We don’t know what’s the secret behind webout, a universal app for iPhone and iPad, and we don’t know if Apple is going to remove this soon from the App Store – but it works. As you may know, you can’t stream video using AirPlay to the Apple TV with Mobile Safari. Only native Apple apps have the video functionality enabled, and if you try to open Youtube.com in the browser you’ll notice that the AirPlay icon doesn’t show up.
What webout does is simple: it’s a very lightweight browser with a minimal feature set that allows you to stream video from the web to the Apple TV, or a Mac. Once you’re in a page containing HTML5 video (Youtube.com, for instance), tap on the action button in the toolbar and hit “Stream video to AirPlay”. The app will open a new window with Apple’s standard media controller and the AirPlay button right there, waiting to be pressed to initiate streaming.
I just tested this with my Apple TV and it works perfectly. Video from Youtube streams just fine. I had, however, some issues trying to stream Youtube embeds from blog posts, as webout didn’t recognize them as valid HTML5 videos. Perhaps it’s a bug in this version, or the webpages I visited had some problems. I don’t know. I’ll test on more websites later today and report back.
In the meantime, you can go download the app here (just in case Apple pulls it) and let us know in the comments how it works for you.
Unlock More with Club MacStories
Founded in 2015, Club MacStories has delivered exclusive content every week for over six years.
In that time, members have enjoyed nearly 400 weekly and monthly newsletters packed with more of your favorite MacStories writing as well as Club-only podcasts, eBooks, discounts on apps, icons, and services. Join today, and you’ll get everything new that we publish every week, plus access to our entire archive of back issues and downloadable perks.
The Club expanded in 2021 with Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. Club MacStories+ members enjoy even more exclusive stories, a vibrant Discord community, a rotating roster of app discounts, and more. And, with Club Premier, you get everything we offer at every Club level plus an extended, ad-free version of our podcast AppStories that is delivered early each week in high-bitrate audio.
Choose the Club plan that’s right for you:
- Club MacStories: Weekly and monthly newsletters via email and the web that are brimming with app collections, tips, automation workflows, longform writing, a Club-only podcast, periodic giveaways, and more;
- Club MacStories+: Everything that Club MacStories offers, plus exclusive content like Federico’s Automation Academy and John’s Macintosh Desktop Experience, a powerful web app for searching and exploring over 6 years of content and creating custom RSS feeds of Club content, an active Discord community, and a rotating collection of discounts, and more;
- Club Premier: Everything in from our other plans and AppStories+, an extended version of our flagship podcast that’s delivered early, ad-free, and in high-bitrate audio.