Apple TV streaming to Imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by quehoofa, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. quehoofa macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    Excuse me if this is common knowledge!
    I want stream movies from my imac to my HD Sony Bravia TV. The imac is upstairs, the TV downstairs.
    Have tried the cabling method, just a complete faff!
    Have looked at the Apple TV option, but amongst all the ad stuff, can't work out whether it will actually stream anything I want, or just stuff purchased through itunes.
    I want to be able to completely mirror whatever I'm showing on my imac to the tv - including sound - and to get the movies from any website I choose.

    Will it do this?
  2. Eves apple macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2011
    Sounds like a piracy related question but..

    If its in iTunes (however you get it) it will stream.
  3. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    The AppleTV2 will only stream non-itunes content if it's jailbroken.
  4. jsolares macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2011
    Land of eternal Spring
    I use a PS3 and can stream whatever i have on the iMac using PS3 Media Server.
  5. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
  6. pmau macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2010
    AppleTV2 streams everything you can put in iTunes.
    That includes Movies not bought from the store.
  7. quehoofa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012
    Thanks for the replies guys. It isn't piracy I'm after. I'm trying to think ahead. If Apple Tv will only stream content bought through itunes, there may be a new big film streamer who don't actually get along with Apple. I have other needs too - for instance, I want to be able to use the TV as a projector for any content I can get over the internet - like random educational websites. Unless I'm mistaken, it looks like I can only stream content bought through itunes. I've looked into other wireless transmitters, and so far it looks like the Awind Mctivia Mac to TV Desktop Streamer may be the best option. Anyone know anything about this?
  8. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    AppleTV will stream any H.264 video, whether bought through iTunes or not.

    Regardless, as I mentioned, desktop mirroring is coming in Mountain Lion in the summer.
  9. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
    Correct, I think my statement was misconstrued. IF it's in itunes it can be streamed (hence "itunes content") If not in iTunes, ie: a shared drive it will require that the ATV be jailbroken.

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