Silver Screen

Stream any movie to your Apple TV from your Mac. All controlled from any web browser, including your mobile device.

  • Turns your Mac into a media hub for your Apple TV
  • Works with any web browser (Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, etc.)
  • Supports all popular video formats
  • Use your Apple TV remote to fast-forward, rewind, and pause
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Requirements: A Mac running OS X 10.8 or later and a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation Apple TV.

Browse and select videos from your media library.

Start your video, and enjoy! Supports audio tracks and subtitles.

Have multiple Apple TVs? Select which one you happen to be in front of.

So how does it work?

Silver Screen runs on your Mac, and serves up a web app that provides access to your media library. Select your video and Silver Screen sends it to your Apple TV via AirPlay, transcoding on the fly if needed.

Stop your video and resume from where you left off

If you stop playing your video from Silver Screen or from the Apple TV remote, you can pick back up right where you left off -- even from a different Apple TV.

Supports surround sound and subtitles

Supports Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, multiple audio tracks, and subtitles.

Frequently Asked Questions

So how does it work?

Silver Screen runs on your Mac, and serves up a web application that provides access you your media library. Select your video and Silver Screen sends it to your Apple TV via AirPlay, transcoding to a format your Apple TV understands on the fly if need be.

Do I need to sign up for some sort of cloud service or pay for a subscription?

Nope. All the communications happen directly between your Mac, the device you are using to browse your media library, and your Apple TV. Because of this all three need to be on the same network.

How do I organize my videos?

By default Silver Screen looks in your Movies folder (the folder can be changed in Preferences). Then just create folders in Finder on your Mac and put your videos into those folders, allowing for whatever organizational structure you want.

But some or all my movies are on another server / on a NAS.

No problem. Just create an Alias in your Movies directory and select that as your Media Directory in Preferences. It will be automatically mounted when the folder is browsed in Silver Screen. To make an Alias:

  1. On your Mac, connect to the network share using the Finder
  2. Right-click the icon for the mounted drive that is on your desktop and select "Make Alias" (make sure you have "Show these items on the desktop: Connected Servers" enabled in Finder preferences)
  3. Drag that Alias into your Movies directory

If your videos are in a subdirectory of your network share:
  1. Click on the Alias you just made, and right-click and select "Get Info"
  2. Click "Select New Original..."
  3. Drag and drop the folder on your server into the file browsing window and click open
  4. Optionally give your Alias a new name in "Name & Extension"

Is 5.1 surround sound supported?

Yes. If the video file includes surround sound audio Silver Screen can play it on your Apple TV. Multiple audio tracks are supported, so you can switch between stereo, surround sound, alternate language tracks, director commentary, etc. if they are embedded in your video file.

Are subtitles supported?

Yes, Silver Screen supports both embedded subtitles and subtitles in srt files. Support for additional subtitle formats is planned.

When I turn on subtitles from the Apple TV I don't see my subtitles listed.

Subtitle files must be in the same directory as the video file, and the name of the subtitle file must start with the same name as the video. For example if your video is named "Vacation.mkv" Silver Screen would match on subtitle files with names like "Vacation", "Vacation", "", etc.

What video containers are supported?

avi, mkv, mov, mp4, m4v, wmv, flv, vob, m2v, divx, f4v, flv, mk3d, mpg, mpeg, m2p, ps, ts, m2ts, mts, ogg, and webm. But if you use a container that isn't supported let us know and we'll see what we can do to add support.

Can I install Silver Screen on more than one Mac?

Yes, the license allows you to install a copy of Silver Screen on any Mac that you personally own.

I see that Silver Screen allows you select from multiple Apple TVs. Does it support playing video to more than one Apple TV at the same time?

No, at this time Silver Screen can only stream to one Apple TV at a time from a given Mac.

My Mac no longer goes to sleep after installing Silver Screen.

When running, Silver Screen prevents your Mac from automatically going to sleep due to inactivity so that is always available to your remote devices. Your Mac's screen and hard disks will still sleep as normal.

Silver Screen 1.1.2

Released on April 21, 2015
  • Compatibility with Apple TV iOS version 7.2

Silver Screen 1.1.1

Released on January 7, 2014
  • Better handling of corrupt / malformed files

Silver Screen 1.1

Released on December 31, 2013
  • Substantial performance improvements
  • Resolved an issue that could cause Dolby Digital audio to play as stereo
  • Improved notification of version updates
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes

Silver Screen 1.0.1

Released on November 17, 2013
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Silver Screen 1.0

Released on October 12, 2013
  • Initial release
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