With Apple TV, any H.264 Web content can be broadcast over AirPlay to your HDTV

Apple Online StoreThe features and descriptions of the new Apple TV “on Apple’s site right now is a red herring,” Seth Weintraub writes for 9 To 5 Mac. “I think a much bigger use will be what puts these in almost every house in America – or at least gives it the market share that the iPod enjoys.”

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“Apple TV is a AirPlay-compatible device, meaning it can stream video/sound from other Apple devices,” Weintraub explains. “We found out last night that it isn’t just iTunes content that it will be able to broadcast. Any H.264 content from the web can be broadcast over Airplay to your HDTV.”

Weintraub reports, “That includes any video that can play on your iOS 4.2 device, like: Facebook video, YouTube, Netflix, Videos, BBC News, MLB and really anything else you can watch on your iOS device. That also includes videos built into Apps and magazine subscriptions too. All of this can be beamed to your AppleTV via Airplay.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s website states, “If it’s on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, it’s on Apple TV. You can already stream music, photos, and video from your computer to Apple TV. With AirPlay, you can stream it all from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, too. So if you feel like watching a movie you have on one of your devices, you don’t need to rent or buy it again. Just tap to start playing content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, then tap again to instantly stream whatever you’re watching — or listening to — directly to Apple TV. AirPlay is coming soon to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch near you.”

30 Comments

  1. It’s over then tv web gaming intergration if this is the case this iapple tv 2 is a gaming platform. As well as an all purpose tv photo etc device rip a DVD convert to iTunes and air play to ur HD tv glad I bought one good thing I didn’t buy stock in blockbuster which I actually like

  2. I don’t think there is a single content provider out there that uses Divx, Xvid, Ogg Theora or any other obscure codec. The logical conclusion is that these codecs are used mostly by those who illegally share commercial content. A cursory review of torrent sites confirms this; while there are bootleg movies out there encoded in an MPEG flavour (DVD-ready MPEG-2, AVCHD Blu-ray ready MPEG-4 AVC, and similar), it seems that much more illegal movie rips are encoded in Divx or Xvid.

    So, why would anyone really need to have support for Divx, Xvid and similar on Apple TV, unless they are breaking laws?

  3. Wait, this will be available from any app on iPhone/iPod/iPad? Whoa…all of a sudden everything makes sense. All the people moaning about AppleTV not including “apps” and other stuff — it doesn’t need to. The apps are already there, on your iOS device. AppleTV is simply the “receiver” that puts the video on your big screen. Smart, simple, efficient. This alone makes AppleTV a killer piece of kit.

  4. I can’t believe what an incredible feature this is. This means I can peruse my video library using my iPad instead of a clunky up-down-left-right remote control. I can choose what I want to watch, and then just beam it to my AppleTV. Freaking AWESOME!

    For you guys wanting to watch xvid (or any other format) videos on your AppleTV, simply get the AirVideo app on iPad/iPhone. It has a connected application that runs on your mac/windows computer and lets you stream video to your iOS device. It transcodes any format into h.265 realtime so your iOS device can play it natively. This means that AirPlay will be able to relay it to the new AppleTV.

    That one feature right there is so cool I can’t even stand it. Add on top of that any and all h.265 video in any other app. (MLB, Netflix, Hulu?…) And any h.264 video on any web page or hulu.

    And a commenter on 9to5mac.com confirmed that he can start playing audio over AirPlay to his AirportExpress and then multitask at the same time! The audio just continues streaming over AirPlay in the background.

    Now I can choose what I want to watch using my beautiful touchscreen iPad, then AirPlay it to my TV, and then go back to safari (or any app) while the video is playing!

    Apple freaking rocks!

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