New to Apple TV, questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ribbon, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. ribbon macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2010

    Until now, the way I enjoy movies, tv shows, and so on is by watching them from my computer, but sometimes I want to enjoy them in my 52'' TV, so I use the adaptor HDMI/Displayport that I have to connect the MBP to the TV and duplicate the screen. This is a pain in the butt because I also have to plug the 3.5mm minijack cable to the TV (my displayport port doesn't support audio. it's a 2009 mbp)

    Would Apple TV simplify this? I think I could have the Apple TV permanently plugged to my TV, and my MBP could stream the content to the Apple TV, right? Does it work okay with a fullHD movie though?

    Thank you for you answers.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, to all of the above.
  3. JuryDuty macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2014
    Yep, in fact, this is about all I use my AppleTV for. I don't need any of their apps because I use a Tivo and Roku with Vudu, Spotify and Amazon--my preferred services.

    That said, the AppleTV is AWESOME at letting you stream right from your laptop to your TV. Just start your movie on your laptop, hit the AppleTV button and you're watching whatever's on your laptop on your big screen. You'll love it.
  4. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    Yeah, that setup will work fine if you have enough bandwidth to stream HD (and most modern home networks should be good with that unless there's a lot of competing traffic going on).
  5. comics addict, Mar 28, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2015

    comics addict macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2013
    Sorry to ruin the parade but airplay mirroring is not compatible with that particular Macbook Pro model. Early 2011 or later. Sorry about that.
  6. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Also the Audio gets out of sync really quick with airplay - it would certainly ruin the experience of watching a movie.
  7. snorkelman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2010
    on a 2009 MBP where you don't have airplay:

    if you want to push content to the Apple TV use Beamer - run Beamer on the MBP drag n drop video file onto Beamer window and it'll display on the AppleTV

    if you want to pull content from the MBP to the Apple TV, you should be able to home sharing to let the AppleTV browse whatever content you have in iTunes on the MBP, and play that accross the network on the Apple TV

    of the two Beamer is probably lot more flexible in terms of video formats it supports as it'll handle video formats that ITunes wouldn't recognise.

    Last time I used airplay I seem to remember you were basically screen mirroring so to get full screen video thru the TV you had to play it full screen on macbook at same time. Either of above are preferable to that
  8. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Or convert the movie(s) to H.264 using Handbrake's Apple TV3 setting. Load them into iTunes and make sure homesharing is enabled.

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