I’ve been here before, but thought I’d start over.
My brother’s (original) AppleTV (running Flash/NitroTV) is currently in a state of unknown recovery - my mother advises that when it is started, it just goes to “a screen with lots of words”. I’m guessing a kernel panic or similar? Any Gen1 gurus around? I suspect it needs a new hard drive, but given the age of the machine (circa 2009), I’m concerned if I start replacing things, other issues may arise… (Also not super keen on the amount of Terminal work required to replace the HDD.)
That leaves me having to consider either a 2 / 3 / or 4 - provided they can be customised to offer an incredibly simple interface. My brother has Down Syndrome, and if he ends up in the wrong place, he’ll just keep pressing buttons “til it works”. He’s wiped an external hard drive, and changed the language to Japanese in the past… and given he’s in Horsham with my non-tech-savvy parents, and I’m in Geelong - help is a long way away.
According to this link, I can hide unwanted apps on a 2/3, or delete them on the 4.
Whilst that sounds great, in reality - does anyone know how many apps Apple forces you to keep? Is it like iOS where you have to have certain apps?
Next issue with a modern machine - the media files being used are a mixture of mov, avi, etc - ie not all are iTunes friendly. Does Apple still force you to use specific codecs / file types? This will be a huge issue to redo all my files… not to mention - I assume you still can’t plug a hard drive into the AppleTV?? So I’ll also need to hook something up to my parent’s iMac (they have a moderately sized SSD).
Thanks for any advice you can offer…