do I need a data plan to watch netflix thru my mac book on apple tv

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  • Depends on what you mean by a “data plan“. If you’re at home and have an Internet service provider and Wi-Fi network, this is considered a data plan. You should be able to access the Netflix service through your internet browser app (like Safari) on your MacBook. You would not need an Apple TV to accomplish this. You would just use your browser app to sign in to your account on and view content on your MacBook screen.

    If you want to use a TV to mirror you MacBooks display, you can do this by connecting cable from your laptop’s display port to your TV. My 2013 MacBook Air uses a mini-DisplayPort to HDMI cable, a much less expensive option compared to Apple TV.

    If your budget allows and you want the conveniences of wireless connection (so your MacBook doesn’t need to be located right next to your television), and remote control switching between apps, then you might want to spring for the Apple TV.

    If you’re not at home and don’t have access to a WiFi network, you would need to have a phone plan that allows you to use your phone as a “Hot Spot” connection to the internet, in which case, yes, you would be using your data plan to create a temporary WiFi (or Bluetooth) connection to you laptop to access the Netflix app. Be forewarned that this uses lots of data. So if you don’t have an unlimited data plan, this is not a good idea. There are other devices which you can connect to your laptop that allow you to access the Internet from anywhere, but these also entail subscribing to a data plan from an Internet or cellular service provider.

    • Answered by Tom S from San Diego
    • Oct 17, 2017