I was a very disappointed individual last week following the update of the iPhone to iOS 4.2. Airplay, the major "selling point" of the upgrade lacked the major punch that I was expecting - streaming many different forms of data to the Apple TV. I was particularly interested in not having to recompile all of my .AVI or .XVID files to .MV4 or .MP4 so that the Apple TV could read them. Granted I have 65% of my video library encoded in the latter two formats, I have found that converting to .AVI, particularly in Windows is a lot quicker. The files have decreased in size lately, but are still quite usable. Many are videos from 10 years ago that I have wanted to store on a large media server for posterity to play whenever I needed.
Today, if the reports are true, and they invariably run the course of believable to crazy, there is a report that Steve Jobs - the CEO of Apple - may indeed allow 3rd party applications -ie. AirVideo, VLC, OPlayer - to share in streaming to the Apple TV. Currently these apps will only send sound to the device but without video. The report is in the form of a letter presumably emailed from Mr. Jobs to the sender.
The letter is enclosed, but for a full review, please go to Macrumors.com, particularly the link MacRumors Link to Letter presumed to be from Mr. Steve Jobs
(Letter originally shown at MacRumors.com).