General Using a spare iOS device as an Apple TV

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Nobita, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. Nobita macrumors 6502

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    I have an iPod touch 4th Gen lying around. I want to make it like an Apple TV (stream into it). I have a 30-pin to VGA adapter connected to my TV. Does anyone know what I have to do (or if it's even possible) to make something like this work?
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    If you added in an Airport Express I guess you could stream via that, but with the ATV so cheap....You might be better of grabbing one...Apple re-furbs are also available.
     
  3. Nobita thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I was thinking that too. But I'm very low on budget that if I'd have to whip out $99 bucks I'd rather watch my tv shows on my cheap dell screen as I always do. Thanks for your advice.
     
  4. NestOfRobins macrumors member

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    My son recently upgraded his Touch 3G for a 5G and I decided to use the old 3G as a video player, especially since we have the 30pin to HDMI and 30pin to composite cables.

    I jailbroke the 3G and installed VLC for watching when we are travelling. I will simply load the movies onto the device for when we are not at home.

    I also installed XBMC for when we are home and have access to the WiFi so we can watch movies stored on the network.
     
  5. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

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    AirPlay won't work; everything else (SMB, UPnP etc.) will, assuming you use the right player. As you already jailbreak, XBMC will be one of the best choices for streaming targets - and it also supports TV out via HDMI / VGA.

    Please check out my streaming- and XBMC-dedicated articles (all here at MR) for more info.
     
  6. Nobita thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I've been using Air Video. The only problem that I don't like is I've got to get up the couch to choose which movie to watch next. I was thinking I could have somehow route AirPlay to my iPod so I don't have to get up the couch.

    Thanks for the help anyway, I know this is just me trying to avoid getting up from my couch, but thanks.
     
  7. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    You would still need a cable for sound since you are going the VGA route.
    I think is better if you just take your laptop and your VGA cable and mirror the screen on the tv instead
     
  8. jinx1000 macrumors member

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    Streamtome allows you to control the currently playing video player remotely. Pause fast forward, etc.

    You could use veency (on cydia) and a vnc app to launch the next video.

    I think this would work and be controllable from another Idevice on your couch.

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    Or you could use airserver (on cydia) to stream to the device connected to your tv. Probably easier.
     
  9. nickharris1992 macrumors member

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    You can do all of what you just said without jailbreaking it. I take all of my movies and run them through a product called Episode. Then put them on my in my dropbox. It will cost you a bit but it is a much simpler solution. I dont like to deal with VLC because if something goes wrong there is no VLC Customer service. Just my 2¢
     

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