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Google on Tuesday released the official Chromecast application for iOS, giving iPhone and iPad users the ability to set up the HDTV dongle from their mobile device.

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The Chromecast app is a free download available on the iOS App Store. With it, users can set up Chromecast to work with their Wi-Fi network, and manage settings with the device, such as device name or Wi-Fi password.

Google's app can also be used to identify and set up multiple Chromecast devices. The $35 accessory was launched in July as a competitor to the Apple TV in the home theater streaming market.

The official Chromecast app is a 6.2-megabyte download compatible with iPhone 3GS or later and all iPad models. It requires iOS 5.1 or later.

The Chromecast hardware allows users to stream content from their mobile device to their TV, much like Apple's AirPlay Mirroring available with Apple TV. Official Google apps such as YouTube for iOS already include Chromecast support.
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Thanks, I'll pass. Got the AppleTV already, all 3 generations. So a bit late to the party. Besides, "Chrome". Sounds like it needs to be polished.
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That last paragraph is wrong. Mobile devices do not stream directly to the Chromecast.
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post #4 of 29
Nothing "Apple" to see here. Moving on!
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The Chromecast hardware allows users to stream content from their mobile device to their TV, much like Apple's AirPlay Mirroring available with Apple TV. Official Google apps such as YouTube for iOS already include Chromecast support.

A smaretphone/tablet is used to initialize the media request, but then communicates directly with the media provider rather than steaming from the owner's device. Besides offering a stutter-free hi-def media play it leads to another big plus: Your smartphone or tablet is freed up for other tasks. I've yet to see any difference between watching Netflix with a Chromecast or watching Showtime on FiOS.

Those folks reporting stutters and lags with Netflix or YouTube were probably not using the Chromecast-specific apps and trying to steam from their smartphone instead.
Edited by Gatorguy - 8/27/13 at 10:07am
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A smaretphone/tablet is used to initialize the media request, but then communicates directly with the media provider rather than steaming from the owner's device. Besides offering a stutter-free hi-def media play it leads to another big plus: Your smartphone or tablet is freed up for other tasks. I've yet to see any difference between watching Netflix with a Chromecast or watching Showtime on FiOS.
I've heard reports that it's not stutter free. But I can tell you firsthand that my iPhone to apple tv has been stutter free and HD thus far.
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I'm glad google is realizing that Android isn't the ticket. They are a data/advertising company. I'm glad they are focusing on that rather than OS wars.
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I've yet to see any difference between watching Netflix with a Chromecast or watching Showtime on FiOS.
 

You mean except that there is nothing worth watching on Netflix.

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You mean except that there is nothing worth watching on Netflix.

LOL. I read a article recently on how Netflix movie selection works and what goes into user suggestions. If accurate it's fairly revealing and explains a lot.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/netflix-movie-suggestions_n_3720218.html
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So what. My iPads multitasks so I just put my streaming app in the background and go on my merry way. How do you watch a video using chrome key that you have stored on your ipad or tablet?
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You mean except that there is nothing worth watching on Netflix.

 

Well, BBC's Sherlock is on Netflix and a few odd Marvel movies, but it seems more and more its filled with B movies that were direct to video. I used to love my netflix account, but more and more I just watch stuff on Amazon prime or Hulu.
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I have both the Apple TV and Chromecast. Chromecast does not even come close to the quality or content offered by Apple TV. After the first day, Chromecast has been collecting dust on my shelf. That $35 purchase price was a complete wasted of money. Buy a couple pizzas instead.
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A smaretphone/tablet is used to initialize the media request, but then communicates directly with the media provider rather than steaming from the owner's device. Besides offering a stutter-free hi-def media play it leads to another big plus: Your smartphone or tablet is freed up for other tasks. I've yet to see any difference between watching Netflix with a Chromecast or watching Showtime on FiOS.

Those folks reporting stutters and lags with Netflix or YouTube were probably not using the Chromecast-specific apps and trying to steam from their smartphone instead.

 

 

I am sure Google will enjoy learning about all the fun things you stream. 

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Maybe you could rent it out to people so that more people get a chance to see what it is like before wasting $35.  

You might make your money back in the long term ;-)

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You mean except that there is nothing worth watching on Netflix.

 

 

Speak for yourself. Netflix has a good TV show collection. It has good foreign films. It has plenty of Disney content, which will improve further when Disney's deal with Starz expires. It also has good original content. Where it is weakest is with new movies. 

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I am sure Google will enjoy learning about all the fun things you stream. 

Netflix logs your viewership. So does iTunes. Is there an inherent danger in that?
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So what. My iPads multitasks so I just put my streaming app in the background and go on my merry way. How do you watch a video using chrome key that you have stored on your ipad or tablet?

It's not designed for that nor do I have more than one single movie stored on my tablet. Now if you want to send a movie to the Chromecast from the movies you've purchased in your Google Play library it will do just fine. If you were expecting a Google version of Apple TV streaming content you downloaded to your smartphone/tablet from wherever you'll be disappointed.
Edited by Gatorguy - 8/27/13 at 12:20pm
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This is an odd piece of software. The setup process for the Chromecast is a 1 time thing. Setting up wifi and such. It worked for me just fine with Safari on my iPad. I don't see why I would want to download an app for a 1 time thing I can already do.
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This is an odd piece of software. The setup process for the Chromecast is a 1 time thing. Setting up wifi and such. It worked for me just fine with Safari on my iPad. I don't see why I would want to download an app for a 1 time thing I can already do.

If you're talking about a Chromecast-specific app the media quality is as good as typical "HD cable", assuming of course the original is "HD". Streaming from an app running on your tablet/smartphone to the Chromecast is not nearly as clean and stutter-free, tho it can be done.
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We are the product being sold, We are not Google's customer we are the product being sold to the highest bidder. Don't let em fool you, Google has very little interest in making a service great or secure beyond enticing you. They will provide any service to tempt you into subscribing to it. The ONLY reason is to get more data and information about you so they can sell your name, email , location and demographics. That's the real Matrix.

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I've heard reports that it's not stutter free. But I can tell you firsthand that my iPhone to apple tv has been stutter free and HD thus far.

 

It's completely stutter free for me.  But I'm casting to Google TV not to Chromecast.

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I've heard reports that it's not stutter free. But I can tell you firsthand that my iPhone to apple tv has been stutter free and HD thus far.
I can tell you first hand that my Chromecast has been stutter free and HD so far.
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We are the product being sold, We are not Google's customer we are the product being sold to the highest bidder. Don't let em fool you, Google has very little interest in making a service great or secure beyond enticing you. They will provide any service to tempt you into subscribing to it. The ONLY reason is to get more data and information about you so they can sell your name, email , location and demographics. That's the real Matrix.

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LOL. I read a article recently on how Netflix movie selection works and what goes into user suggestions. If accurate it's fairly revealing and explains a lot.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/netflix-movie-suggestions_n_3720218.html

 

>> 75 percent of what people watch on Netflix comes from the site's recommendations.

 

I think the reason for this is because they have no real browse functionality in the app.  And the Search in the app sucks.  I don't know if their algorithm is any good, but I'm kind of forced to watch the movies and serials they recommend unless I know the exact name of a movie.  On the other hand, I have enjoyed watching some serials that I'd never have watched like Life and Orange is the new Black.

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The Chromecast hardware allows users to stream content from their mobile device to their TV, much like Apple's AirPlay Mirroring available with Apple TV. Official Google apps such as YouTube for iOS already include Chromecast support.

Google issued an update recently that broke 3rd party local streaming on the Chromecast:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/26/chromecast-update-breaks-local-media-streaming-in-apps/

I can't stand when companies are so controlling, it's like having a nice garden and someone just puts up walls around it. When I buy hardware, I should be able to do what I want with it. 1biggrin.gif

Of course their excuse is it's just beta like everything else they make but the reality is that they're an advertising company. They want their tracking data.
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Google issued an update recently that broke 3rd party local streaming on the Chromecast:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/26/chromecast-update-breaks-local-media-streaming-in-apps/

I can't stand when companies are so controlling, it's like having a nice garden and someone just puts up walls around it. When I buy hardware, I should be able to do what I want with it. 1biggrin.gif

Of course their excuse is it's just beta like everything else they make but the reality is that they're an advertising company. They want their tracking data.

Which company doesn't want tracking data? It's pretty darn pervasive. As far as Google establishing more control over their hardware products (software too for that matter IMO) I'd say that's a good thing rather than a negative, so I agree with you (Yes I recognize that your post was meant as sarcasm). Better sooner than later as far as I'm concerned.

EDIT: There's an update now to your linked Engadget article.
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Which company doesn't want tracking data? It's pretty darn pervasive. As far as Google establishing more control over their hardware products (software too for that matter IMO) I'd say that's a good thing rather than a negative, so I agree with you

When it's your core business model, it means compromising functionality in favour of it. Such as blocking HTML 5 video on Youtube when videos are intended to play ads, discontinuing RSS services so that people visit ad-supported sites instead, discontinuing SMS services to push people to adopt ad-supported smartphones:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/13/google-drops-sms-search/

The point is that Google makes decisions to support their core business model like any other business and people need to be aware that this business is advertising. Product prices always come into the discussion like how many Chromecasts you could for the price of one Apple TV but Google sells products to bolster their core ad services so if they can make decisions that push those over other solutions, they'll do it.
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EDIT: There's an update now to your linked Engadget article.

I know, that's why I said "Of course their excuse is it's just beta like everything else they make". I see your reflexes are as sharp as ever though, it only took 8 minutes to jump to Google's defence. 1wink.gif
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When it's your core business model, it means compromising functionality in favour of it. Such as blocking HTML 5 video on Youtube when videos are intended to play ads, discontinuing RSS services so that people visit ad-supported sites instead, discontinuing SMS services to push people to adopt ad-supported smartphones:

http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/13/google-drops-sms-search/

The point is that Google makes decisions to support their core business model like any other business and people need to be aware that this business is advertising. Product prices always come into the discussion like how many Chromecasts you could for the price of one Apple TV but Google sells products to bolster their core ad services so if they can make decisions that push those over other solutions, they'll do it.
I know, that's why I said "Of course their excuse is it's just beta like everything else they make". I see your reflexes are as sharp as ever though, it only took 8 minutes to jump to Google's defence. 1wink.gif

I was tired. 1wink.gif

Agree with the rest of your post tho, other than making decisions favoring your core business necessarily means compromising functionality.
Edited by Gatorguy - 8/28/13 at 11:08am
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Netflix logs your viewership. So does iTunes. Is there an inherent danger in that?

 

Not as much as Google who relies on the data to make money unlike Apple and Netflix
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