How to watch internet content on TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by kas23, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Hi, I don't exactly know which section to put this in, but here goes: my wife watches a lot of Chinese movies on the internet. These videos are embedded into the webpage, so there is really nothing to download. Now, is there anyway (ATV, other box/service) that could allow her to watch these movies on our TV (short of just plugging laptop into TV and watching with full-screen mode). Maybe getting a mac mini and connecting it full-time to TV would be the best???
  2. Phillie14586 macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2010
    I have been searching for a way to do this for a couple months now. the issue keeps coming back to the Mac. Nothing will stream web pages to the TV. The only way is to directly connect the Mac to your TV. There are plenty of iApps to control the Mac if it is not in the same room with you.
  3. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    If it's a laptop, a Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor is easy, and the only way I can think of for movies embedded in web pages.

    If it's an iMac that you can't move and is far away from the TV? That's harder.
  4. kas23 thread starter macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I've been looking into this all day today. Seems like the Google TV is the way to go at this point. The Apple TV may be able to do this at some time in the future, but it's just a one-trick pony at this point - just a conduit to sell iTunes content. And considering, most basic TVs being sold over the last year already have built-in apps, I would consider Apple behind in the game.
  5. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    That's interesting. I love gadgets of pretty much all kinds. And as much as I'd love a reason to check out Google TV, I can't see any compelling reason to so much as check one out.
  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    ?!? Lots of sites are blocking access to Google TV. So until they sort that all out you'd be better served spending that $300 on a "regular" HTPC like the Mini.

  7. monaarts macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2010
    Kennesaw, GA
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Or, you could get a PS3 to browse the web and watch videos.
  8. FriarNurgle macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2011
    I also watch a lot of online web based streaming. Got an ATV and it doesn't help one bit other than Netflix... Unless I want to take the trouble and download the content then play it on the ATV throu iTunes library.

    Prior to getting the ATV I was looking at just hooking up my netbook to the tv with cables from To be honest part of me wants to return the ATV and do just that.
  9. kas23 thread starter macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I heard this as well. I don't know about "lots of sites" though. I know one of them is Hulu. That said, I don't think I would get this to watch legitimate website's material. It seems like a good reason to get the full internet (web browsing) is to get content from less-than-legitimate websites. I'm not talking porn, but sites that post copyrighted material (sure, call it pirating, but its not stealing).

    It would be cool to hear from some people who actually have one. I've heard a big mixed bag in terms of how well it works. Some people say it looks priceless on paper, but doesn't work so well in person. And then some people say it is a godsend, period.

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