By now you probably know that Pocket is great for saving video for later. Now, thanks to Apple’s AirPlay mirroring feature—and Apple TV—you can view Pocket and watch your saved videos on your TV.
All you need is an Apple TV and your iPhone, iPad, or a Mac with the new OS X Mountain Lion, and you can set up Pocket on your television. Here’s how:
1. See if your iPhone/iPad supports AirPlay.
According to Apple’s requirements, you’ll need iOS 4.3 or later.
2. Make sure your iPhone/iPad and Apple TV are on the same WiFi connection.
3. Open your Pocket app.
If you don’t already have it, download it here free. Filter your saved items to show just the videos.
4. Select a video to watch, then look for the AirPlay button in the embedded video player. Select your Apple TV from the menu.
With Apple’s new OS X Mountain Lion, released last week, you can also use AirPlay and Apple TV to access the Pocket web app from your Mac:
1. Check to see if your Mac supports AirPlay.
AirPlay is supported on the following Mac models: iMac (Mid 2011 or newer), Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer), MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
2. Select your Apple TV from the AirPlay icon in your menu bar
3. Access Pocket from your browser, and choose the video filter:
4. Click a video to start watching it—and be sure to click the full-screen button and HD when available.
Now: What to Save?
Looking for more video to save for later? Here is a small handful of channels with both short and long-form video options:
• Short of the Week: Handpicked short films (mostly over 5 minutes) from independent directors and producers.
• TED Talks: What’s an online video post without some intellectual and creative inspiration? TED Talks are usually about 17 minutes apiece and perfect for the TV screen.
• Devour: Devour is the best of what’s viral right now, from movie trailers to parodies and homemade productions.
• Vice Magazine: News documentaries from some of the most dangerous places in the world.
• New York Times: A growing library of video segments from the paper of record, covering news, culture, food, business and more.
We’re working hard to continue making it easy to access what you save in Pocket, and we’re excited to make your TV experience even more seamless. Happy viewing!