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Restore Audio Streaming to Apple TV, With Airfoil Satellite TV

Update (May 18th, 2017): Airfoil for Mac 5.6 restores direct streaming to all models of Apple TV. Get the latest version now from the Airfoil page. Airfoil Satellite TV will no longer be needed to stream to the Apple TV. See this post for more details.


As described in Friday’s post, we’ve been working on two distinct solutions to enable you to stream audio from Airfoil to the newest Apple TVs. We’re now able to provide you with the first of those solutions.

Get Airfoil Satellite TV Now!

Airfoil Satellite TV IconWhen tvOS 10.2 broke Airfoil’s ability to send audio directly to the Apple TV, we began working on an alternative method of getting audio to the device. We’re now pleased to provide Airfoil Satellite TV, an app to turn your Apple TV into an audio receiver for Airfoil. With Airfoil Satellite TV running on your Apple TV, you’ll again be able to send audio from your Mac or Windows machine to tvOS-based Apple TVs.

To download the free Airfoil Satellite TV, just search for it in the App Store right on your Apple TV. If you have automatic downloading turned on for your Apple TV, you can also click this link to get the app. When you’ve got the app running, just use Airfoil to send audio to the “Airfoil Satellite on <Your Apple TV Name>” device. Once you do, you’ll again be able to rock out with audio from your Mac or PC playing through your Apple TV.

Airfoil Updates Still To Come

Airfoil IconAirfoil Satellite TV restores the ability to use your Apple TV as a receiver for Airfoil, but it must be running in the foreground. As discussed in our previous post, we’ve also been working in parallel to restore Airfoil’s ability to stream directly to the Apple TV with no app required.

We’ve recently completed the preliminary work to enable Airfoil to connect with tvOS-based Apple TVs, and we’re working on bringing the functionality into Airfoil. Once that’s ready, we’ll ship free updates for Airfoil for Mac and Airfoil for Windows. While we can’t yet give release dates for these updates, you can be sure we’re working hard to get them to you as soon as possible.

17 Responses to “Restore Audio Streaming to Apple TV, With Airfoil Satellite TV”

  1. Pierre Meurée says:

    Hello,
    It doesn’t work for me when I click on “Airfoil Satellite on Apple Tv” Airfoil says that i could not connect to remote speakers and suggest to switch off my firewall. I checked and it’s always off so what can I do ?
    Thank you


  2. Pierre Meurée says:

    Sorry I restarted Airfoil and it worked


  3. Richard says:

    Thanks guys, you’re the best!


  4. Brad T says:

    I’m a long-time supporter of Rogue Amoeba. I own all your products except for Piezo (since I use Audio Hijack on the reg).

    Thank you again for your innovations and continued dedication to great software! 😀


  5. GP says:

    I get the message:

    “The Apple TV’s “Require Device Verification” setting is turned on. Because only Apple devices may provide verification, this setting must be turned off to use Airfoil with the Apple TV.

    Turn “Require Device Verification” off in the Apple TV’s Settings, under AirPlay Security.”

    Airfoil Satellite is running. I do not see the “Require Device Verification” setting in Airplay Security.


  6. chris says:

    When airfoil app running on both Mac computer and apple TV, I receive the following notification:

    “The Apple TV’s “Require Device Verification” setting is turned on. Because only Apple devices may provide verification, this setting must be turned off to use Airfoil with the Apple TV. Turn “Require Device Verification” off in the Apple TV’s Settings, under AirPlay Security.”

    Within Apple TV setting, there is no option to turn off device verification. The only options are: ” ‘first time passcode’, ‘passcode’, and ‘password’ ”

    Am I doing something wrong?


  7. Stavros says:

    What for the people thy have and oldest version of apple TV which doesn’t have an apple store!! Its impossible to download the satellite app for tv. So now we have stuck with a product that doesnt actually work and the music goes on and off every two minutes!! Can we get some help?


  8. Sarah M says:

    I’m also getting this message:
    The Apple TV’s “Require Device Verification” setting is turned on. Because only Apple devices may provide verification, this setting must be turned off to use Airfoil with the Apple TV.

    Turn “Require Device Verification” off in the Apple TV’s Settings, under AirPlay Security.

    I have the latest Apple TV with the Airfoil Satellite installed and running and Airfoil is running on a Mac with version 10.11.6


  9. Sarah M says:

    BTW, I am not able to change the security settings of Airplay on the Apple TV to anything other than one time passcode, passcode or password. I cannot turn it off.


  10. Sarah M. says:

    BTW, I am not able to change the security settings of Airplay on the Apple TV to anything other than one time passcode, passcode or password. I cannot turn it off.


  11. CW says:

    same here… can’t change settings either.


  12. Jan Aukes says:

    I suppose that in TV OS 10.2 turning off verification is not possible anymore.


  13. Fred B says:

    Initially i had it working. Now a few days later I get this awful message again. Powered off the Apple TV and restarted airfoil satellite. Linking the airfoil Spotify to my Apple TV and same security msg comes up. YOU HAVE NOT SOLVED THIS ISSUE.


  14. Tom D says:

    Its not working. Unable to change security settings. WTH?


  15. Margaret says:

    Good work!

    But you say, “…Apple TV without no app required.”
    You mean, “…Apple TV without an app required” or “…Apple TV with no app required.”


  16. ben says:

    The app ain’t working babes.
    There is no option to turn off “Require Device Verification” in airplay settings.
    Quelle bummair-play
    :(


  17. Jan Aukes says:

    In order to make Airfoil Satellite on Apple TV visible in Airfoil it may be neccary to restart Apple TV.


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