iMediashare for iPhone is a first class app, and one that plugs one of the many holes in the iOS basic feature set. This app allows you to play media on your HDTV. Now, don’t panic, as there is no complex setting up of ip addresses, no plugging in different cables, no purchase of go-between hardware, and there is not even the need for an equivalent app on the TV. This just works.
My own TV is a few years old, but has an Ethernet port and some basic Internet functionality, but it worked just fine. Now, when I say it worked just fine, I mean I literally loaded up the app, pressed ‘play’ on one of my videos, and it played on the TV, with no hassle whatsoever.
✦ Televisions from Samsung (w/ AllShare), LG, Sony BRAVIA, Panasonic Viera, and many others.
✦ Game consoles: Microsoft XBox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 (no remote control).
✦ Network Media Players: Apple TV, Sony Blu-ray, Popcorn Hour, WD TV Live, and many others.
✦ PC/Mac media servers: Twonky, Windows Media Player, and many others.
✦ Other DLNA/UPnP/AirPlay compliant media players.
Really, if your TV was made in the last five years and has either an Ethernet port or Wi-Fi built in, you are good to go, and there is a free, lite version to test out on your TV before you purchase the full version, which allows you to play in HD and has no ads.
The app allows you to log into Facebook and play all your pictures and videos in a slideshow on the TV, as well as any of your friend’s pictures and videos, although they must have their media set to public. The app also comes with a whole host of video sources, such as YouTube, Discovery and Vimeo, all playable in HD and streamable straight to your TV.
It really does work brilliantly, and I can’t explain enough just how simple it is to set up, as there really isn’t any setup at all, save for making sure both your TV and iPhone are connected to the same router, which they probably will be in 99% of homes.
There is only one minor fault that I found, and that is if you have two copies of the app trying to connect to the TV at once, it does seem to break things. A warning or notification here would help. Aside from that small, and no doubt rare, issue, this is a superb app that really should become one of the standard apps on your iPhone. What is even better is the fact that this is a universal app, and looks great on iPad.
Overall, this couldn’t come any higher recommended from me, get it, and get it now.