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We are excited about AirPlay Mirroring because it will be a super easy and convenient way to stream anything from your Mac to Apple TV. The question is: is it also the best way to stream videos?

In light of current events...

Yesterday Apple announced the next major update of OS X: Mountain Lion. One of the prominent new features is AirPlay Mirroring, allowing you to stream whatever's on your Mac's screen to Apple TV. You might wonder what this means for Beamer. Well, so do we!

We are excited about mirroring because it will be a super easy and convenient way to stream anything from your Mac to Apple TV. The question is: is it also the best way to stream videos?
 
From what we can gather now, these are the major limitations:
  • Mirroring sends what is on your screen to Apple TV at the last moment. Sometimes the network is busy and the Apple TV cannot keep up with what is on your Mac’s screen, causing lags and stuttering. It works fine most of the time, but when watching a video you want a smooth experience all the time.
  • The Apple TV remote has no control over the video playback. You will have to do that from your Mac.
  • Sound is limited to stereo. Apple TV supports surround sound and we are planning to add this to Beamer as well.
  • You cannot use your Mac for other tasks when mirroring.
We are keeping a close eye on the upcoming developer previews of Mountain Lion, but for now we think there are enough reasons for Beamer to co-exist with to AirPlay Mirroring.
 
If anything, the news has shown us that we should double down on the product focus: Beamer is the drag-and-drop solution for streaming video files from your Mac to Apple TV.
 

Cheers,
Ben & Eelco
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