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Thread: AirPlayer Streams Video to Macs

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    Default AirPlayer Streams Video to Macs
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQg046aoV9Y]YouTube - AirPlayer demo[/ame]


    AirPlay is a significant extension of the capability of iOS devices to act as a real media player, rather than just a portable. This is a boon to people who already have an Apple TV, or don't mind dropping $99 on one. But what if you have neither an Apple TV, or a TV set to hook one up to... but you do have a nice big Mac screen.

    Enter Erica Sadun's AirPlayer. The app runs a Bonjour server on a Mac which simply advertises itself as an AppleTV. Once it's up and running, all you need to do is select your Mac as a destination on your iOS 4.2 device and it's now a big Apple TV. You don't even have to jailbreak to stream video; that is, if you don't mind being stuck with YouTube. Anything with DRM on it will give you a big blank screen. Jailbroken devices running AirVideoEnabler, on the other hand, will be able to stream from any app that relies on Apple's MediaPlayer framework, including VLC, AirVideo, and HTML5 videos in Safari.

    Erica's done a lot of work understanding AirPlay and Bonjour in general, and it paid off in this proof-of-concept app. It's still "extremely alpha" ware, but hopefully will inspire a lot more interesting projects with AirPlay. You can download the current version from Erica's website.

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    This might make it worth it for me to update to 4.2! Nice!

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    What I was wondering is at about 26 seconds into the video why does it say samsung on what is supposed to be her Mac?

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    hackintosh ....

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    Did that guy just kick that baby towards the end of that video?..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
    What I was wondering is at about 26 seconds into the video why does it say samsung on what is supposed to be her Mac?
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    It's probably a Mac with a samsung monitor, mac mini maybe ? I use my iMac and dual screen with a 1080p gateway monitor

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    What happened to the same story that was posted earlier today?

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    Samsung monitor

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    Either it's a Samsung monitor or hackintosh. Either way, it's running an instance of Mac OS X. This little mod is really neat and clever! Glad to see a work around from owning an AppleTV!

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    Is there any hopes for enabling Air Play on Old Apple TVs???

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    Finally a way to watch you tube on my computer!!! Yes

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    My bro got Apple TV, says he's been happy with it. I'll have to show him this.

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    My iPad is running 4.2.1, and i installed this program on my Mac. But i dont see the Airplay icon anywhere .... only when i turn on bluetooth and pair it to my bluetooth headphones does the airplay icon show up. But when i press it it does not show my Mac in it. Any one else have this problem?

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    Hmm probably might get this, can be useful

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    Sweet going to try this out
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    please do let me know if you find a way.....

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    works great with the youtube player but cant get it to work with the videos app on my ipad
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    Default Airplay on Platforms other than AppleTV
    There is surprisingly little attention to the topic of getting airplay working on Windows on the net. I imagine Apple's lawyers are on the case. Does anyone know if people are working on getting Airplay capabilities working on a Windows PC or OSX? There were a few options (windows media player plugin and a program called AirStream Media Player)... neither one currently works on Windows PC with an iphone 4s and ios5.

    It would be great to test out this Airplay Mirroring but I have no desire to buy an Apple TV.

    I can't believe this is not possible - It's got to be Apple's aggressive legal pursuit of anyone attempting it that's preventing its development. This seems to be getting pretty close to the sort of behavior that got a class action suit slapped on Motorola for crippling their Bluetooth file transfer or got Microsoft in anti-trust hot water.

    Hmmm. That's odd. Why is that black town car stopping in front of my house? And are those guys in suits carrying crowbars, of all things?

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