Currently Being ModeratedNov 6, 2012 9:56 AM (in response to pgoodwin)
This does seem to be a conflict or an agreement between Apple and Amazon. I've even discussed it with an unnamed Apple IT person. Amazon video will play on the TV with the HDMI connection through Roku, through Sony Blu-ray, and through my PC but not through the iPad even with the recent Amazon video app. Skyfire used to work for this but no longer. I normally use the iPad for video when I travel since most hotel TVs have an HDMI port and I'd like to totally ditch my PC once Apple lets me. Same comments apply to HBOGO. It's interesting that even when I have downloaded Amazon videos on my iPad, they won't play through the TV. Netflix works fine and, of course, Apple video works.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to pgoodwin)
Try using a Remote Desktop like Splashtop. A sad workaround but if your laptop is handy put the Splashtop agent on it and the Splashtop app on your ipad.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 7, 2012 4:43 PM (in response to kdetrano)
Good idea. I use Splashtop all the time, and never though about using it that way.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 10:46 AM (in response to pgoodwin)
But if you have to have the laptop to accomplish that couldn't you just stream with the HDMI with the laptop and not bother with the iPAD? I feel like I'm missing an advantage somewhere.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 11:03 AM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
Yup, you are right. It's only a workaround until (?) Amazon fixes the IPAD app.
Actually I use a stationary desktop PC in another part of the house--no laptop. Then I can hook my Ipad up to whichever of the HDMI TVs I want and stream from the PC at the other end of the house.
And if anyone wants to stream British TV/video, Acorn TV has great BBC series, $25/year. Skyfire browser app delivers it via the HDMI hookup easily and a simple two finger swipe makes it full screen.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 11:24 AM (in response to kdetrano)
Yeah, I don't know how true it is, but I've read other streams where they say new app providers have a hard time getting compatible with Apple's codec formatting. I don't know if that's to prevent SPAM or make it harder to use non-Apple sources. All I know is it's a pain. It's challenging enough not being able to stream FLASH content, then these incompatibility issues on top of that.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 1:20 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
However, I just downloaded Splashtop because there's a holiday special of $2.99 right now, so if I didn't like it nothing really lost. (Unlike the Firecore I wasted $30 on in January).
If you bring your apple TV with you you don't need to bother with the HDMI cord. You can download the Splashtop2 streamer to your laptop, the app to your iPad (or iPhone) for $2.99 right now, and I haven't tested it, but Streamer2 will even mirror movies you have downloaded and you can watch offline.
But, the real perk to me is that you can get the internet movie streaming and pause it, then connect your airplay to your ATV. Awesome! For $2.99! There was some buffering issues at first, so I suggest getting it set up then pause it for 15 minutes or so before beginning to play. I paused for about 5 minutes 3 times while streaming "Dexter", now in the second half of the show there are no buffering problems. And this is a streamed show, not a downloaded show! On top of that I have uVerse with 802.11 G, not N. The experience should be even better for those streaming in N bandwidth.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 8, 2012 5:14 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
The only real issue with Splashtop has been that while it is running, it uses a LOT of your computers resources. In the earlier version, mine had a process running on the computer called SRFeature which consumed more than 80%. They've put out some fixes that have made things better. Mine's now down to 30% of so. Other people have said theirs is still very high. And laptop overheating can occur with steady operation at very high CPU utilizations. So once you get Splashtop going, look at your processes running and make sure the SRFeatuure isn't too high. They are still working on improving this. You can measure the temperature of your computer with a widget called Systat Pro (I think that's the name).
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2013 1:49 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
Are you saying we can stream video from a Macbook (that has the SplashTop streamer), to an iPad (that has SplashTop2 app), and then to Apple TV?
This post on SplashTop's site says no: