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Apple Fitness+ is available as of today, and some customers have been wondering if it's possible to get the workout videos on a television set without an Apple TV.

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There are several smart TVs from brands like LG and Sony that support AirPlay 2 content, but it appears Fitness+ is not designed to work with AirPlay. MacRumors reader scar88 attempted to AirPlay a workout to an LG TV but found that the option was not available.

We tested with an Apple TV, and it appears that AirPlay doesn't even work when attempting to AirPlay to an Apple TV from an iPhone. The audio transfers over, but the video does not.

If AirPlay is indeed not allowed when using Fitness+, there will be no way to display workouts on a larger screen without having an Apple TV device, which some users will find disappointing.

Have you been able to get AirPlay to work with Fitness+ to a smart TV? Let us know in the comments.

Article Link: Apple Fitness+ Appears to Be Incompatible With AirPlay
 

tobefirst

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If this is the case, I would expect it to be fixed/changed. The AppleTV exists to sell content, not the other way around. It seems Apple couldn't care less how few AppleTVs they sell, as long as people are watching the content they've purchased.
 

Appleman3546

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This is a simple video and data app, how did Apple mess it up so easily? I guess because only those limited few with the required Apple accessories can access and buy Fitness+, Apple didn’t pour the proper resources into its development
 

GadgetBen

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It is likely that Fitness+ will require OS capabilities to deliver metrics on screen, something that is not possible in TV apps with other providers.

I thought this would be pretty self-explanatory.
 

Slitted

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I also couldn’t get the video onto my TV using the lightening to HDMI adapter/cable. audio worked but not video. No way I am trying to follow along on an iphone sized screen. (and the iPad app isn’t even working..)
Wow, so there’s no way of using Fitness+ on anything but ATV/Phone/Tablet

I didn’t have much faith in Airplay working given that the pages never once mentioned it, but even disabling a wired video output from the device is low.

Hopefully they allow the iPad app to be downloaded so I can finally be let down once last time.
 

macsound1

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I assumed after the fiasco of Vizio and other TV brands spying on what you're watching, even if it isn't streaming content using their apps, people got the memo that using TV's built in 'smarts' was a bad idea...
 
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macsound1

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And reading more into Apple Fitness+ requirements on a whole, there are alot. But they're super straightforward. Just like (I assume) the requirements for working out with a Peleton. It's not just a youtube video. No "at your own pace" stuff.
Says it works on iPhone, iPad, or AppleTV AND Apple Watch Series 3. Don't have a watch. Doesn't work.

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contacos

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You get a superior entertainment experience with a real Apple TV box. You get a half-baked mess if you lean on the stuff built into your TV.

nope I prefer android tv on my philips tv. Haven’t used my Apple TV in months (until now to try fitness+)

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i only get audio to work. Seems like copyright protection at play? SKY in Germany does the same
 

dguisinger

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And reading more into Apple Fitness+ requirements on a whole, there are alot. But they're super straightforward. Just like (I assume) the requirements for working out with a Peleton. It's not just a youtube video. No "at your own pace" stuff.
Says it works on iPhone, iPad, or AppleTV AND Apple Watch Series 3. Don't have a watch. Doesn't work.

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And we have now learned that isn't true, it works just fine without a watch
 
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Apple Fitness+ is available as of today, and some customers have been wondering if it's possible to get the workout videos on a television set without an Apple TV.

Apple-Fitness-Plus-Feature.jpg

There are several smart TVs from brands like LG and Sony that support AirPlay 2 content, but it appears Fitness+ is not designed to work with AirPlay. MacRumors reader scar88 attempted to AirPlay a workout to an LG TV but found that the option was not available.

We tested with an Apple TV, and it appears that AirPlay doesn't even work when attempting to AirPlay to an Apple TV from an iPhone. The audio transfers over, but the video does not.

If AirPlay is indeed not allowed when using Fitness+, there will be no way to display workouts on a larger screen without having an Apple TV device, which some users will find disappointing.

Have you been able to get AirPlay to work with Fitness+ to a smart TV? Let us know in the comments.

Article Link: Apple Fitness+ Appears to Be Incompatible With AirPlay
Fitness+ working on my iPhone 11 Pro using Airplay to a Samsung TV with the Airplay app. Works without problems for the video and sound. Just what I expect and like it.
 
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