The current gen Airport Extreme (802.11ac, you know... the tall white one) is capable of having a network accessible hard drive connected directly to it. Now that the new Apple TV can run apps, can I use the Airport's connected hard drive as a media server and have the new Apple TV access its content directly? Maybe by running the Plex app (or similar)?
VLC should do the trick. I confirmed I can access the drive inside my Time Capsule using VLC on my Apple TV.
I imagine it will also access the files on a USB-connected drive. Not tested the latter though.
To use plex, you must install Plex Media Server from their website it takes care of all transcoding of content, and just takes it from connected drives.
I'm using Infuse to play media from the Time Capsule and it is way better than the VLC.
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