Macbook Pro is unable to connect to AppleTV by using Airplay

So I have a Macbook Pro which is mainly used for daily operations, such as:

  • Browsing the internet in my couch;
  • Streaming music over the wifi to the Apple-TV device.

Today after reinstalling my Macbook with OSX 10.9.4 (OSX Mavericks), I was unable to connect to the Apple-TV by using the Airplay function for sound (alt + click on the sound icon). Quickly I discovered the system was falling back on the internal speakers. I rebooted the Apple-TV without success.

I kept an eye on the internal log (console) during the connection process of the system. But I was a bit astonished it remained pretty much empty without clear indication of the root cause.

Eventually I found out by rebooting the system *duh*, the issue disappears. If you are unable to restart the system, the issue can be resolved by executing the following command: “sudo kill `ps -ax | grep ‘coreaudiod’ | grep ‘sbin’ |awk ‘{print $1}’`“.

Hopefully this saves you some time..

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