Twitter gains AirPlay support for watching videos on the big screen

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Twitter might not be the social network it once was but it's still the one that a whole load of people spend their time on and now they have a new feature to enjoy.

Video support has been around on Twitter for years and Apple even shared an entire episode of the Apple TV Plus hit Silo as a freebie recently. But watching on your iPhone is no fun, and using screen sharing via AirPlay didn't always work well. Now, that workaround is no longer needed.

That's because Twitter has now added the ability to AirPlay videos right from within its app, making it easier than ever to watch longer videos on a big screen.

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Since Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion in late 2022 he's been trying to turn it into an everything app, similar to WeChat in China. That includes having it be the go-to place for video content and he's now one step closer to making that happen — even if there's still a ways to go.

Things took a step in the right direction when Apple TV Plus made the entire first episode of Silo available to stream on the platform at the end of June.

Musk alluded to being able to watch the episode on the big screen but at the time that required using Control Center's display mirroring, a workaround that didn't always make for the best experience. But by adding support for AirPlay viewers can be sure that the content they're streaming to the big screen is in the correct aspect ratio, for example.

All that's required to use AirPlay is a compatible TV or an Apple TV box. The Apple TV 4K is the best around, although even with Amazon Prime Day deals it still isn't cheap. Thankfully, there are tons of Apple TV alternatives out there if you're looking for something that won't break the bank.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.