Apple TV OS using laptop connected to TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Ahheck01, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2006
    Hey all, when I come home, I connect my laptop to my HDTV, using the screen as a monitor, and bluetooth mouse/keyboard to control it. I love the Apple TV Interface/OS and wondered if it was possible to run that same thing through my TV from my laptop (Latest 2.4Ghz 13" MBP)?

  2. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    You can use FrontRow, which is an AppleTV equivalent UI, just without the iTunes Store. You can control your music, videos and photos with a remote ($20 in the Apple Store) or use your bluetooth keyboard.

    To access FrontRow, hit Command+Esc
  3. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
    Just get an Apple TV for $99. You get a sort of similar interface with Front Row, but it's not the same. You don't get Netflix through that interface or rentals. It's basically the Apple TV at its simplest.
  4. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2006
    Yeah, I use Front Row currently, but would love the additional functionality of the Apple TV, but the ability to go back to my laptop with ease if desired. I take it this isn't possible right now?

  5. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    Check out Plex, it is similar to Front Row in a way, but it has way more features and stuff you might be interested in.

    If you want something to be exactly like the Apple TV though (in terms of integration with other Apple stuff) it doesn't really exist.

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