How to stream torrents to your Apple TV, no jailbreak needed

By , Jul 31, 2014

TorrentTV

A new Mac app called TorrenTV was recently released to allow users to stream torrents directly to the Apple TV. The app, which begins playing movies immediately via a simple drag and drop of a .torrent file, streams to the Apple TV, even if the device isn’t jailbroken.

Even better is the fact that TorrenTV requires zero setup. As long as your Mac and Apple TV share the same Wi-Fi network, TorrenTV will begin streaming video to your Apple TV almost immediately.

Of course, being that we don’t condone piracy, the use of such an app would have its limits. Thankfully, there are legitimate videos available via torrents, which can thus be streamed directly to your Apple TV. Have a look inside for more information.

TorrenTV

The real nice thing about TorrenTV is that it’s not just about torrents. Video that you already have located on your computer can be dragged and dropped on the TorrenTV interface, and it too, will begin playing immediately on the Apple TV.

It’s worth noting that TorrenTV not only works for the Mac, but it also has apps for both Linux and Windows users. There’s even a streaming solution for Roku owners, if you’re into that sort of weirdness. You can find the official TorrenTV app via the project’s GitHub page.

TorrenTV 2

TorrenTV is a great video streaming solution for all Apple TV owners, not just owners of jailbroken Apple TV 2nd generation boxes. It’s simple, straightforward, and from my experience, it “just works.”

What do you think about TorrenTV? Have you tried it yet?

  • Share:
  • Follow:
  • David Gitman

    I am still not sure if I should buy apple TV

    • regkilla

      Get an Apple TV 2 jailbroken.

      • f1ght3r

        They’re extremely hard to find, and if you do; they’re ridiculously expensive.

      • Kr00

        Since when is $99 “ridiculously expensive”?

      • z1n

        Since when can you find an ATV2 with JB at $99?

      • Louis Cameron

        I bought one last year on Craigslist for $75.

      • Kr00

        What the hell is a JB? A backwards blow job? Prices may vary across the globe slightly, if that’s what you’re refering to, but one, you can pick secondhand ATV’s up anywhere on the net for a fraction, two, we’re not talking about hundreds of dollars, so best you crawl back under that bridge.

      • Ethan Humphrey

        A JB is a jailbreak. The ATV 2 is the only Apple TV that can be jailbroken, which is why it’s still so expensive

      • Kr00

        Pity he wasn’t more clear, but I guess its hard to type jailbreak. I use to jailbreak my original ATV years ago, but with alternatives for the latest ATV, there’s little benefit to it now. Plex can still be installed in a work around, but with things like AirPlay and apps like Beamer and now this app, I can’t see a major benefit jailbreaking anymore.

      • f1ght3r

        If you had read the parent, it is quite obvious that OP mentioned a jailbroken Apple TV 2. You are also mistaken about the benefits of jailbreaking, I’m sure someone as smart as yourself would have done a little bit more research before posting moronic comments.

      • Kr00

        Yes, I must be a moron because I don’t see the need or the value in jailbreaking my ATV. Thanks Dr Freud. So according to you, anyone who wishes not to jailbreak their ATV is a moron? Not everyone is a pimple face tweeny getting erections over hacking their devices. Some of us choose to grow up and move on.How about you? I have a life, why don’t you go out and get one for yourself. Or is dropping in and calling people morons your thing? I’m not the one talking about paying hundreds of dollars for a jailbroken device. I think I know who the morons are.

      • brett fisher

        apple tv 1 can be jailbroken….
        replace the wifi card with a chrystalHD chip nad its better than a atv2 ;)

      • Ethan Humphrey

        My point was its the only one that is still supported by apple that can be JB’d. Although the latest beta doesn’t support it.

      • David Gitman

        oh okay thanks for the reply

    • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

      Don’t buy one. Wait until Apple releases the new Apple TV. Until then you could probably buy a cheap Roku or Chromecast. Buying an Apple TV right now though is basically a waste of money considering how limited it is and the fact that Apple is rumoured to be releasing a new Apple TV device of some sort soon…

      • Rowan09

        Roku and the Chromecast is even more limited.

      • Rak S

        Also, you could probably get a secondhand Apple TV3 for about $50… Even for six months, it’s well worth it!

      • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

        Really? Since according to their website Roku has 750+ channels which is one heck of a lot more than the Apple TV. As for Chromecast it’s essentially a cheaper Apple TV since the only thing anyone uses the Apple TV for is mirroring and the only thing anyone uses a Chromecast for is casting…

      • Rowan09

        You can’t install XBMC on Roku that’s why it’s limited. If you are buying a Roku to stay in Roku’s ecosystem then that ok, but the above reply was mentioning an Apple TV 2 which is not for staying in Apples ecosystem. The Chromecast does less than the Apple TV does stock.

      • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

        but the above reply was mentioning an Apple TV 2

        The Apple TV 2 only plays video in 720p so I’d assume if the op is to get one they’d probably get an Apple TV 3. The Apple TV 2 is extremely rare and expensive and not worth it. An Amazon Fire TV is probably a better choice than an Apple TV 2 (which can also have XBMC installed).

        The Chromecast does less than the Apple TV does stock.

        Which is why it’s cheaper. If the op is smart they’ll have nothing until the new Apple TV comes out or they’ll by a Chromecast to tie them over until the new Apple TV comes out. It’s pointless buying an expensive streaming box though considering Apple could release there new Apple TV soon (either towards the end of this year or beginning of next year).

      • Rowan09

        A Chromecast is only good if you have an Android. I have a Chromecast and I sold it after 3 months. I never owned a Roku though but I read it’s a paid service which I’m not interested in.

      • Blip dude

        Really?? Not being able to install XBMC doesn’t necessarily make it limited. There are also private channels to install (playon), and there are people (like myself) who don’t care about XBMC. I ended up removing it after a few days from Apple TV because honestly, whatever I was watching was also on Netflix, Hulu, etc. So again, it depends on how much television one wants to consume. I’ll stick with my non-XBMC Apple TV and Roku 3.

      • Rowan09

        Don’t you pay for Roku channels? I don’t own a Roku and would like to know. I have Netflix, Apple TV 2 & 3, Rikomagic Android Stick, and now Amazon Fire TV hacked. Netflix is nothing like XBMC and Moviebox is actually better.

      • Adam

        why do you have so many streaming devices? are you collecting?

      • Rowan09

        I bought the ATV 2 first and it stopped working so I replaced it with the ATV 3. I got into the XBMC world to sell devices so I bought the Rikomagic to find that it has wifi issues and not really a good solution and now I’m on the Amazon Fire TV since it can be fully hacked. I will always keep Netflix for my daughter. I only bought everything after the ATV 3 to sell them. I already sold 2 hacked Amazon Fire TVs already with more to be sold.

      • Adam

        That’s pretty sick … get yours man, good luck!

      • Rowan09

        Yeah thank you.

      • Blip dude

        That depends on the channel you are trying to get. Personally, all the channels I have/use I never paid for: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, M-go built in, Vudu, Redbox Instant (no longer use it though), Funimation, Crunchyroll, Hulu+, HBO GO, A&E, and PBS Kids. But all this all for the Family (We are cord-cutters).

        Me personally, I am more of the a la carte kind of person, so I use the Roku for all the Free Ultraviolet movies I get and watch (some of those, like Disney/Pixar movies are only Digital Copy, hence the reason why I have Apple TV). Because of the free “a la carte” movies I get I saw absolutely no reason or need to use XBMC. I don’t miss most of the cable channels and the ones I do, I get content a day later on hulu+, or use a friends credentials for access (ESPN, HBO GO). For everything else, or movies that are not quite worth investing in, is where the torrents come into play, thanks to Airplay.

      • Rowan09

        Ok thanks for the education. I have all so things with my Fire TV including XBMC and Moviebox. I removed all the restrictions so it’s basically an Android now.

      • Alex Adam Viruet

        Check nanoflix connect. Best private channel on ROKU!

      • Alex Adam Viruet

        You can install private channels ; I use nanoflix connect; 120 live TV channels HBO cinemax; PPV events; movies like Redbox not old.movies like Netflix; only $20 /month no contract! Is the best

      • Rowan09

        Ok nice is it HD?

      • Alex Adam Viruet

        Yep 720p; check ON FB Nanoflix connect

      • Antzboogie

        Chromecast has only got better since I bought it.

      • Rowan09

        It was horrible before so it couldn’t have gotten any worst. I’m not a fan that’s why I sold it 2 months ago. I prefer the fire tv which doesn’t way more plus.

      • therealjjohnson

        You sure do make a lot of assumptions for people.

      • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

        Your right perhaps I shouldn’t assume so many things although I believe what I’ve said makes a lot of sense (especially considering the price of the Apple TV 2 and its low specs). If the op wants an Apple TV 2 then that’s none of my business…

      • Paul Edmund

        I guess you didn’t hear the news. Apple will not be releasing a new model anytime soon.

      • Genji

        don’t choose what we want to buy… this website is exclusive for apple products.. why are you here? go in roku’s page

    • Anonomous.TECH.man

      Get one and get a cydia tweak called moviebox. Amazing!!

      • Rak S

        Yep… The hub of my movie/tv entertainment for the last 18 months. It’s brilliant!

      • dpacemaker

        By far the best reason to Jailbreak. Its the only thing I have on my iPad.

      • lemonhead

        You know they have now a desktop app for windows and mac looks horrible but works ;-), they also have an app for android ! :D

        and you don’t have to be jailbroken to install moviebox, you can sign the app for yourself if you have a provision profile :)

      • dpacemaker

        I use PopcornTime on my Macs. It works good, except in some cases they say HD, but really its a horrible cam rip.

      • David Gitman

        yeah have it on the iphone thanks for the tip

      • Adam

        whats the source for moviebox?

    • Rowan09

      You can buy one of my hooked up Amazon Fire TVs for $160. It has XBMC and Showbox (movie box for Android).

    • Rak S

      The Apple TV is absolutely brilliant. You won’t look back.

    • G-HaB

      get the G-Box Midnight Mx2 It is a 100 times better then apple tv or roku
      i have the apple tv and i don’t even use it anymore because i bought the g-box

      • Rowan09

        The GBox is good but it doesn’t stream faster than a hack Apple TV

      • G-HaB

        no that’s wrong as long as your wifi signal is good you can stream any movie from xbmc gotham 13.1 in 1080p and you can download apps like netflix, hbo go and it does wayyy more then apple tv can do

      • Rowan09

        I have an Amazon Fire TV which is better than the GBox and the wifi doesn’t pick up as good as my Apple TV 3. I have Android streaming boxes and the best so far is the Fire TV hooked up and I removed all the restrictions from Amazon.

    • Yasser Kaskas

      For me the Airplay capabilities alone are worth your $100, everything else is just bonus.

  • Héctor Viveros

    One question: Do I need a 201X or above Mac, like in normal OSX-AppleTV stream?

    • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

      I’d assume it’d work with any Mac. The best thing to do would be to just download it and see for yourself since it’s free software that’d only cost you about five minutes of your time…

      • Héctor Viveros

        OK. It works! I hope they’ll support subs in the near future.

        Loving this app

  • Rupinder S

    Also, popular torrent streaming service Popcorn Time updated to allow windows users to stream to Apple TV! Mac version updating next week, iOS app coming next month.

    • Rak S

      Really? There’s an iPhone app coming? I presume it’s a jailbreak-only app?

      • Rupinder S

        Not sure, I was skeptical about how they’d get it into the App Store as well. I’m just glad something’s coming though, I was starting to debate whether or not I should buy and android just for Popcorn Time lol

      • Rak S

        Yeah, it won’t be on the Appstore, that’s for sure.
        I can see a JB app/tweak being released though.

      • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

        See here: “POPCORN TIME ADDS APPLE TV SUPPORT, IOS APP COMING SOON” – torrentfreak[.]com/popcorn-time-adds-apple-tv-support-ios-app-coming-soon-140730/

      • Rak S

        Cool, thanks for that.

  • therealjjohnson

    The torrent file? As in before you download the actual movie? If so then this is freaking great.

    • https://twitter.com/aidanharris1 Aidan Harris

      Correct it streams it in order so by the time you’ve watched the entire thing you actually have the full file stored on your computer.

    • Chris Tangler

      where does the file save to?

  • Rak S

    Is there a way to stream the torrent instantly to your mac alone, not to your apple tv? Do any other programmes perform that function?

    Thanks.

    • Rowan09

      Just get XBMC for your Mac.

      • Rak S

        I have that already, but sometimes stuff is easier to find on torrent.
        Just my experience

      • Rowan09

        Got you Yify Torrents is good.

      • Rak S

        Fantastic… Thanks for that. I’ll give it a go :)

      • Rak S

        Hey Rowan,
        I can only find a streaming site by that name. I assumed it was a separate programme with similar “drag’ n’drop functionality as TorrenTV. Am I mistaken?
        If you have a link that would be great :

        Thanks.

      • Rowan09

        I only know of streaming torrents from a jail broken IOS device. I’ll check for the Mac.

      • Rak S

        Thanks Rowan. Which App/tweak do you use to do it from an iOS device? That function would be awesome in itself!

      • Rowan09

        Torrent Player

    • DogeCoin

      Popcorntime, it’s like netflix for torrents. If you have a torrent file that isn’t in the gallery/list you can drag and drop the torrent file over the GUI to stream it. Or VLC, it can play torrent files as you download them.

  • ready1take1

    can you use a easily use a remote to pause, rewind, fast forward?

    • Rak S

      Yes.

  • jack

    it only works on ATV supported video/container formats.. MP4/AVC … which sucks. won’t support mkv, hevc, flv, and all others

    • James Gunaca

      Good to know. Not worth it then, IMO. I’m just fine with the “Download torrent > Drop in iFlicks > Import to iTunes > Stream to AppleTV” workflow.

      • DogeCoin

        How about, stream from popcorn time, full screen, mirror screen from computer to Apple TV

      • James Gunaca

        I’ve tried that; it’s a much better experience for sure.

        However, I’m quite content just downloading the content I want, transcoding it in iFlicks, throwing it on my HD plugged into my Time Capsule then adding it to iTunes. Library is over 700GB of just HD movies now and I enjoy watching them all the time via Apple TV’s connection to my iTunes library.

  • Rowan09

    On a more important note. I got an email saying insanelyi was hacked. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Jesse Smith

    TorrentTv is cool when you find the file that works with it. A lot of movies that are available that are good are now ripped in MKV formate. TorrentTv does not read that. Be AMAZING if it worked! PopcornTime is good as well but I wish you can float ur files in (Torrents).

  • Brent Aerts

    I’m not sure that i’m the only one but I can’t figure out how to stream mkv files with it, when I drag an MKV file in it, it gives me an error “invalid file type”
    Should I wait until the official finished program is released?

    • DorHirschel

      Only MP4 :(

  • Brandon

    what files types are compatible with this? Is it still just .mp4?

    • DorHirschel

      Yep, major downside.
      Use ‘beamer’ to play already download MKV/whatever to AppleTV

      • Brandon

        Sweet! Thanks!

  • timoever

    Does this also work when your Apple TV is connected to your Airport via LAN and your Macbook is on that WiFi network…? Because it doesn’t seem to be able to find my device.

  • Pratap Kagitha

    how to stream torrents in mac like in windows

  • pat patterson

    chromecast is a 100x better for 35$. thanks. this also works on that. ‘where to buy appltv 2g’ is moot point