There’s an old saying that goes like this: “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Maybe we should update that saying, and change it to: “There’s more than one way to stream video with an iPhone.”

The iPhone features no shortage of methods, workarounds, tweaks, and hacks, both official and unofficial, to stream media content from your computer to your iPhone. AirView is the latest such app that allows you to accomplish this ubiquitous task, but this time, Apple’s very own AirPlay is the means by which it is accomplished.

Think of AirView as the exact opposite of what AirPlay was intended for. Instead of streaming content from your iPhone to your television, you can now stream content from your computer to your iPhone…

The verdict is still out as to whether or not Apple will allow such an App to remain in the app store, but we’re hoping they choose to leave it alone. There’s certainly a lot of potential in this little app, especially when coupled with 3rd Party AirPlay solutions like AirFlick.

Right now, the only way to stream content from your computer to an AirPlay enabled device is by using iTunes, but AirFlick is a means around that restriction.

Coupled with this workaround, AirView is a pretty interesting piece of work. It allows you to instantly stream a bevy of different media content to an AirPlay equipped device, and the good news is that it plays nice with AirView.

That’s not to say that AirView doesn’t have room for improvement, because it certainly does. For one thing, the transport controls function sporadically with AirFlick, although they appear to work fine with iTunes.

Another issue, is the fact that photos don’t work; that’s something the developer is said to be working on.

But AirView is an interesting animal in itself. I was actually able to daisy chain a video from my computer, send it to my iPhone, and from my iPhone forward it to my Apple TV all in the same go. I’m not sure how useful that is, but it’s cool nonetheless.

If Apple lets lose on its reigns a bit, I think that with time, we’ll start to see some impressive things being done with AirPlay. Think of AirView as just the beginning of what we could see if Apple gives the developers a chance.

If you’re interested, we suggest you head over to the App Store and download AirView now, just in case Apple decides to remove the app. It’s free, so you might as well.

Are you using AirPlay? What do you think about the technology thus far?

  • Justin

    FYI: Requires 4.2 so some of us may be left in the cold.

  • Burge

    I’ll give it ago when I can get on 4.2 untertherd ..

    • Burge, I was in your boat, but I couldn’t stand waiting any longer, so I just took the plunge… Sometimes I regret doing so, but then again, AirPlay and Find My iPhone is a nice consolation prize.

      • Burge

        I’ve been tertherd before when I got my 3GS on 3.1.2 and I didn’t know anything about tertherd jailbreaks, so I stayed with stock iOS 3.1.2 … Then came sprit and my prayers were answered …there is no way I’ll go on a terthed jailbreak again.. For the week I had a tertherd it was a so bad keeping a eye on battery and making sure I didn’t do any tweaks that would cause a reboot when I was away from home.. And ofcause that didn’t happen afew times , it just not worth it for me i’am always playing with my iPhone and having todo reboots , so I’ll wait for untertherd 4.2.1/4.3 or what ever firmware it gets released on…

  • Tim

    Eh, why not just watch something on your monitor for your computer since its probably better than the phone… Would never use this…

    • DomPerignon

      Agree 100%

  • anon

    Whats the difference between this and AirVideo and ZumoCast?

  • Beti

    Hey i know this is a bit topic but i despiratley need help from my iphone (sorry for bad english)
    i got a problem with my iphone
    I changed something in the tweak Autowallpaperchanger or somthing like that and now my iphone is stuck on the screen.
    I know its the springboard that fails and now i cant use my iphone 4
    I whanna know if some one knows how to delete a cydia tweak or app from a computer using iphone browser or something like that.
    I need your help…
    Thank you

  • Aleksander

    How to make your iPhone/pc/mac think your on 4.1.2! (By Aleksander)

    SHH or Browse to “/System/Library/CoreServices” on your iPhone and open the file “SystemVersion.plist”.

    Now edit the KEY under iPhone OS from etc, 4.1 to 4.1.2.

    Reboot.

    Done! πŸ˜€ Please thank me (Aleksander) if this helped you πŸ™‚

    • Aleksander

      SORRY SORRY!!

      I *MIGHT* screwed up here… I forgot that 4.1.2 and up is the only firmware with AirPlay functions… So *IF* it needs the airplay files in the iOS i screwed up.. else, dont worry about it…

      And BTW’s here:
      You need to be jailbroken

      Apps to browse:
      On iPhone: iFile
      On PC: iphonefolders
      On Mac: iDisk

      • Burge

        Thanks… i’am now on 4.2.1 (sort of ) took all of 30 seconds…

      • Burge

        I had to take it back to 4.1 .. When I loaded up Cydia it was trying to remove my FaceTime hack for my 3GS .. 

  • Beti

    Hey Aleksander
    im on 4.0 iphone 4 baseband 1.59.00
    What program do i need to use?

    • Beti

      lol thought you were talking to me….

      • Aleksander

        haha, no but did you get my point..? There is nothing dangeus in doing it, but the app might not work…

  • Ibnusulis

    Great! That means more options to us iphone users. But there has been an app or two that streams videos from pc to iphone. I’ve been using Airvideo for almost a year and am quite happy with its performance. It even allows streaming to iphone over IP.

  • Telejeesus

    Air Video is AWESOME πŸ™‚
    I can watch my vast video(almost all HD) collection ~7Tb πŸ˜€
    Only problem is my slow ADSL2+ upload speed 80kb/s πŸ™ That don’t give so good bitrate over internet.
    Hope to get better home connection. I have 3G USB modem with paraller sim card as my iPhone(they have same number). And I get max 450kb/s upload with my iPhone/USB modem and max.8Mb download speeds. But ping is MUCH slower than in ADSL line. Maybe I get rid of my ADSL line and buy appropriate USB 3G modem for my router(would save 50€/m). And I have dual sim with unlimited data (max.15Mb/5Mb) for 13,90€/m and that Inc. 3G modem(pitty it does not β€œfit” to my router)

    Little offtopic LOL

  • Pride and Prejudice? Really, Jeff?!? πŸ˜‰

  • Moonglow

    I’ve been using ps3mediaserver for a while and was stoked to find a few iPhone apps that work nicely with it; airplayer seems to run the smoothest.

  • Ju

    AirView is a fantastic app. But I think this will not replace my WIFI2HIFI app http://www.wifi2hifi.com/ as my preferred music choice.

  • JOMalone

    With AriPlay I can see my iPad in the AirPlay list on iTunes but I can’t actually stream anything. But a greaqt idea :).