Video: Apple’s AirPlay is Kind of Pointless


Apple released its iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone today, adding the ability to stream video from any of these devices to an Apple TV. Many iPad and iPhone users had been excited about the possibilities of this feature, hoping it would enable them to stream almost anything they can watch on their touch screen device to the living room big screen.

However, we were pretty disappointed when we tested the feature today. Check out the video below for our first test:


Apps from Netflix, Hulu Plus and ABC don’t support any AirPlay capabilities. At the same time, if you try to play video from any iPad-optimized websites, such as CBS or, all you get is the option to stream audio to the TV. Even the iPad YouTube app, which was built by Apple, has subpar performance. Right now, AirPlay looks like a cool idea, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

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