Originally Posted by hill60
Over a year?
This [link to Apple page describing the iOS Remote app] has been around well before that.
If you want to go around posting sales pitches, maybe you should know your competitors product.
Originally Posted by Corrections
That's not how Netflix works on Apple TV. If you watch Netflix or YouTube or Vimeo or anything else from Apple TV, it plays directly from the cloud. There's no relay through your phone. Google didn't invent this.
Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton
You can't say "Google's approach for streaming Netflix is superior" when Apple's approach is actually for you to use the AppleTV to stream Netflix directly. Apple doesn't even require that you own any iPhone, iPad, or Mac to use AppleTV. That's a simpler approach.
Wow, touchy bunch. I'm quite familiar with the Remote app for iOS and do use it when I think it's appropriate. There are, in fact, two ways to watch Netflix shows on the Apple TV:
1) Navigate to the Netflix app on your ATV. You can do this using an "old fashioned" remote control like the one that came in the box, or by having the ATV learn the commands from another remote you own, or (as in my case) using a learning remote like the Logitech Harmony series of remotes. Using this method has the disadvantages of being less efficient to navigate through (more clicks) and you have to force other people to watch you navigate around. Sometimes you *want* people to watch you do it (e.g., when your family are trying to form a consensus on what to watch), but other times it would be nice to utilize the ATV to play some movie trailers or other shows while you are simultaneously using your iPhone running the Netflix app to find what you want to watch next and get ready to hit "Play". The iOS app called Remote is great for entering text searches, but is otherwise just as inefficient for navigating through the menu system on the ATV. All that said, if you use this first approach for watching Netflix shows, the end result is that the ATV will stream the show from the internet, just as the Chromecast does.
2) The other approach is to fire up the Netflix app on your iPhone/iPad, find what you want to watch, click Play, and then use AirPlay to send it to the ATV. This provides for a more efficient method of finding the content you want and allows other people to use the ATV for other things while you're searching for the show you want, but has the disadvantage that once you start it this way, you're doing extra network hops and using your iPhone/iPad to do the actual streaming from Netflix. This can also introduce issues with playback pausing on occasion since you'll be using up more of your local network bandwidth.
What I'm arguing for is the best of both worlds. Use option #2 but when you hit the AirPlay button, it directs the ATV to do the streaming from internet (Netflix) itself, and not consume unnecessary CPU cycles on your iPhone or unnecessary bandwidth in your local WiFi network.
Again, that's the *only* thing I really give the Chromecast credit for. And as others have pointed out, even though I sometimes want to navigate/find my Netflix show using my iPhone, there are other times when I actually *want* to use a UI on my television to search for and find shows.
For anyone out there in agreement with me, I'll throw out a workable workaround which allows you to combine some of the pros of both approaches: You can use the Netflix app on your iPhone to search for and find the show you want, then add it to the Instant Queue. Then, use the ATV UI to launch the Netflix app, choose your Instant Queue, and select the show you just added.