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guitarguy316
May 28, 2012, 10:57 AM
So I've done some research and just wanted to verify...

Does the Watch ESPN app on an iPad stream via airplay to an Apple TV? How's the quality? Currently, I'll watch something on the iPad, but sometimes want it hooked up to a big tv when guests are over. I imagine via airplay, the quality has to be better than using a pc connection via VGA cable.



guitarguy316
May 28, 2012, 06:38 PM
nobody?

MichaelLAX
May 28, 2012, 06:40 PM
maybe no one of consequence has that app... It does not actually show the ESPN channel, I understand; only highlights...

guitarguy316
May 28, 2012, 06:55 PM
no, i have the app on my iPad, it shows all those channels (you have to be a cable subscriber to sign in).

i just want to know that they didn't block the mirroring via airplay, as HBO Go does.

MichaelLAX
May 28, 2012, 06:56 PM
That is why no one is replying; you have to have a cable subscription for it to work...

I have DirecTV; will they activate ESPN for me; I could try it for you...

guitarguy316
May 29, 2012, 08:47 AM
i think it depends on your cable and internet subscription. For example, i know on TWC, they make you sign in.

iphone1105
May 29, 2012, 10:44 AM
So I've done some research and just wanted to verify...

Does the Watch ESPN app on an iPad stream via airplay to an Apple TV? How's the quality? Currently, I'll watch something on the iPad, but sometimes want it hooked up to a big tv when guests are over. I imagine via airplay, the quality has to be better than using a pc connection via VGA cable.

Why not just test this all yourself. I'm pretty sure it stream audio only. I usually just watch it through my cable box in HD, seems best doing it that way.

guitarguy316
May 29, 2012, 11:16 AM
because i don't have an apple tv yet?! that's why i'm asking, as this is one of my main reasons for doing so.

i'm not wanting to to do this to watch espn or espn2. I want to have all the sports on espn3 streamed to TV. TWC blocks this app on the xbox 360, and espn3 is not a tv channel through a cable box.

hallux
May 29, 2012, 11:19 AM
I have a cable subscription, an ATV2 and an iPad2 with this app installed. I'll try to test it this evening when I get home from work. What would be the point though? If you're home and you have a cable subscription and you're near your TV, why not just tune in to ESPN?

I see you answered the question before I posted...

sirgromit
May 29, 2012, 11:20 AM
Yes, it actually supports AirPlay and works really well with the AppleTV. I've used it many times although I've had trouble getting WatchESPN via AirPlay to connect properly from time to time. The most recently AppleTV update indicated fixes to AirPlay so hopefully it's all good now but I haven't used WatchESPN in a while to test and confirm.

frankdogg
May 29, 2012, 05:54 PM
It works well. I have it. My set up is 1080p plasma / aTV 3 connected LAN and hdmi / iPad 2

guitarguy316
May 29, 2012, 07:30 PM
Cool thanks. There's a ton of content on espn3 that you can't get on cable tv. Glad espn didn't block it like hbo go.

CocoaPuffs
May 30, 2012, 01:45 AM
Hate to disappoint OP, but WatchESPN only works with mirroring, not true ATV streaming.

I just tested it with iPad and the mirroring is cropped with slight lag, not what I consider to be high quality at all.

FYI, jailbroken ATV2 does allow ESPN streaming with Comcast subscription.

hallux
May 30, 2012, 06:15 AM
Yeah, I tried it this morning, on my setup I could only transfer the audio to the ATV.

guitarguy316
May 30, 2012, 10:41 AM
yeah i saw an article where apple was trying to get it an atv app rather than mirroring.

sounds like the mirroring quality sucks at this point, i guess i'll pass until that changes.

sirgromit
May 31, 2012, 12:33 AM
I tried it last night for the first time in a while I was unable to stream anything except for audio. It did work previously but ESPN has apparently removed that funcitonality in a recent update. It is now completely useless. I apologize for having misled you before, it was not my intention to get your hopes up nor to spread false information.

guitarguy316
May 31, 2012, 10:29 AM
thanks for confirming...sounds like they did what hbo did to go...

no apple tv for me since ps3/xbox 360 achieve the same results!

kowen14
May 31, 2012, 04:30 PM
if you are jailbroken there is an app in cydia you can use to allow it to airplay...ever since the last update on watchespn airplay hasnt worked...so i tried the app from cydia and it works again

hack is airvideoenabler

sirgromit
May 31, 2012, 11:28 PM
thanks for confirming...sounds like they did what hbo did to go...

no apple tv for me since ps3/xbox 360 achieve the same results!

I looked into getting an XBox 360 just for HBO Go and WatchESPN (with the side benefit of the occasional game) but my cable provider is Time Warner and even though I have access to both services through the web and iOS they do not support WatchESPN via Xbox and only just added support for HBO Go a few weeks ago. On top of that you need an XBox Live Gold subscription just to get the apps which is something like $50-60 per year. No thanks! I will keep hoping they are added to AppleTV directly or will properly enable AirPlay in their iOS apps. Any streaming app that intentionally disables AirPlay should be banned (in my meaningless opinion).

Eninety2
Jun 3, 2012, 11:46 PM
Does anyone know the version which enabled the airplay via atv2?

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FYI, jailbroken ATV2 does allow ESPN streaming with Comcast subscription.

How? Addon?

CocoaPuffs
Jun 4, 2012, 11:27 PM
Does anyone know the version which enabled the airplay via atv2?

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How? Addon?
xbmc addon. if I remember correctly, it's in the same depository as hulu.

Bob Coxner
Jun 5, 2012, 01:55 PM
I looked into getting an XBox 360 just for HBO Go and WatchESPN (with the side benefit of the occasional game) but my cable provider is Time Warner and even though I have access to both services through the web and iOS they do not support WatchESPN via Xbox and only just added support for HBO Go a few weeks ago. On top of that you need an XBox Live Gold subscription just to get the apps which is something like $50-60 per year. No thanks! I will keep hoping they are added to AppleTV directly or will properly enable AirPlay in their iOS apps. Any streaming app that intentionally disables AirPlay should be banned (in my meaningless opinion).

There are frequent sales (Best Buy, etc) for XBox Live Gold, usually around $30 a year. Set an alert on slickdeals.net and you'll be notified via email as soon as someone posts a sale. There are also frequent free month deals from various sources.

Eninety2
Jun 6, 2012, 02:28 AM
I sent off a complaint via the support button in the apps page within the app store. I got this reply today after the generic "we appreciate your feedback" email yesterday.

Hello,

Thank you for reporting this issue to us.

I apologize for the frustration. We are aware of the issue and working to resolve it as quickly as possible. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding.

For live assistance with this or any other issue, please call Customer Care at 1-888-549-3776 (ESPN) between 8:00 am and 1:00 am EST.

Regards,

Patrick
ESPN.com Customer Care

CocoaPuffs
Jun 6, 2012, 12:03 PM
Sounds BS to me.

sirgromit
Jun 8, 2012, 01:37 PM
There are frequent sales (Best Buy, etc) for XBox Live Gold, usually around $30 a year. Set an alert on slickdeals.net and you'll be notified via email as soon as someone posts a sale. There are also frequent free month deals from various sources.

Thanks for the tip! Perhaps the next edition of FIFA will be enough to tilt the scales in XBox's favor and I'll give it a shot.

In the meantime I was able to revert my version of the WatchESPN app (using my TimeMachine backup) from the current version 1.6.1 to the previous version 1.6.0, thus restoring video AirPlay (although the problem of some streams not working remains).

Hopefully this will all not matter come WWDC if ESPN is eventually added to the AppleTV directly. One can only hope!

oskin
Jun 9, 2012, 06:37 AM
Try Airplay. I was able to get iplayer to feed from iPAd to my apple tv. The quality is not great though.

brsboarder
Jun 10, 2012, 10:13 AM
The version 1.6 I can confirm works, while 1.6.1 does not work. Luckily, I had a backup of 1.6 and when I reverted back to it, it instantly allowed streaming of the video.

If you have timemachine, go to your backup!

guitarguy316
Sep 4, 2012, 08:31 AM
Does the app stream over HDMI from the iPad?