Mac to TV without adapter

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by joshms7, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. joshms7 macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2013
    Hey, I need to connect my MacBook Pro to a HDTV, but I don't have the adapter required. I have the HDMI cable but not the adapter going into the Mac. I don't have time to purchase the adapter because I need to stream a live event from the Mac to the TV in a couple of hours. Is there any way of connect the Mac to the Tv without the adapter?
  2. Ramasjang macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    If you have an Apple TV you can hook that up to the TV, and then airplay from your Mac to the Apple TV...
  3. joshms7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2013
    I don't have an Apple TV unfortunately
  4. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    If its a smart tv install serviio server software on our computer.
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Short answer, no, but the lack of clarification on model of both TV and MBP is problematic:

    rMBP - HDMI to HDMI (if your TV has HDMI)
    MBP - Thunderbolt to HDMI/VGA/Component/Composite

    These are standalone cables that don't requier an adapter, but if you need to pick something up anyway you may as well get what works best for you.
  6. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    If you can't physically plug the Mac into the TV, then no.
  7. mrweirdo macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2005
    I was going say if you had a retina mbp there's already an HDMI port built into the machine. I would be curious though if there's an advantage to using thunderbolt to HDMI adapter other then for the higher res displays. Heard HDMI port is limited to 1920x1080 max output res.
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    You're either going to have to buy adapter or not be able to connect to the
  9. radiohead14 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
  10. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Just buy the adapter? I know how it can be with money but in situations where you don't have a choice you just gotta take it like a man and pull that wallet out and buy it! Shouldn't have waited this long as Amazon has the adapters dirt cheap. Sometimes Best Buy has open products that work just fine for half off...thats how I got my first MDP to HDMI adapter for 11.99.

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