Best way to airplay video to TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by DevNull0, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. DevNull0 macrumors 68020

    Jan 6, 2015
    I've never owned an AppleTV, but I use some at friends' homes to play video from my iPad and MBP on their TVs sometimes. I like that feature but there is literally nothing else I would use an AppleTV for. Are there any simpler and cheaper devices that will let me stream video from Apple devices without any "smarts" of their own? It is a 4k TV, and I don't really want to pay $250 for an AppleTV when I would never use it as an "AppleTV".

    Right now, I use the displayport output from the MBP to connect to the TV with a cable, and don't stream at all from the iPhone. This is obviously not a good solution.

    I don't want a chromecast because I don't want anything google.

  2. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    There would a downside to Chromecast anyway with Apple products, The list of apps that would be supported on iOS with Chrome cast would be smaller then that of Android apps. and even if supported, I dunno how el it would work together,

    I think your stuck with buying an AppleTV if you wanna Airplay/Mirror.. unless you physically connect cable directly

    Besides, how would you know before you even tried it ?
  3. DevNull0 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 6, 2015
    I've used my friends' units so I know I don't care for the features, it's just a horrible clunky interface to try and actually play anything. And I watch the keynotes, it's just not an interesting product to me. Playing netflix/amazon prime/greatcourses plus/youtube on the iPhone and mirroring on appleTV is a fantastic interface with the iPhone's touch screen. Trying to use the clunky remote makes me want to whip the remote and appleTV out the window.
  4. Gator1pk macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2013
    Fort Lauderdale
    I use Apple TV to play the 1,000’s of videos that I have in my iTunes library, my MacBook Pro 15 acting as the server. I have my Apple TV connected via HDMI to my Sony 50” XBR to stream Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime and the picture quality is significantly better that if I streamed directing out of the Sony XBR. YouTube has upgraded their app and has better interface.

    Oh and I’ll AirPlay out of my Apple devices to same TV once in awhile. Which Apple has made it so seamless and ridiculously easy.

    Highly recommend Apple TV
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    You mean $150?
  6. DevNull0 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 6, 2015
    $259.90 for the 32 gig, taxes in here in Canada. Still over $200USD.
  7. playaproved macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2005
    Buy a used ATV Gen3 for like $50 if all you’re going to do is Airplay.
  8. Dc2006ster macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    Alberta, Canada
    I bought a 64 GB ATV 4K from Costco in Edmonton for $225 to try it, they have a great return policy. I worried about the cost and a couple of times I packed it up to return it but it works so damn well that I kept it. The 4K 32 GB is $220 and the 32 GB non 4K version is only $190.
  9. ACG12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2015
    I wouldn’t go lower than a 4th gen. I gave my old 3rd gen to my in laws and it’s painfully slow. Even my 4th gen is starting to show its age.
  10. DevNull0 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 6, 2015
    I just checked my local costco (Toronto). They do have the 64 GB for $225, but no 32 GB. But for the $5 difference I'd take the 64 anyway even though at this point I doubt I'll benefit from it. It may be my best choice. They're also $190/$210 in the refurb store so the 32 refurb may be worth it as well.
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    Good to know, thank you.
  11. JasonHB macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2010
    Warwickshire, UK
    Does your TV not have that functionality? Lots of “smart” TVs now also do this through their own native app, or similar

  12. LCC0256 macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2017
    Martinez, GA. USA
    Gator ole boy...I have about 300 ripped DVD's and home videos sitting on iTunes on an old MacBook Pro that I have connected to my Vizio P series. I have turned on home sharing so that MBP is in fact acting like a server for me too.. I have an Apple TV 4K that contains about 40 titles (and counting) movies I have "purchased" from Apple. Do you know a way for me to move the titles from the Apple TV 4K to the MBP so all my movies can be in one place the way yours are? Thank you
  13. DevNull0 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 6, 2015
    That would be great. Can you link to a TV that has that feature? I've never heard of a TV that can receive airplay mirroring, I just googled for it and came up empty, and checked several high end smartTVs, none of which can do it.
  14. mib1800 Suspended

    Sep 16, 2012
    I think that post confused with open standard like "miracast". Most android can mirror to any smart tv directly with wifi-direct (or what you call airplay)

    You are unlikely to be able to mirror your iphone direct to any TV due to restrictions put in by apple (i.e want you to buy apple tv). Not because of TV not supporting.

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