Apple TV not playing nice with iMac

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  1. jackotack, Mar 12, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013

    jackotack macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2012
    My dad who lives three time zones away is trying to set up his brand new iMac and Apple TV so that he can stream movies to the TV. I can't go to his house to help and the Apple website troubleshooting is a bit short on details. Wondering if anybody has the one step I am missing here.

    The Apple TV shows up on iTunes next to the volume slider. I instructed my dad to click that and change to the Apple TV and then press play on his movie to stream to the TV, but then it switches back to local playback and starts playing on the desktop.

    I tried simple troubleshooting over the phone. iTunes Home Sharing is turned on. Apple TV is connected to the wireless network (iTunes movie rentals and trailers works).

    At the Apple TV I told my dad to go to 'Computers' but nothing was coming up there. At settings-->Computers there was an option to turn off home sharing.

    Do we have to 'pair' the desktop and ATV with a code or whatever?

    (late 2012 iMac, ATV I dunno what generation but I bought it new in late 2012)
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    HomeSharing is buggy sometimes. You may just have to turn it off and back on again on either or both the ATV and iMac. I have to do this once in a while myself.
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    What sort of WiFi router is he using? Also try wired Ethernet on the ATV and if possible the iMac.
  4. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    You can try an app like logmein where you can control your fathers computer from yours

    Is free
  5. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Ditto. Also, try switching to static IPs to help keep iTunes networking functional for more than a week.

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