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  • Dave Bartell Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I have both and much prefer the user experience of the older versions. I stream all content to my 2 old and 1 new ATV, but the new ATV UI is slanted to rental content only and not to content I own in an entensive library.

    It would be very useful if the new ATV listed my movies as My Movies as it does on the orginal ATV. My Movies, etc are only found under Computers where I list my iTunes library.

    This breaks the (my) user experience because I naturally want to find My Movies under Movies, not Computers.
  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    So I suppose you could overcome this limitation by utilizing the Airplay feature to stream those HD titles from iPad directly to HDTV....


    If you had an ATV2 you wouldn't need to use AirPlay to stream from an iPad, as the same content is available in the iTunes store for both. You could just rent it directly on the ATV. I'm also not sure whether or not AirPlay will allow you to stream rental content from an iPad to an ATV.
  • moonbaza Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So to throw another wrench it in.

    Since the new Ipad will have airplay, allowing you to access your entire Itunes library and stream it to your TV, what's the point of even having an Apple TV now? Other than I guess renting movies and using Netflix?

    Although, if I use my IPad to stream content to my TV, I guess I can't really use my Ipad for anything else while I'm doing that correct?
  • vazandrew Level 6 Level 6 (16,515 points)
    In order to stream content to your TV via airplay you would need an ATV. If you connected the iPad directly via adapter then that's different but it would be inconvenient and you couldn't use it for other things.

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  • moonbaza Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I realized I asked kind of a dumb question after the fact.

    But, One thing that did come to mind, even after your response.

    So if I use my Ipad to stream or control content to ATV, say I play a movie, once that movie is playing can I use my Ipad for other things, surfing the web, using other apps, etc? I'm assuming I can but just checking.

    Thanks,

    Ehren
  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    So if I use my Ipad to stream or control content to ATV, say I play a movie, once that movie is playing can I use my Ipad for other things, surfing the web, using other apps, etc? I'm assuming I can but just checking.


    I'm not sure if AirPlay will stream something that's running in the background while you're doing something else with the iPad. You can't use AirPlay to stream to a TV directly, you have to stream to a 2nd-gen Apple TV, and if you have one of those you can use it to access content directly while you use your iPad for something else.
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (87,320 points)
    moonbaza wrote:

    So if I use my Ipad to stream or control content to ATV, say I play a movie, once that movie is playing can I use my Ipad for other things, surfing the web, using other apps, etc? I'm assuming I can but just checking.


    Yes AirPlay supports multitasking
  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    Yes AirPlay supports multitasking


    Will AirPlay stream video that's running in the background on an iPad? Streaming video in the background via AirPlay while doing something else in the foreground would certainly run up the system load on the device, which would likely affect the quality of the stream.
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (87,320 points)
    Watching a home made 720p via AirPlay from my iPad while typing this response right now, the video is just fine and typing in safari isn't suffering.

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    The apple tv does the same as it does for normal streaming from iTunes it builds a buffer before starting, won't start until it thinks it can complete without interruption.

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  • capaho Level 4 Level 4 (3,650 points)
    With 37 messages posted to this forum in just one day I guess you've been doing a lot of typing while streaming. There must be quite a load on your fingers.
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