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  • AirVideoEnabler Streams Any iOS Video


    When Apple announced that AirPlay would be a new feature included in the iOS 4.2 update, many people were eager for its release. However, some were disappointed to learn that only first party apps would be able to stream video. Strangely, Safari is not supported, so internet streaming is not yet possible. AirPlay is capable of streaming video from any app, but Apple chose not to enable it. Fortunately, there’s a jailbreak for that.

    Thanks to Erica Sadun over at TUAW, video can now be streamed from any jailbroken iOS 4.2 device using the AirVideoEnabler patch. A single line of code was all that was necessary to enable this feature. With the patch installed, any app can stream video to an Apple TV. For now, the patch is free through Cydia. Streaming to other devices such as laptops, however, is not yet possible at this point.

    Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to use this patch right away. Because iOS 4.2 is still a tethered jailbreak for newer devices, most users should probably wait until an untethered jailbreak is made available. Once again, jailbreakers will have to be patient while developers work to fix this problem.

    As soon as the latest jailbreak is available, however, this will be the first thing that I download. Hopefully, Apple will come to its senses and enable it themselves so everyone can get in on all the streaming fun. I can’t wait to watch the Daily Show on my Apple TV using Skyfire with the AirVideoEnabler patch installed.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMkLH2QH5E&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - AirVideoEnabler Demo[/ame]


    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AirVideoEnabler Streams Any iOS Video started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 50 Comments
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      If all it took was a single line of code, it looks to me like it is built into iOS and simply needs to be enabled. And, as it's Apple we are talking about, this should surprise absolutely nobody.
      People don't seem to understand the deeper issue here with Apple. They are a content provider, hardware/software provider, and soon to be service provider. This presents SERIOUS issues with licensing restrictions. Enabling the feature prematurely, while it was built in and ready to go, would be a series of HUGE lawsuits if Apple didn't have their licensing agreements refreshed within iTunes' movie/tv content. Most of those agreements are implicitly worded. The tremendous and infamous Apple legal staff has to go back and rework these contracts with content providers to be used in the new way and pay any new licensing/royalty fees.

      But that bit about no homepage... Ok, ...that's ridiculous.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I am sure this isn't built into the OS for "piracy reasons" or some such rubbish.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by cjgonzales1900 View Post
      Haha leave it to Apple to make a Good Feature, and leave it to Jailbreaking to make that feature Great/Compatible.

      Well said!
      And they wonder why we jailbreak....
    1. surryhillbilly's Avatar
      surryhillbilly -
      Love it love, love it, love it!

      Now I can stream my recordings from EyeTV - perrrfect! :-)
    1. beninspain's Avatar
      beninspain -
      Hahahah,

      I love all the comments about switching to android. Ive had a quick look at android on a friends phone and i cant seem to find any reference to Airplay or Streaming to a TV in any of the software. Correct me if i am wrong, but are you all suggesting that because apple left out this ability,(for now) and its only available via a simple 2 min Jailbreak and patch, that you are actually considering changing to a device that has no such feature????

      It wont be long before some one figures out how to stream ALL content including games and web browsing direct to ATV2.

      Ive bought 2 ATV2s and will no doubt get more. But hey, if your so upset Jog On. Go get your android phones and tablets. You wont be missed on these forums!
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by beninspain View Post
      Hahahah,

      I love all the comments about switching to android. Ive had a quick look at android on a friends phone and i cant seem to find any reference to Airplay or Streaming to a TV in any of the software. Correct me if i am wrong, but are you all suggesting that because apple left out this ability,(for now) and its only available via a simple 2 min Jailbreak and patch, that you are actually considering changing to a device that has no such feature????

      It wont be long before some one figures out how to stream ALL content including games and web browsing direct to ATV2.

      Ive bought 2 ATV2s and will no doubt get more. But hey, if your so upset Jog On. Go get your android phones and tablets. You wont be missed on these forums!
      Funny thing is.... 99% of the people who have/who will switch over, will still be here running their mouths. Stalking ModMyi like a jealous X- Girl/boyfriend.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Treeml View Post
      For those of us who already have a ps3, (which does everything an apple TV does already) it would be awesome to have an app that lets you air-video directly to it (aka ps3 media server on mac)....I live in hope of this awesome app, I know for sure there are a million others with iphones and ps3's that would pay for this..
      **Edit**

      Ya tha would be a badass app

      I don't know if this is what ur looking for but u can already stream to your ps3 from your Mac (maybe iPad, iPhone in the future??) it's called Medialink

      http://www.nullriver.com/products/medialink
    1. beninspain's Avatar
      beninspain -
      Quote Originally Posted by GellBrake'rrrr View Post
      Funny thing is.... 99% of the people who have/who will switch over, will still be here running their mouths. Stalking ModMyi like a jealous X- Girl/boyfriend.
      you can be sure of that! besides isnt this called modmyi which is exactly what you need to do if you want these cool features.
    1. jgtthd's Avatar
      jgtthd -
      was quite excited about this feature myself having just bought an apple tv unit and have been quitre dissapointed with it as a standalone unit. (also use ps3 media server as someone else mentioned)
      jailbroke my ipad on 4.2.1 and applied the patch for airvideo with high hopes and it didn't work....tries to play and either runs for about 10 seconds, starts stuttering and then quites or i get the spinning wheel on the apple tv screen but the streaming never starts...
      anyone got any tips? does the patch need updating? somebody in this forum posted that they were streaming a massive mkv file to their apple tv? i can stream them fine with airvideo (1080p mkv's of 10gb+) but the relay with airplay (even with simple divx) doesn't work.....any tips would be welcome!!!!
    1. dannyben's Avatar
      dannyben -
      I still get the same as you. Occasionally I'll get a mkv or avi to play by toggling the pause/play a few times, but on rare instances. Heard some have luck some not. Hopefully an update will come as no developer can use this patch in their software.