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Can it be done?

by jayar47 / March 10, 2012 5:45 AM PST

Hi to all. My question: is it possible to watch the contents of my computer in my T.V. which is about 20 feet away in another room? Let me explain, I downloaded some content from the internet on my 20" Imac, but if possible I'd like to watch it on my 42" LED T.V. (burning it on a dvd is not an option). TIA

JayAr

P.S. Would a smart T.V. be a solution?

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Re: can it be done
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 10, 2012 5:57 AM PST
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Apple TV (see http://www.apple.com//support/appletv/homesharing/) offers home sharing to iTunes content. If that unspecified 'some content' that you can't burn to DVD happens to be understood by iTunes on your Mac, there's a good chance that it will work. The link I supplied tells more.

Kees

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Sure
by Jimmy Greystone / March 10, 2012 8:10 AM PST
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Sure, I do it daily. I have a second computer which functions as a HTPC, but there are plenty of set top devices like the AppleTV, Western Digital has something, Asus, Seagate... They all have little devices that you can connect to a network, or even connect an external HDD to, and play back almost any media format you want. You just set up a simple Windows file share on your Mac, and that's pretty close to all there is to it.

You would want to be able to run an ethernet cable of course. Wifi would work, but it's generally pretty unreliable. If getting a cable from one room to another would be an issue, you could look into powerline ethernet solutions. A bit pricey, but if you don't own your own home, and thus can drill a hole in the wall to run a cable through, it's probably cheaper than your landlord would charge you to fix when you moved out.

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Home sharing network....
by A_Mitchell / March 22, 2012 7:55 PM PDT
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Hi everybody,
This is my first post on this forum, feeling glad to post here.

For your concern i would recommend if you could manage the Apple home sharing setup as link posted by Kees above then its pretty good. Else, you can go for a USB HDD. One of my friend's is using the same HDD setup for doing the same. And, her programs run well in his TV. Normally current LED TVs support all formats file but still you can try once.

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