Originally Posted by sprockkets
I agree with that. But, that point above is because Apple doesn't allow any thing else. They could make it better but they won't, seeing as how it still isn't a Cocoa app, and on Windows isn't running on its native environment.
If you have an xbox, streaming is easy. I wont' comment on Win7 sharing because I don't use it, nor do I see a point in it. But that's just me.
I want to show you something about the iTunes/iPad/iPhone/AppleTV ecosystem -- that may help demonstrate how non-techies can benefit from technology without really understanding it.
First: This is the Home screen on my iPad: Notice the icon for the Remote App (2nd row, 2nd column):
I tap the Remote icon.
After tapping the Remote icon the Remote app main screen displays all the destinations available for streaming content.
I tap the AppleTV icon.
The Remote screen now shows all the streaming sources available (Computers running iTunes with Shared Library). Any of these iTunes shares can be constrained with what is sharable with optional password.
I didn't do anything special on any of the computers or the AppleTV -- they use Bonjour to broadcast their availability for streaming.
I tap the Media-Library
The Remote screen now displays all the categories/playlists of content within the selected Media-Library source.
I tapped the Movies menu item, displaying all the movies available (over 700).
I tapped the "A Christmas Story" icon -- love Jean Shepherd!
Next, the Remote display shows that "A Christmas Story" is streaming from the Media-Library to the AppleTV.
I can scrub through the movie, pause/play, etc.
That's it! In 4 simple steps I have connected a streaming source with a streaming destination, selected what to stream and started streaming.
The iPad's job is finished -- I can turn it off. Or, if I like I can surf the web on the iPad's screen while the Movie is playing, uninterrupted,
on the TV.
At, any time I can resume the suspended Remote app and:
-- fiddle with the streaming connection above, e.g. scrub the movie.
-- or start another source-destination streaming to another AppleTV or another computer.This is so easy that everyone in our household (ages 10, 11, 14, 45 71) can do it!
On Christmas Day, we set the AppleTV as the destination for streaming -- a playlist of about 100 audio files and a few Music Videos on the Media-Library.
The AppleTV has a Screen Saver that was set to display photos streamed from the Media-Library computer (thousands of photos) -- we selected a playlist of photos for several Christmases past and everything since 2007 (we even added some new photos as we took them).
So, while the audio played, the HDTV displayed a slide show of personal photos. Whenever a different song played, a small "cover" and the info for that song overlaid the bottom left of the TV.
When a music video played, the slideshow paused, while the video played, then resumed afterwards,