Steaming from MBA (2011) to Apple TV 2

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Chuchichan, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Chuchichan macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2010

    I just purchased an MBA 13" and I was hoping to be able to connect it to my TV. However, my TV does not have a DVI or VGA connection so that option is out.

    So, I'm now wondering if I'd be able to stream VLC (or some other application that can play MKV files) via Apple TV 2 to my TV. I'd like to be able to have subtitles via SRT files with some of my other files.

    I suppose if I'm not able to do this with Apple TV 2, I would then purchase some sort of media player (TVIX, Dune, etc).

    Thanks in advance...
  2. digitalhen macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    Get an HDMI adapter from monoprice, might be easier.
  3. Chuchichan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2010
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    I tried the mini port to VGA adapter on the MBA and a D4 to VGA adapter on my tv and it didn't work. I just have s video and D4 ports available on my TV.

    I am in Japan and D4 is something like a composite connection. Is there a way to connect the MBA? Also, is there a way to stream VLC via Apple TV 2?

  4. Evgenyy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    To stream movies on your apple tv from macbook air you can go 2 routes:
    1. Long and laborious: Convert all your video files into a format that ATV can play. Then import converted videos into iTunes and stream them on ATV via home sharing.
    2. Quick and easy: Install Plex Media Server on your Macbook Air. Jailbreak ATV and install Plex client on it. You can then stream all your videos via Plex on ATV from your macbook. Macbook will convert them on the fly into ATV format so you don't need to convert any videos. Plex will also allow you to watch videos from various internet services via plugins.

    Or a third option is to get a new TV with HDMI and buy HDMI adapter for macbook :D
  5. peterjcat macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2010
    The ATV2 only has an HDMI output, so you'll have the same problems connecting it to your TV as you would connecting your MacBook to the TV.

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