Can I ... With Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by anonymust, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. anonymust macrumors member

    anonymust

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    OK I want to get an Apple TV.
    Currently I have a Macbook Pro, iPhone 4S and a Windows Desktop
    I live in an dorm type house with "housemates" with wired and wifi.

    My configuration is as followed. I have one HD monitor connected to my Windows Desptop on LAN (wired internet), iPhone and Macbook on Wifi. and when I get the Apple TV i will hook it up via Wifi.

    before I buy I want to know if I am able to do a few things.
    So can I........

    • Play movies from my windows desktop on my Apple TV
    • Switch my HD monitor between viewing my windows Desktop and my Macbook (will be connecrted over HDMI so audio will be via HDMI also)
     
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    to play movies from your computer, they must be in a compatible format, and in iTunes. doesn't matter if on windows or mac.

    supported formats from the apple tech specs page
    really not sure what you're talking about, you can switch the HDMI cable, and change the view that way.

    if you're talking about using airplay, there are third party apps that will let you use it, but they are processor intensive, and depending on the speed of your computer, it may not be a smooth of an experience for watching movies as you would like.

    for the mac, you must have a supported model to use airplay mirroring that is built into mountain lion, if you don't, there are third party apps for OSX also, but once again they are processor intensive.
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

    tdhurst

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    iTunes

    If it can be played in iTunes, it can be played on an AppleTV.

    I have a Mac Mini connected to multiple external hard drives and wired to an Airport Extreme.

    I can play movies on my iOS devices, laptops, and AppleTV from and to any source (except from the AppleTV, because nothing is stored there) that way.
     
  4. chenks macrumors 6502a

    chenks

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    whilst that is generally true, it is not 100% accurate.
    it is possible to have content in your itunes library that is outwith the spec that an appletv have play.
     
  5. tdhurst macrumors 68040

    tdhurst

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    Really?

    Oh, you're right. I suppose with the right plug ins my computer CAN play stuff in iTunes that AppleTV can't.

    Pretty rare though.
     
  6. anonymust thread starter macrumors member

    anonymust

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    It sucks that I have a MacBook Mid 2010 (not supported for AirPlay)...

    Let me clarify my second question...
    Switch my HD monitor between viewing my windows Desktop and my Macbook (will be connected over HDMI so audio will be via HDMI also)

    I have one computer monitor with built in speakers, with one HDMI port.. I would like to be able to control/switch between viewing my Windows machine and my Macbook..


    So can I stream my windows desktop on my apple tv? (most likely with some third part apps, that allows video and audio through the apple TV)
     
  7. rdas7 macrumors regular

    rdas7

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    Seriously, check out Air Video (http://www.inmethod.com/air-video) —*this has been such an awesome app, I use it almost daily.

    You run the Server app on your Mac or PC, then you connect to it from your iOS /Android device. The Server will stream (including realtime convert any format) to your iOS device. If you prefer to then watch on the big screen, just AirPlay it over to the AppleTV.

    Plus you can configure the Server app to "watch" any folder on your computer — so you don't even have to add movies to iTunes.
     
  8. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you can do this. I think it's confusing because people were thinking you were talking about using AirPlay or your AppleTV to do this. What you need is something like this.
     
  9. lunaoso macrumors 65816

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    Highly recommend that produce also. I have one myself for a PS3 and an :apple:TV and it works great.
     

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