AppleTV and Airport Express Issue with Movies

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Phish311, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Phish311 macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    Im shocked that this is an issue, but i connected my airport express so an amp and connected a couple speakers to get better sound when watching movies from my AppleTV. The sound from the TV speakers is pretty lousy so this seemed like an obvious upgrade.

    Everything works great when listening to music or watching the WatcheESPN app, but when I stream a movie from my computer using AppleTV the sound only comes out of the TV and NOT the speakers connected via the airport express.

    It seems this is a known issue but has anyone found a work around? I was very dissapointed, needless to say, and can't believe that Apple would allow this to happen with their products, which are meant to work seemlessly together.

    I appreciate any advice or insight anyone can give. Thanks
  2. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I am shocked that this works via the ESPN app. Why would you expect to stream audio and video to 2 different devices?

    Why not run an optical cable from the Apple TV to your receiver and skip the Express? If this did work you'd surely have a/v sync issues.
  3. Phish311 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    The Apple TV is on one side of the room and and the speakers are on the opposite. Im trying to avoid having wires running all over the place and since i am only connected 2 speakers, i got a smaller amp that will do the trick. The Airport Express allowed me to keep wires to a minimum
  4. rc135tx macrumors member


    Feb 15, 2010
    Connect the audio from the TV to your amp or select your express in the AppleTV's Settings:Airplay menu. For me the sound volume from the AppleTV via Airplay is very low, so I connect the TV to the amp.
  5. Phish311 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    I tried that and the audio was too low coming directly from the TV to the amp surprisingly. It does defeat the purpose of using the airport to play wirelessly.

    I'm gonna see if i can use bluetooth instead as one option, or see if Plex will work

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