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.
The Chromecast is tiny and is powered via the USB port in your TV.
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
Are there any 4od hacks / workarounds for it??
However, they've just introduced Apple TV compatibilty for the 4OD app so it'll come in due course.
and its crap. Needs such a fast connection for it to work. 4/10
It was only £18. Will give it away if it doesn't do anything i need.
Gonna try streaming the football from chrome and streaming films from my mac.
It doesn't work with BT Sport it will broadcast pretty much anything else on your laptop.
I use mine for MOTD2 quite often, as BBC Scotland don't show it until half eleven.
If you have a smartphone or tablet but don't have a smart TV then it's a brilliant way to use YouTube, iPlayer, Netflix etc on your telly.
If you have loads of films on your laptop then its well worth getting Plex, as that runs on a Chromecast really nicely. Videostream and Avia also do a similar job.
The Apple TV is better IMO, but you can't agree with Google's price for it. Got my brother one for £20 off Amazon.
Are Plex/Videostream/Avia just players that can stream through a Chromecast then?
...although I will caveat that answer with the fact that I mostly use my Apple TV for this (using an app called Beamer) and have only farted about with the Chromecast, but have got it to work really well.
Plex is probably the best one. It searches (i think) IMDB for info about all the films you have you get these great poster screens with a blurb on the film etc. I think you may be limited in terms of formats though. And it *might* only play MP4s. I'm not sure.
Videostream is a browser app you can get for free in the Google store. Pick a film off your computer, open it in Videostream, and cast it to your telly.
Avia I haven't used. I think that's only for phones/tablets.
The Google store has a 'related apps' bit so I'd just have a play around and try out all the free ones. Some cost a few quid but I think it's worth paying for stuff like this.
Let me know how you get on, and if you find any gems!
This is especially relevant for the holiday season!
I will warn you though - I spent several evenings pissing about with it, posting in the Chromecast Reddit Forum, converting videos to different formats etc. (secretly enjoy stuff like this though)
iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube seem to work. Fair enough. So far, so PS3.
It says you can cast what's in your Chrome browser onto your telly if you get the Google Cast browser addon. But the Google Cast browser addon seems to be an elusive beast. For the Chrome browser on my tablet, at least (which is a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, if that matters). Haven't tried it in Chrome on Win 8.1* yet.
Also, saw this while waiting for out to be delivered:
Some of the comments are like "Er, what? It's fine for me, guv." Others are like "Technical blah blah blah" without actually saying they've experienced it. Anyone thoughts, DiSers?
*Just... urgh. So. Much. Urgh.
"The 'judder' issue is a non-issue as long as you aren't still using a 50Hz TV. My 7 year old Sony has 100hz and 60hz options and switches automatically to 60hz when that framerate is detected, as should any decent TV of the past half-decade. 100hz plays everything smoothly regardless of input. Any name-brand TV should have 100hz, unless it's the lowest-spec model they make.
Basically, don't buy cheap TVs and you won't get cheap results"
60 hz is, though even on some ancient TVs. Still, fuck them for going for an NTSC standard.
Also note the article says this "The same can happen when watching content that was originally filmed for the cinema, which typically plays at 24 frames per second. The slight judder at 50Hz isn't so noticeable, but at 60Hz it can become pronounced, particularly during fast camera movements."
Technically it's not noticeable in PAL 50Hz playback because films and TV is just sped up to run 25 fps. I have noticed 3:2 pulldown (as DVD fans called it 10 years ago) with US DVDs, though, when you got panning shots.
the Google Cast App installs the first time you use the Chrome Cast.
Apparently you can cast from the BT app but still not from a laptop. I might have found a way around it but I'll have to wait to test it next time there is live sport on there.
is it google chrome canary youre using? cos the cast icon is all over that
other than that..
I use it with btsport, iplayer, youtube & videostream to good effect. would recommend.
as for streaming football etc its a bit harder to do.. but with a superfast connection and something like acestream is possible.. probably not worth that hassle though. it basically involved you casting the acestream window.. a bit of a faff and prone to slowdown.
Turns out casting apps does a funky straight-from-wifi-to-chromecast bypass thing, so works fine from whatever device. Casting a tab from chrome requires processing and bandwidth grunt (which is ok(ish) from the i5 laptop, but a no go from a tablet).
In summary: aye not bad for an 18 quid dongle that takes no time at all to set up. Would be nicer if other apps jumped on board, eg Vimeo, etc.
until just now I could watch american netflix by casting the browser tab to it, but now when I cast a tab then play a video it automatically stops casting the tab and instead loads the netflix app which is obviously pointless cos the video isn't on the british netflix that it's trying to load...
You have to cast the tab as early into its life as possible. If you cast it at the video stage you're gonna have a bad time. Just go back, chamgr the setting and try to cast again. It seems to be a bit tempramental but normally works. Stupid free Now TV movie thing won't work wiyh their stupid player that you can't even press space to make play though.