Apple TV 2 set up question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Britishlion, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Britishlion macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    Hi All

    I am in the UK want to stream my movies from my macbook pro to my TV.

    I have Plex on the macbook pro and from what i have read so far i would need to jailbreak the ATV2 to do this.

    My question is, Does the ATV just plug into the TV via HDMI and then wirelessly stream from my Macbook.

    If so would it stream my 1080p movies ?

    Sorry for all the questions just want to make sure I am right before buying.

  2. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    Since I just did this I can give you some notes.

    yes if you JB you can install Plex on it. The ATV does just plug into the TV via HDMI and yes it will stream. I have had success with streaming DIVX Movies and TV shows. I have tinkered around with my MKV's, mostly 8GB 1080P files or so. And where it doesnt look as good as playing it raw on my HTPC it will play AS LONG AS YOUR MB is powerful to transcode them.
  3. Britishlion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    Great news, when you say powerful enough, I have an Intel Dual Core 2 duo 2.4 , do you think would be powerful enough ?

    thanks for the help

    Is is easy to jailbreak the ATV, I am slowly learning my way round Mac's
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    If you don't want to go the jailbreak route then simply re-encode your videos to ATV2 .m4v using Handbrake. Although they'll be 720p they'll still look great plus you can AirPlay them via iTunes. I use Identify2 to tag them.
  5. rowley macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    London, UK
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

    I concur with blueroom. Convert with handbrake and stream without the need of jailbreak.
  6. Britishlion thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    Is it as easy as that ? Just use handbrake and convert all my video to mp4 will iTunes then see all my videos ?

    I have over 200 videos ?
  7. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    I have the new mini with plex installed and a jb'ed atv2 with the plex client running. it will play pretty much any type of videos, however, when I went the wireless route, there is buffering every few seconds for 1080 and 720 contents. since then, I have hardwired atv2 directly to a switch and now, everything is smooth.

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