Use AirPlay from iPhone or rMBP to HDTV (or PS3)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by asopchak, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. asopchak macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2012
    I will be receiving my first Mac this coming week and would like to use the airplay feature to my TV. Ideally, to my PS3 that is connected, but if I can make it work some other way I will be satisfied. Is there a way to do this without Apple TV? I am fine with hacking the PS3, I would just like to avoid jail-breaking the iPhone. Is there any method to making this work?
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    you need an appleTV

    there are 2 modes of video airplay.
    1 - the video plays on the screen, for apps like the native video player, youtube, and some games. you will get a fullscreen image, with no user interface overlayed.
    some games will give you a "second screen" using this, the controls will be on your phone, while the main action display will be on the TV.

    2 - mirroring, the display is copied directly to the screen, What you see on your device is what you see on the TV, top bar with clock, any buttons and such.
    Due to aspect ratio differences, you will have black bars at the sides of your television screen, and it might not fill the screen top to bottom either. also if your device is in portrait or landscape will affect the display on the TV.
    a lot of media apps (things like cartoon network, or the olympics) use this mode, as the content providers see it as possibly interfering with their revenue stream if you could watch the video in full screen on your TV.

    it depends on the app developer as to weither the app supports full screen video airplay or not.

    you must have a iPhone 4S or iPad 2 or newer to do mirroring.
    I'm not sure if jailbreaking a 4 will allow you to do it or not, i'm guessing not, as i believe the 4S has a special chip to help with the video encoding. in much the same you you mac must be less than a year old to do airplay mirroring.
  3. PrestonWard macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2012
    you defiantely need an apple tv.

    If your trying to air play to a 3rd gen apple tv with an 4 your going to get choppy video. If you use a 2nd gen atv and a 4s you get choppy video. The best solution is to use a 4s(or a new mac) and 3rd gen atv for air play.
  4. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    I have an iPhone 5 and PS3, isn't there any way to have full AirPlay via software from the iOS devices to the PS3?
    Any Apps out there?
  5. GarrettL1979 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2012
    Nope. You should get an Apple TV.
  6. Ic3y macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2012
    My iPhone 4 to 3rd gen Apple TV works just fine. I never get choppy video, even airplaying 1080p mkv files from my NAS.
  7. rbrian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
  8. vanfanel1 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009

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