Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 28, 2012, 12:26 AM   #1
ode2joy
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Thinking of trying Prime for instant video

Here's my one holdup. 2 older Macbooks in the house, one Apple TV 2, so no wireless way to stream Amazon instant video to my TV. Will I get a decent picture if I just hardwire a Macbook to TV with a DVI to HDMI and stereo jack? I used to do this before Apple TV and I thought I remembered it worked OK, but this wouldn't be worth it if I didn't have pretty good picture and sound.
I don't want to jailbreak or buy anything new at the moment.

Thanks
ode2joy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28, 2012, 03:41 AM   #2
JesterJJZ
macrumors 68000
 
JesterJJZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Should work fine but the only downside is that Amazon doesn't let you stream HD on a Mac, only iPhone and iPad. I'm hoping that they get their sh** together and get Amazon on AppleTV soon, I'm tempted to get a Roku.
__________________
jesterpictures.com theoryiseverything.com jarek.com
Shoot for the Impossible...Then do it
MacPro 12core, 64GB, GTX680, 30" ACD, 23" ACD -- 15" MBP 2.6 i7, Anti-Glare, 16GB, 240GB SSD + 1TB
JesterJJZ is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28, 2012, 10:15 AM   #3
MacLovin78
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Do you have a PS3? I have been using that for Amzn Prime and it is flawless.

----------

Also you could try AirParrot depending on your macbook. It has been working great for me on a 2009 Macbook Pro 2.66 with 8GB ram and ML
MacLovin78 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28, 2012, 10:56 AM   #4
ode2joy
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacLovin78 View Post
Do you have a PS3? I have been using that for Amzn Prime and it is flawless.

----------

Also you could try AirParrot depending on your macbook. It has been working great for me on a 2009 Macbook Pro 2.66 with 8GB ram and ML
Unfortunately I don't have a PS3, only a Wii. Our newer Macbook is a 2009 MBP though. I'll give that a shot.
ode2joy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28, 2012, 11:50 AM   #5
wknapp0924
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Quote:
Originally Posted by ode2joy View Post
Here's my one holdup. 2 older Macbooks in the house, one Apple TV 2, so no wireless way to stream Amazon instant video to my TV. Will I get a decent picture if I just hardwire a Macbook to TV with a DVI to HDMI and stereo jack? I used to do this before Apple TV and I thought I remembered it worked OK, but this wouldn't be worth it if I didn't have pretty good picture and sound.
I don't want to jailbreak or buy anything new at the moment.

Thanks
Why don't you want to JB the Apple TV 2? Amazon Prime works perfect with the jailbroken device.

If you don't want to JB then sell the ATV2 for $200.00 and get a ATV3 and a ROKU and that would solve your problem.
wknapp0924 is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28, 2012, 12:00 PM   #6
ode2joy
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by wknapp0924 View Post
Why don't you want to JB the Apple TV 2? Amazon Prime works perfect with the jailbroken device.

If you don't want to JB then sell the ATV2 for $200.00 and get a ATV3 and a ROKU and that would solve your problem.
Hmm, very good points. I just don't know anything about jailbreaking a device. Can you give me any downsides? Are there even any downsides? It's not like I have much money in it ($99).

Another thing I have thought about for a long time is buying a Mac Mini for my TV, since we only have portable Macbooks in the house otherwise, and they are dated. I could do Amazon Instant in HD then couldn't I? Plus anything else imagineable.
ode2joy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28, 2012, 12:12 PM   #7
wknapp0924
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Quote:
Originally Posted by ode2joy View Post
Hmm, very good points. I just don't know anything about jailbreaking a device. Can you give me any downsides? Are there even any downsides? It's not like I have much money in it ($99).

Another thing I have thought about for a long time is buying a Mac Mini for my TV, since we only have portable Macbooks in the house otherwise, and they are dated. I could do Amazon Instant in HD then couldn't I? Plus anything else imagineable.
Not really any downsides to jailbreaking. You can use the ATV2 as a truly streaming device that can stream any type of file not just Apple approved media. Do a google search for season pass and it will show you step by step on how to downgrade and JB the device and then google XBMC which I think is the best JB program to have, then google Fusion XBMC and that will show you how to add repositories to your XBMC program. It was confusing at first for me, but it is worth the effort to JB.

I am going to buy the Mac Mini and use it as a media server and move the ATV2 into the bedroom, with hopes to cut the cord on cable for good.
wknapp0924 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 28, 2012, 12:29 PM   #8
ode2joy
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Thanks a lot, I'm going to look in to this right now. My next question isn't really Mac or AppleTV related, but I'll throw it out here and see what happens.
I would really like to cut the cord on cable as well. They (ATT) are bending me over for $50 plus a month for 12mbs internet and another 75 for basic cable with their annoying DVR. My wife really wants to keep the DVR for recording network shows, and I can't really seem to sell her on the idea of finding them online whenever she wants to watch them, which I know is possible with a little creativity and patience. I don't need or want a TV ever again really, and am perfectly happy streaming whatever I want to see. I have a digital TV antenna and would like to just hook it up to have local channels without need of a cable company/ATT at all.
I'm considering switching back to Dishnet to get a cheap DVR promo for awhile.
ode2joy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:17 PM   #9
ode2joy
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by wknapp0924 View Post
Not really any downsides to jailbreaking. You can use the ATV2 as a truly streaming device that can stream any type of file not just Apple approved media. Do a google search for season pass and it will show you step by step on how to downgrade and JB the device and then google XBMC which I think is the best JB program to have, then google Fusion XBMC and that will show you how to add repositories to your XBMC program. It was confusing at first for me, but it is worth the effort to JB.

I am going to buy the Mac Mini and use it as a media server and move the ATV2 into the bedroom, with hopes to cut the cord on cable for good.
Did it, it's brilliant! Looks like I've opened the door to pretty much whatever I would ever want to watch.

One question on streaming speeds. I've tried a couple of HD movies and they stop (to buffer) a lot. I'm on AT&T 12mbps wifi. Is that too slow to support he streaming? Amazon instant does ok so far but just one movie tried so far.

Thanks
ode2joy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:52 PM   #10
wknapp0924
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Honolulu, HI
Quote:
Originally Posted by ode2joy View Post
Did it, it's brilliant! Looks like I've opened the door to pretty much whatever I would ever want to watch.

One question on streaming speeds. I've tried a couple of HD movies and they stop (to buffer) a lot. I'm on AT&T 12mbps wifi. Is that too slow to support he streaming? Amazon instant does ok so far but just one movie tried so far.

Thanks
I get stuttering issues when I try to stream over 10gb MKV files normally, but I have a lower roadrunner package so that could be why. That is the main reason I want a Mac mini for my main media server so I don't get the stutter from streaming. My wife gets annoyed and we can't have that. Haha.

Get the icefilms plugin that has a huge library of information. I sometimes get stutter but that is more from their server.
wknapp0924 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:55 PM   #11
Michael CM1
macrumors 603
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Why don't you just use Netflix? I don't think either Amazon Prime or Netflix has the latest releases, and Netflix is available everywhere for the same price. Plus Netflix has a lot more content.
__________________
13.3" 2014 MacBook Air; Mid-2010 21.5" iMac; silver 64GB iPhone 6; white iPad Air 32 GB; third-gen TV (x2)
Michael CM1 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:56 PM   #12
ode2joy
Thread Starter
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by wknapp0924 View Post
I get stuttering issues when I try to stream over 10gb MKV files normally, but I have a lower roadrunner package so that could be why. That is the main reason I want a Mac mini for my main media server so I don't get the stutter from streaming. My wife gets annoyed and we can't have that. Haha.

Get the icefilms plugin that has a huge library of information. I sometimes get stutter but that is more from their server.
I got IceFilms, it is awesome. Can someone recommend the best plug-in for the most recent tv episodes?
ode2joy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 29, 2012, 10:33 PM   #13
CocoaPuffs
macrumors 68010
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by Michael CM1 View Post
Why don't you just use Netflix? I don't think either Amazon Prime or Netflix has the latest releases, and Netflix is available everywhere for the same price. Plus Netflix has a lot more content.
Because Amazon Prime is an added service for what most people are paying for, which is the free 2 day delivery.
CocoaPuffs is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2012, 06:15 AM   #14
Michael CM1
macrumors 603
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by CocoaPuffs View Post
Because Amazon Prime is an added service for what most people are paying for, which is the free 2 day delivery.
Ah. In that case, it's a great deal. I never really need it because I don't need any more rush than the freebie offer. But if you already do Prime, party on.
__________________
13.3" 2014 MacBook Air; Mid-2010 21.5" iMac; silver 64GB iPhone 6; white iPad Air 32 GB; third-gen TV (x2)
Michael CM1 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Apple TV and Home Theater

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
iPad: Amazon Prime Instant Video - Apple Digital AV Adapter vs Airplay on Apple TV TitanTiger iPad 2 Jun 3, 2014 08:29 AM
Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV 2 donrsd Apple TV and Home Theater 5 Jan 3, 2013 04:20 PM
Amazon Releases Prime 'Instant Video' App for iPhone MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 27 Dec 24, 2012 10:48 AM
Amazon Instant Video IRL22 Apple TV and Home Theater 6 Nov 27, 2012 02:21 PM
Amazon Prime Video for iPhone -FlyAuburn- iPhone and iPod touch Apps 3 Sep 25, 2012 09:10 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:58 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC