Updated: Porn on your TV – AirPlay

Quick update: Thanks to a change we released this evening, AirPlay now works on the mobile site via iPhone4 without the need for the JavaScript bookmark offered in the iPad instructions below. It has the same limitations we listed for the iPad (chiefly, that the videos’ resolution is optimized for mobile devices), but as of right now it’s the easiest way to use AirPlay with the VB mobile site. Post a comment below if you have any questions on how to use it, or spot any issues.


AirFlick or Roku are still your best options for high-quality streaming to your TV, but if this change carries even just one of you valued VB members over until you get one of those other options working, it was worth it. :-)


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A few of our users have asked us to support AirPlay, which allows people to stream media from various devices onto their AppleTV.  While we don’t officially support AirPlay on VideoBox at the moment, we did investigate several methods for our users to watch videos from VideoBox via AirPlay, using either a Mac computer, or an iPad.  Here are the methods we like the best:


Mac Computer to AppleTV


1. Make sure that your Mac and your AppleTV are on the same network and that AirPlay is enabled on your AppleTV.  There are ample instructions on the web for how to do this.
2. Download and install AirFlick here.
3. Login to VideoBox (whichever one you want,this is not limited to the mobile site).
4. Download the scenes you’d like to view to your Mac.
5. Start AirFlick.  It should recognize your AppleTV and if all is going well, you will see your AppleTV listed in the drop-down on the upper left-hand side of the AirFlick app.
6. Drag the scene you’d like to start watching into AirFlick.
7. Enjoy


I have to say, I tested this on a brand new Sony 60” with one of the new HD titles from Burning Angel and it looked awesome!  Also, note that I installed this on my MacBookPro which is running Snow Leopard. I’d be interested in knowing if anyone is able to get this working on older versions of OSX.


iPad to AppleTV


The resolution is not the best when using an iPad with AirPlay because our beta mobile site is optimized for a phone. Also, the mobile site is unfortunately a bit buggy right now, but hey, it’s something. The next iteration of VB for mobile devices will support AirPlay from the get-go.


1. Make sure your iPad and your AppleTV are on the same network and that AirPlay is enabled on your AppleTV.  There are ample instructions on the web for how to do this.
2. Make sure your iPad is updated to iOS 4.3. This will not work on 4.2 or lower.
3. Go to Ben Dodson’s site and follow the instructions for adding the javascript bookmark to your browser.
4. Login to http://m.videobox.com.  This is our beta mobile site, and we should warn you again that it’s a little buggy.  Our suggestion is that before viewing, you mark any movies you want to watch as ‘Favorite.’ Then use your ‘Favorites’ list to watch videos via the mobile site on your iPad.  You must use the mobile site for AirPlay to work with an iPad.
5. Tap on the image of the movie you’d like to view. You will now be in play mode. At this point, if you click on the AirPlay icon, you will see that you can get sound via AirPlay but not video.
6. Select the bookmark you created in Step 3. It will execute javascript but will leave you in the same place, in play mode.
7. Now when you click the AirPlay icon, you should see AppleTV streaming the video.  Cool, eh?


The methods I listed seemed to be the least technical methods that didn’t require jailbreaks. Again, VideoBox doesn’t officially support AirPlay yet, so use these at your own risk!

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9 Responses to “Updated: Porn on your TV – AirPlay”

  1. Vroomy Says:

    Very nice to know. The JS works fine on most html5 sites too eg veetle. Be great to be able to airplay proper high res video. Can’t we have html5 playback for iPad? The mobile player just does not look good on a tablet. The real site with html5 playback instead of flash and airplay would be awesome.

    On a side note HD videos don’t stream direct to ipad from the site, any reason why?

  2. john Says:

    Vroomy,

    Without going into too much technical detail, suffice it to say that adding support for HTML5 is not as easy as it should be on our system. We use a Flash player, not embed or video tags, and adding those is more complex on our site because of limitations in our tech stack. If you’re on iOS, which doesn’t support Flash, you end up basically downloading when you are streaming, which means you are no longer in an HTML container. The mobile site, however, works differently in that you end up on an HTML frame when viewing a movie. That’s why the javascript works on the mobile site. Is my explanation clear to you?

    Our Front End developers really want to add AirPlay support but there are a few higher priorities ahead of it. That’s why I wanted to put up this post. I think it’s safe to say that we’re not going to get to this in the next month, but I could be wrong. I agree with you that the mobile site doesn’t look very good on a TV. Did you try AirFlick?

  3. Brian Says:

    I guess this is better than nothing. I have hope when you say you don’t support AirPlay, YET…It will be amazing if you do in the future. Its a truly amazing feature, that works so beautifully well. YouPorn.com now supports full Airplay, and I must say, its a fantastic feature, just poor content when compared to VideoBox. According to Apple, there is only one line of code that has to be added to a website for AirPlay to function. I also hope you support HD streaming on the Ipad in the future. I don’t understand why these files are so big in your encoding process. Netflix streams me a entire movie, and its smaller, than your 20 min clips, which can reach 1.5GB. But I realize I know little about what’s involved. Keep up the great work, you’re the best site on the net. To tell them to get Airplay up as soon as possible. It would be GREATLY appreciated.

  4. vroomy Says:

    Yes, i know its not simple. Enabeling the airplay tag would only work if the video was already setup for html5 playback. Maybe the best way is to have a mobile site that can format to a tablet screen and also stream higher quality video. Look forward to future advances. It good to see you trying these things out so soon anyway

  5. Santa Says:

    I was wondering if anyone knows whether it is safe to join HD videobox files via mp4box..I had some problems with one of the releases here

  6. Bond Says:

    I don’t understand why we needed AirFlick to play VB files on Apple TV. I’ve always done it by quickly adding any MP4 I wanted to watch into my iTunes. It plays just fine on AppleTV that way. What we need instead, as others have noted, is the way to stream VB movies directly into AppleTV.

  7. Brian Says:

    Bond – Most people own a IOS device, (ie Iphone or ipad, or ipod) If you have Airplay working, that will stream the video right to the Apple TV. It works very well.

    VideoBox – Why won’t the the ipad stream to Apple TV, when its on the Mobile site, yet the iphone will? Makes no sense. Same OS, and same website. ?

  8. Bob Says:

    @Bond — you are right, you don’t need AirFlick if you use iTunes for AirPlay. It’s just another option for folks.

    @Brian — the mobile site has 2 separate calls for video playback, one for iPad and one for iPhone. The iPad one is all JavaScript, with no video tag in the page. Apple won’t allow AirPlay when the elements are added to the page that way. So, the quick fix was to add the AirPlay attribute to the video tag that did exist in the page.

    I understand what you’re both really asking for is an HTML5 player on the iPad and iPhone, so you can stream to your AppleTV in real time, without downloading first, and that is now live: http://blog.videobox.com/blog/index.php/2011/04/13/alpha-test-html5-on-vb3/. Cheers!

  9. Brian Says:

    Damn Bob you totally rock! This feature is unreal.