Before iOS 11.4 and AirPlay 2, i used to stream videos from my iPad with Infuse to my Apple TV, then on the TV I ask to play the sound to the HomePod. No trouble, it was super smooth and brilliant.
Since the update. Now when I want to AirPlay stuff, it works but when I ask the Apple TV to send the sound to the HomePod, it stops showing the video on my TV and simply plays the sound on both TV and HomePod.
I really don’t know how to work this out and was wondering if you guys were aware of anything?
I don’t use a computer, I just have my iPad. It was working really well until then.
I still have the same issue even on 5.7.6. I have recorded a video to show you the exact behaviour but cannot upload it. Instead I took photos. One when I’m about to select the HomePod from my Apple TV playing the video, and one a second later when it selected it. Stopping the video streaming to appleTV.
This bug still exists in 5.8.1 but in a different way now. With the same steps to reproduce as previously mentioned, now when you press Vol up or down on the AppleTV remote, you get the HomePod Vol UI but the volume does absolutely nothing. It is still playing through the TV volume. I can turn the AppleTV/HomePod volume all the way down to 0 or up to full and the sound will be unchanged.
I have to change the volume on my regular TV remote.
I’d like to update my previous post and say with iOS 12 out today, the HomePod seems to be playing properly now with videos from the app. AppleTV & HomePod both updated. I’ll update again if this changes.
Updating my comment with more info, sadly this bug still exists.
While it did work properly for a bit, it’s intermittent. The HomePod volume UI activates but does not actually change the volume as I can turn it all the way down or up and the volume is the same, it’s still coming out of the TV.
Another update to this bug. It only works properly upon first load. Meaning on a fresh restart it works as it should, volume control is out of the HomePod, but after any sleep, it breaks. I have to restart the AppleTV for it to work properly again. This is a bug with your app as YouTube and Netflx do not exhibit this behaviour. If this continues I am going to have to request a refund.
I am now experiencing issues with my HomePod too after the 5.8.5 update. I was mostly fine with the previous version. Audio now randomly cuts out and I can’t resume playing after pause with an “error loading content” message. The HomePod seems to be disconnected afterwards. Reconnecting gives me sound for a second, then the audio cuts out again. Rinse and repeat. I have to restart the ATV to fix it for a few minutes.
It works just fine with my Beats Studio 3, so it seems it is an issue specific to either HomePod or the protocol I guess.
It’s just happening with Infuse, YouTube and Prime work fine. Is there any way to roll back and wait for a future update?
I’ve sent an email, just posting here to let others know.
I think the low volume part is indicative of that it doesn’t use the HomePod despite saying so. I haven’t verified but going by the flat sound signature, I reckon it’s my TV speakers. Unpairing the HomePod in the output menu of the Apple TV and repairing it solves that (temporarily).