Apple TV Hacking: Spelunking into the AirPlay video service

When Apple announced its new iOS 4.2 feature set, Apple TV’s AirPlay video service really caught our attention. That’s why we were particularly disappointed when 4.2 debuted on Monday — only Apple’s own applications could ship video from iDevices to the 2nd generation Apple TV; third party applications were limited to audio transport only.

We contacted Apple PR to ask for a statement about that, asking why the feature shipped without third party support — and whether it had to do with performance licenses or similar legal matters. TUAW has not yet heard back from Apple at the time this post went live.

Mike Rose asked if I could poke into the situation and see what’s going on under the hood. Here’s what I found.

Big Massive Update: Thanks to Steven Troughton-Smith, the code has been reduced to a single line with no YouTube work-arounds needed. Details appended to the bottom of the post…

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