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Google introduces Chromecast, a $35 HDMI streaming solution for televisions


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#26 OFFLINE   trdrjeff

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:57 AM

I didn't have a lot of time to play with it last night, but it definitely has potential once more apps support it. I only used it for youtube and can see myself watching a lot more content there with this interface, trumps the DTV interface easily, but is also 10x easier to navigate than the PS3. I will have to test more but I think the Picture Quality is better on the PS3, but it is obviously much better than the HR2x. 

 

I have the Google Music service also so this will be the easiest way to access my music library in the living room and also give me access to their Spotify like library. I look forward to Photo Gallery support.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:36 AM

And a legitimate link for that story is:

 

http://www.latimes.c...,0,483513.story

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 10:12 AM

I love this. On Amazon, the Frequently Bought Together for the Chromecast is Tide Travel Sink Packets, 3-Count.

 

What a pairing!


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 12:42 PM

I am interested in this, but I will hold off until I see some hands on reviews on here before investing in it.  


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:18 PM

So is this just basically AirPlay for Android?

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:08 PM

So is this just basically AirPlay for Android?


Ni more like "airplay" for everthing
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:58 AM

I love this. On Amazon, the Frequently Bought Together for the Chromecast is Tide Travel Sink Packets, 3-Count.

 

What a pairing!

To make super saver free shipping?



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:41 AM

Chromecast config file hints at HBO Go app testing, prodding reveals DIAL details 
 
Google's Chromecast dongle has already blown through its supply of Netflix discount codes and now that they're in the wild all sorts of people are taking a look at how the devices work. For example, CJ Heres of GTV Hacker points out a configuration file that appears to list testing apps for Chromecast. 
 
While most of the services named in the file are those already announced (Netflix, Revision3, Google Play Music, Pandora etc.) and other devs working on support for AOL On and Songza, there's also an entry for HBO Go. Google told Wired yesterday streaming from the website should work out of the box, however other sites they mentioned will work, like Hulu and Rdio, are not listed in the file, so we may see official app support sooner rather than later.
 
 
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 02:44 PM

So is this just basically AirPlay for Android?

 

Not the way I understand it.

 

Airplay content is either already on your iOS device, or is fetched by your iOS device and transmitted to the Airplay device.

 

Chromecast content is sent from the providers' servers directly to the Chromecast dongle, which is internet connected.The Android or iOS device is only used to select what's sent to the dongle and to control its playback.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:08 PM

Not the way I understand it.

Airplay content is either already on your iOS device, or is fetched by your iOS device and transmitted to the Airplay device.

Chromecast content is sent from the providers' servers directly to the Chromecast dongle, which is internet connected.The Android or iOS device is only used to select what's sent to the dongle and to control its playback.


no, the Chromecast is just an Airplay receiver. it picks up content from your iOS, Android or PC & Mac devices. the dongle itslef is not connected to the internet
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:10 PM

no, the Chromecast is just an Airplay receiver. it picks up content from your iOS, Android or PC & Mac devices. the dongle itslef is not connected to the internet

 

You may want to check-out this first look: http://reviews.cnet....7-35823617.html

 

The other, more subtle distinction is that while AirPlay actually streams content from your device (and also works with locally stored content), the Chromecast is never truly streaming from your smartphone or tablet. For example, with YouTube, AirPlay streams from the cloud to your device, then to an Apple TV, while the Chromecast pulls content straight from the cloud. In practice, it doesn't make much of a difference, although surprisingly AirPlay feels more reliable, despite doing more technical gymnastics.

 


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:15 PM

You may want to check-out this first look: http://reviews.cnet....7-35823617.html


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

Not the way I understand it.

Airplay content is either already on your iOS device, or is fetched by your iOS device and transmitted to the Airplay device.

Chromecast content is sent from the providers' servers directly to the Chromecast dongle, which is internet connected.The Android or iOS device is only used to select what's sent to the dongle and to control its playback.


Your link CLEARLY says that is must rely on mobile devices in order for it to work.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

no, the Chromecast is just an Airplay receiver. it picks up content from your iOS, Android or PC & Mac devices. the dongle itslef is not connected to the internet

 

Actually those devices are mere 'remotes' when watching Netflix, YouTube or any built in app.  The 'dongle' is a WiFi receiver and gets its content directly from the web, not from your device.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:19 PM

Your link CLEARLY says that is must rely on mobile devices in order for it to work.

 

Correct. As remotes.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:20 PM

You can actually turn your device off once your video/music starts.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:20 PM

Actually those devices are mere 'remotes' when watching Netflix, YouTube or any built in app.  The 'dongle' is a WiFi receiver and gets its content directly from the web, not from your device.

 

You can actually turn your device off once your video/music starts.

 

My understanding as well.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:28 PM

My understanding as well.


I stand corrected!. But most marketing I have seen is putting this device as a mirroring device
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:35 PM

I stand corrected!. But most marketing I have seen is putting this device as a mirroring device

 

Only from a PC or laptop browser. From that same review:

 

Screen mirroring: Not the panacea you've hoped for

The other way to get content to the Chomecast is by using the Chrome browser on a Windows PC, Mac, or even Google's own Chromebook Pixel. (Support for the other Chromebook models is said to be coming soon.) By using the Chromecast extension, you can mirror any tab on Chrome on your TV, including any video, music, or photos that works in your browser [...] It "works," but it's not a very satisfying experience.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:23 AM

Chromecast bootloader exploit surfaces, opens up plenty of possibilities
 
"Give it time." It's something many mums have uttered to their frustrated youth, and it's something that's also uttered amongst the hacker crowd each time a new device emerges. In the case of Google's $35 Chromecast, it took but a couple of days for the HDMI streaming stick to be exploited. Granted, Google's never been one to keep its biggest software projects under lock and key, but for those looking to tinker a bit with their new toy, GTVHacker has the goods. 
 
The exploit package has thus far been used to confirm that the software within is not Chrome OS -- it's described by the aforesaid site as "a modified Google TV release, but with all of the Bionic / Dalvik stripped out and replaced with a single binary for Chromecast."
 
 
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:54 AM

Anyone try this and the Apple mirroring and can compare?  I use Apple one with my iPad and would consider using this with my android.  The apple one is a bit flaky and unreliable - wonder if it's the same for this thing.



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:30 PM

Anyone try this and the Apple mirroring and can compare? I use Apple one with my iPad and would consider using this with my android. The apple one is a bit flaky and unreliable - wonder if it's the same for this thing.


I use Airplay all the time and for my is very reliable. so far I have never had a problem
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Posted 31 July 2013 - 04:55 AM

Phone to Chromecast app streams pics and video, but can't be released yet
 
"Users have been able to work around that on PCs by entering info for locally stored files into the Chrome address bar, and now ClockworkMod developer Koushik Dutta is showing off a solution for mobile that closes the gap with AirPlay. Demonstrated in the video............"
 
 

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 04:39 AM

Does anyone know if the Netflix discount has to be applied to streaming or if ultimately it's just a general credit?

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 05:19 AM

Here's the NYT David Pogue's take on it:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...&pagewanted=all


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