Stream music to TV, what shows on screen?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by gloryunited, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    When streaming music from PC iTunes library or from iPhone via Airplay, what would the TV screen be showing? Pictures, album arts or playlist? Can we turn it off?
     
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    You can set it to show album art or your screensaver.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks.

    Can I turn off the screen and control using iPhone remote app?
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.
     
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    Caliber26

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    For the first minute, or so, the song/artist/album name + artwork.

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    If you leave it idle, the screensaver will kick in. You can choose from multiple type of transitions and stock picture galleries of animals and flowers, or from your MobileMe, Flickr, or Photo Stream galleries.

    You can power off the screen, provided you have speakers plugged in directly in the optical audio output.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you so much!

    I don't have hi-fi or separate speakers at home, so the ATV2 plus my HDTV will add so much value to my living room entertainment!
     
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    Caliber26

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    No problem. You'll definitely love the AppleTV. It's probably my favorite Apple toy, no joke. I have one in my living room and one in the bedroom.

    AirPlay for music, videos, and photos is amazing and now that you can mirror your iPhone 4S (iPad 2 as well) to your AppleTV makes it even better. And I'm definitely looking forward to when AirPlay Mirroring comes to Lion.

    YouTube and Netflix (as well as some of the other apps) are nothing but added bonuses.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When AirPlay comes to Lion, does it mean we can stream any format to the TV? :D
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    That is not true with the Apple TV2, once the ATV2 sees the hdmi link go away it stops outputting audio via the toslink connection as well. Just a heads up.
     
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    That is untrue. I always switch my TV off after finding something to play and the audio has never stopped.
     
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    That would be a wet dream come true, if it allows any format to stream. To be able to play movies in any format and not have to go through the hassle of conversion and loading into iTunes would be amazing. But who knows. You know how Apple is and they often like to cripple things, so we'll have to wait and see.
     
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    James, are you saying that you CANT start the music, with the tv off ?

    Do you HAVE TO turn the TV on first, THEN turn it off, to continue to play audio ?

    Thanks !
     
  13. macrumors 68030

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    Some people can't play music (through the optical out) with the TV turned off. I've never tried it myself, but I've seen that some people can and some people can't.
     
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    Oh ok. Because I really want to get an Apple TV, if and ONLY if, I can stream music from my iPhone to the Apple TV, that will be hooked up to my surround sound, via an optical out cable.

    Thanks
     
  15. macrumors 68030

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    You will definitely be able to do that.
     
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    Caliber26

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    If you're only planning to stream audio, you may also want to consider an AirPort Express.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    It is not true.

    Since software version 4.4 (4.4.2 is affected too) streaming from any device over AppleTV 2 to optical out is NOT possible. The only remedy is to turn on TV or beamer and after few seconds turn off to get the sound.
     
  18. macrumors 68020

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    Of course you can do that. The only people who can't are those who hook their Apple TV up directly to the tv and do not use optical out directly to the stero either.

    I have my Apple TV hooked directly to my surround receiver using HDMI so I can turn the tv off at any time and hear audio. Same for people who use optical to the stereo and HDMI to the tv.
     
  19. macrumors member

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    Two COMPLETELY different answers. I'm going crazy here :confused:
     
  20. macrumors 6502a

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    Is that the case if your receiver is still live though? The HDMI link is live to the receiver which is outputting audio. The HDMI between the receiver and the TV drops, but as long as the receiver doesn't shut down (most have an option for this) wouldn't that keep the ATV happy?

    If not, I have an ATV2 itch that just got scratched. :(

    OP: apologies for adding confusion to the thread. I've never run into that problem on my ATV1.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    Here's the deal, according to apple, with firmware 4.4.2 or higher when you have toslink hooked up to the atv2 if you turn off your tv and your tv does not continue to keep the hdmi handshake going the apple tv will stop sending out audio via optical.
     
  22. macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh, OK. You're confirming what I had assumed.

    I wasn't aware that the ATV2 was HDMI link sensitive. So next time I'll be careful to make the distinction between direct to TV and receiver pass-thru set ups.
     
  23. macrumors 68030

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    What I answered wasn't a question whether he'd be able to stream music with the TV off or not, he just wanted to be able to stream the music. If I've missed something that he said earlier - my bad. But I just said "yes, you'll be able to stream music to your stereo through the optical out" :)
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    OK. Just to make it clear.
    Apple TV 2 is supposed to stream sound to optical out. It was possible with the software version 4.3 without any problems. With the last update (4.4) this option works only with TV or beamer turned on (at the beginning then you can turn it off). But this bug is really annoying. Look at : https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3391154?start=45&tstart=0

    Wait for 4.4.3 :)
     
  25. macrumors newbie

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    I'll just keep streaming music via airport express until the next update. Is there a downside to that?
     

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