Q: Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Gutwrench, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. Gutwrench Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    We plan to go to Apple today to discuss this but I'm most interested in any feedback from this community.

    We do not have cable or Direct TV signal to our house. We do not watch television at all. However, my wife streams many shows from Chinese websites to her MB Air.

    If we bought a television and an Apple TV would she be able to wirelessly stream the shows from her Air to that television?

    Is Apple TV a 1:1 relationship with a television or can one Apple TV device be used to stream a signal from her Air to two TVs in separate rooms (1:n)?

    Can any iOS device take advantage of Apple TV?

    What other advantages could she (we) gain from Apple TV?

    Any other advice or ideas is much appreciated.
  2. Madmic23 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2004
    Hi. You need one AppleTV per TV, as it only has one HDMI output on the back.

    You can AirPlay from an iphonen4s or ipad2 and up to your appleTV.

    Other advantages are that you could rent movies from iTunes, and stream media from your computer to your TV.
  3. JGRE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dutch Mountains
    Yep, you can use airplay to display anything on your MB air to your TV using a ATV3. It will show simply your desktop (and anything displayed on it); however via airplay the quality is less than via normal streaming either via iTunes direct from the ATV3.
  4. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Just to correct this, you can AirPlay Mirror with those devices, but you can AirPlay pretty much any video/audio/pictures on almost any iOS device.
  5. iHailCarlo macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    Airplay mirroring is what you want. ATV serves as a portal for some web hosts (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc), iTunes, and can mirror your Mac provided you have the right specs.
  6. Gutwrench thread starter Contributor


    Jan 2, 2011
    Thank you everyone. I appreciate your help very much.
  7. DP812 macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2009
    A note on Airplay Mirroring, you'll need Mountain Lion for it. Also, I'm not sure what MBA your wife has, but mine is a 2011 and Mirroring can be pretty processor-intensive, and it heats up very quickly. I've had some lagging because of this, so just FYI.
  8. Raegor macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2010
    Can you airplay your live webcam or is there alternative software to accomplish this either through ios or laptop?

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