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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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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    Commented Jul 25, 2011 at 8:22
  • And nine years later, Denon et all still don't have support for AirPlay video, nor support for Google's Cast, either. Maybe the hardware requirements for decoding video just aren't worth the cost? :-(
    – dgatwood
    Commented May 10, 2020 at 20:38

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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    – daviesgeek
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 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
    Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 18:46

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.


You can Airplay to Amazon Fire, Windows, Mac, or Android devices using Reflector 2. It claims to support sending from iOS 9 devices also (note I personally haven't tested the iOS 9 support yet).

Reflector installs an app that acts as an AirPlay and Google Cast receiver. The app is available for Windows, Mac, Android, or Amazon Fire. Since Reflector supports receiving both AirPlay and Google Cast it can receive audio/video from iOS or Android.

It's from Squirrels, the same company that makes the excellent AirParrot app (which allows you send AirPlay audio and video from Windows and Mac to AirPlay and Google Cast).


These days, many TVs (such as from Samsung and LG) and Roku boxes can receive AirPlay video. I believe they also support HomeKit.

List of AirPlay-compatible TVs and Rokus: https://www.igeeksblog.com/airplay-2-supported-tvs/

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