One of the most talked about features in iOS 4.2 (and Apple TV OS 4.1) is support for AirPlay, which lets you stream video from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to an Apple TV over your home network. Unfortunately, out of the box this feature only works with the default video app. Third party apps like Netflix, VLC, and others aren’t supported — or rather, video from those apps is not supported. You can stream audio from some apps to an Apple TV.

The folks at TUAW decided not to take this sitting down, and they’ve put together a hack that lets you send video from third party apps to an Apple TV.

Right now TUAW’s Erica Sadun refers to the hack as “pre-alpha,” and “a bit unstable.” You may have to reboot from time to time. But right now it’s the only game in town if you want to send third party video from your iDevice to an Apple TV. Oh yeah, you’ll clearly need to jailbreak your device in order to get this working at all.

Hopefully Apple will officially add AirPlay support for third party apps eventually, which would eliminate the need for this kind of hack.

Brad Linder

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3 replies on “Hack lets Apple TV stream video from third party apps (Netflix, VLC, etc)”

  1. Actually it doesn’t require jailbreaking, but it does require that you build a custom version of the app you want to enable AirPlay with — and you can’t distribute that app in the App Store.

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