Connecting my macbook to my TV

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macalex2, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. macalex2 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010
    Basically, I want to connect my computer to my TV to view webseries and TV shows online on the big screen. Ideally, I want something pretty cheap, and I'm wondering what I need in order to do this.
    I believe that Apple TV will let me do this, but is there something cheaper, like a cable or something that will do the same thing (minus all of the other things Apple TV does).

    My TV is a basic Toshiba HD TV, and my computer is a Macbook (not pro) running Snow Leopard.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. A3ex macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010

    the cheapest way to got is get an HDMI cable (if you don't already have one) and an adapter mini display port to HDMI ( etc.). Hook it up to your computer and tv and you can use your tv either as extended display or mirror your display (same picture on both). That will cost you around 15 bucks altogether.

    If you turn your tv to the "hdmi channel" and you cannot see the whole picture, there is a button on your tv remote to change the format of your tv picture to 16:9 (instead of "cinema" or "super live1" etc.)

  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    As the output from the Mac's video port is video only, you will have to connect the Audio out socket to the TV as well.
  4. macalex2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2010
    Thanks for the help guys, I know what I'm doing now.
    I guess with the audio that'd be another cable or I could just use speakers with my computer? Would there be any lag between the picture on the TV and the sound coming out of the speakers?

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