Best Mirroring Solution

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by CrazyNurse, May 16, 2014.

  1. CrazyNurse macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    Background: My ATV2 recently died. I have not replaced it as I wasn't streaming anything from iTunes store. I was just using the AirPlay functionality for mostly music.

    Goal: All I want to do is mirror my desktop from my Mac Mini or Mac Pro to my HDTV. I am tired of watching GoT on my computer.

    Will something like Chromecast work from my Macs?

    *My HDTV has a web browser but it is very limited and its flash cannot be updated on it so I can't access CATV site that way.
  2. Gratefuldad macrumors newbie


    May 16, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    you can use Airplay and extend your screen to the TV or ATV3 from MBP or any other IOS device that supports airplay.
    or if your MBP has HDMI just connect it directly to the computer.
  3. waw74 macrumors 68040

    May 27, 2008
    chromecast has HBOgo built in. so if you're getting GoT that way, you won't need to use your desktop at all

    another option is roku, it also has a HBOgo channel as well as tons more like netflix, hulu, amazon prime, and vudu

    if you have a file on your computer, and your TV supports DLNA, you should take a look at Plex or one of the other servers mentioned here.
    plex does have some very basic needs as to how the files are named, but they're easy to figure out, just read through the instructions before you start.

    roku has a native plex client also.
  4. CrazyNurse thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    Thanks. But no HBOgo just Xfinity/Comcast VOD.
  5. Felasco Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong please, but as a new Chromecast user my impression is you can't mirror your desktop, only anything you can view in the Chrome web browser.

    Chromecast is quite inexpensive, and seemed pretty easy to get up and running.

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