Match requires a yearly subscription fee.

Neither of these features requires you to have a Mac or a PC, but neither helps much if all your media is on NAS.

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It's not possible to stream directly to the new Apple TV from a NAS. You need a laptop/Mac in the middle.

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