11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2010 8:52 AM by Alley_Cat
Astro8183 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Can i use Apple Tv to display the content from the computer screen on the TV screen i guess like streaming or using the computer wirelessly?

Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    no.

    you can use the appletv to play itunes content from your computer, but you cannot use it to show what is on the screen on a TV.
  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    No, you need the new Mac mini for that. It has an HDMI port and can connect directly to your TV or A/V amp. The ATV is an antique, its time has passed.
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    capaho wrote:
    No, you need the new Mac mini for that.


    hardly !

    all the OP needs is a long VGA/DVI cable that runs from existing computer to the TV.

    buying a £600 desktop PC seems overkill for a fairly simply task.
  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    all the OP needs is a long VGA/DVI cable that runs from existing computer to the TV.


    He will have to use desktop mirroring for that to work and he won't get fullscreen resolution if he has a widescreen HDTV with a higher resolution than the computer's primary monitor.
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    capaho wrote:
    He will have to use desktop mirroring for that to work and he won't get fullscreen resolution if he has a widescreen HDTV with a higher resolution than the computer's primary monitor.


    assuming monitor is being used at the same time.
    by only using the TV as the monitor at the time it's required then you won't have those issues.

    still, i wouldn't be suggesting someone to buy a £600 PC as a solution to what the OP asked.
  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    assuming monitor is being used at the same time.
    by only using the TV as the monitor at the time it's required then you won't have those issues.


    I have a 2009 Mac mini server connected to my TV as the only monitor with a mini display port to DVI cable and it can't do fullscreen resolution. The new Mac mini can do 1080p, the 2009 Mac mini can't.
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    can the new mac mini make the tea and coffee as well?

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  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    In relation to the OP's question, you know very well that an ATV cannot be used to stream the computer screen. The new Mac mini, however, is ideally suited for that task, thus my recommendation.

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  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,960 points)
    capaho wrote:
    In relation to the OP's question, you know very well that an ATV cannot be used to stream the computer screen. The new Mac mini, however, is ideally suited for that task, thus my recommendation.


    It would be ideally suited if the OP wanted to connect a Mac to the TV to use as a direct display, but I'm not sure they necessarily want that.

    OP will have to clarify.
  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    There is no doubt that an ATV can't stream the computer screen. The logical assumption is that the OP wants to watch Internet video and/or non-iTunes video on his TV, which the ATV can't do.

    It's true he could connect his current computer with an appropriate adapter cable, but having done it myself with both a 2009 Mac mini and an iMac, I can tell you that the experience is not the same as that provided by the new Mac mini. Nor can the ATV compare with what the new Mac mini can do.
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (17,960 points)
    capaho wrote:
    There is no doubt that an ATV can't stream the computer screen......


    Yes, I know all that, you're presenting a reasonable option, all I'm saying he may not actually want a computer connected to the Tv and it may be too expensive for the intended purpose - he may just want to mirror a computer display elsewhere on his Tv using a relatively cheap 'device'.