Long story short, my question is - is there a known quality issue using Airplay from a MacBook? And is there a way to improve quality?
I have an HDTV here that I'm using for Airplay mirroring. We have Comcast internet, using Comcast's wireless router. The AppleTV is connected directly via an ethernet connection. The MacBook Pro is a mid-2012 retina model.
Whenever I use Airplay from the MacBook, the video is always extremely choppy. The audio keeps up okay, but the video constantly freezes. The thing is, I can use Airplay from my iPhone 5 or my iPad 2 without any issue.
To compare, say I open up the YouTube app on the iPhone or iPad. I can mirror videos from those devices without any issue - clean playback, no pausing. If I open a YouTube video on my MacBook, the video will constantly pause and "jerk". If anything I would have expected the iPad to have the most issues, as it's the oldest device.
I had hoped that the problem would get better after upgrading to Mavericks yesterday, but no luck. When attempting to use the AppleTV as a "second monitor", the performance is so bad that even moving the mouse cursor around causes pausing, so it's just not usable.
FWIW - I'm an IT guy, consider myself pretty knowledgeable about this stuff... so ask any follow up questions you may have. I'm really frustrated that this is a non-issue with iOS devices, but seems to be impossible to get working correctly from the $2000+ MacBook LOL.
Unfortunately, there hasn't been any interest in the question today. But I thought I'd add some additional info. Both my Macbook and router are operating at 802.11N, so I would think wireless network speed should not be a problem here. From what I can tell, the issue keeps pointing to my Macbook (based on all the above)... I'm just not sure what else to check.