Use Beamer app to stream almost any video from your Mac to Apple TV

“Apple has a lot of bases covered when it comes to watching video on Apple TV, but one thing it hasn’t managed to do is ensure support for all the different available video formats,” Jonny Evans writes for Lifewire. “You can get around this to some extent using media servers and app combinations such as Plex, Infuse, or VLC, or you can use an app to stream directly from your Mac.”

“When it comes to Mac to Apple TV streaming, Apple provides AirPlay Mirroring but for a more standards-compatible alternative, many Mac users choose to use Tupil’s Beamer 3.0 app,” Evans writes. “It can play AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, MOV, WMV, SRT, SUB/IDX and many other formats. It cannot play video from Blu-ray or DVD disks as they use copy protection.”

“Depending on the source file, your video will be streamed at up to 1080p quality, and the app will even stream content from Macs that don’t support AirPlay Mirroring. You can even use the Apple TV Siri Remote Control to manage video playback.”

More info and links in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The trial version of Beamer plays the first 15 minutes of all video files. You can purchase a license in the app for US$19.99. More info


  1. I really miss the ability to capture still images from commercial video on iOS devices. I guess they figured I’d sit there and capture an entire movie frame by frame and put it out on the web or something. Any good image capture programs for iOS?

    Thanks iOS 10 !

  2. Who wants to beam anything from a Mac to Apple TV?

    People want to send video from their Macs to their large screen home theatre TVs and stereo systems. For better or worse, that’s an HDMI cable. Wireless is a non starter.

    1. I hear you. In our case, the complication for the home theatre room is that the projector is at the opposite end of the room from the other components. So there HDMI isn’t a step forward to us. Would would have preferred to send Toslink or S/PDIF digital audio to the Yamaha preamp, and DVI or DisplayPort video to the projector. But instead we ended up with highly shielded HDMI cables. Old PowerMac G4 still serves up home movies just fine. Cheap Blu-Ray player provides movie releases.

      In the living room, the Panasonic 4K TV looks great when fed by a Roku.

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