I have an external hard drive attached to an Airport Extreme. I am looking at different ways to stream files from that hard drive on to my Apple TV. I have it set up now where I can just access the files through my MBP with iTunes running and AirPlay them on to the Apple TV. However, I would rather figure out a way that I could access those files (either through the Apple TV or with my phone) without having to go over to my MBP and manually select/play the file. I would like to have the lid on my MBP closed while doing this. So here is what I have come up with. Keep the MBP on with the lid closed using a program like NoSleep. Remotely access/manipulate files on my computer using an app like Remote Mouse FREE (or something similar?). This would theoretically allow me to keep my MBP lid closed, browse/open files on my computer from my phone, and AirPlay those files to my Apple TV. The other option is to access the files on the external from my phone using FileExplorer Free. I used this app last night on my phone and it actually worked really well. Then I could just AirPlay from my phone onto the Apple TV. My only concern with this is that I don't know how great the data connection will be streaming from the HD to the phone and back up to the ATV, all while I'm using my phone for other tasks while this is going on (texting, Facebooking, etc.). Maybe there is a more simple way of achieving this that I am missing?