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3rd-party AirPlay-enabled AV-receivers are starting to hit the market (Pioneer, Denon, Marantz), but as far as I can tell, they can stream AirPlay audio only.

Apple's page for AirPlay seems to imply the same thing. The only Apple pages that mention video streaming are the AppleTV page and the iOS 4.3 Update page, which don't make any mention of 3rd-party products.

This question mentions that other iOS devices and Macs can be enabled to receive AirPlay video streams through 3rd-party apps.

So are there any existing (or announced) 3rd-party hardware products that can do so? I'm particularly interested in AV receivers as I plan my next home theater upgrade.

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Boxee Box works with AirPlay. You can install Boxee software on many hardware platforms so if the native software can't play Airplay you can always try to change it to Boxee.

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XBMC can also act as an Airplay video receiver so that'll add practically any computer to the list, but as far as I know, they've reverse engineered the protocol, so there are no guarantees it'll continue to work.

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Welcome to Ask Different! Thanks for your answer! Can you please add a link to the software you mention in your answer? It is always helpful to add a link to help the OP to find the right software. Thank you. –  daviesgeek Jul 26 '12 at 5:45
    
Though not the original poster, I'll provide the link: xbmc.org More information can be found here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XBMC –  Steropes Jul 26 '12 at 18:46
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Didn't intend to answer my own question, but I found this March 2011 Bloomberg article:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) is weighing an expansion of its AirPlay audio service to include streaming video from an iPhone or iPad to television sets, according to two people familiar with the project.

Under the plan, Apple would license its AirPlay software to consumer-electronics makers that could use it in devices for streaming movies, TV shows and other video content, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans haven’t been made public. Apple now only licenses AirPlay for streaming audio. Devices that could be used for video may be available this year, one of the people said.

So apparently the answer is "not yet, but maybe in the future."

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answeing your own questions is totally fine, see blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/07/… –  Tim Büthe Jul 25 '11 at 8:22
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