6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2013 7:18 PM by ferguspa RSS

    Air play from my iMac ?

    Tarmac61

      Is it possible to air play from my mac to my Apple TV and get good quality video? This is what is holding me back from purchasing a slingbox

        • Re: Air play from my iMac ?
          ferguspa Apprentice

          Assuming you're using AirPlay Mirroring (besides iTunes, I can only find to Beamer and HUDTube to send video directly to an Apple TV from a Mac--neither of which help here) the main loss will be frame rate.  I can tell when using both Watch on Slingbox.com and the older SlingPlayer for OS X software that the frame rate isn't as good as if I had a (wired) HDMI connection.

           

          However this doesn't seem to be a failing of the Slingbox.  It seems to be a limitation of AirPlay Mirroring--when I watch other video sources (e.g. CBS on Demand, ESPN3) via AirPlay Mirroring I see the same lower frame rate.  Strangely, AirPlay from an iOS device might give better results since there's no mirroring occurring--the stream is being processed and sent directly to the Apple TV. I should compare the two.

            • Re: Air play from my iMac ?
              Tarmac61

              Has anyone heard at least if they are going to update the iPad app so you can airplay threw that? I know they updated the iPhone app already

                • Re: Air play from my iMac ?
                  ferguspa Apprentice

                  I thought AirPlay was supported on both the iPhone and the iPad apps.

                    • Re: Air play from my iMac ?
                      Tarmac61

                      Yes it is supported for iPad and iPhone  but slingbox has  two separate apps for iPhone and iPad and the iPad app has not been updated for airplay support

                        • Re: Air play from my iMac ?
                          ferguspa Apprentice

                          If only the iPhone app has functioning AirPlay, it's counter to Sling Media's press release on the subject:

                           

                          And finally, Sling Media is pleased to formally announce AirPlay support for SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone and iPad. This feature gives Apple TV customers the ability to watch their home TV on a second TV inside the home (without needing an additional set top box) or on a remote TV. Slingbox 500, Slingbox 350, Slingbox PRO-HD and Slingbox SOLO customers can take advantage of this fully updated and supported feature.

                    • Re: Air play from my iMac ?
                      ferguspa Apprentice

                      Results with current-generation Apple TV with third generation Apple TV and Slingbox 350:

                      - AirPlay via OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" and Late 2013 13" Retina MacBook Pro: High resolution picture, but lower FPS

                      - AirPlay via iPhone 5s: Lower resolution picture, but higher FPS

                      - AirPlay Mirroring via iPhone 5s: Even lower resolution picture, medium FPS

                       

                      Leads me to these conclusions:

                      - If smoothness is important (i.e. sports programming) use AirPlay via iOS

                      - If sharpness is important, AirPlay from OS X should suffice

                      - If smoothness and sharpness is important, wire the computer to the TV

                       

                      It appears AirPlay from OS X prioritizes resolution over FPS, while AirPlay from iOS prioritizes FPS over resolution.