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Airplay and AppleTV

Postby -LD » Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:55 pm

http://www.9to5mac.com/27015/airplay-is ... v-strategy

Airplay is open to third parties. Will Roku try to partner with Apple?
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby jhernes » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:27 pm

Besides the “Cloud” enlighten me....How Airplay will work for Roku DVP? By the way have you ever sold your box.
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby -LD » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:35 pm

Airplay is a standard that 3rd parties can implement. For example, I can stream from my iOS device (iPhone) to my Denon Airplay compatible receiver. Likewise, the Apple TV is Airplay compatible and I can bring up a stream on my iOS device and tell it to stream on Apple TV. Roku, if they could partner with Apple and implement Airplay, could theoretically receive the stream that I push from iOS.

Haven't sold it yet, still waiting for Apple TV to actually be available next month.
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby jeffrok » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:44 pm

I wouldn't sell the Roku LD, it's always good to have options, especially with how cost-efficient the Roku is.. Apple's product isn't going to do everything the Roku can, and vice versa. They're selling for dirt cheap right now so you wouldn't make much off a used unit.
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby -LD » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:55 pm

Likely it would go to my niece and nephew. They watch Netflix on their dad's laptop right now. Would be nice to get them up and running on their TV.
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby jhernes » Fri Sep 17, 2010 1:57 pm

-LD wrote:Airplay is a standard that 3rd parties can implement. For example, I can stream from my iOS device (iPhone) to my Denon Airplay compatible receiver. Likewise, the Apple TV is Airplay compatible and I can bring up a stream on my iOS device and tell it to stream on Apple TV. Roku, if they could partner with Apple and implement Airplay, could theoretically receive the stream that I push from iOS.


Very well explanation. :wink:
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby SolveLLC » Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:11 pm

-LD wrote:http://www.9to5mac.com/27015/airplay-is-apples-go-to-market-internet-tv-strategy

Airplay is open to third parties. Will Roku try to partner with Apple?



Sort of off-topic, but All of Flickstream's iPhone and iPad apps will be "air-play" ready when Apple gets around to enabling the video portion. Audio currently works with 4.2.

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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby campbellwang » Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:49 pm

The 3rd party iPod and iPad app with the same name is very good.
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby kbenson » Sat Nov 13, 2010 11:27 pm

czarjosh wrote:Could an Airplay channel be created for Roku so that it streamed the videos from Itunes on a local computer?


If it's as open as is being touted here, theoretically a channel could be created by Roku themselves. It would require lower level support than currently exists in the SDK.

Then again, maybe some enterprising developer will make a desktop app that takes an airplay stream and re-encodes it to HLS on the fly, which the Roku already supports. Not exactly pretty, but it could work as a nice stopgap measure until something official came out.
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby n9yty » Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:48 am

Man, Roku, don't make me buy an AppleTV to have the ability to stream from my coming-for-Christmas iPad to my TV. :) Besides, I'm out of inputs on the TV so something would have to go, and I don't want it to be the Roku player!

Since support is now on an XBMC Linux box http://www.tuaw.com/2010/12/20/airplay-running-on-xbmc-linux-box/ - why can't it be in the Roku? Problems with supported video codecs? Not enough horsepower/RAM/etc?
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby gonzotek » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:32 pm

n9yty wrote:Man, Roku, don't make me buy an AppleTV to have the ability to stream from my coming-for-Christmas iPad to my TV. :) Besides, I'm out of inputs on the TV so something would have to go, and I don't want it to be the Roku player!

Since support is now on an XBMC Linux box http://www.tuaw.com/2010/12/20/airplay-running-on-xbmc-linux-box/ - why can't it be in the Roku? Problems with supported video codecs? Not enough horsepower/RAM/etc?
Codecs might be an issue, but probably not since I think the airplay stuff uses h.264/aac, just like most iOS streams that already work on the Roku.

Probably more important is the XBMC implementation appears to be a reverse-engineering job. Roku might run into legal issues if they try to do an end run around Apple's licensing. For what it's worth, the Soundbridge was, and still is, the only non-Apple device to get the blessing from Apple to implement the DAAP protocol, which is what the shared libraries section in iTunes used to show you other people's libraries on your network. So there's some precedent that Roku could *possibly* work with Apple, if Apple had interest, to get a license for AirPlay. Apple's probably more interested in consumers buying AppleTVs, but you never know, stranger things have happened
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby Eugenia » Thu May 26, 2011 10:35 am

Airplay is only partly using AAC, it's using Apple Lossless between the client and the server (for audio). And Apple allows the licensing of Airplay.

It's important to support Airplay because then people with an iOS device can just stream music to a Roku, and then output that on a home stereo. Given that RDIO's app keep crashing on the Roku, and there havent' been an update since the first version, I personally would like to see Airplay support -- along UPnP too for Android phones.
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Re: Airplay and AppleTV

Postby -LD » Thu May 26, 2011 10:36 am

Shairport could be ported to Roku, though it's of questionable legal status. This would mimic an Airport Express and allow music streaming.
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