probably been a thread already
but it seems like it's just certain apps that can stream to it, netflix, youtube etc.
if so I'd be interested
A mate of mine has one he bought in the States and it's a really great piece of kit. I picked one up from PC World on my lunch break, really looking forward to getting it home and giving it a go.
As far as I can work out, it works with pretty much everything in-browser (as long as your browser is Chrome) and there are now dedicated buttons on the iPlayer app and Netflix to 'cast' directly from them on your phone/tablet to your TV. Amazing for £30 really.
I got one in the states, they were only $30
probably not worth any more than that tbh. it's good for netflix, but I'm guessing most folk will have about 10 different devices they can get netflix from...
good for Netflix, and fuck all else. If it supports iPlayer now, that's good news.
Needs native file support, mkv etc.
All you have to do is open a video file in Chrome with the command "Control-O." Since Chrome can natively play AVI, MP4, M4V, MPEG, OGV, and WEBM videos, you can then watch you own videos on your TV with no fuss or muss
how about the streamvideo app in chrome?
best one so far is BubbleUPnP. Looks like PLEX is the best one for it, but that has a subscription fee. Apparently once the feature is out of beta they'll make it free, but there's no timeline so don't hold your breath. Saying that, I bought the US version because the UK one had no timeline and here we are, so who knows.
been thinking of getting one
I hook up my laptop all the time to my TV with a cable, to watch Netflix, 4OD, iPlayer, etc. Will that all work via this?
playing local files is no bother but streaming stuff is a bit more complicated. I think you *should* be able to cast anything that you can watch in a browser, but it works better if they have the functionality built in.
netflix has it, I've never actually tried it with anything else but I'd imagine the iplayer and that sort of stuff will get it eventually.
I'm sure they'll sort out iPlayer eventually though.
Also casting a tab by dragging a video into Chrome doesn't work as well as it should yet. When I first got mine it wouldn't work at all, I've since got a new hub from Virgin media changing my wi-fi network to 5G which works a lot better but I wouldn't buy it just for this feature as its still a bit tempremental.
turns out they do have one
ah... apparently it only works if you're watching from an android or iOS app at the moment, you can't launch it from the browser just yet
I love mine, I mostly use it for Netflix and YouTube but I've also got an app on my phone (Android) called BubbleUPnP which lets you cast any file from your phone so you can just download something with utorrent then send it straight to your tv.
YouTube is great when you've got people over as anyone with a smartphone can add a music video to a playlist; its a bit like having a video jukebox.
seems good for £30, but a bit shite for the torrentzmandem.
i dont like connecting my laptop to my tv cos it makes it vibrate scary: what's a cheap way of connecting them, but not physically?
like, what's a media player i can connect to my tv via hdmi that will read a memory card with any file type and put it on my t v, like a surrogate laptop?
If your telly has a USB port which isn't a "technical services only" one, then get an external hard drive, dump everything from yr laptop on there. If it doesn't have a USB, you could get a cheap Blu-Ray player and plug an external hard drive into it.
Raspberry Pi: http://lifehacker.com/5929913/build-a-xbmc-media-center-with-a-35-raspberry-pi
Also if you have a games console there's probably ways to do it via those too.
my tv can play stuff off a usb drive. can you not just do that?
i have now read the rest and would like to apologise for my ignorance
if your TV has a USB slot, plugging external hard drives in often works.
also - if you have a games console, can you not plug an external drive in to that, then play the files off the drive via the console? i know this works with a 360, assume it works with others.
not all though
I've got an oldish sony one that works with most file types, I just plug my usb hard drive into it and play stuff from that.
Only use it for BBC iPlayer and Netflix but the fact I can cast from the phone/iPad from the comfort of my bed/sofa is absolutely amazing, so worth it for £30.
which is handy for me.
So not *exactly*
for Netflix/iPlayer etc. SkyGo compatibility would be great, not sure they have any plans to sanction that though. I'm intrigued to see whether NFL Gamepass works through it. That would be saweeet.
I'm hoping they'll add proper functionality in time for next year, I think MLB have already got it now.
I'm hoping they do a free trial between now and the start of the season so I can test it. Do they let you use it around draft time for free or did I imagine that?
But I don't think they do it through gamepass and I'm not sure if they're even broadcasting it for free this year.
They usually do a free trial for Gamepass during pre-season and then again for the 1st week so you'll be able to test it then. If not I'll buy my gamepass before the pre-season so I'll let you know if it works with chromecast by then. If they get it working properly they could sell NFL Network to UK fans way more easily.
Yeh, I would have definitely got it last year if you could watch through PS3.
suppose i could buy a chromecast for iplayer some time too
Ace for for apps like Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer
Can stream local video files via plex pretty well
Stream via chrome browser for footy in wiziwig etc is absolutely fine too