PCs on Apple TVs

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by carguy21, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. carguy21 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2013
    Would it be possible for me to stream my movies/tv shows onto an Apple TV from a PC? If so how would I do this? I dont want to have all of my movies take up a lot of space on my new Mac so I was thinking about using an old PC. I just want to figure this out before actually purchasing an Apple TV.
  2. kevo1011 macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2010
    Look at the program airparrot. It uses airplay and is for PC/Mac. I think it's about $15.00. So far, I've used it a few times but it has worked.
  3. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    As long as they are in mp4/m4v format, import them into iTunes and use home sharing. Will be much better than air parrot as air parrot uses a lot of resources to stream the entire screen on your PC. iTunes will stream just the movie file.
  4. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
  5. RiverbankGuy macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2013
    I have set up multiple friends with an AppleTV streaming from a PC perfectly fine. As lunaoso stated all you need to do is have home sharing turned on and it will work. As with a mac though you need to leave iTunes running or else it won't work though.
  6. Che Castro, Aug 4, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2013

    Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Instead of getting another pc , since your worried about space in your mac for movies

    Get an external drive , you can get a 3TB EXTERNAL drive for $129

    Or what ever size you want , western digital or seagate

    Your mac needs to be running iTunes in order to stream to Apple TV
    But your mac can be a sleep and still stream to Apple TV

    That's what I do my mac goes to sleep after 3 hours, I can still watch movies on the Apple TV , the mac & monitor won't turn on when I play a movie during sleep mode

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