The iPhone has been known for many useful things, but hacking Times Square billboards is a first.

A video has been posted on YouTube showing a man who uses his iPhone to hijack video billboards in Times Square. CBS news has commented on the video, claiming that they would assume it’s fake, but if it’s in fact real, they’ll be the first to purchase one…

“First off I’m going to state that I do not know if this is in fact real or fake. My gut is telling me it has to be fake… but if it’s real, I’m so going to buy one!

Here’s some words from the hacker on how he did it:

The way it works is pretty simple: plug in my transmitter into the iphone 4 and play back any video clip. you can play it through the ipod feature or through the camera roll. the transmitter instantly sends the video signal to the video repeater and the video repeater overrides any video screen that it’s being held next to. it doesn’t matter what shape or size the hacked screen is because the hack video will simply keep its correct dimensions and the rest of the hacked space will stay black.

i chose times square for my demo because it has lots of video screens to try it on. it is also one of the most monitored and secured areas in new york city and that made it that much more fun :). you can see in my video that the repeater is pretty powerful but the signal is not very stable yet. i’m working on that. i will post a new video later this week explaining how i made this prototype.

Honestly, looks like complete BS to me. I highly doubt it was that easy to hack the billboards. Check out the video yourself below!


What do you think? Real or fake?

[via CultofMac]

  • Free

    Either way, pretty sweet work. If real, someone just made a lot of money. If fake someone just made a cool video. I would prefer the former if I was him.

  • Fake. As is pointed out in the comments, if you switch to full screen 720p mode, then at about 34 seconds in, just after he’s walking down the street and pulling the camera up, you can see the same guy appear on the video screen way down the street, nowhere near his “hack” device.

    Marketing. Somebody paid to have those video inserted into the video loops there, and they just had him walk up to them and timed it just right while shooting.

  • Joeyjojo

    That’s an Hiphone cheap ripoff anyway! Lol. I guess it would be good, we have audio fm transmitter, video transmitter would be cool to have for geeky stuff or video presentations.

  • Tony

    Ya it’s been announced already on other sites and by the “hacker” already that this was a hoax

  • Adam

    Saw this on hackaday, some guy recognised one of the “transmitters” used as the internals of a phone charger he works on regulary.
    pity because it would be awesome if it was real lol!

  • Jason Masters

    Cool video either way though maybe it will get him laid!

  • Steve

    Why would you repost this? It was already deemed fake on all the other sites that posted it. First of all, you cannot broadcast a video signal through a MICROPHONE JACK, secondly if you know anything about electronics you would know that his “video transmitter” doesn’t have ANY of the necessary components for processing and transmitting a video feed.

    • Steve

      headphone jack rarther

  • Twited21

    Dude this is old news I saw this I think 2 days ago

  • Twited21

    Dude this is old news saw it 2 days ago

  • Aleksander
  • iPhoNerd

    If u closely look at the image on the phone and at the screen on the wall u can clearly see it’s a fake rather photoshop work 🙂

  • Hacker can do everything which he/she wants in this world .That is why they hacked this

  • Nowadays Hacker is the one persons who can do which they wants and with the help of rich person

  • svnelvn

    Fake because there is no possible way the iphone could transmit HD data as fast as that, the TVs were all synchronized with the iphone without delay, which is simply impossible

  • This is now known to be fake:

    It’s a viral promo for the movie “Limitless”. They’re “hacking” over the trailer for the movie at the end, with the balloon thingy.