Apple TV / Airplay Newbie

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ZeonOtaku, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. ZeonOtaku macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2016
    Unfortunately I'm a bit blind here as I do not personally have an Apple TV since I opted for Chromecast since I'm not a fan of iTunes. However with that said, I do own Mac PC's and got my girlfriend a decently used one for a good price, she also coaxed me into getting her a used ATV 2 I think. I honestly don't remember.

    She's started using Airplay and just called me that when she clicked airplay, her Macbook went blank but she could watch the movie on her ATV. But she wanted to then browse the internet WHILE watching the movie, but as I said, her macbook screen was blank.

    Can somebody give me a rundown? She's at El Capitan. I know it's a long shot but any advice to help her in the future would be appreciated.
  2. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
    My MacBook doesn't go blank when I AirPlay to my ATV4 -- maybe it's an limitation of older hardware...
  3. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

    Hermes Monster

    May 4, 2010
    My display doesn't go off when I AirPlay either. What are the options in the AirPlay list? Do they specifically say "Mirror display", in which case I'd expect the mac screen to stay on.
  4. Albert2000 macrumors newbie


    Jan 1, 2016
    Agree - I still have an Apple TV 2 and airplay works fine with my Macbook Air and the screen on the Mac stays active while the TV mirrors it. That being said - I get a much more reliable connection when I plug the Mac into the TV with an HDMI adapter cable and by pass the Apple TV by going into the TV directly.
  5. tyke65 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2007
    It's down to whether mirroring is selected when you select the AirPlay destination. If it's on, everything goes to AirPlay. Just select it off if you want to do other things while you watch a movie etc

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