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 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 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 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 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 in reply to "Meh"
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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 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 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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