Quick Tip: Stream your Movies to your iPhone

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Here is a tip that was emailed in…I can’t seem to get it to work, but there are several others who seem to have enabled it just fine – so I’m probably just doing something wrong. Either way, I thought you guys would want to know about it. Take a look, and let me know if you succeed, or fail, at this thing:

Step 1
Open “Sharing” in System Preferences and enable “Personal Web Sharing” – this will turn on the built in web server installed with OS X. When enabled, it will display an address (your IP or computer network name) as the URL for accessing the site on your network. Note this address – we’ll be visiting it on our iPhone via Safari later.

Step 2
The root of the web site is located in /Library/WebServer/Documents.
Open the Terminal and type the following:
cd /Library/WebServer/Documents/
and press ENTER.

Step 3
Still in the Terminal we will continue by creating a Symbolic link to your iTunes “Movies” directory and place this link in the root of your web server by typing the following:
ln -s /[path ti your iTunes Movies folder] Movies
example: ln -s/Volumes/Machintosh HD/users/john/Music/iTunes/Movies Movies

Step 4
Open Safari on your iPhone and visit the address provided when you enabled the Personal Web Sharing in your iPhone followed by /Movies

You will be presented with a text directory listing of all of your iTunes movies. Simply tap on any movie link and it’ll launch QuickTime on the iPhone and play the movie – just like any other video streamed on the web


That’s all their is too it apparently. Everytime I try this I get “command not found” or “No such file or directory” – so if anyone can tell me what I’m doing wrong – let me know. I know close to nothing about the Terminal.

via Embraceware

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2 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Stream your Movies to your iPhone

  1. That isn’t actually streaming, your iphone will download the file you need a streaming server to serve up the hinted movie files for it actually to stream.

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