PCs on Apple TVs

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by carguy21, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Would it be possible for me to stream my movies/tv shows onto an Apple TV from a PC? If so how would I do this? I dont want to have all of my movies take up a lot of space on my new Mac so I was thinking about using an old PC. I just want to figure this out before actually purchasing an Apple TV.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Look at the program airparrot. It uses airplay and is for PC/Mac. I think it's about $15.00. So far, I've used it a few times but it has worked.
     
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    lunaoso

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    As long as they are in mp4/m4v format, import them into iTunes and use home sharing. Will be much better than air parrot as air parrot uses a lot of resources to stream the entire screen on your PC. iTunes will stream just the movie file.
     
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    shyam09

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  5. macrumors newbie

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    I have set up multiple friends with an AppleTV streaming from a PC perfectly fine. As lunaoso stated all you need to do is have home sharing turned on and it will work. As with a mac though you need to leave iTunes running or else it won't work though.
     
  6. Che Castro, Aug 4, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013

    macrumors 601

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    Instead of getting another pc , since your worried about space in your mac for movies

    Get an external drive , you can get a 3TB EXTERNAL drive for $129

    Or what ever size you want , western digital or seagate

    Your mac needs to be running iTunes in order to stream to Apple TV
    But your mac can be a sleep and still stream to Apple TV

    That's what I do my mac goes to sleep after 3 hours, I can still watch movies on the Apple TV , the mac & monitor won't turn on when I play a movie during sleep mode
     

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