Possible to mirror to TV if app doesn't support mirroring?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Koofa, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. Koofa macrumors newbie

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    Hi there. So I'm trying to figure out how to watch British TV on my TV (LG 4K smart, if that makes a difference). I bought a Fire Stick during Black Friday, loaded with Kodi, and can't get anything to play.

    I use Smart DNS for my computer and iPad, with no issues there, so now I'm wondering if an Apple TV (looking specifically at a 3rd gen) would be the right choice. However, one of the main apps I want to use (iTV Hub) says it doesn't support mirroring to a TV. But I'm wondering if it's still possible to mirror through Apple TV, since Apple TV supports mirroring? Or would the app somehow cancel Apple TV's abilities out? I don't know how Apple TV works (or any streaming device, really), so I want to get a better understanding before I dive in to purchase this too, and make another mistake.
     
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    the app developers can disable airplay if they want to.
    so even though the aTV can receive, the phone won't be able to send if they disable.

    you can try airserver
    it lets your mac pretend it's an aTV, so you can try it out without opening any money.

    airplay has 2 modes - airplay, and airplay mirroring, and the developers can choose which they want to allow.
    3 modes if you count airplay audio

    airplay - sends either the video file or a web location of the video file to the aTV. The aTV then plays the file locally (your iOS device screen will normally just show basic playback controls, and you'll have full screen image on the TV)

    airplay mirroring - the file is played on your mac/iOS device's screen, the screen image is then converted and sent to the aTV (you will see your entire iOS screen on the TV, including the clock, signal bars, and any playback controls)

    airplay audio - re-encodes the audio stream and sends it off to the aTV
     
  3. Koofa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, this makes perfect sense and is exactly what I needed to know.
     

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