Viewing shows on my HDTV from my macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mel2trib, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. mel2trib macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2010
    I have a new aluminum unibody macbook. I'd like to watch TV shows or movies from the internet on my HDTV. Got the appropriate adapters but my TV only displays my wallpaper, not the video I'm watching on my laptop. :confused: This is my first venture into the Mac world and all of my old Windows instincts aren't helping!

  2. HyperX13 macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2009
    its prob extending the desktop. move video player to screen by dragging it
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    If you want your desktop as-is on the TV, you'll need to change to "mirror" mode in display properties. The downside here is that the TV will be forced to use 1280x800 since that's your internal panel's resolution.

    As said above, move your video playing window to the right and it'll show up on the TV as it's an extended desktop. If you want to play fullscreen saved files to the TV, you can use VLC Player and set the TV as the fullscreen device and then enter fullscreen mode.
  4. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    System Preferences --> Displays

    On the "Arrangement" tab click, "Mirror Displays".

    Edit: 1 minute too late.

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