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Hi,

another increase in the number of apps supporting Chromecast, now up to 14 apps.

http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome...om&utm_medium=


Probably the most interesting for a lot of people will be the support of Plex.

I assume once they starting selling them in the UK that they will support all the UK catchup services.

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$3 per month subscription for plex? :/

When allcast was free. Google why are you doing this?
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Re: Cool New Gadget - Google Chromecast

I thought Plex was a DLNA-type* streamer thing. I have a Plex server running on my laptop and the Plex client app running on my Samsung TV. It doesn't grab stuff from the internet but just streams the stuff I have on my laptop to the TV.

Why do you need to pay a subscription?

* The Plex server can be a DLNA server if you wish, but if you only use it to stream to a Plex client then it uses a proprietary protocol and the DLNA stuff can be disabled.
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I thought Plex was a DLNA-type* streamer thing. I have a Plex server running on my laptop and the Plex client app running on my Samsung TV. It doesn't grab stuff from the internet but just streams the stuff I have on my laptop to the TV.
Yep that is all correct. However to cast it to the Chromecast from your Android client you will need the PlexPass subscription. That is how they have decided to implement it. Also currently just Videos can be cast.
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Yep that is all correct. However to cast it to the Chromecast from your Android client you will need the PlexPass subscription. That is how they have decided to implement it. Also currently just Videos can be cast.
As much as I love Plex, this is the most frustrating thing about them. I need to pay for the application on my phone (and my wifes, and every other user) Then we pay again for a subscription which will allow me to stream my media, from my server, to my TV.

Plex do say that this functionality will come to everyone [1], not just those with a subscription soon. But I want it now all the same...


[1] https://twitter.com/plexapp/status/410464057833951234
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Re: Cool New Gadget - Google Chromecast

Hi all,

Hope someone can answer this for me...

I currently have an old Mac Mini that I use for streaming football, but it is getting a bit tired and starts chopping, slowing down etc etc (I know it the fault of the Mac as running through my other desktop and laptop run it fine without freezing up etc etc).

Would I be able to replace the Mac Mini by putting a Chromecast in my TV and streaming the football from my desktop onto it? My work colleague thinks that all the encoding / decoding will make for an unhappy experience. Anyone tried this?

It should be said, I watch the football stream in my Chrome browser usually, if this helps?
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Re: Cool New Gadget - Google Chromecast

I'd say yes - but it depends how good your wireless is.

If you stream from a wired device to Cast, it could be OK.

What's your source? PLP/Bein/something else?

edit: it's very cheap to try
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Would I be able to replace the Mac Mini by putting a Chromecast in my TV and streaming the football from my desktop onto it? My work colleague thinks that all the encoding / decoding will make for an unhappy experience. Anyone tried this?
I'd say no, because the Chrome browser tab casting requires a good and fast machine, because the page is being rendered in real time to the Chromecast, hence making it a very resource demanding experience for the host machine... if your Mac is being unable to handle normal operations, this solution might just get you a similar, if not worse, experience... choppy video, choppy sound...
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I'd say no, because the Chrome browser tab casting requires a good and fast machine, because the page is being rendered in real time to the Chromecast, hence making it a very resource demanding experience for the host machine... if your Mac is being unable to handle normal operations, this solution might just get you a similar, if not worse, experience... choppy video, choppy sound...
Hi Varun,

I wouldn't be using my mac mini - this is currently wired by HDMI to my TV and is choppy.

I would be using my all singing, all dancing desktop machine as the host - it has no problems rending the page etc etc, my concern would be can it send to chromecast / can chromecast receive it quickly enough to keep up with an (almost) HD stream of a football game?

My home wireless network is pretty quick, so I don't think this would be an issue.
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I'd say yes - but it depends how good your wireless is.

If you stream from a wired device to Cast, it could be OK.

What's your source? PLP/Bein/something else?

edit: it's very cheap to try
My source is plus1HD, it's an excellent service but closed for signups at the moment I think.

As said above, I would be streaming from my Desktop PC, but it isn't wired to the internet unfortunately just on the wifi network, that might hamper things?
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Re: Cool New Gadget - Google Chromecast

Allcast support added again and works quite nicely!
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My source is plus1HD, it's an excellent service but closed for signups at the moment I think.

As said above, I would be streaming from my Desktop PC, but it isn't wired to the internet unfortunately just on the wifi network, that might hamper things?
I've done Bein and PLP wireless to 55" and it was sometimes a little laggy. That's on a good wifi connection......I think the ChromeCast is on my 802.11g network.

I also would say it has been good. I also think it was just exposing the flaws in the service.....it was during the time that Bein was AJS and they pushed out a dodgy flash player version....
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I would be using my all singing, all dancing desktop machine as the host - it has no problems rending the page etc etc, my concern would be can it send to chromecast / can chromecast receive it quickly enough to keep up with an (almost) HD stream of a football game?
my mistake... didn't read your post correctly about using your Optimus Prime desktop as the host... then you definitely know the answer... a big resounding YES... it should work perfectly... you won't get 1080p on the TV even if your source is that much, but a really great 720p stream as that's the maximum the Chrome browser extension supports...
I would have preferred thought that all video streaming websites have a native Cast button by now, or atleast a provision for something similar, so that the host PC has to do no work...
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Cool New Gadget - Google Chromecast

I have both the Chromecast and Apple TV.

I find the Tab Casting feature of Chromecast really useful. So essentially I can cast Youtube from my Laptop onto my TV but continue working on my laptop. That is really cool.

However when I am on the other sites, I realised that I need to 'share my screen' which means the laptop is dedicated for streaming the movie/TV Show.

However in this aspect, I find that Apple TV is far superior to the Chromecast.

The streaming quality is better and audio-video sync is much better on Apple TV than on the Chromecast. Not sure why.
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iPlayer is now supported on Chromecast - anyone got it working? Works on my phone but......
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iPlayer is now supported on Chromecast - anyone got it working? Works on my phone but......
Yeah I'm having issues too. The day I heard it was supported I tried it out and got an error code 1.0.0.1413509. Now on the TV I see a nice iPlayer logo with the message ready to cast, but as soon as I try pressing play on my phone (Nexus 4) the error message, 'An error has occurred - please try again' appears on the phone. Not sure what the issue is. I'm able to use the iPlayer app on my phone as well as through the browser on computers at home.

So far I've had success with casting chrome browser tabs, YouTube, and the Plex. Not been able to get Netflix to cast and now BBC iPlayer too. I'm using SmartDNS from overplay.net to get past location restrictions.

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iPlayer is now supported on Chromecast - anyone got it working? Works on my phone but......
works for me... able to cast all iPlayer content, both Live and otherwise... I'm using Unlocator... signed up for a 6 month package since they came out of beta... used their service while it was in beta since the beginning and have never been disappointed...
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works for me... able to cast all iPlayer content, both Live and otherwise...
That's interesting. iPlayer is working fine on my phone, just when I cast it that I have issues. I was looking at the settings of the chromecast and it's showing a country code 'CH' at the bottom. I'm wondering if it could be something related to that. Can I ask what you see there?

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I'm using Unlocator...
As I mentioned I'm using Overplay's smartDNS for this, and for the past couple of years I've been pretty happy with them. Only recently I've had an issue with the BBC news website actually. They are sending me through the proxy for the sports pages, but not for the news, so there I get the international site.



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indeed my Chromecast was showing country code US but I did a FDR on it and now it shows CH. iPlayer doesn't work from my phone....

This gave me some clues: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/ga...up-chromecast/ so I tried setting it up from my phone. No joy.


I don't see this option
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That's interesting. iPlayer is working fine on my phone, just when I cast it that I have issues.
I guess you would have already read about the Chromecast being hardcoded to use Google DNS 8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4 for resolving all addresses... that is the reason why even with a DNS spoofing service running on your home router, you will still be unable to cast geo-blocked content... for overcoming this limitation, you have to get down to redirecting DNS query packets sent by the Chromecast to 8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4 to the appropriate DNS address by accessing your home router's command line/graphical interface, depending on what is available... from the command line you can use iptables to set these redirection rules and from the graphical interface you could do this by setting forwarding rules in the firewall section... it all depends on what make is your router and what sort of privileges you have to access it... normally you would need administrator privilege to be able to make such configurations...
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I guess you would have already read about the Chromecast being hardcoded to use Google DNS 8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4 for resolving all addresses...
Nope I did not know that! Thanks a lot, it's going to save me many hours of frustration now.

I'm running DD-WRT on the home router, and have just done a little search and found this post from Simple TV [1] which appears to show what I need to do, so will give that a try when I have some time.

Thanks a lot for the hints



[1] https://simpletv.co/blog-posts/how-t...mobile-device/
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