Apple TV can be used to transform your waiting room computer into an interactive media device for your clients. This will give your customers access to streaming video content through services such as Hulu Plus and Netflix, in addition to playing any content purchased through the iTunes Store and stored on your iOS-enabled devices, such as the iPad and iPhone. You can display games and apps on your television screen for others to see. While Apple TV is designed for use with televisions, it is possible to connect it to a PC that either has an HDMI-enabled monitor or a TV-tuner card with HDMI or component video inputs.
- Connect your Apple TV to the HDMI or component video cables. HDMI cables consist of a single cable to transmit both the audio and video signals, while component video cables split the audio stream into red, blue and green video, while separating the audio into left and right streams. If using component video cables, match the colored wires to their corresponding connector on the Apple TV device.
- Insert the opposite end of your HDMI or composite video cables into your computer’s monitor or TV-tuner card. If you connected the Apple TV to your monitor, press the “Input” button on your monitor to switch your computer’s signal source from the computer to the Apple TV device. If you connected your Apple TV device to your PC’s TV-tuner card, activate your TV-tuner and select either the HDMI or component video input source.
- Connect your Apple TV device to your home’s network. If connecting to a Wi-Fi network, input your Wi-Fi username and password using the Apple TV’s remote. You may also connect directly to your network using an Ethernet cable.
- Follow the on-screen prompts once your Apple TV connects to your network. You will be presented with a PIN number that must be entered into iTunes to sync Apple TV to your iTunes account. With iTunes open, select “Apple TV” from the Device sidebar and enter the PIN number that you received. Once set up, your Apple TV will be ready to use.