So I have to keep iTunes open on Mac to Stream to Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by amitdoc2b, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    I noticed on my new Apple TV that I can't access my videos from iTunes unless I have iTunes software open on the computer? I knew that I have to leave my computer on, but I didn't know I have to keep iTunes open too? Am I missing something? Any help is appreciated.
  2. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    yes, yes, yes, no.

    if you had the old one, you could sync to the hard drive and turn off your computer.
  3. amitdoc2b thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    No, I have the new one. So I have to keep the iTunes software running whenever I want to access videos from my computer?
  4. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008

    edit: for now. when airplay comes out, you'll be able to stream from your computer or ipod/iphone/ipad without itunes.
  5. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX

    Same as Airtunes streaming from your computer to an Airport express.
    Just leave it open forever, what else are you using all that RAM for?:p
  6. amitdoc2b thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Cool! I look forward to the update, and new Apps that work and get integrated with Apple TV!
  7. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i don't know about the apps, but ios 4.2 is supposedly around the corner (november).
  8. BlackMangoTree macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2010
    How does one stream video from the computer to AirPlay on the Apple TV ?
  9. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i'm guessing you need ios 4.2 and possibly itunes 10.1 which are both still in beta.
  10. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    I've never heard of Airplay working from a computer to the ATV. Only from iOS device to ATV.
  11. xkalibur macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2003
    Houston, Texas
    I have, I did it last night. Airplay only does audio right now (it's an evolution of AirTunes), but I can play music in iTunes, choose to output to the AppleTV2, and bam, there's the music. No doubt video is going to work the same, soon as 4.2 is out and it's enabled on the iOS devices. Like someone said, probably in a future iTunes update.
  12. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    So in that case--computer on but iTunes not open?
  13. Mr Kram macrumors 68020

    Mr Kram

    Oct 1, 2008
    i misspoke. video streaming via airplay is said to be for ios devices on 4.2. however, i don't know if i'd rule out that it may eventually include osx devices.
  14. SonicStomp macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    You do need iTunes open but you can have your computer asleep and have it wake on network access - the atv will do that for you when you select your iTunes library from the computers menu.

    Not sure what combo of software/firmware and airport device/Mac you need to make it work.

    Apple support page will show you how to setup wake on access and what configuration of kit you need to make it work.
  15. Billy Boo Bob macrumors 6502

    Billy Boo Bob

    Jun 6, 2005
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    Apple want you to be so "Green" that you have to leave your computer on all the time. Right.
  16. OmegaRed1723 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2009
    The Waste
    Personally, I don't mind having to leave my mini on all the time. At the max, the mini, my Drobo, and the :apple:TV combined consume less than 150 watts, and normally it's much, much less than that. At idle (which is the majority of the time), it's under 30 watts.

    I just hope Apple enables AirPlay video from Mac to :apple:TV at some point. I don't keep anything stored on my iPad, and I hate the idea of having to stream from my Mac to my iPad, then from my iPad to my :apple:TV. Now that is wasteful.
  17. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    Wise words
  18. Clusty macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2006
    How does this work? When I close my MBP's lid, it disappears from the Apple TV's list of computers.
  19. jeb2u macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2010
    For those of you who have been able to get wake on demand to work with the ATV2, about how long does it take for your computer to wake and your iTunes library/home share to appear on the ATV2 menu?

    Just curious because I'm having home share issues. Thanks!
  20. Wavell macrumors regular


    Nov 7, 2007
    Essex, UK

    for me it's maybe 10-15 secs - that's the time it takes for

    [a] the Mac Mini to wake up and then for
    the external array (DRobo via F/wire) to spin up to speed.


  21. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    You need to read Apple's support page for Wake On Demand. There are additional requirements if you are on a laptop and not a desktop.

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