Apple Patent Shows Reverse AirPlay Streaming from an Apple TV to iOS Device

Apple Patent Shows Reverse AirPlay Streaming from an Apple TV to iOS Device

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Apple has just been awarded a patent that outlines reverse AirPlay from an Apple TV to an iOS device. Specifically, the patent describes synchronizing a video stream on a fixed display, such as an Apple TV, with other smaller devices like an iPhone or an Apple Watch.

A method and system are described for displaying a synchronized instance of content on a portable electronic device. In the described embodiments, a selection of streaming content that is being displayed on a fixed display system is received by the portable electronic device. The portable electronic device then determines if the portable electronic device is compatible with the streaming content being received by the fixed display system. If the portable electronic device is compatible with the streaming content being received by the fixed display system, then the portable electronic device requests the synchronized instance of the streaming content and displays it.

Apple describes a scenario where a group of people are watching a movie on an Apple TV, and one person has to leave. The group could either pause the movie and wait, or simple keep watching and let the person who left miss out on programming. Apple's solution is to enable the user who leaves the room temporarily to keep watching on portable devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch).

Apple's patent would also be extremely useful in a large business or education environment. For instance, one user could be presenting on a projector, while other viewers could see the content up-close on portable devices.

If the patent were to become a reality, it would be a welcomed addition to the Apple TV user experience. While not all patents become a reality, it is interesting to see the different ways Apple is working to enhance the Apple TV.

There are other scenarios Apple Describes in its entire patent application, which you can read here (via Patently Apple)

Apple Patent Shows Reverse AirPlay Streaming from an Apple TV to iOS Device
Dave Vangina - December 24, 2014 at 10:15am
explain how this is innovation? Another troll patent. Besides in real life it wont work due bad connection, throttle by Comcast, TWB, etc. And illegal because person who leaves watches extra copy of movie, that person is thief
BRadosh - December 24, 2014 at 11:12am
Are you crazy or just ignorant? First study patents and patent law and what's the purpose for patenting. If you do not want to be sued you have to patent your idea no matter how stupid it is or resemble an existing, because US patnet law is silly and outdated.
Grave Hole - December 24, 2014 at 2:26pm
How is this an excuse? Another troll gimmick. How do you even know how something works if this is just the beginning of what the unfinished feature will eventually become? This is an idea that doesn't involve cable boxes this time for one things, but also means how free it is compared to the companies mentioned above. How is it illegal though, how does one get a copy of the movie in the first place if it's stored in the account?
Iclarify1578 - December 24, 2014 at 6:57am
"to keep watching on portable devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch)."
getittogether - December 24, 2014 at 3:31am
wtf is this ad in the middle of the article? this is bs.. internet is turning into crapternet
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