Streaming Media

 

Apple TV

Just what is an Apple TV? 

 

The Apple TV

The Apple TV connects to your home (Wifi, or wired) network, and plugs into your TV/home theatre via HDMI / optical audio cable. Make sure you have a TV that has an available HDMI input and you will need to buy an HDMI cable.

There are 3 main usage scenarios:

  1. You can listen to/watch streamed music & video from a few internet sources (iTunes, iCloud, Youtube, Vimeo etc) on your TV/home theatre.
  2. If you have music & videos in iTunes on your home Mac/PC, you can watch them on your TV/home theatre. (This is Home Sharing).
  3. If you're watching a video or listening to music on a iPad/iPhone at home, you can 'push' that onto the TV/home theatre (this is Airplay).

You can use the physical remote device for controlling the AppleTV, but using the Remote app on an iPad or iPhone is far better for navigating a lot of content.

Using Apple’s Home Sharing feature, you can share and transfer content between iTunes and iOS devices in your household including the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Apple TV. If your household has multiple iOS devices or just one, using Home Sharing can give you access to your iTunes libraries, allowing you to share music, movies and more between your Mac or PC to your iOS devices.

Connecting the Apple TV to your TV

Connecting the Apple TV to your TV

1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the Apple TV.
2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to a spare HDMI port on your TV.

The sound will come from the TV speakers.

Connect the Apple TV to a Receiver

Connect the Apple TV to a Receiver

You could also connect the Apple TV directly to the receiver with the HDMI cable. This will depend on how you have set up your home theatre requipment

Look for the HDMI inputs on your TV

Look for the HDMI inputs on your TV

NOTE: Remember which HDMI port you plugged the cable into to connect your Apple TV.

Turn on the TV

Turn on the TV

You need to change the setting on your TV to make sure that it's getting a signal from the HDMI port that you plugged your Apple TV into. Using your TV's remote, look for an Input button, or it might say Source and switch to the correct HDMI port.
Once you have the correct port configured on the TV, you should see the Apple TV main menu or an Apple logo.

Setup your Apple TV

Setup your Apple TV

Using the remote control that came with your Apple TV select Settings menu. See the video below.

Selecting Movies, TV Shows, Music will take you to the iTunes store where you can rent or buy media.

Finding media from your local iTunes Library

Finding media from your local iTunes Library

Turn on Home sharing in iTunes on your computer

Sharing your library in iTunes

Sharing your library in iTunes

From iTunes, Preferences, select the Sharing tab and select: Share my library on my local network.
you have some decisions to make as to how much media you share and whether a password is required.

Setup Home Sharing on the Apple TV

Setup Home Sharing on the Apple TV

In the Apple TV, navigate with your remote to Computers. Once you say Yes , the Apple TV will automatically find any iTunes libraries on that have home sharing turned un using that account. (The computer with the shared library needs to be turned on)

Setup Home sharing on the iPad

Setup Home sharing on the iPad

Once you’ve enabled Home Sharing on iTunes, you’ll need to enable it on your iOS device.

Open Settings > Video or Music
Enter the Apple ID and password for the iTunes library being shared.

Accessing the iTunes Library using the app: Remote

Accessing the iTunes Library using the app: Remote

This is the app, Remote; download it from the app store. Apple TV can access all iTunes shared libraries. This is accessing my iMAC library with TV programmes selected.

Select a TV show to watch

Select a TV show to watch

Select a program, then an episode and tap the Play button.

How to access shared music and video - on the iPad (without the Remote App)

How to access shared music and video - on the iPad (without the Remote App)

This example is from the Videos app on the iPad. Select the Shared library.

Select the media - TV, Film or Music

Select the media - TV, Film or Music

1. Select the type of media yopu want to stream.
2. Select a movie.

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You can either play it or select a chapter and play from that spot.

Air Video 

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This has to be the simplest way to watch video in your wireless network.  Air Video can stream videos in almost any format to your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You don't need to copy your videos to the device just to watch them. It also works remotely although there is a bit of geekery involved. See the video below.

Live Conversion: If the videos in your collection are not in format supported by iPhone or iPad, Air Video will convert them on the fly*. You don't need to wait until the entire video is converted. You can start watching it almost immediately!
 
You need to download the Air Video server - for Windows and MAC and install it on your computer.

Download the AirVideo app from the App store ($2.99)

The AirVideo screen on the iPad

Select the server

  • Select the show: in this example, it is AsTime Goes By
  • Select the episode
  • Tap the play button; and the full screen button.

Selecting the TV show: As time Goes By - episode 3 of Season 3

Selecting the TV show: As time Goes By - episode 3 of Season 3

Airplay

AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS device to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV. Or mirror exactly what’s on your mobile display to the big screen. Holiday photos, blockbusters, the latest games — AirPlay and Apple TV put it all on your TV. What is Airplay?

Watching a video

Watching a video

Instead of watching it on the iPad, use Airplay with your Apple TV to stream the movie to the TV that is connected to the Apple TV.
1. Tap the Airplay button and select where you want to stream the media. Look for the Airplay buttion in many of the Third Party apps. eg Youtube.

You can stream to a MAC computer, Apple TV, Airport remote speakers.

To mirror your screen

To mirror your screen

If you want to mirror your iPad screen to the bigger TV screen or computer, access the Multitasking bar.
Either 1) two presses on the Home button or 2) swipe up with four fingers.

By default, the multitasking bar displays the most recent apps you have run on the iPad. To access the special controls, you will need to swipe the bar from left to right. This will drag the bar to the right, revealing a new section of the multitasking bar.

Turn Mirroring ON