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?
Yesterday I posted the news that both the CNN and TED apps for iPad had been updated to add AirPlay support. What I wasn’t 100% sure about – and was unable to test due to a hardware fault on my Apple TV – was whether the apps were supporting AirPlay video, or just audio.
I had my Apple TV exchanged for a new one at my local Apple store yesterday, so last night I was back in action and able to test the TED app with AirPlay. And I’m happy to report it does do AirPlay video and works just great. As soon as I tap the Apple TV button in the app with a video playing it swaps almost immediately to the big screen.
By the way, if you’re looking for a spectacularly good TED talk – amongst the many, many that it offers – I highly recommend the one shown above. It is presented by Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet and the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E, that teaches poetry and self expression across the US and abroad. The talk is titled ‘If I should have a daughter’ and it is just superb.
Oh, and the CNN app also now works with AirPlay video.
The CNN and TED apps for iPad have both been updated this week; CNN to Version 1.0.2 and TED to Version 1.3.
Both apps’ updates appear to be exclusively to add support for AirPlay – which allows audio and video content to be streamed from the iPad to an Apple TV. I am hoping and assuming that both apps have added support for AirPlay video, not just audio. CNN I’m not so fussed about because of course there’s plenty of that on TV anyway; but the TED talks would be great to see up on a big HD screen.
Normally I would have tested this to confirm – but my Apple TV has conveniently died this morning – Apple Support confirms I need to take it into a store to get it exchanged. So hopefully I’ll get a chance to test these out in day or two, once I’ve had a chance to get a replacement unit.
Have any of you tried these apps after applying the latest updates? Is AirPlay video working?
Now that iOS has been out for a few days, a few 3rd party apps have been updated to support it. And the App Store now has a special section to showcase those apps that have done so. The section is called ‘Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps’ and you can find it in the Featured tab of the App Store, just above the Staff Favorites area.
The list is not very long or very impressive just now. It’s good to see iMovie in here but it’s one of Apple’s own apps of course. The only 3rd party app that caught my eye is ESPN The Magazine. I gave it a quick go and it works fine.
Your Apple TV will need an update too, in order to enable this new AirPlay support for 3rd party apps. I hadn’t updated mine in a while and it refused to play videos from the ESPN app when I first tried; then it prompted that an update was available. Once that was applied, videos from ESPN The Magazine played nicely on my big screen.
Have you tried out any of these AirPlay-enabled apps yet?
If you own an Apple TV (new 2nd gen model) then AirPlay is potentially one of the coolest new features included in the recent iOS 4.2 software update for the iPad. AirPlay allows you to stream content from your iPad or iPhone (or Touch) to your TV screens via Apple TV. The content you can stream is pretty limited right now, but should expand in future – both via the clever efforts of jailbreakers and through Apple updates.
For now, you can stream YouTube videos, some of your own videos taken with an iPhone (though via a fairly convoluted process), audio from the iPod app and 3rd party apps that have been updated to support AirPlay, and photos. Audio and photos are my two favorite things to stream so far. Who doesn’t love seeing all your latest shots of family and friends on a great big screen, especially with no need for cables.
Using AirPlay to stream your photos from the iPad is easy once you know how, but it may not be immediately obvious to all so I thought I’d offer some quick pointers on using it here.