Netflix AirPlay speakers not working?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by whyrichard, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    I set my atv to play audio through to my express, but it doesn't work.... Any tips?
  2. HMI macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012
    If you are trying to use AirPlay out to AirPlay Speakers (your Airport Express), I believe that only works with "Music" that originates from the Apple TV.

    For example, you should be able to listen to iTunes Match Music, Radio, Podcasts, and possibly Music Videos via AirPlay out from your Apple TV to your express, but probably won't be able to do the same thing with other movie or TV show video files. Likewise, media that originates on another device (computer/iOS) won't play through your Apple TV to your express. The content must originate from the Apple TV itself.

    Since Netflix is recognized as a video format, it doesn't support audio over AirPlay. Conversely, since iTunes music videos are stored under "music" in iTunes, AirPlay "sees" them as music and allows audio over AirPlay.

    Hope this helps.
  3. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    that helps very much, thank you. though i wish it would work otherwise...

    thanks again,

  4. leerichards1 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    Oh dear, just realised this myself after a quick search wondering why I can output my music to airplay speakers, but not movie trailers, TV shows or movies. Read it was some kind of licensing issue, but I can't see that being the case, it makes no sense unless I'm missing something.

    So the only option to watch video and have better sound is to connect ATV to a separate amplifier and speakers, or to change the info of the video file to Music Video which actually does work, but I'm guessing that will soon be crippled once Apple find out, as they must have their reasons for not wanting to allow it.
  5. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    Yea sadly no video with AirPlay speakers yet - I want to live in a Wireless world - hopefully Apple can help us get there.
  6. genshi macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2007
    Portland, Oregon

    I too just discovered this, but what I can't discover is the reason why? Does anyone have any insight as to why this is not allowed with Movies/Video content? I posted this same question to the Apple Support community...

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