New jailbreak tweak lets you watch restricted premium videos via AirPlay

By , Aug 9, 2012

Doesn’t it get under your skin when you try to watch a video on the big screen via AirPlay, and at the most, all you get is sound? Sometimes companies decide to restrict users from using AirPlay or HDMI output, which results in the frustrating scenario just mentioned.

This prevents certain apps like Amazon Instant Video, HBOGO, and DirectTV from being enjoyed on your television set via AirPlay using an Apple TV.

It’s actually surprising that it took this long for a Cydia developer to come up with a fix for this, but it’s finally here. UnrestrictPremium is a tweak that allows you to watch video via AirPlay mirroring or HDMI output, even if the developer of the app restricts users from doing so. Want to see how it works? Then step inside and watch our hands-on video walkthrough…

Once installed, UnrestrictPremium places a settings panel in your Settings app to activate the tweak. I later found that these on/off toggles had little to do with the tweak working or not working. It always worked for me if the tweak was installed, regardless of the state of the toggles. Another thing to keep in mind, is that installing UnrestrictPremium also installs Xcon as a prerequisite, because Xcon a necessity for using certain video apps on a jailbroken device.

The developer of UnrestrictPremium touts that his creation works for Amazon Instant Video, HBOGO, MAXGO, and DirectTV. I was able to test it with Amazon Instant Video, and it worked just as advertised. I wasn’t able to test HDMI output, since I don’t have an HDMI dongle in my possession, but AirPlay video was exquisite.

At $2.99 it’s not the cheapest tweak on the block, but it’s well worth it if you watch a lot of video using any of the aforementioned apps. Head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo if you’d like to check it out, and let me know what you think about it in the comment section below.

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  • skychet

    Does it work with the Watch ESPN app?

  • notewar

    I wonder if it work with AVPlayer. I usually put get blank screen,with sound though, when I was streaming MKV format movie to Apple TV 3

  • http://classyapps.tumblr.com/ Jonathan

    Are we were *really* at a place where we think $2.99 is expensive?

    • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

      Not sure why you got all of the down votes so quickly, but we are surrounded by people who thinks everything should be free and that they are entitled to things. It amazes me at how many people have no problem paying $400 for a phone but gasp in disbelief that someone would have the audacity to charge 99 cents for an app or game. $2.99 is a reasonable price for an app that does something that you really want or need.

      I completely agree with your statement…

  • http://twitter.com/WelshBluebird Marc Pearce

    Can someone please test this with Sky Go?

    • http://twitter.com/Hassanshabir786 Hassan Shabir Khan

      does it work with sky go then?

      • Adam Fairburn

        No didn’t work for me

  • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

    I love my Apple TV, but when I got the 2nd gen and finally the 3rd gen, my biggest complaint was the lack of streaming content. I went out and bought a Roku which is loaded with streaming apps. HBOGO and Amazon Prime being two of my most used. I would much rather go the Roku route for much better quality than what I get out of AirPlay from my iPad or iPhone.

  • Jeffrey Steiger

    Does it play in full screen like youtube or is it a box like when it Mirrors your iPad?

  • Gucciipad

    Omg my new fav app. I can watch hbo go on my apple tv.i recommend the 2.99 for this app.

  • http://www.3sixtydegreescouting.com/ Greg Braddock

    When you say “airplay mirroring” is that specifically for devices that can mirror or just old fashioned airplay? I have a 4, not a 4S… I don’t wanna spend $2.99 (even though it’s well worth it) and its not gonna work. Or, I could just mozy on over to cydia and check device requirements. Yep, that’s what I’m gonna do but I’m not gonna delete everything I wrote above… I don’t like censoring. LOL! *sigh* I kill myself.

  • http://twitter.com/Tim_Red_Beard Timothy Griskus

    I’m still only getting sound. Even with the tweak, I have both the new iPad and the iPad 2 both are jailbroken as well as the Apple TV. I’m just getting the sound, I have paid $2.99 for it and I’ve tried with using Mirroring but it’s just not working, anyone have suggestions? Jeff? Thanks!

    • Glen Li

      Did you resolve this? I’m having the same issue, except my output is via HDMI, and I tested with Amazon Instant Video and did’nt work.

      • http://twitter.com/greent65 greent65

        This is working for Amazon Instant Video.
        Open up Settings and scroll down till you see UnrestrictPremium2. Tap on it and then on the right side tap Choose Apps. Scroll down the list of apps and tap on Instant Video and then the back button. Then tap Restart Springboard.
        If that doesn’t work then try some of the Airplay Override options available on the Settings page.

  • Glen Li

    It didn’t work for me (ipad 2; hdmi; amazon instant video), truly disappointed at being deceived. I’m gonna spread the word about this failure and dispute the charge. But first I’ll try to make contact w them to see if they can resolve this. Love to have this tweak and allow them to earn the $$…

  • Jerry H.

    I got HBO Go and Max Go to work but Amazon Instant Video did not. Disappointed…

  • Jerry H.

    HBO Go displayed in a box on the 16:9 tv looks ok when zoomed in. It only works on devices with true airplay mirroring, so the iPhone 4 is not included.

  • http://twitter.com/Hassanshabir786 Hassan Shabir Khan

    does it work with sky go!? Someone please help I don’t wanna waste my money on junk!

    • Adam Fairburn

      Didn’t work for me

  • faulk99

    I was having issues getting amazon to play too, I found first off I did not download the unrestrict premium properly. You should have a whole bunch of words in black going down a screen then your springboard should reset, then you know you have installed correctly. Next I redownloaded xcon again because it did not install correctly, then I went into setting on my ipad and found the unrestrict premium and went to choose apps, then I manually selected amazon prime and a few others. I think the last step was the one that worked. I hope this helps others ;-)

  • Chris Waycott

    Amazon Instant Video works using an hdmi cable, but the picture quality is HORRIBLE,

  • Todd

    Does this app work with sky mobile tv???