There was a time when it became a bit of a running joke to claim that there “was an app for that”, meaning that no matter what it was that you wanted to achieve, the likelihood was that someone had built an app that would perform that task or solve that problem on your behalf. Of course, as things have progressed in the app age, it seems that there really is an app for pretty much everything, a notion that has been cemented in place by the fact that there is now a native Mac OS X app that allow users AirPlay-like mirroring of content directly from an Apple Mac to a Samsung Smart TV without the need for an Apple TV interjection.
Apple’s AirPlay protocol essentially allows consumers to take some form of content playing on one Apple device – such as music playing on an iPhone, or the screen of a Mac – and mirror it across to another device on the same network through the use of AirPlay magic. When talking about Macs however, it has become common practice for users to share the machine’s display to an Apple TV connected to a high-definition television set via AirPlay. A perfect combination for sharing presentations with a larger audience or sending a movie from the Mac to a television in the living room.
Until now, there was no easy way of achieve the same level of connectivity without an Apple TV. Step forward Mirror for Samsung TV on the Mac App Store to bridge that gap for owners of Samsung Smart TVs.
The $9.99 app may not be the cheapest third-party app that you’ve ever purchased or downloaded, but its ability to stream whatever is playing on your Mac directly to a Samsung Smart TV means it is definitely worthy of the price-tag for anyone who has been waiting patiently for this type of functionality which negates the necessity of an Apple TV. The app automatically begins the process by scanning the local network for a Samsung Smart TV manufactured after the year 2012.
Called AirBeamTV, the developers behind this mirroring app for Samsung TVs say that “in using the app, there will be a couple of seconds of latency (usually between 1 and 3). So this mirroring is not suitable for gaming.” The developer also advises users to hook up their Smart TV to the Internet via a LAN cable if possible for the best results.
Given these intricacies, the developer has also published a free trial version of the product to allow less technically au fait consumers to see if their Samsung TV is compatible with the app before shelling out the $9.99. You can grab it from airbeamtv.tumblr.com.
(Download: Mirror for Samsung TV for Mac from the Mac App Store)
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