Internet TV takes flight with AirParrot

Boxee vs Roku vs Apple TV vs the multitude of other devices that enable a person to add Internet connectivity to their television sets. We’ve been pretty impressed by Boxee, here at Televised Revolution with its ability to play pretty much any file type, a wide selection of apps, and the strong developer community that has built up around the platform. Also, being stylish and super easy to use is a very strong plus for the Boxee Box. Nothing had come close to offering the same level of functionality as Boxee until AirParrot came along.

AirParrot is a $10 application that one can buy to share the screen on your MacBook with an Apple TV device. What this means is that anything you are able to play from your MacBook hard drive, or stream from a website, can now also be shared with your Apple TV-connected TV screen utilising Apple’s AirPlay functionality.

The value of AirParrot will be relatively short-lived, with the technology to be made available by Apple as part of their next operating system update. In the interim though, AirParrot is proving to be somewhat nifty.

In its current release, the Apple TV device is too limited for most people’s online TV needs. As per the review on Televised Revolution, they’re perfectly fine devices if you want to consume all of your media by way of the Apple iTunes ecosystem, but until it offers users the ability to add/buy further apps for the device, it’s a fairly limited novelty. Apple TV in conjunction with AirParrot, however, addresses all of the Apple TV devices shortcomings.

AirParrot requires no real tech know-how to be able to begin screen sharing. Once installed, it’s just a matter of clicking the share screen option. It’s an impressive app and we’re quite impressed with the potential that such screen sharing offers as an interim technology as we move toward a world of full internet-integration into our TV’s.

AirParrot is available from their website, but be warned that it is only compatible with Apple TV 2 devices and above.

Content Director at Televised Revolution

Dan Barrett is the Content Director of Televised Revolution. His musings on television have been heard across ABC Radio, on websites like The Guardian and Crikey, and drunkenly in pubs across the country. At night he spends too many hours watching repeats of Cheers.

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