Streaming display from MBP to TV. Am I missing something?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by laser71, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. laser71 macrumors regular

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    Hey All,

    I'm going to be buying a MBP whenever the new ones come out, so I'm eagerly absorbing as much info about them as possible and planning my future setup. This will be my first Mac, so there are even more considerations than normal.

    Is there any way to wirelessly stream the display from a MBP to a TV?

    Presently I have a cable hookup that I use with my laptop and a headphone jack, and it works fine for playing movies, etc. However, it's really pretty ugly and limiting (short cord).

    I would love to be able to stream the entire screen without any wires. Apple TV looks cool, but only being able to stream content via iTunes seems pretty limiting to me.

    It seems crazy to me that this functionality apparently does not seem to commercially exist, and does not seem to be mentioned frequently. Am I missing something?
     
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  3. xaquaticx macrumors regular

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    laser...I'm with you!

    My dad got one of these. I remember after messing around for an hour (wtf!?!?!) to set it up...I was astonished that it can only do iTunes and a few other things. Hm, no SurfTheChannel for you! Apple is The Man! I was like wait...it doesn't just stream the computer to the TV like a second monitor? What is the point, especially for $100 (and it used to be much more!)

    They would sell a TON to businesses wanting a simple way to connect a computer to a projector, for starters. Of course, I am assuming they put the Apple back in AppleTV and make it easy to use. This whole iTunes trying to sell you crap and get you to "log in" shtick is really starting to annoy me. And the thing took way too long to set up. Should pair like Bluetooth devices, like it comes up with a handshake screen, you press OK, you are done.

    AAPL is becoming MSFT slowly. Maybe it's good for shareholders, but I know they'll lose some customers along the way, with mediocre crap like AppleTV. I know I'd buy an Apple TV if it didn't suck so much, I bet a lot of businesses would too, for the reason I described. Maybe AppleTV 3 will be awesome...
     

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