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ascender

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I'm guessing this isn't how the new feature of iOS8 should work, but just now my ATV stopped playing the TV show I was watching on Netflix to play one of the generic iPhone ringtones. It then went back to the Netflix main menu. Checked my phone and it was on silent with one missed call.

WTH? :confused:
 

Lord Hamsa

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I'm guessing this isn't how the new feature of iOS8 should work, but just now my ATV stopped playing the TV show I was watching on Netflix to play one of the generic iPhone ringtones. It then went back to the Netflix main menu. Checked my phone and it was on silent with one missed call.

WTH? :confused:

Did you leave your phone set to AirPlay to the ATV? I've had it happen to me in the past that it will continue to AirPlay audio even if I'm not sending video, if I forget to turn AirPlay off.
 
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ascender

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Nope. I've never done that before to be honest, so not sure what happened.
 
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whooleytoo

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It does sound like Airplay was on, though I've never had Airplay active on my phone when a call came in, so can't confirm the ringtone is "airplayed".

Unless it's a Handoff feature they haven't announced yet :)
 
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chrono1081

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My iPad rang! It only happened once and I can't get it to repeat. I'm glad I'm not the only one with random ringing devices. (I'm not being funny either that did happen a few days ago).
 
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Indy2424

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My iPad rang! It only happened once and I can't get it to repeat. I'm glad I'm not the only one with random ringing devices. (I'm not being funny either that did happen a few days ago).

Not sure about the Apple TV, but on the iPad you can now answer your calls while on your ipad when it is in the same room as your iphone. Since I have updated my 3rd gen iPad to iOS 8. I have answered multiple calls on my iPad. It is one of my favorite new features.

Edit: This is part of the continuity features they showed.
 
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waw74

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Not sure about the Apple TV, but on the iPad you can now answer your calls while on your ipad when it is in the same room as your iphone. Since I have updated my 3rd gen iPad to iOS 8. I have answered multiple calls on my iPad. It is one of my favorite new features.

Edit: This is part of the continuity features they showed.

Unless you also want to use the new wi-fi calling feature they talked about, then the answer your calls on other devices goes away.
 
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gpspad

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Unless you also want to use the new wi-fi calling feature they talked about, then the answer your calls on other devices goes away.

Dam, you have to choose! Luckly my provider isn't offering wifi calling yet, but I love answering my calls on my iPad. I was always amazed apple never had a skype or face time like feature in its apple tv's.

It would be awesome to have itunes stream music to multiple rooms and if a call comes in, the music is muted and you can answer a call. Weren't we supposed to have that by now :)
 
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I'm guessing this isn't how the new feature of iOS8 should work, but just now my ATV stopped playing the TV show I was watching on Netflix to play one of the generic iPhone ringtones. It then went back to the Netflix main menu. Checked my phone and it was on silent with one missed call.

WTH? :confused:

Yup, I had this happen to me on Sunday. Was very weird. I had JUST turned on my Apple TV so my phone couldn't have been connectd to airplay.

I haven't tested to see if it was a one-off or if it keeps happening. But I'm guessing it's a glich either simply due to continuity or because the next ATV actually will be able to answer calls.
 
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sodapop1

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Yup, I had this happen to me on Sunday. Was very weird. I had JUST turned on my Apple TV so my phone couldn't have been connectd to airplay.

I haven't tested to see if it was a one-off or if it keeps happening. But I'm guessing it's a glich either simply due to continuity or because the next ATV actually will be able to answer calls.
It might not be a glitch after all but rather Apple TV simulating the behavior of other cable/satellite provider boxes that have an integrated caller ID feature when a calls comes in. But currently, there is no way for you to answer the call on the Apple TV.
 
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gpspad

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I'm surprised that apple never integrated a version of FaceTime to the Apple TV.
 
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oneof52

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My iPad rang! It only happened once and I can't get it to repeat. I'm glad I'm not the only one with random ringing devices. (I'm not being funny either that did happen a few days ago).

My wife's iPhone keeps ringing on my iPad. I try to answer it, but the call goes away. I thought it was because she is using my Apple ID for purchases or maybe iCloud somehow. Still don't know why.
 
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stridemat

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Yup, I had this happen to me on Sunday. Was very weird. I had JUST turned on my Apple TV so my phone couldn't have been connectd to airplay.

I haven't tested to see if it was a one-off or if it keeps happening. But I'm guessing it's a glich either simply due to continuity or because the next ATV actually will be able to answer calls.

Imagine if this was integrated with HomeKit to pause the film and turn on the lights if the call is accepted.
 
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It might not be a glitch after all but rather Apple TV simulating the behavior of other cable/satellite provider boxes that have an integrated caller ID feature when a calls comes in. But currently, there is no way for you to answer the call on the Apple TV.

No. The way it's currently implemented makes no sense as a "feature". It blanks out the screen, doesn't show you who's calling, gives you no way to answer the call... That's why I said it could be a future feature that slipped through occasionally as a glitch, but there's no way this is functioning as intended. Especially becaus Apple made no mention of it.

Imagine if this was integrated with HomeKit to pause the film and turn on the lights if the call is accepted.

Oh yeah there are lots of possibilities that could one day be really cool.
 
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squidkitten

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Is there a way to turn this off for certain devices? I kind of like the continuity feature on my mac but I don't want my iPad or my Apple TV to ring anymore. The Apple TV in particular is really annoying because it just stops my shows and takes me back to the main menu every time my phone rings.
 
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