- Stream video from the Internet. Many sites allow you to legally watch full length episodes of TV shows. For instance, In the US you can use Hulu, in the UK you can use the iPlayer (BBC) or in Canada, watch shows on CBC. There are many other sites (although many are illegal).
- No need for a DVD player. As long as your Macintosh computer isn't the MacBook Air, it has a CD/DVD drive. This way you can watch all you're DVDs (No Bluray on Macs yet) without a DVD player.
- No need for an Apple TV. Seriously please don't dish-out a minimum $229 for an Apple TV. With Front Row (Use your apple remote or Command-Escape to access it) or Boxee you can virtually have a machine that looks and works as well as the $229 Apple TV. Also, using a Macintosh you can use services such as streaming from Netflix, Or iTunes.
-Monitor the size of your TV. Compare the size of your Laptop Screen to your TV screen. No more need to explain.
Disclaimer: I'm am not responsible. Whatsoever. Even if you spontaneously combust.
Step 1: Cost & Where To Buy
To attach your MacBook to your TV and Maintain High Definition, you will need:
- A Macintosh Computer with a Mini Display Port (Assumed that you already own this)
- A Mini DVI - DVI Adapter Bought from Apple Here (19.95)
- A DVI - HDMI Cable Bought from Apple Here (19.95 for 6ft or 29.95 for 12ft)
- An Auxilary Cable* Bought from most electronics stores (Aim for 6ft or longer, depending on how far you audio input jack is)
- A Mouse, Keyboard (preferably wireless) or the $1.99 iPod Touch/ iPhone App "Air Mouse" or Apple Remote (used to control the computer)
UPDATE: There is a new [free] mouse/keyboard application, in the app store, for more, visit: logitech.com/touchmouse [for what you download on your Mac/PC, and search "Touch Mouse" in the app store for the app.
*The Auxilary Cable is optional if you are happy with the sound coming from your Macintosh's internal speakers, you can leave it out of the set up, and save about $5.00
I'm sure there are cheaper options out there (eBay etc..), If you find one, use it, and it isn't junk, or a scam, let me know in The Comments, but I was looking for a good quality cable, from a store where I knew I'd be able to return it, and have it last for several years.
**Please make sure your TV has an HDMI input before you buy anything!** You can use other cables, but this instructable will focus on DVI/HDMI.
Step 2: Set-Up
Follow the annotations in the photographs below for clearer instructions.
Continue to the next step for the set-up on the Computer.
Step 3: Computer Set-Up
Now there will be a little display icon in your Menu Bar. Click it and from the drop-down menu, select Mirror Displays. Your TV should now show and mimic whatever is on your laptop screen.
Now switch down the brightness on your Mac until it is off. (Short-cut on keyboard.)
For less confusing instructions, again follow the Annotations on the Photographs below.
Step 4: Audio (Optional)
See annotations, and Photographs Below.
Step 5: Finished!
If I've missed something, or have a suggestion, just let me know in the comments,