4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 24, 2008 5:30 PM by capaho
Pippen1978 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there a way to transfer your normal Mac screen to the TV via Apple TV? Shouldn't pose to many techincal difficulties and would be a nice feature as you could run a webbrowser and BBC Iplayer that way. Is this possible?

Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • 1. Re: Stream Mac Screen to TV via Apple TV
    capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    You can't stream anything via an Apple TV that isn't a file in an iTunes library or available directly in the ATV online content.

    About the only way I can think of as a possibility would be to use a video capture device to create a video stream for your Mac screen, create a live podcast file for the stream using your Mac's network address as the podcast URL, import the file into a playlist, and see if the ATV will play the stream from the playlist.

    I'm not sure if that will work, but if you're into experimenting, you can give it a try.
  • 2. Re: Stream Mac Screen to TV via Apple TV
    Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,035 points)
    Pippen78 wrote:
    Shouldn't pose to many techincal difficulties


    On the contrary, it would be extremely difficult to implement real-time in high resolution if there were constantly changing things on the screen, without serious compromise in quality of frame rate.

    AC
  • 3. Re: Stream Mac Screen to TV via Apple TV
    new-to-apple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I noticed your reply about "can't stream anything via an Apple TV that isn't a file in an itunes lib."
    I have been searching this discussion board for this info, but can you clarify? Is it possible to view on my new HD Sony TV using apple TV(I did not buy one yet!) (HDMI cable connection), the photos from iphoto on my intel iMac, and movies in iMovie?
    Thanks
  • 4. Re: Stream Mac Screen to TV via Apple TV
    capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    I noticed your reply about "can't stream anything via an Apple TV that isn't a file in an itunes lib."


    You should be able to use an ATV with your Sony TV via HDMI cable and you can use it to display your iPhoto photos from your iMac.

    Otherwise, the only way you can provide content to an ATV is through an iTunes library, either by syncing or streaming to it from the library. If you make your own files, you can import them into the iTunes library and then you can sync or stream them to an ATV.

    You can also get content directly on an ATV from the iTunes store from the available content listed in the ATV menu (such as podcasts, movies and TV shows).