Video player that can play to apple tv while locked

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by borgqueenx, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. borgqueenx macrumors 65816

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    Does it exist? Locking the device usally stops the video playback on apple tv.
     
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  3. borgqueenx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    yeah but then you would have to convert everything....
     
  4. twintin macrumors 6502

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    Only hardware decoded videos can be played the way you want. This limits the video formats to those natively supported by iOS. All other formats require software decoding and hence can not be run in the background.

    As suggested above, you can also use apps like Plex or AirVideo HD. With those, a server on a PC performs transcoding and sends the content to your iOS device, which in turn can AirPlay the content in the background on your ATV.

    Plex also supports something called Plex connect, which allows you to send the content from a server directly to ATV without going through an iDevice.

    That's pretty much all options you have as far as I know.
     
  5. rainpl macrumors newbie

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    It probably doesn't exist as network traffic stops when you put your iPhone/iPad/Mac to sleep.

    The reason it stops playing is that it stops communicating with AppleTV. Even when AppleTV is streaming something by itself (e.g. AirPlaying a YouTube video) the device that initiated playback has to ping it once in a while to be able to determine progress and issue "stop" signal when video has ended.
     
  6. borgqueenx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thats not entirely true, since air video HD and mctube and 2 internet streaming apps i use, can stream from internet/pc to my iphone/ipad and stream to apple tv without problems- even when putting the device on standby.
     
  7. twintin macrumors 6502

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    As I stated two posts above, that only applies to iOS nativelly supported video formats.
     
  8. borgqueenx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Bah. I hope someone would make a tweak that allows locked devices to keep on playing.
     
  9. twintin, Feb 16, 2014
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    twintin macrumors 6502

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    Your only chance is :

    - jailbraking your device (for the tweaks);

    - convert all movies to h.264 or mpeg4 (iOS natively supported);

    - use apps like Plex that can transcode on the fly from a server.

    Makig tweaks on non-jailbroken idrvices are not very likely as we speak.
     
  10. borgqueenx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i have it jailbroken....but there is no tweak i can find that can help me.
     
  11. twintin macrumors 6502

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    Aaah, that's another story. I can't help you with that.
     

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