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AirPlay Hacking: Streaming to Linux and Windows, DVD Streaming, and More
Sadun and others haven't stopped there, however, with new proof-of-concept demonstrations arriving showing AirPlay functioning in a wide variety of environments not officially supported by Apple. Among the interesting developements:
- AirPlay comes to Linux: An installation of the open-source XBMC media player on Linux running an AirPlay service allowing iOS devices to stream to computers running Linux.
- AVI files on the Apple TV: Utilizing the resources of Air Video Server, Sadun was able to stream live-transcoded AVI files from her Mac to the new Apple TV, eliminating the need to convert such files to iTunes-friendly formats.
- Streaming DVDs to the Apple TV: Using VLC, AirFlick, and a bit of command-line tweaking, Erick van Rijk and Sadun have demonstrated how to stream DVD content from a Mac to the new Apple TV. While certainly not a one-click solution at this point, the demonstration shows the wide variety of media that can be converted for AirPlay streaming.
- Screencasting a Mac to Apple TV: While the result is a bit blurry and demonstrates significant lag, video of a Mac's screen can be streamed to an Apple TV for display. The technique uses a similar VLC trick to that used to stream DVDs.
- AirPlay for Windows: In the same vein as Sadun's AirPlayer for Mac, Apostolos Georgiadis has released AirMediaPlayer for Windows to allow iOS devices to stream content to Windows PCs.