Is an apple tv the only option?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mattbeechey, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
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    Just wanted to ask as I'm looking into getting an apple tv 2. I have a mac book pro 13" and want to stream video from my mac book to my tv. I know you can get cables to connect them up but I don't want to mirror what's on screen I just want to be able to play video that's on my mac book as if it where on another screen.

    So is an Apple TV the only option are there other options that dont need you to use itunes. If possible I want to be able to close the mac book also.

    Thanks for all the help
  2. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    Yes, the WD TV Live is one of many.
  3. macrumors member


    Sep 22, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    If you're looking to play content purchased through iTunes the apple tv is the only option. If you want to be able to leave it closed I believe you can enable wake for network access but I'm not positive. But you can always leave MacBook open and turn the screen off:)
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2010
    The PS3 is an attractive option. You can stream a wide variety of formats from a mac and/or pc, has a blue ray and of course plays game. In my opinion the interface is not as sleek as the ATV, but it has lot's of capabilities. I have both the PS3 and the ATV but mostly use the ATV for my viewing needs....
  5. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    Is the PS3 still the cheapest BluRay player on the market?
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    Not by a long shot.
  7. macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    I have both an apple tv and ps3. The apple tv is set up in my living room for my wife and daughter(mostly). I have my ps3 in my office. If I had to choose between the two I would go with my ps3. I hate having to convert videos to watch the on the atv.
  8. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    Jailbreaking it would be a cheaper option ;)
  9. macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    That's true. I had my ps3 first, so I just haven't had the need to jailbreak my atv. Airplay + airvideo works great for me. I probably will end up jailbreaking it at some point.

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