AppleTV and streaming

Suffa

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Hello,

Is it just me or is appletv absolute **** when it comes to streaming from an iPhone?

When I stream Netflix from the phone and stream it to my appletv, the Netflix app on my phone gets “locked”, I can’t browse the app while streaming like the way you can when streaming to a chromecast. Also when streaming, can’t go browse Facebook or browse something with videos, the Netflix stream stops.
Is appletv made only to use with its built in native apps, because it sure seems that way.
 

Starship67

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This is prime example of the common macrumors user lately. Complain just to complain. Of course the purpose of the Apple TV is to use it’s own apps. What do you think it’s for?
 
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Suffa

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This is prime example of the common macrumors user lately. Complain just to complain. Of course the purpose of the Apple TV is to use it’s own apps. What do you think it’s for?
How about I like using my phone as the remote? Ever thought about that?

Also, Chromecast is way better. Apple Junk
 

daflake

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How about I like using my phone as the remote? Ever thought about that?

Also, Chromecast is way better. Apple Junk
There is an app for that as well....

I have tried both and still prefer Apple. I also don't have a problem streaming from my iPhone or iPad which I do frequently as I live in Italy and can't get some item without using a VPN. Not sure why yours locks up.
 

Suffa

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There is an app for that as well....

I have tried both and still prefer Apple. I also don't have a problem streaming from my iPhone or iPad which I do frequently as I live in Italy and can't get some item without using a VPN. Not sure why yours locks up.
Do you use iPhone?
 

Macalicious2011

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This is the limitation of Airplay. Because of it, I never Airplay from the iPad because the stream gets easily interrupted if you browse Facebook or a website with autoplay videos.

No stream device is perfect. Every single one has limitations. You can cast Youtube videos to the Apple TV. Hopefully the casting will be extended to other apps soon.

It would make me very happy.
 

rolsskk

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Do you use iPhone?
Do you use AppleTV?

This is the limitation of Airplay. Because of it, I never Airplay from the iPad because the stream gets easily interrupted if you browse Facebook or a website with autoplay videos.

No stream device is perfect. Every single one has limitations. You can cast Youtube videos to the Apple TV. Hopefully the casting will be extended to other apps soon.

It would make me very happy.
Is it really that difficult to use the native AppleTV apps? I'm curious as to what you're unable to stream that you're forced to use AirPlay for.
 
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Macalicious2011

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Is it really that difficult to use the native AppleTV apps? I'm curious as to what you're unable to stream that you're forced to use AirPlay for.
The remote is ease to use, but browsing and searching for new content is sometimes quicker on the phone, especially if you don't want to interrupt what's currently on the screen.

Further more it's common to do two screens e.g watch something casually on the TV while intermittently using your phone. Then it's easy to search for something Airplaying/Casting it to the screen without having to grab the remote or ask your partner across the room for it.
 
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whooleytoo

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Actually, this used to be my favourite way of watching Netflix, browse on my iPad and Airplay to my AppleTV. It's a much nicer way of navigating content than Netflix on my TV/cable-box/console - scrolling is quicker and more fluid (no tap-tap-tap to scroll through) and text-entry for search is much easier on iOS than with an on-screen keyboard and direction arrows.

I actually don't remember if you could still scroll through content while the video was Airplay'ing. It seems you should, since the iDevice could 'hand off' to the AppleTV, so other than starting the content and sending play/pause/forward/rewind commands, the iDevice isn't involved in playing the content.

(I stopped doing it this way, as I only have an AppleTV 2 now and I'm not even sure if you can get 4K streaming with Airplay? Netflix on my TV has Dolby Vision & Atmos by comparison).
 

rolsskk

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The remote is ease to use, but browsing and searching for new content is sometimes quicker on the phone, especially if you don't want to interrupt what's currently on the screen.

Further more it's common to do two screens e.g watch something casually on the TV while intermittently using your phone. Then it's easy to search for something Airplaying/Casting it to the screen without having to grab the remote or ask your partner across the room for it.
Or you could use the iOS apps in tandem with the TV, but there's also the iOS remote app that you could use.
 

Tech198

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Hello,

Is it just me or is appletv absolute **** when it comes to streaming from an iPhone?

When I stream Netflix from the phone and stream it to my appletv, the Netflix app on my phone gets “locked”, I can’t browse the app while streaming like the way you can when streaming to a chromecast. Also when streaming, can’t go browse Facebook or browse something with videos, the Netflix stream stops.
Is appletv made only to use with its built in native apps, because it sure seems that way.
More likely, its just the developer, not Apple that want this...

If you stream from SBS to Apple TV, it doesn't lock. I think its more to do with how Netflix did it.
 

Suffa

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May 11, 2013
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This is the limitation of Airplay. Because of it, I never Airplay from the iPad because the stream gets easily interrupted if you browse Facebook or a website with autoplay videos.

No stream device is perfect. Every single one has limitations. You can cast Youtube videos to the Apple TV. Hopefully the casting will be extended to other apps soon.

It would make me very happy.
This is exactly what I'm talking about! If I stream Netflix, Stan, Youtube etc. and simultaneously browse the web or facebook or instagram etc. and a video pops up or sound, the original stream cuts out and AppleTV wants to stream whatever media is going on at my screen.

I'm not hating AppleTv, I just wish it didn't mirror EVERYTHING media-wise I do. There is a mirror-option for that if I wanted that!

Instead I want it to work like Chromecast, it streams what you intend to stream unless you change it.

I just like using my phone as a remote and not the silly appletv remote.
 
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