How many AirPlay-compatible TVs are there?
Anything with HDMI.
So my TV is AirPlay-compatible? How come my TV doesn't come up as an Airplay device? There is no such thing as an AirPlay-compatible TV, atleast that I am aware of. Feel free to enlighten me if I'm wrong.
So you ask how many TV's I can stream to, but then bring up a small subset of TV's that support your WiFi streaming.
Because you specifically said that the i-products could stream to the TV, when that is obviously not the case. AFAIK, there is not a single TV being sold that has AirPlay-support. Again, feel free to correct. There are, OTOH, thousands of different models that do support streaming from Android devices. They don't need to have WiFi, but it's nicer that way.
How is that any different really?
Now, let me see:
System that requires extra hardware, cabling, power. Versus system that has built-in support. No difference there, obviously.
I'll bet you paid more for your TV than I did for mine, and with the extra money saved you can buy an AppleTV to work with whatever modern TV you have.
It was quite possibly more expensive than yours. But the price difference I paid for a "smart" TV, vs. the otherwise identical "dumb" version was somewhere between $30 and $40. I haven't seen AppleTVs in that pricerange, at least not yet. And buying an AppleTV doesn't make my TV AirPlay compatible. I'll just be connecting a HDMI-device to my HDMI-compatible TV.
Why would you prefer a system which limits the TV's you can buy?
Because I don't want more crappy boxes underneath my TV. I don't want more cables messing up the living room. That's not a very hard concept to grasp, is it?
Why would you prefer a system which limits the devices that can stream to your TV? I can stream from Windows, Linux, Android and iOS directly to my TV effortlessly. For me, that makes sense. Why would I buy an extra device that can only stream from OS X and iOS, when my TV supports streaming from pretty much any mainstream device/operating system available?
(Yes, I consider AirPlay OSX/iOS only. It's a proprietary protocol which has horrible support on other oses)
You should try it again, there's more uptake than you think (it's cross platform across a lot of different platforms). Google doesn't show police either.
Well, I don't think I'll be trying Waze every other week. It isn't growing that fast. Google has had proper traffic info since this summer. Waze has nothing yet.