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.

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