AirPlay is becoming more and more of a favorite iPad feature for me, as more and more iPad apps add support for it. While audio over AirPlay can be quite nice at times, it’s video streaming that makes AirPlay much more exciting for me.
I’ve used a good number of apps by now that support AirPlay video by now, but I’m always on the lookout for good apps that include this feature.
This week the iPad App Store Featured area is highlighting a new featured page titled ‘Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps‘ – and that’s just the sort of list I’m looking for. The listing currently shows just over 30 iPad apps. Some of the notable ones include: the TED app for the wonderful TED Talks, CNN App for iPad, IMDb Movies & TV, NPR for iPad, iMovie, PBS for iPad,and Fandango Movies.
Sadly, the page doesn’t indicate which apps supprt just AirPlay audio and which include video support. That would be good to know.
You can find the Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps listing by going to the Featured tab of the iPad App Store and the top featured area where the iPad app of the week and game of the week are shown. The new AirPlay section is one of the highlighted ones that rotate in the top area.
My most used AirPlay (video) enabled app is the excellent Squrl videos app. What’s yours?
Apple TV (2nd generation) got a software update today, to Version 4.2.2. There are no exciting new features in this update, just a handful of minor enhancements and some bug fixes.
The good news, from what I can see so far, is that this update has fixed some major issues with AirPlay video.
Prior to this update, AirPlay video was extremely flaky. If I used AirPlay to play a video from with an app and then switched away to check email and returned to the app, video no longer showed on the TV. Sometimes audio continued to play, sometimes it was dead too. I would also find that even if I stopped a video in one app, closed that app, and switched to another app to play video from, video would not stream correctly to the TV.
AirPlay – and AirPlay video in particular – is one of my favorite new features on the iPad and iOS. Now that a nice handful of good apps support AirPlay video, I’ve found myself using the feature more and more – with apps like Squrl, ShowYou, TED, PBS and several others.
The only thing detracting from enjoying this feature right now is that its performance is very inconsistent for me of late. If I play a video with AirPlay, let it run all the way through, then don’t fire up a new video right away, then when I do start a new video audio only will play on the TV. The same thing happens often if I switch away from the app playing AirPlay video and return to it and restart the video (which stops automatically when you switch out of the playing app).
When this happens, I’ve found no consistent quick fix. I always have to go through an odd dance of quitting the app playing the video, changing the source on the TV away from Apple TV and returning to it, and powering the TV on and off. Sometimes just one of these will work, sometimes it has to be two of them and I’m never quite sure which order they need to be done in. Sometimes doing all of them still won’t get AirPlay video to play properly again.
This does not appear to be a connectivity issue, as audio continues to work. I’ve browsed and searched the Apple Discussion forums a couple times looking for advice on this issue – but so far I’ve seen nothing on it.
So … am I the only one seeing this problem? Anyone else seeing these glitches? If so, any clever suggested fixes?