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Chromecast

Anyone else got one?

Just set mine up yesterday: useful little gadget.

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Got mine in September. Fantastic for Netflix.
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What does it stream? Is it only certain things ?

Say,for arguments sake i wanted to watcha football match that was on a peer to peer site like wiziwig...would it stream that ?
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Certain stuff such as Youtube, Google Play etc (country dependent) plus anything you can view with the Chrome browser.
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Certain stuff such as Youtube, Google Play etc (country dependent) plus anything you can view with the Chrome browser.

So u can stream your PC desktop on the TV ??
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So u can stream your PC desktop on the TV ??
No just what's in your Chrome browser.
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Bought two on the way home tonight - going to have a play over the weekend


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I bought two in the US.

It really is at a price where you go, "Oh what the hell, I'll take two!"
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I have Chrome as my browser and I want to run live soccer through wiziwig peer to peer...can i do this through chromecast ?

Btw i bought the Nowtv box for 9.99...got a months free Sky Movies....runs perfectly with no buffering whatsoever...amazing !!
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Chromecast isn't going to work with any software based VPN, blocker or similar. Reason for this is that the mobile device only acts as a controller to instruct the dongle which then connects directly to the internet rather than pulling any protected stream from the controlling device.

Apparently the casting of entire web pages including video from the Chrome desktop browser should be possible but I haven't yet tested this.


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Chromecast isn't going to work with any software based VPN, blocker or similar. Reason for this is that the mobile device only acts as a controller to instruct the dongle which then connects directly to the internet rather than pulling any protected stream from the controlling device.

Apparently the casting of entire web pages including video from the Chrome desktop browser should be possible but I haven't yet tested this.


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Casting the chrome browser window works.
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Bought one yesterday, a nifty little gadget. I've got a Synology NAS and I'm able to cast from the Music and Picture applications, Video doesn't seem to work at the moment, but I've not tried that hard.

Streaming direct from a laptop using YouTube or Netflix works great (although I had one instance of the ChromeCast extension in Chrome crashing).
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SFR in France are bundling them with phones and there's a CanalPlay subscription movie channel app too...
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The subs based stuff is all well and good and I suspect we'll see more and more but the ability to stream one's own media free from cost and DRM is a big plus.

I am using Plex on my Windows Homeserver for this streaming DVD/BR rips in h264 and the integration with Chromecast is very good indeed, so much so that I bought two more yesterday


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Has anyone tried Netflix from either an android phone or an ipad? Straight forward enough? Picture / sound quality any good?

Thinking about moving the ps3 upstarts and using this to replace it.

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Haven't tried Netflix but the implementation is then same as with iPlayer and YT and hence exceptionally easy. You launch the app on the mobile device, select the video you want, press play and then touch the little Chromecast icon on the screen and hey presto.

Max resolution I believe is 720p and so far both IPlayer and YT perfectly watchable in my opinion.




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Thanks, 720p would be fine. Might get one if I move the ps3.

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I use my Android tablet to control Netflix on the Chromecast. Works very well.
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Bought the little gadget last week. Use it with my Nexus 5 Phone, Nexus 7 Tablet and from my desktop computer.

All looking great so far. Things I use it for:-

* Casting Netflix from my device to TV. Very easy and no buffering. Over a 8 Mpbs connection.

* Stream MP4 movies direct to the TV. Very easy and no buffering.

* If using file format other than MP4 i.e. AVI, upload it to RealPlayer Cloud and stream from there. Based on UK upload speeds this can be a pain if its a large file but once uploaded it casts to device perfectly. Let me know if you plan to open a free realplayer account, I will refer you and we both will get 1GB extra storage (2GB comes as standard).

* Mirror Chrome Desktop browser from PC. Includes all video sites.

* If you are a "Tasker" app user then I suggest giving "Autocast" plugin a go. It is more powerful and allows you to cast slideshows of your pictures with your music in background. It can also cast any website simply from a voice command (if used with Autovoice plugin). You can also transform the Chromecast homescreen to show different elements.

* Just heard BT Sport app now supports casting.

* Chromecast is an open source device so we will see more and more apps opening up to the service in due course.

If anyone else has some more usages - please let me know.

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I know I'm a boring old git but advocating torrents and account sharing in the same post is a bit naughty.

Chromecast though seems a great device, am now up to 4 in our house. If you are into ripped movies I can highly recommend running Plex media server in conjunction with Chromecast rather than having to play from the cloud. It also has the added benefit of being a full dlna server with metadata, collection management and mobile access.


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How does Plex work? Do you need to upload?
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Plex is a piece of server software which runs locally on PC, Mac or Linux. You then point it at your media files and it indexes them, applies metadata etc. It then serves this media to Plex clients (other pcs, iOS, Android etc) or via dlna to smart TVs, Xbox, ps3 etc.

The server software is free and now includes Chromecast capability. This means that you store all your files on Plex then use your mobile device to browse your library and Cast to your tv.

The Plex clients cost about 3 but are definitely worth it. If you are willing to pay you can get a Plex plus subscription which for me brings too big benefits in the shape of remote access (watch your media anywhere in the world with a net connection) and syncing of files from the server to the devices for local viewing out and about.

Take a look at Plex.com, definitely worth having a play with for anybody who like films and has a CCast.

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BT Sport now added support for Chromecast.
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