Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Aug 2013 20:35 UTC
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Early this morning on Google+, he showed off his latest project, which will allow any audio or video file to be casted to your TV using a CyanogenMod-powered device and the Chromecast dongle. In his demo above he shows it off using the Twit.TV app, but he explains that the process should be the same for any media you can play through any app.

This is exactly what I want out of the Chromecast.

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Meh
by WorknMan on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:12 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

I have a Sony smp n200 that I paid about $50 for, brand new. Does Amazon, Netflix, Youtube, plus about 30 other services, and plays every video I throw at it from a USB stick. And rather than having to drag out a phone or tablet to control it, it came with this handy little thing called a remote control ;)

I really don't see what the big deal is about Chromecast. If I had a laptop close enough so that mirroring a chrome tab was actually convenient, I'd just plug in an HDMI cable and be done with.

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RE: Meh
by Nelson on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:39 UTC in reply to "Meh"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I think Chromecast devices take the friction away from streaming to a TV, which (in addition to their low cost) the main selling point.

Fierce reduction of complexity is what should be taken note of here, not the functionality provided, and other functionally equivalent (But practically more complicated) alternatives are irrelevant.

Plus, in my experience plugging an HDMI cable is freaking annoying. I want to be able to use my laptop on the couch while I stream a video to the living room TV.

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RE[2]: Meh
by WorknMan on Sat 10th Aug 2013 07:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Meh"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Fierce reduction of complexity is what should be taken note of here, not the functionality provided, and other functionally equivalent (But practically more complicated) alternatives are irrelevant.


Really? How hard is turning on a Roku-like device and pointing it to your wifi router? Same thing you're gonna do on the Chromecast. With services like Amazon and Netflix, you can already queue up videos in a browser and then watch them on the device; nothing special about Chromecast in that regard.

I saw where the CM dev is trying to make it work with every app on the device - now THAT would be cool ;) Still wouldn't have Amazon video, so since I'm a Prime subscriber (mostly for the free shipping with the free streaming being an added bonus), it's never gonna replace a set-top box.

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RE: Meh
by modmans2ndcoming on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:40 UTC in reply to "Meh"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

WTF?

"Rather than having to Drag out my Phone or Tablet..." are you kidding me? The phone or tablet is WAY better media navigation device than a remote and UI of a box.

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RE[2]: Meh
by dukes on Sun 11th Aug 2013 01:20 UTC in reply to "RE: Meh"
dukes Member since:
2005-07-06

WTF?

"Rather than having to Drag out my Phone or Tablet..." are you kidding me? The phone or tablet is WAY better media navigation device than a remote and UI of a box.


I wouldn't say WAY better.

The annoying thing about pulling out a phone or tablet is dealing with the touchscreen.

You are limited by:

1) Waking up the touchscreen all the time for things like scrubbing back and forth as well as pausing and volume control.

2) You can't use a phone or tablet like a traditional remote. Meaning, you can't operate the remote without looking at it. Touchscreens can't replace that textile feeling where your volume and skip buttons are.

3) Battery life of your tablet and phone will be in question. I know because I use my phone all the time and it annoys me as a remote.

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RE: Meh
by Luminair on Sat 10th Aug 2013 03:52 UTC in reply to "Meh"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

the big deal is you can play stuff from chrome to the tv.

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RE[2]: Meh
by phoenix on Mon 12th Aug 2013 16:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Meh"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

But you can't display what's showing on your tablet/phone on the TV. ;)

It's a shame the Chromecast doesn't support Miracast. If it did, it would be a bonafide AppleTV competitor.

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RE: Meh
by ishtar on Tue 13th Aug 2013 14:08 UTC in reply to "Meh"
ishtar Member since:
2013-07-30

It's Google's answer to every 25$ Asian Android TV device. They felt threatened.

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buy one
by bnolsen on Fri 9th Aug 2013 21:59 UTC
bnolsen
Member since:
2006-01-06

I'm afraid I may have to buy one of these before the prices start going up. Push streaming is a very nice feature that takes care of a bit of grief I have. One of my tablets has tons of kids videos on it to keep the rug rats busy at very necessary times.

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RE: buy one
by Luminair on Sat 10th Aug 2013 03:53 UTC in reply to "buy one"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

I don't think the price will go up.

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RE[2]: buy one
by bnolsen on Tue 13th Aug 2013 23:37 UTC in reply to "RE: buy one"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

no worries it seems my wife ordered it for me. hehe.

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This kills the crab^H^H^H^HOuya.
by tidux on Fri 9th Aug 2013 22:04 UTC
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2011-08-13

Combine this with a bluetooth controller like a Dualshock 3 and any Cyanogenmod device now becomes a full fledged TV gaming console. Emulators in particular would be neato.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Combine this with a bluetooth controller like a Dualshock 3 and any Cyanogenmod device now becomes a full fledged TV gaming console.


Not quite. If it's anything like miracast, the lag will kill it.

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"any" video/audio file?
by woegjiub on Fri 9th Aug 2013 22:13 UTC
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Member since:
2008-11-25

Sorry, but there is no way that chip is powerful enough to seamlessly decode Hi10P 720P h.264.

A USB+HDMI XBMC card is extremely desirable, but current non-x86_64 hardware can not play anime with the latest scene standards. ;)

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RE: "any" video/audio file?
by Luminair on Sat 10th Aug 2013 03:56 UTC in reply to ""any" video/audio file?"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

chromecast isn't decoding of the source video at all

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RE[2]: "any" video/audio file?
by woegjiub on Sat 10th Aug 2013 04:00 UTC in reply to "RE: "any" video/audio file?"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

No, but it is expected that an android device is, and none of them can play Hi10P.

I didn't realise it could be done through a laptop with chrome on it, though. That is very cool.

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RE: "any" video/audio file?
by tsedlmeyer on Sat 10th Aug 2013 05:33 UTC in reply to ""any" video/audio file?"
tsedlmeyer Member since:
2005-07-07

Chromecast support H.264 High Profile 4.1, 4.2 and 5. What is needed for Hi10P?

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RE[2]: "any" video/audio file?
by woegjiub on Sat 10th Aug 2013 12:43 UTC in reply to "RE: "any" video/audio file?"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Hi10P is 10-bit encoding. It results in smaller file sizes and better continuous regions of the same colour. It's pretty much exclusively used for anime.

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Chromecast
by 0brad0 on Sat 10th Aug 2013 01:55 UTC
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2007-05-05

So I buy this $35 device... then I need to go and buy a couple hundred dollar tablet. Doesn't make any sense.

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RE: Chromecast
by broken_symlink on Sat 10th Aug 2013 02:45 UTC in reply to "Chromecast"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

You can use chromecast with a laptop. Just download the chromecast extension for chrome.

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RE[2]: Chromecast
by 0brad0 on Sat 10th Aug 2013 04:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Chromecast"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

You can use chromecast with a laptop. Just download the chromecast extension for chrome.


I don't run Windows on my laptop and even if I did I don't want to use it for that.

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RE[3]: Chromecast
by tsedlmeyer on Sat 10th Aug 2013 05:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Chromecast"
tsedlmeyer Member since:
2005-07-07

I don't run Windows on my laptop and even if I did I don't want to use it for that. [/q]

The Chromecast plugin doesn't require Windows. It will work on OSX and on a Chromebook Pixel.

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RE[4]: Chromecast
by 0brad0 on Sat 10th Aug 2013 06:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Chromecast"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05


The Chromecast plugin doesn't require Windows. It will work on OSX and on a Chromebook Pixel.


That still doesn't help.

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RE[5]: Chromecast
by intangible on Sat 10th Aug 2013 22:11 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Chromecast"
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

Works fine from Chrome on my Ubuntu laptop too.

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RE[4]: Chromecast
by Beta on Mon 12th Aug 2013 09:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Chromecast"
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2005-07-06

The Chromecast plugin doesn't require Windows. It will work on OSX and on a Chromebook Pixel.


It sadly requires the use of Chrome, though.

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RE[3]: Chromecast
by Soulbender on Sat 10th Aug 2013 06:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Chromecast"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The chromecast is not for you then. Not every product has to be for everyone.

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RE[3]: Chromecast
by broken_symlink on Sat 10th Aug 2013 14:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Chromecast"
broken_symlink Member since:
2005-07-06

The plugin seems to be available for linux in the chrome webstore. I've read reports that it works, but dont have a chromecast to try it.

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RE: Chromecast
by Luminair on Sat 10th Aug 2013 03:57 UTC in reply to "Chromecast"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

You're only right about the last part. What you said doesn't make sense.

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RE[2]: Chromecast
by 0brad0 on Sat 10th Aug 2013 04:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Chromecast"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

You're only right about the last part. What you said doesn't make sense.


It makes perfect sense. Its a device that requires another device to stream content to it.. so I then need something to stream stuff to it. That's so hard to understand?

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RE[3]: Chromecast
by Luminair on Sun 11th Aug 2013 22:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Chromecast"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

I disagree. I think what you said doesn't make sense. And if you think it does, you can't be helped. Good day to you

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