Direct Play does NOT work on iOS or Apple TV! This is hugely annoying. Direct play should be the easiest best way to stream files, but lately any time my server is direct playing to the Apple TV or any of my iOS devices, it is incredibly glitchy. It stops to buffer every three minutes or so. This does NOT happen when the audio or video are transcoding. I have an incredibly fast router, I used Wi-Fi Sweetspots to check the local speed I'm getting at my ATV, and it's upwards of 500 mbps. Even in the slowest room in my house I'm getting over 100 mbps. The router is a beast and my server is hardwired in via Ethernet to the router . I used Apple's AirPlay to play Brave Heart the other night, and it buffered the entire movie in under 5 minutes, all 8 GBs. Speed is not the issue. Direct Play is broken. Please fix it! I have virtually all my movies encoded in MP4, H264, AC3, and they all direct play. I hate having to sacrifice 1080p quality by telling the server to transcode down to 720p simply to ensure smooth streaming.
If anyone has any tips or workarounds that can help with this I would love to know! Thanks!