Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2010 3:24 PM (in response to mexcan1)No.
From your computer, all you can stream is iTunes content (and that as long as it is in a supported format).
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2010 3:48 PM (in response to mexcan1)For what you want, you need something like a PC. An Apple Mini will do what you want, but of course that's significantly more money. And of course if you put a whole PC in your entertainment system, why not use it instead of your laptop, anyway?
I doubt if Apple will add the ability to stream your desktop to your AppleTV. They might add a browser in the future, but Apple hasn't promised it. If they open it up to third party apps, then somebody will almost certainly write a remote desktop app to do what you want (but once again, Apple has not said that they will do this).
Other relatively cheap devices to browse the internet on your TV are the Sony PS3 and the Nintendo Wii, but neither has a great browser.Cube, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2010 7:59 PM (in response to conejo61)You need to get a computer that you set up to have your TV as a monitor. ATV1 and ATV2 were not designed to do what you want.. nor were they advertized to do so. ATV2 does some pretty amazing things......... but it can't grow a hard drive and convert iOS4 into OSX....... Time ti close this topic and send a n email to apple support requesting the change. Apple doesn't take input from these p[osts.MacPro Dual Quad, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 2TB Raid 5 and 16TB peripheral, iMac, iPad, ATV2, MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2010 8:09 PM (in response to TheOneAndOnly BiGMaC)Dude, I just asked the question. I'm not the guy who bought it and was surprised it didn't do what it wasn't advertised to do. And my intention wasn't to change apple policy or development direction by asking a question on these forums, so feel free to lose the attitude.
my original question was answered nicely above, thanks to those who responded.
two additional questions: besides NetFlix streaming, is there anything substantive that ATV2 does that ATV1 doesn't? Netflix streaming looks like about it, and we're going to buy a Blu Ray player that has that, so I'm seeing absolutely no motivation to upgrade to the newer unit.
and a post above seems to say that if I had an iPad (which I currently don't), I could take streaming video from the iPad and play THAT video on ATV2, is that true? Probably still not enough of a motivation to buy it since the iPad doesn't play Flash video content (I think), and so much video content is still flash-based. But that's a linkage that could have potential for my workflow down the line.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2010 9:04 PM (in response to conejo61)Sorry if I came off abrupt...apologies. In answer to your question: AirsPlay lets you stream content from iPad, iPhone, iPad, and even a visiting laptop (mac only) directly to ATV2 with the single tap of an icon without the necessity of any computer directly linked to it in any way. This is not desktop viewing.. but content streaming of videos, images, and music even if they are not in any iTunes library.MacPro Dual Quad, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 2TB Raid 5 and 16TB peripheral, iMac, iPad, ATV2, MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2010 9:05 PM (in response to KeithJenner)Sorry, that's iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone in my post aboveMacPro Dual Quad, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 2TB Raid 5 and 16TB peripheral, iMac, iPad, ATV2, MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedDec 11, 2010 9:11 PM (in response to TheOneAndOnly BiGMaC)..a last pice of info... anything that can be accessed in a browser can be projected via an apple adapter (30 pin to whatever) to a video display or TV., I do this daily at work and also display keynote and PowerPoint directly.......... for the web, Skyfire browser (1.99 in the app store) will play flash content of any website on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.MacPro Dual Quad, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 2TB Raid 5 and 16TB peripheral, iMac, iPad, ATV2, MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2010 3:33 AM (in response to mexcan1)
No, but I'm realizing now they didn't know either.
I obviously have no idea what I bought.
Am I not supposed to get the internet streamed onto my TV at least, so I can look up Google Earth etc?
no it cannot do that, and has never advertised that it can.
the appletv is simply an itunes extender, that plays your itunes library on your TV. it also allows you to rent content from the itunes store. MBP 2.4GHz Mac Mini G4 2 x AppleTV iPhone4 32GB iPod Classic 80GB, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 12, 2010 6:15 AM (in response to TheOneAndOnly BiGMaC)thank you theoneandonlybigmac, this is very helpful. A few follow up questions if I may, and I apologize if I'm being dense, but I just got a bit confused.
Airsplay is an app that is resident on ATV2?
And with it, I can stream content from an iPhone or iPad to the ATV2? Let me give you the example I posted above. I have a 90 minute webinar I want to watch and it's in flash format. I'd play it in Safari on my browser if I watched it there. So I could bring it up on an iPad in Skyfire and then stream that webinar to ATV2? If so, now we're getting much closer to what I'm trying to accomplish.
Then you mentioned a 'visiting mac laptop'. Could you please clarify that? What about simply my MacBook Pro? If there's a way to stream non-iTunes content from a mac to ATV2, then I'd be in business.
thanks again.MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 2:34 PM (in response to conejo61)
I know this is a bit of an old one and you may have already come across this solution by now but i'll rant on anyway.
There is a video on youtube of someguy showing how to make your apple tv2 show your macbook desktop. It is not an original feature of the ATV2 as has already been said many times over. As far as i can remember there is no need to jailbrake your ATV2 for this to work. I came accros the video on youtube when i wanted to browse the web using my 42inch as a screen. However i no longer need to do this because i have an iphone 4 and there is an app called "TVout Genie" that allows you to view alot of what you can do on your iphone to appear on apple tv2 in realtime (browsing web,maps,viewing photos vieing documents,viewing notes,even an instant streaming video camera). If you have a presentation you wanted to show via apple tv2 you could just put it on keynote on your iphone or ipad and stream it to your ATV2 via airplay. ATV2 on it's own is a good piece of kit (obviously having an itunes library as well makes it a little bit more useful) but if you have an iPhone as well it is an awsome piece of kit. Forget smart tvs say hello to the genious tv. OMG i should work for apple advertising.
Hope this helped
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2012 8:04 PM (in response to conejo61)
I've been using an app called AirFlick to stream video from my Mac to my Apple TV 2. It's basically using AirPlay to do it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 29, 2012 9:22 PM (in response to conejo61)
The new Apple TV will mirror your laptop, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad screen as long as you are using Lion and iOS 5. It's called AirPlay and it works great. We can sit on the couch and watch any of our devices on our flatscreen. If you go to your local Apple store or BestBuy they can confirm and demonstrate. I also use one in my classroom to stream to my video projector so I can walk around with my iPad and stream content to the board. Happy streaming.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2012 1:02 PM (in response to trevorsnyder77)
Ooops! I misspoke. Currently 10.7 on a laptop/desktop does not mirror via AppleTV...only stream media from iTunes, etc.
I did notice in the announcement this week that 10.8 should provide the mirroring capability...
Currently Being ModeratedApr 13, 2012 7:53 AM (in response to trevorsnyder77)
I found a tool which allows streaming of desktops and single applications from Mac to ATV:
Cost: USD 9.99
Currently Being ModeratedApr 18, 2012 2:17 PM (in response to bambich)
I confirm it works
Airparrot from airparrot.com will let you do that, as a matter of fact it will mirror your Mac screen whatever you do on it any Audio and Video websurfing anything.
I bought 2nd hand Apple TV2 just fab !