I have been a long-time fan and AirVideo/AirVideoHD user, using them almost on a daily basis with dozens of different file containers and codecs and have been very happy with it. One of the best apps, great usability, but also stability and with very nice advanced features that I have come across.
Now, yesterday, I have updated the Apple TV to the newest OS and suddenly, AirPlay is not working correctly anymore. I did this since I wanted to be up to date to do testing for the latest AirVideoHD releases and generate some useful feedback.
Watching natively on my iPad (iOS 6.1) or iPhone (iOS 8.1.1) still works perfectly fine, but when I activate AirPlay to my Apple TV the following issues appear:
1) VERY slow playback start (it takes ages until the AppleTV picks up the stream from the originating source, if it works at all)
2) If the Apple TV displays a picture from a video/movie, it starts to buffer instantly, while I can see that the router has more than sufficient bandwidth (I did not alter anything aside from the Apple TV update I did yesterday)
3) I cannot skip anymore, the iPad and the AppleTV playback are not "in sync" with each other, there is a delay of 4-5 seconds, while local playback on an iDevice it is almost instant
4) The video suddenly just stops
This is in a local WiFi with about 20Mbps real (not theoretical) bandwidth according to the AirVideoHD connection test. The AppleTV is located on top of a shelf and has a perfect signal according to the Apple TV GUI (under network -> signal strength) and since playback works locally on an iDevice at the same spot I have my Apple TV, there must be something seriously borked with the newest Apple TV update.
I even tried to troubleshoot of course, disabled Bluetooth, restored the AppleTV, restarting my whole network components. That didn't help at all.
Are there others having the same issues after they updated the AppleTV? Is there anyone that still can use Airplay without issues (and if that is the case, do you have an Apple router)?
How can someone make Apple aware of this? Because the AppleTV is basically unusable for me now. This is frustrating to no end.
As of right now, I can only recommend others NOT TO UPDATE the AppleTV firmware, it seems to do more harm than good.
What's the state of your experience with Airplay? Does is still work reliably and fast on the highest settings (10mbps, native playback when bandwidth permits)? And are you using solely Apple Devices and Apple routers (e.x. Airport Extreme)?