Why isn't Airplay supported by all video playing apps?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iHobby, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. iHobby macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2011
    HBO is supported as is Starz, more recently Amazon Video, CW, Hulu+, TNT.
    SyFy, Showtime are not. Those two play the audio, but not the video. It can't be because of a video format issue because Apple TV USES iOS and if an app plays audio and video on an iPad, it should work over Airplay, right? And it's frustrating when a video will play on a content owners' web site (AMC) in a browser, but not on iOS apps or web browsers. Does Chromecast have these issues? Cantream ANY content from a Chrome browser to the Chromecast dongle?
  2. twintin macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    AirPlay audio&video requires hardware based decoding. Hardware based decoding only works with iOS nativelly supported formats. Formats not nativelly supported by iOS can still be played, but with app specific software decoding. Sometimes the audio may be nativelly supported by iOS, but not the video in which case you may get what you just described.

    In such cases AirPlay mirroring (don't mix this up with airplay audio&video) is your only alternative.

    ChromeCast has to my best knowledge limited support on iOS, so it is likely it will have issues too.
  3. takeshi74, Jan 24, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It's also a decision made by some content providers.
  4. morningsong macrumors member


    Jan 19, 2010
    I only get audio when trying to airplay Starz.
    People get it to show video?
    Can't even see it with mirroring...must be doing something wrong..
  5. CorporateFelon macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Yep. Last time I tried HBO's app it only let me airplay audio, not video. This was over a year ago, so it may have changed. But it is a deliberate business decision, not lazy developers.

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