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Continue using the iPhone while AirPlay streaming to Apple TV iOS devices
Normally, when you stream video content from the BBC's iPlayer app, or similar apps, to the Apple TV via AirPlay, the iOS device displays a screen saying that the content is playing on the Apple TV, but as soon as you press the home button the stream ends. In other words the app has to be the frontmost running app for video AirPlay to work.

I found a way around this, by starting the stream in the iPlayer app, then switching to Apple's Remote app, and resuming playing. You can then control the AirPlay stream from the remote app instead, and return to the home screen, use other apps, and use the phone, while the stream keeps going.

I have tested this in UK with the BBC iPlayer app and the 4OD app.

[kirkmc adds: This didn't work for me, but I'm not in the UK. I don't think that should make a difference; I tried with a streaming TV app in France, where I live, but I would assume that this should work with any video app that can use AirPlay. Unfortunately, this hint was submitted by one of our most prolific posters, Anonymous, so I can't contact him or her to ask any questions. If anyone can confirm that this works for them, or confirm that it doesn't, please post in the comments.]
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Continue using the iPhone while AirPlay streaming to Apple TV
Authored by: jazzbri on Mar 29, '12 08:25:58AM

I could not get this hint to work with neither my iPhone 4 nor iPad 2 (both running iOS 5.1).

On a related note, I've noticed that if you AirPlay a video from the native YouTube app, it will continue to run on the AppleTV even if you close the app. No other app seems to behave this way.



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Continue using the iPhone while AirPlay streaming to Apple TV
Authored by: kevinp on Mar 29, '12 02:01:14PM

Air Video also keeps playing on the ATV if I close the iPhone app.

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Kevin



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Continue using the iPhone while AirPlay streaming to Apple TV
Authored by: jazzbri on Mar 30, '12 03:25:23AM

Good to know; I was beginning to think that it was only the Apple-supplied apps that had this capability. I wish that more devs would build it into their video streaming app.



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Continue using the iPhone while AirPlay streaming to Apple TV
Authored by: stol909 on Mar 29, '12 09:12:28AM

Safari also lets you continue streaming via Airplay when you press the home button or move to another app. But not if you open a new tab!
This way I can watch the video streamed and move for example to Flipboard, but if I want to visit a website I must open another browser (I use Terra which is light and fast and does the job). All this on the 1st gen iPad.



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