So the VLC way seems to work fine. Only thing is, VLC copies the file to my local storage on the iPad Pro, basically creating duplicate files between the local storage and iCloud Drive.
The thing is. I have 900 GBs of ripped media in the form of movies and tv shows. Once I let go of my Mac, then all that content will not be accessible.
Right now I’m on a 200GB iCloud Drive plan and I’m using 122 GB of that currently. I’m thinking hard about going up to 2TB, which is 69 Danish kr a month or $10,5 a month, which is not that bad actually.
So what I could do is put all my ripped media in icloud and then download it locally though VLC and play it through the VLC app and then use screen mirroring to the Apple TV to play it on the big tv - of course there’s a lag and the quality is not great, but it might work alright.
I’m sure Apple will allow for external hard drives to be compatible with iOS soon. But this way I have access to all of the content for not that much more money each month. Of course it will take about a month or so to upload 900 GB to iCloud
My only concern here is that I have a 256 GB iPad Pro only of which 164 is available. Storing over a 1TB in iCloud will surely bring that available storage down, right?