How can I stream videos, pictures & music from my iOS device to my TVs?

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  1. budmonster macrumors regular

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    I have a LG Plasma TV downstairs with a WD TV streaming media player connected to it. Upstairs, I have a LG LED Smart TV which obviously is already internet ready.

    Is there an app for the 5s and iPad Air that can allow to me to stream, my videos, music and pictures to my TVs? I don't want to hook my 5s or Air up to the TVs with any wires or adapters. Just want to be able to play a video on my phone or bring up a photo and have it come up on my TV.

    Looking for a way that my WD TV SMP can see my videos, etc that are on my iPhone/Air, the same with the Smart TV.

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Bear macrumors G3

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    You could get an Apple TV and hook it up to your TV. Then you could use AirPlay from your iOS device(s) to output to the TV.
     
  3. Aston.Zagato macrumors member

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    I've had luck with the "iMediaShare Personal" app. It's free & lets you stream music, pics & vids to any discoverable DLNA device on your network. I've streamed to an Xbox 360 & PS3.

    You do have to make sure Auto-lock is set to off so your iDevice doesn't sleep or your stream will drop (Settings > General > Auto-Lock > Never). Just remember to turn it back on when you're done (to save battery).

    It's not the best solution, but this gets the job done for me until the new Apple TV comes out (Hopefully Soon! :) )
     
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    What are the capabilities of your smart TV or at least the model number? Without knowing the details a DLNA solution is probably the most likely option.

    I'd suggest going with ATV.
     
  5. budmonster thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't need Apple TV I wouldn't be using any of the service, would be a waste of $100.

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    www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-42LN5700-led-tv

    So the only way to stream from my iPhone to my TVs is Atv? Aren't there any apps I can simply dl onto my iPhone to send content to my tv. I'm pretty sure my upstairs tv (smart tv) has dlna, etc. and then my plasma downstairs is hooked up to a WD tv live SMP. Can't the iPhone use the wdtv somehow?

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    I'm pretty sure my smart tv is dlna capable and the downstairs plasma has a wdtv which is dlna too I'm pretty sure. So your saying I just need a dlna iOS app to send my media from iPhone to TV? Are there any good paid apps, I'm looking for the best one to use.
     
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Well give the WD app a try, but based on the description I'm not hopeful. It doesn't look to me like it will do what you want. It might, though. The description is a bit vague, in my opinion.
     
  7. Aston.Zagato, Jan 25, 2014
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    Yup! Just need a DLNA iOS app to send your media from your ios device to your TV & WD box. Unfortunately not many of those apps have been developed.

    I bought iMediaShare Personal ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imediashare-personal/id710578942?mt=8 ) when it was a paid app, but now it's free. Works great for my needs.

    Videos & photos (from your camera roll) & music (stored locally on your phone) are streamed at excellent quality. I think your LG TV & WD streamer should be DLNA capable. Maybe try a google search for how to enable/connect to other DLNA devices (it's usually enabled by default).

    I was surprised at how nice some family vacation videos I took with my iPhone 5 streamed over wifi to my 40" lcd in HD.

    I found you have to start the app first on the iOS device & select the media you want to play, choose the DLNA device you want to stream to, then tell your box/tv to connect to the iOS device.

    I haven't been able to find any other apps that work consistently, though it's been several months since I've checked.

    Note, you have to leave the app open & can't let your ios device sleep or it disconnects after a video or the song that's currently playing. You can't browse the web or "mirror" your ios screen on the tv with this app. You'll need an Apple TV for that.
     
  8. budmonster thread starter macrumors regular

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    Figures that app only supports old wdtvs. I have the new wdtv live SMP which isn't supported lol. On android it was so easy to stream from my phone.
     
  9. budmonster thread starter macrumors regular

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    I found an app from iTunes called 8player. It went well at first. I opened the app up and I saw my LG Smart TV in the list along with my WDTV that is hooked up to my LG Plasma downstairs. This is the issue, this app only streams content from my PC for some reason?

    That is a great and useful addition to the app but I want send media that is on my iPhone to those DLNA devices (Smart TV & WDTV). That's what I've barren looking for since I made this thread. Is there anyway to do that because I'm stuck? I really don't want to have to buy an adapter and plug my iPhone into my tv.

    Below I attached screenshots and as you can see from the screenshots there's no option for me to stream pictures or videos that are on my iPhone straight to the TV, I have to use Mezzmo on my PC or Brett-PC(no idea what this one is).
     

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    Sounds like you would be using a few features of the ATV. Also, they often come up on sale.

    http://9to5toys.com/2014/01/27/apple-tv-3rd-gen-1080p-streaming-media-player-84-shipped-reg-99/
     
  12. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I think the Apple TV is well worth the $100 and if you can get it I think you could get a lot of use out of it.
     

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