4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2013 8:07 AM by Rudegar
rrojas16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello everyone,

 

I want to purchase a Apple TV but have want to know a little more before purchasing. If I am watching something on my laptop from a website or whatever it is, am I able to stream this content from my laptop to Apple TV?

 

I am not sure how this works and need some help.

 

Thank you!


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  • 1. Re: how to stream content from laptop to apple tv?
    Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,985 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Community.

     

    You can mirror your desktop, if your computer meets the specifications.

     

    AirPlay Mirroring requires a second-generation Apple TV or later, OS X 10.8 or better and is supported on the following Mac models: iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), and MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer).

  • 2. Re: how to stream content from laptop to apple tv?
    rrojas16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello,

     

    Thank you for your prompt response.

     

    I currently have a macbook (white 2008) would that not be able to airplay? It seems as if only the newer models would be able to airplay with the apple tv. I would be purchasing the newest Apple TV.

     

    Please let me know, thank you.

  • 3. Re: how to stream content from laptop to apple tv?
    Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,985 points)

    Yes it's only new models it's on account of the design of the CPU, so it's not something that is backwards compatible.

     

    There are some 3rd party software only solutions for mirroring around, but the one I tried doesn't work all that well (and that's on a 2011 Mac pro)

  • 4. Re: how to stream content from laptop to apple tv?
    Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (19,520 points)

    no you will not be able to mirror out of the box

    the mirror rely on the video card of the macbook being able to convert the signal on the fly

    and only the newer models support that

     

    you can try the software called airparrot it does the same thing but without using the video card but the main cpu so the performance is likely not to be as good