I have a standalone billboard (not connect to any network) onto which I want to show some Keynote presentations from an AppleTV (2k model). How can I set up everything and store everything within the AppleTV so it can show the presentation in an endless loop?

PS: I do have network connectivity while setting up the AppleTV of course.

  • What exactly do you mean by "I do not want to involve a network"? You will need connectivity of some kind to get the content onto the AppleTV, can you please clarify? – nohillside Nov 16 '19 at 15:30
  • @nohillside Content will be loaded ahead of time. At runtime, when I put this slideshow to work as a billboard, no network will be available. – Basil Bourque Nov 16 '19 at 15:45
  • I made a rather heavy handed edit based on your comment. Feel free to add again whatever I removed, or even roll back completely. – nohillside Nov 16 '19 at 16:36

You can use VLC Player. The UI/UX is awful, but it gets the job done.
The Apple TV and your Mac (with the Keynote file) have to be in the same local network when setting up the Apple TV (Apple TV works w/o network after setup).

  1. Export the Keynote file as a movie (File > Export To > Movie…)
  2. Install VLC player to the Apple TV
  3. Switch to the "Remote Playback" menu tab in VLC
  4. Activate the "Enable Remote Playback" button

This enables an HTTP connection to the Apple TV via the network address(es) shown in the VLC Remote Play screen on the Apple TV (e.g. your Apple TV IP address or Bonjour address).

You can then open the shown IP or Bonjour address (http://…) in Safari on your Mac and upload the exported presentation movie to the Apple TV via the web interface (drag-and-drop or the "+" icon).

After uploading, the (presentation) movie file appears in the bottom area of the VLC Remote Playback screen and can be selected to play.

Apple TV VLC Remote Playback

Use the playback options (swipe down on Apple TV remote) to enable playback looping.


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