Originally Posted by Mugzy
I am already able to sit down in front of my TV with ATV connected and use the Remote app to navigate the ATV to play movies that I have in iTunes on my Computer(s).
What has changed here?
Originally Posted by bcahill009
I think it's just a technicality to now be able to do it via airplay. So now you can search on your idevice push play then put it on atv via airplay instead of searching using the controller trackpad thing.
It is the ultimate Remote Control
for the AppleTV -- especially on an iPad.On the AppleTV:
ATV 1) you set AppleTV as the input for the TV
ATV 2) AppleTV shows its standard menus
ATV 3) after 1 min 30 sec, the AppleTV displays the screensaver slideshow using photos from iPhotoOn the iPad:
iPad 1) you select an AppleTV to stream to
iPad 2) you select an iTunes library source to stream from
iPad 3) you select, say, a playlist of songs and music videos.
iPad 4) you hit "play"
on the iPadOn the AppleTV:
ATV 4) the content in the playlist begins to play
ATV 5) if the content is audio, a small cover and info is overlaid, in the lower left, for a few seconds on top of the screensaver slideshow
ATV 6) if the content is video, the screensaver is discontinued and the video is played
ATV 7) when a video finishes, the screensaver slideshow is resumed if the next content is audioOn the iPad:
iPad 5) meanwhile, on the iPad you can monitor, change, scrub, etc -- everything but change volume
iPad 6) or you can go do something else, such as set up streaming between a different computer's iTunes and a different AppleTV
iPad 7) or you can play a game, browse the web, or just turn the iPad offNone of the navigation, search, password entry, selection, etc. stuff ever appears on the TV -- it's all done on the remote.
Once the "play" connection
(see step iPad 4, above) is made between iTunes and AppleTV, the iPad has done its job and can get out of the way (like any good universal remote)
What is happening is kinda' reverse broadcasting (suckcasting?) where the AppleTV and iTunes are doing their thing, getting cover art, metadata and streaming content, as needed.
An implication of all this is that the AppleTV
can carry on an intelligent dialog
with a corresponding server-type app
similar to the iTunes app.
The server app could be something like a cloud iTunes, NetFlix, or even, say, Mobile Safari ion the iPad.
Conceivably, you could be playing whatever
on your AppleTV (as outlined above). Then surf/search/browse the Internet for some content. When you've found what you want, you "connect" the web content to the AppleTV similar to above.
And it begins to play -- the TV shows the content only -- surfing/typing-lesson cruft never appear on the TV.
The remote has a full QWERTY keyboard plus all the AV controls and you can see what you are doing on the remote's screen -- in the dark!
Give the next iPad (iPhone, iPod Touch) IR capability so it can replace the TV remote (and all the other remotes) -- and we have mission accomplished (until the content owners/providers allow streaming of Live events, etc).
Note to Harmony shareholders -- in the words of the Late Don Meridith: "Turn out the lights... the party's over..."
How about an after Jan 15 promotional package deal for an AppleTV and an iPad or iPod Touch!
Why would anyone/anyplace with a HDTV not want an AppleTV/iPad (iPod Touch) TV etender?