Originally Posted by pmcd
You don't need iCloud to stream pictures from your computer. I use my ATV to stream from my Mac all the time, not using iCloud which I still find confusing.
If you have a fairly new Mac then mirroring from it to the ATV is really neat. For example, you can run XBMC on the ATV. It's really running on the Mac but the remote sends its signals to the ATV which then, I assume, sends them back to the Mac and it just works. It's really uncanny. A tiny bit sluggish (the remote) but nothing major.
But if you don't have a late model Mac, 2011 or newer I believe, then you're SOL. I tried AirParrot to see if it would work on my "ancient" 2007 Mac and it's yes and no. Kind of odd but if you continuously move your cursor when playing a slideshow from iPhoto it mirrors it fine, stop moving the cursor and it freezes on whatever image you stopped moving the cursor. Start moving the cursor again and it refreshes and catches up. Must be an AirParrot issue.
I finally got iCloud with Photo Stream to work somewhat, let's just say it's not ready for primetime. I reduced the photos to 640x480 and it actually uploaded the photos, only 6 of the 49 however. Why only 6 is anyones guess, they were only about 50KB each. Went to my iCloud account and reset (aka delete) the photos and tried to upload the files again and it wouldn't upload any again.
Originally Posted by mccoady
djc11369 it sounds like iCloud is not a storage app say like Dropbox but more of a sharing app.
What's not clear to me though is do you even need iCloud for what I want Apple TV to do which is to click on the Photo's icon in Apple TV and stream pictures from her pc to her tv? Or to do the same thing with WD Live if I went with that device?
Twonky and Mezzmo are media servers but apparently that's what Apple TV and WD Live are so I guess you wouldn't need both.
It won't work the way you want it to, the Photo Stream app is tied to iCloud only. The only way you can do anything like you want is set up iTunes on her computer if it isn't already, turn on Home Sharing as well as set up the shared folder from within iTunes, and then set the screensaver on the ATV to use that folder. The smallest time increment you set the screen saver to start is 2 minutes. Once it loads the photos it retains them so that you don't need the computer on but I think as you add more photo's you'll need to launch iTunes to get it to update...hopefully it updates better than iCloud. Again she won't be able to select individual photos to view, it will be a slideshow presentation. The only way to get the screen saver to launch immediately that I can see is go into Settings-Screen Saver-Preview.