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Is it possible to stream movies from a PC/Mac to your iPhone? If not, I think this should definitely be included with the next version iOS.

asked Feb 14 '11 at 14:32

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edited Feb 14 '11 at 15:03

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Do you mean you want to put movies on your iPhone to watch? That has always been a feature, and has nothing to do with AirPlay. Just put what ever movies you want (So long as their the right format), and sync.

answered Feb 14 '11 at 14:37

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Yes, but the issue is I have over 50GB of movies/shows, and I would like to access all of them on my iPhone. Similar to how you can wirelessly sync your movies to your Apple TV, I don't understand why I can't do this with the iPhone.

answered Feb 14 '11 at 14:40

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You're not syncing them to the Apple TV, you're streaming them over a Wi-Fi network. Streaming media from a Mac over to an iPhone on 3G is a lot more complicated. Still, read my answer. There are tutorials on the Plex website about how to set up your network and stuff so it'll work.

(Feb 14 '11 at 14:48) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

I meant to say "stream", sorry. I know the Apple TV doesn't have a hard drive.

I also was referring to the iPhone's wifi connection to stream, the same type of connection ATV uses.

(Feb 14 '11 at 14:53) MichXP MichXP's gravatar image

Ahh well yes, Plex does that to. Streams directly from your computer if you're connected to the same Wi-Fi network as long as your computer has the Plex Media Server running.

(Feb 14 '11 at 15:02) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

There are apps available that can stream your media library from your computer to your iPhone so long as its connected to 3G. I used Plex, its available on Mac, PC and iOS and you can stream all TV shows, Movies and Music as long as they don't have DRM protection.


answered Feb 14 '11 at 14:47

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edited Feb 14 '11 at 14:50

Unfortunately there's no Windows version as of yet. =( Thanks for telling me though.

(Feb 14 '11 at 20:20) MichXP MichXP's gravatar image

It can be done. There are apps for the iphone that will let you do this. Here is a good free one http://itunes.apple.com/app/airview/id412370918?mt=8. The other thing you will need is iTunes, which I surely bet you have.

Open itunes and select the video you want to play, then fire up the app and itunes will show a airplay box if both devices are on the same network.

answered Feb 14 '11 at 17:05

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Thank you! I'll try it.

(Feb 14 '11 at 20:21) MichXP MichXP's gravatar image
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