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Old 07-24-2013, 12:16 PM  
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Google introduces Chromecast - 35 bucks?!?

This looks like it will really test Roku/Apple TV. For that price point, I'm not sure how it couldn't. From what I'm hearing, you can stream anything from your desktop to the connected device, but not from mobile. Only supported apps from mobile will stream. More to come, I'm sure.

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Google's taking yet another stab at the living room.

Today Google introduced Chromecast, a stick-like device that connects to one of your TV's HDMI inputs and accepts video pushed from smartphones, tablets and the Chrome browser. It's available for just $35 starting today from the Google Play store in the US, with availability in other countries to follow.

The compact 2-inch device will work with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies and TV, and Google Play Music at launch, with support for future services, including Pandora, coming soon. It's a cross-platform device, with support for both Android and iOS devices, as well as the Chrome browser on both Windows and Mac computers. More details are currently available on the Google's Chrome blog.

Chromecast's approach is different than most devices on the market: it's half-remote, half-streaming media box. The idea is instead of designing a TV-optimized user interface, you'll be able to select and control content from your smartphone or tablet. Browse the Netflix app, find your content, then tell it to play in your living room. Chromecast even goes one step further, by automatically switching your TV to the correct input and giving you the ability to adjust the volume using your mobile devices built-in volume controls. The ability for Android devices to pause content without unlocking the phone first seemed particularly well-implemented.

You'll also be able to juggle control between multiple mobile devices, with Chromecast syncing between connected devices. You can start playing Netflix from your tablet, then later use a smartphone to fast-forward. Using the YouTube app, you can also create a shared queue of content, stringing together several short web videos for an extended viewing session. All-in-all, Google's demos looked particularly slick.

As sleek as the Chromecast device looks, Google's initial presentation skimmed over some of the rougher edges. The specs in the Google Play store list both a USB power cable and a power adapter, which indicate that the Chromecast will have some wires hanging off it -- it's not truly "just a stick". It's the same method PLAiR used to power its similar HDMI-based streaming stick.

The hardware itself supports 2.4 GHz WiFi 802.11, which isn't quite as nice as the dual-band Wi-Fi offered on Roku's Streaming Stick. The internal processor is capable of playing back full 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound.

I haven't had any hands-on time with the Chromecast yet, but from the initial announcement, the biggest limitation appears to be app support. Supporting only four services out-of-the-gate puts Chromecast well behind established players like Roku and Apple TV, and limited functionality was also one of the major knocks against the ill-fated Nexus Q.

However, the big difference with Chromecast ultralow $35 price. It's a lot easier to accept those limitations when you haven't paid much upfront and the low price should also help spread adoption, which should encourage services to include Chromecast at a faster rate.

This is a developing story so stay tuned for further details as we get them.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:57 AM   #76
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Tried to buy one today. None available. can order from google for 3-4 weeks shipping time :/ They are bringing 100 bucks on ebay and amazon
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:45 AM   #77
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Ever since Jelly Bean, the reasons to switch to a custom ROM (as opposed to a stock, rooted build) have been slowly shrinking. But today ClockworkMod Recovery developer Koushik "Koush" Dutta gave us a reason to be incredibly excited for upcoming builds of CyanogenMod. With a little tweaking of the famous ROM family, he's managed to integrate Chromecast streaming across the system, making any video or audio app compatible.

Koush's demonstration video is convincing. Start an applicable audio or video player, and a "Play on Chromecast" notification will pop into the tray. Tap it, and the file will play on your Chromecast TV dongle, no muss and no fuss. And more importantly, there's no need for developers to update their apps with the Chromecast API. Presumably this addition to the CyanogenMod ROM includes the ability to stream local files and cloud files, as Koush demonstrated previously.

This method seems to work so seamlessly between Android, Chromecast, and any apps that use media APIs, that you have to wonder why Google didn't try to do something similar by baking in some of this functionality into Android 4.3. As usual with CyanogenMod, there's no word on when end users will see this added functionality, but I'd expect it to pop up in CyanogenMod 10.2 builds (Android 4.3) before too long.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:10 PM   #78
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This is a little complex, but it's a proof of concept if nothing else that Chromecast can be used to play ANY video file from another network computer. This thing's gonna be a lot of fun once the development community catches up with it.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/08...ly-any-format/
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:14 PM   #79
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I have been thinking about this and I wonder if Google is letting developers do this instead of doing it in house because they don't want to be responsible for anything that lets users stream protected content.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:51 PM   #80
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This is a little complex, but it's a proof of concept if nothing else that Chromecast can be used to play ANY video file from another network computer. This thing's gonna be a lot of fun once the development community catches up with it.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/08...ly-any-format/
Yup... just bought a Chromecast.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:01 PM   #81
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Boooooo....

just got my chromecast in the mail today, went to get all this set up, only to find that Google has squashed the streaming of personal content to anyone other than an official Chomecast developer. Even the fling java applet no longer works.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:35 PM   #82
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As I sit here watching the game streaming from a great internet stream to my big screen tv through my Roku, I think I'll be okay without Chromecast for awhile.
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Boooooo....

just got my chromecast in the mail today, went to get all this set up, only to find that Google has squashed the streaming of personal content to anyone other than an official Chomecast developer. Even the fling java applet no longer works.
Does this mean you cannot drop video files into a Chrome tab and watch them on your TV anymore?
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Does this mean you cannot drop video files into a Chrome tab and watch them on your TV anymore?
Watching NFL Sunday Ticket on my bigscreen by streaming through a chromecast right now. Sure seems to work fine to me.
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Yup... just bought a Chromecast.
Just bought my second one. Great little device.
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Watching NFL Sunday Ticket on my bigscreen by streaming through a chromecast right now. Sure seems to work fine to me.
What all do you use it for? Netflix and youtube? That is about all I can see me using it for until Google gets their head out of their ass and allows us to stream local files.
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Watching NFL Sunday Ticket on my bigscreen by streaming through a chromecast right now. Sure seems to work fine to me.
How did you do this? I have a Chromecast... and I've not seen this option.
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Ok... so I was able to play MP4 from my personal stash on my tv by throwing it into chrome. I would have to convert EVERYTHING to mp4 to make this useable as I had intended.

I'm sticking to my WD LIVE until something evolves with this device.
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What all do you use it for? Netflix and youtube? That is about all I can see me using it for until Google gets their head out of their ass and allows us to stream local files.
While I understand it sucks that it doesn't work the way you wanted to, it's not like they've been unclear about what it can do. Eventually, I'm sure they'll have a DLNA-like ability to play other files from the network, but they've specifically said that people need to wait for the developer toolkit to be finalized before tinkering with home grown apps.

It'll get there - just not when it's first released. It is Google after all.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:41 AM   #90
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My Chromecast came in the mail yesterday. I was hoping to be able to watch live streams on my TV. I'm seeing some conflicting reports.

How do you watch Sunday Ticket on Chromecast?
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