Los Angeles – Apple (NASD: AAPL) is considering adding streaming video to
its AirPlay service, which currently allows users to stream audio from an
iPhone, iPad or iTunes to a home stereo or other devices, Bloomberg reported,
citing two people familiar with the matter.
The company would reportedly
license its AirPlay software to third-party consumer electronics makers, so
that users could stream video from an Apple device to a television, set-top box
or other device.
Compatible devices could then potentially reach the market by
year’s end, according to Bloomberg’s source.
Apple has licensed its AirPlay
software to Pioneer and D&M Holdings, which have bundled it with various
speakers and other home stereo equipment.
The companies reportedly pay Apple $4
per device, and are barred from offering streaming video, though the technology