How to watch iMac on TV?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 2012Tony2012, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. 2012Tony2012 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2012
    What's the best way to watch and hear videos playing on my iMac on the TV?

    My TV has HDMI port but I was surprised to notice the iMac doesn't have any HDMI port.

    What can be done?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    An MDP to HDMI adapter should work:

  3. boto macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2012
    I would advise Airplay with an Apple TV 3. Wireless is the way to go!
  4. 2012Tony2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2012
  5. jediDev macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    Airplay does a surprisingly good job with video, at least playing from my imac connected via ethernet.
  6. dranakin macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2005
    No video hiccups with streaming to the Apple TV? Do you know if it is the same with outputting games?
  7. jediDev macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2012
    Never tried that. I was forwarding an HD feed from eyetv. I don't remember if it was HDPVR or EyeTV HD (I have one of each), but it looked surprisingly good and smooth. You could tell that it wasn't actual TV—it's not magic. But it was much better than I was expecting.
  8. 2012Tony2012, Dec 4, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  9. leerichards1, Dec 5, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012

    leerichards1 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    I've been toying with the idea of getting AppleTV myself. Currently my PC is connected to my LCD TV via HDMI. I understand that when I get my new iMac I'd have to buy an adapter to get the same functionality. I see the adapter cable is actually a third of the price of Apple TV and Apple TV will give me much greater functionality as well as working with my iPhone 5 and iPad 3. As long as I can stream (mirror) large size 1080p MKV files I'm thinking Apple TV is the way to go. The ATV box will be just a few metres away from a new Airport Express which will be connected to a new i5 27" iMac.

    Actually thinking about, it was useful to have the TV act as a 2nd screen, therefore one person could watch a movie whilst the other uses the PC as normal. I'm guessing I'll lose this function with AppleTV yeah?

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