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Question: why did tv suddenly display an airplay code?

I was watching TV, not through Apple TV although it was on. Suddenly, the program I was watching on broadcast station disappeared and the TV screen said iPhone Air Play Code and a 4 digit code. After several minutes, that disappeared and the regular TV program returned. I have no idea what caused that, and looking all around at my iPhone, my Mac, etc. doesn't give me a clue.

Apple TV (4th generation), tvOS 11

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Nov 18, 2017 8:03 AM in response to Larry Sochrin1 In response to Larry Sochrin1

My guess would be a neighbor with an iPhone or iPad was accidentally reaching your Apple TV when they were trying to use AirPlay. The Apple TV when engaged if allowed by the Settings on your TV could interrupt your TV, temporarily switching it to that HDMI Port.

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Nov 18, 2017 8:03 AM in response to Larry Sochrin1 In response to Larry Sochrin1

My guess would be a neighbor with an iPhone or iPad was accidentally reaching your Apple TV when they were trying to use AirPlay. The Apple TV when engaged if allowed by the Settings on your TV could interrupt your TV, temporarily switching it to that HDMI Port.

Nov 18, 2017 8:03 AM

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Nov 18, 2017 8:08 AM in response to WiseJD In response to WiseJD

Could you say some more about "if allowed by the Settings on your TV could interrupt your TV, temporarily switching it to that HDMI Port?" I'd like to be sure that neighbors cannot do that if you could suggest anything. Thanks!

Nov 18, 2017 8:08 AM

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Nov 18, 2017 2:18 PM in response to Larry Sochrin1 In response to Larry Sochrin1

Hi Larry Sochrin1. In tvOS 11, you can restrict AirPlay to users on This Network, not Everyone. That will prevent peer-to-peer AirPlay, which is probably what you experienced. Check Settings > AirPlay on your Apple TV.

Nov 18, 2017 2:18 PM

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Question: why did tv suddenly display an airplay code?