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jwolf6589

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Some smart TVS have built in browsers for playing content on the web which lacks a Apple TV app. I wish Apple TV had Safari so one can play such content. We use a smart tv in church all the time instead of using DVDS to play educational content in SS.
 

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Some smart TVS have built in browsers for playing content on the web which lacks a Apple TV app. I wish Apple TV had Safari so one can play such content. We use a smart tv in church all the time instead of using DVDS to play educational content in SS.
Right but ATV can play web video if airplayed from iOS or Mac.
 

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I wish Apple TV had Safari so one can play such content.
This has been on my ATV wishlist since tvOS launched.

While is will still wish for it, I wouldn't count on it happening.


Right but ATV can play web video if airplayed from iOS or Mac.
But then you need an additional device involved. If would be so much nicer if Safari was natively on tvOS.

Besides, not all content will AirPlay, some stuff is blocked from AirPlaying.
 
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But not all websites support that
What makes you think that content wouldn’t be blocked in an TVOS browser too? Content is blocked from AirPlay because the owners of that content don’t want you viewing their stuff on a big screen TV for free. For example: Comcast has a very good streaming app that lets you watch their content on small screen iOS devices. But you can’t AirPlay it. If you could no one would pay them to rent their TV box. It’s always about the money.
 

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What makes you think that content wouldn’t be blocked in an TVOS browser too? Content is blocked from AirPlay because the owners of that content don’t want you viewing their stuff on a big screen TV for free. For example: Comcast has a very good streaming app that lets you watch their content on small screen iOS devices. But you can’t AirPlay it. If you could no one would pay them to rent their TV box. It’s always about the money.
Because a certain ministry website allows their video content to be played in a browser which can be played in full screen mode on a smart TV.
 

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But not all websites support that.
But apparently the one website you care about DOES support it. So why not AirPlay it. Apple isn't going to put a browser, or allow a 3rd party browser, on the AppleTV. The way Apple sees it the ATV is a video streaming device... period. They make other products, which they will gladly sell you, for surfing the internet. You would have a better chance of getting that ministry site to write an AppleTV app to stream their content than getting Apple to put a browser on the ATV.
 

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Apple isn't going to put a browser, or allow a 3rd party browser, on the AppleTV.
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I don't think it will ever happen either, as there is very little incentive for Apple to have Safari on the ATV.

Well, other than many of their customers want it.

The way Apple sees it the ATV is a video streaming device... period.
I don't think this is necessarily the reason, as many other streaming devices include a web browser.

IMO, the reason why Apple probably will not put Safari on tvOS is because this creates a way to bypass the App Store, and Apple loses some control over things. This also risks cutting into Apple's App Store revenue.

So why not AirPlay it.
I think the OP will, but the OP was just wondering about alternatives to AirPlay. It is a valid question.

Personally, I would much rather have stuff play natively over the ATV than have to AirPlay it, and I think the OP feels the same.

Some websites block AirPlaying, there tend to be more playback problems with AirPlay than native playing, and it is just inconvenient to use AirPlay when compared to native playback.

What makes you think that content wouldn’t be blocked in an TVOS browser too?
Maybe this might be the case, but maybe not. But, that really isn't the point.....

I think the real question should be, as an user why would a tvOS web browser be a bad thing?

For example: Comcast has a very good streaming app that lets you watch their content on small screen iOS devices. But you can’t AirPlay it.
This is true for the Xfinity App on iOS devices, but you can AirPlay Comcast content using a browser on a Mac.
 

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But apparently the one website you care about DOES support it. So why not AirPlay it. Apple isn't going to put a browser, or allow a 3rd party browser, on the AppleTV. The way Apple sees it the ATV is a video streaming device... period. They make other products, which they will gladly sell you, for surfing the internet. You would have a better chance of getting that ministry site to write an AppleTV app to stream their content than getting Apple to put a browser on the ATV.
They have a ATV app but one is not able to stream content that one purchases so the app needs updating.
 

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Right but ATV can play web video if airplayed from iOS or Mac.

Yep, which you need a separate device for.

Perhaps web browsers on TV's has never been the way Apple wanted to go, even despite it would be ok for some. Obviously the the voices aren't loud enough to have a web browser on Apple TV.