Send video from the MacBook? Apple TV vs Chromecast

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ribbon, Apr 19, 2015.

  1. ribbon macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2010
    Currently what I do to watch TV shows/movies is plugging my MacBook Pro to my TV via HDMI. I would like to stream the video from my Mac to the TV via wifi instead, so I'm considering getting the Cromecast or the ATV.

    Considering I would only use it to do that (display videos -mainly mkv 1080p-), what do you guys think is the best alternative? I'm afraid of getting the ATV and Apple renewing it in 3 months. Also, how would I do it? I've read of people using Chromecast+Plex, or ATV+AirParrot. I've also read that AirPlay does have a little bit of lag.

    I could really use a little bit of help here. Thank you in advanced!
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    another option is roku, it has pretty similar options to the chromecast

    airplay mirroring (where the entire screen of your computer is duplicated on the TV) is definatly not the way to go, it doesn't lag, but in order to get the images on the screens (computer and TV) to stay together it sacrifices quality.

    you can use plex with the aTV, either using the iOS client on your iphone or ipad and airplaying to the aTV. Or using PlexConnect, it's pretty easy to setup and replaces the trailers app on the aTV with your plex content.

    with the aTV you get access to the iTunes store/rentals, and HBOnow, but loose access to others like amazon unless you stream from your phone

    plex is good if you plan to build a library, and don't mind keeping your library in order. it's not that difficult, but might be a bit much if you're an "aquire, watch, then immediately trash" kinda person.

    and with airparrot (or airserver) you're better off streaming the file directly, instead of mirroring the entire screen or an application.
  3. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Since you said you want to stream MKV files you are better off with the Chromecast.
  4. ribbon thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2010
    Thank you both for your answers. Just curious: why is Chromecast better to stream MKV files? I would presume that the ATV would be better at this.
  5. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Apple does not support MKV.
  6. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    I'm using Beamer to AirPlay to Apple TV almost everyday.
  7. jdag macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2012
    You are trying to "push" the video from your Mac to the TV. Did you consider the opposite and "pull" the content instead?

    If you simply set up an iTunes library on the Mac and sign both the Mac and AppleTV into Home Sharing, the library will be available on the AppleTV itself (as long as the Mac is powered on and iTunes is running).

    To get your MKVs into iTunes, just use a tool like iVI or iFlicks. Both work great and are quick.

    That, to me, is a more friendly experience.

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