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Apple TV and Ministry? Save $84…

 —  August 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

I just wrote a column in Group Magazine on using your Apple TV (ATV) for ministry purposes and have received some good feedback on it. With that said, if ministry is your excuse for buying an ATV STOP!!!!

No, I am not retracting my column, the ATV is a killer ministry tool but if you do not own one you might want to save your money and check out AirServer. For less than $15 you get all the functions of Apple’s Air Play and a little more.

Side Note: The ATV will do more over all, Flickr streaming, Netflix, iCloud, etc. but if you are only looking for the live screen mirroring from you iPad or iPhone that AirPlay offers save your money and try AirServer‘s 7 day trial.

Someone asked me a few weeks about what adapter I used to get my ATV (with HDMI out) to my older video projector with only VGA/RCA in.  I told him about the Kanex adapter ($59) that I purchased.  I told him that I was disappointed in the performance of all the adapters I tried but this was the best so far…and it still did not fill the projector screen properly. So far that is $158 that I have invested (vs $14.99 with AirServer) and the ATV is not guaranteed to look great. If I want the ATV to look great I need to teach from a projector with HDMI inputs or from a TV.

I have heard about AirServer on a few blogs but saw it in action for the first time on churchmediadesign.tv.  Click that link and meet my friend Brad, cmd.tv is one of my favorite podcasts.

Brandon Early

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I have been serving in youth ministry for nearly 20 years, am currently the Director of Student Ministries at Valley Church in Des Moines, IA, and am on a first name basis with several Best Buy and Apple employees. My wife Keri and I have been married over ten years and have three great boys. My four favorite things are Jesus, my wife, Chicago Style Pizza, and fighting off our boys with sweet ninja moves.

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