Apple TV & Airplay In Action

Check out Apple TV and Airplay in action.  The video right after the break makes me want to actually get a real camcorder or something similar.  The video was shot with iPhone 4 and it was somewhat shaky.  Unprofessional, I hear ya!  Yep, no good light setup too.  I guess, the Internet is a lot more tolerant for unprofessional videos like mine.  Thanks to that!  Anyhow, enjoy the video right after the break!!!

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Apple TV And Similar Platforms Are Just Scratching The Surface, Because Watching Newest Movies At Home Might Be The Next Media Revolution!

Home theater projection screen displaying a hi...

Home theater projection screen displaying a high-definition television image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watching iTune rental movies on iPad 2 isn’t exactly great, because movies should not be shrunk to such a proportion (i.e., 9.7 inch).  With Apple TV and Airplay though, I’m able to enjoy movies on humongous TV screen.  Lovely!  Streaming HD quality too!  Also, I don’t have to miss any part of a movie during viewing time as I can just pause the movie, go do whatever, and come back to finish up the movie whenever.  It gets better when I crank up my sound system (e.g., amplifier, speakers, mixer, equalizer, dual engine processor, etc…).

With my scenario above, I can totally understand why nowadays it’s less attractive to go to the theaters.  Of course, watching movies in theaters can have advantages such as you get to watch the newest releases of movies.  Nonetheless, the downsides of watching movies in the theaters are many too.  The examples of the downsides for watching movies in theaters are strangers can be loud and rude, cell phones can go off whenever, crying children, and dangers such as recent theater shooting (i.e., 2012 Aurora Shooting).  Weighing the downsides with the upsides for watching movies in the theaters, it’s obvious that conveniency matters most.  This is why I think people will go to theaters less as they can just sit at home, in their most comfortable environment, and enjoy their movies from their home theater systems.  It’s less hassle and safer this way!  Really!

Internet has changed so many things in people lives, and watching movies is definitely one of the things that the Internet has been meddled with.  It’s not yet an evolution, but the revolution of watching movies is clearly shown in the ways that people have watched their movies, nowadays.  People prefer to stream movies from the Internet more and more.  So, the revolution would be that people rather rebel against the traditional media such as TV reruns.  Furthermore, people also rebel against watching movies in theaters.  They only go to the theaters whenever their most anticipated movies are showing.

Nonetheless, the traditional media has one advantage over the Internet medium is that going live on the air.  Going live on the air is still something that people love most.  Nonetheless, if the new media (i.e., the one that utilizes the Internet for streaming media) begins to adopt going live on the air, the traditional media will have no advantage left.

Obviously, I don’t know what will have to come into an earthly existence to actually make me think that there is an evolution in watching movies, because watching movies is a definitive process.  Definitive process?  We can say we used to watch movies in black and white in the era of no color picture, and the revolution was that we had color picture.  We can also say we used to watch movies in theaters, and the revolution is that nowadays we prefer to watch movies from our home theater systems (i.e., home theater systems that utilize Internet for streaming movies).  So, to have an evolution in watching movies is like begging for the process of watching movies to change into an unrecognizable form of watching movies.  Such a change might have us not watching movies anymore.  Instead of watching movies, we might have to experience the movies in ways that might explode our mind.  One example would be that we get to be in the movies, and so our unique actions within the movies might change the endings of the movies.  Or we can just be the observers of the movies, and yet we get to enjoy the movies as if we enjoy the many realities.  Nonetheless, such possibilities are still in the realm of science fiction for now.

Let us leave science fiction for another day and stick to the talk of a revolution for watching movies, shall we?  So, it’s clear that watching traditional media is still have one advantage over the new media (i.e., media utilizes Internet for streaming), and the advantage is going live on the air.  Well, I lie, because the traditional media has not one, but two advantages over the new media.  The second advantage would be the newest movies that get to air in the theaters.  Imagine, what if the new media begins to stream the newest movies to homes.  This would be another revolution for watching movies, right?  Internet definitely has the potential to continue to throw volleys of revolutions, one after another, at the traditional media.  Picture this, if we can begin to stream the newest movies at home, we don’t really have to go to the theaters and feel nervous about all sorts of things (e.g., theater etiquettes, theater shooting, etc…).

Before Steve Jobs died, there was a rumor that Steve Jobs had planned to revolutionize how people are going to watch their TVs.  If this is true, I wonder that he had thought about teaming up with various media partners to bring newest movies to homes.  Nonetheless, even if Steve Jobs hadn’t thought of this, I think someone else would eventually will be able to iron out deals that will bring the newest movies to homes.  How come?  Well, if they care about how people want to watch their movies, then they should think about making people feel happier and more satisfied in watching movies.  What better way than having people feel evermore so excited about turning on their TVs than watching the newest movies from home?  And safer too?

Airplay Made Apple TV

Apple TV

Apple TV

In case you don’t know, the latest Apple TV’s Airplay feature doesn’t work with some Apple devices.  Correct me if I’m completely wrong, I think MacBook Pro and Air laptops that debuted before 2011 cannot use Airplay.  Can’t talk about Mac Pro, because I don’t have one.  Furthermore, Airplay isn’t compatible with iPad 1 and iPhone versions that came out before iPhone 4.  Specifically, I had said Airplay would not be compatible with MacBook Pro and Air that debuted before 2011, but I’ve found out that Airplay can be used with iTunes regardless how Airplay isn’t compatible with Mac laptops that came out before 2011.  There is a catch though, Airplay can only work with iTunes on older Mac laptops if you’re running the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system.

I had to scratch my head when I played around with Apple TV, because I couldn’t fathom Apple’s refusal in making Airplay to work with older MacBook whatever (i.e., the ones that came out before 2011).  With older MacBook whatever, it would be that you lied if you told me about how you could find the Airplay icon on the menu bar.  Anyhow, my curiosity caught fire when I had iTunes on mid 2010 MacBook Pro used Airplay to stream videos onto Apple TV.  So, I was rather frustrated to see that Apple allowed iTunes on older hardware to use Airplay as long the older hardware could run the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system and yet refused to let anything else to work with Airplay.

Luckily, I got iPad 2, and it worked just fine with Airplay.  So, if you have iPad 1, you would be out of luck!  As I explored Apple TV a little more, I found out that iPhone 4 would work with Airplay just fine too.  I concluded that Airplay made Apple TV.  Sure, Apple TV did have other features such as Home Sharing, but these other features could be found on any Mac.  Home Sharing required iTunes to stream from Mac to Apple TV, and so Apple users would be limited to iTunes content only.  Airplay changed the game as users could just either mirroring or stream 1080p resolution videos from Apple devices to Apple TV, consequently pretty pictures would fly on whatever big screen TV.

To tell the truth, if your big screen TV can be just as smart as a computer, you probably have no need for Apple TV unless you’ve really wanted to stream some videos from iPad 2 or so.  For me personally, Apple TV has saved my dumb TV as it got no brainiac features as other smart big screen TVs.  Nonetheless, I don’t care how smart my TV can get if I can’t use Airplay, therefore I have to say Airplay is the only feature I like most on Apple TV.  Oh, I forgot to tell you that you can definitely play video games on a dumb big screen TV through Apple TV’s Airplay.  Cool?