Plex is offering 50% off of its mobile apps for a limited time, the server based program offers apps for multiple mobile platforms. The mobile apps include selections for for Windows mobile 8 tablets and phones, Android tablets and phones as well IOS tablets, phones and the iPod touch. This is a perfect chance for families with multiple tablets or phones to load up on apps for their devices.
AirPlay and Chrome Cast Ready Plex’s mobile apps can be used in conjunction with both Apple TV and the Google Chrome cast though it is necessary to be a Chromecast member to take advantage of the option with the Google Dongle. Apple TV users have free range to us the App via AirPlay to view cued programs, and utilize Plex’s chanels adding tons of functionality to their set top devices.
The evolution of the GoogleCast extension for the Chrome browser continues. When launching the GoogleCast extension Google now provides a message explaining how to use Chromecast in conjunction with the browser. Users are encouraged to look for the launch button, which uses the same icon as the GoogleCast extension and is present at netflix.com and youttube.com In the past two weeks Google has opened up its software development kit to all developers to freely integrate their apps and websites to be fully compatible with the Chromecast. The developers are being invited to integrate both mobile apps as well as websites with the DIAL integrated dongle.
The new SDK release for the Google Chromecast has brought about the triumphant return of the All Cast App which burst on to the scene shortly after the debut of the Chromecast in order to provide a cross platform way for users to watch their own movies on multiple devices including the Chromecast. The App can be used to send locally stored videos and pictures from smartphones and tablets to multiple devices including a Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, WDTV and many others.
The app can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store.
The Google Chrome browser extension that allows Chromecast users to send Google Chrome tabs on to their television screens when paired with a Google Chromecast is undergoing major changes. In the
past after downloading the extension from the Google Chrome a user accessing the extension saw a simple box with a few basic options. At the moment the extension appears to be in transition hopefully providing more stability and a uniform viewing experience.
An End to Audio Syncing Issues? Since the device launched many users have complained about issues with the consistency of tab casting citing audio issues as well as choppy video playback along with inconsistency with audio delivery. Some users reported that the sound would not integrate with their TV or audio system speakers and instead only play through their laptops. Tab Casting, which has been advertised as a “beta” feature for all applications and websites besides Netflix and YouTube, could be a major addition to the user experience. We will keep an eye on this and update as the story develops. See the picture below to view the current interface. In our experience the Interface is not yet functional.
Google made the long awaited announcement that its Chromecast SDK has been released to all developers in an action that is sure to spur the release of many new Chromecast compatible apps. The investment many early adopters made in the $35.00 dollar device is set to pay off as numerous applications are certain to become available and some of them likely very quickly.
Will you be able to use XBMC? There are already XBMC apps for Android so the ability to use the app on Chromecast will be up to the developers of the app itself to add casting abilities to the device. Google is sticking with their philosophy of letting third parties develop products around their platform. Will this lead to consumer based innovation or a fragmented market for apps? The Plex app is currently available to Plex Pass members. Even now clever people are finding ways to bring XBMC to the Chromecast using a combination of methods for more on that please continue.
The Google Chromecast has remained popular since its launch in the Summer of 2013. The item is so
inexpensive that many tech enthusiasts and even those trying streaming for the first time have been tempted give it a shot. But as people explore the device and its uses they ask a lot of the same questions. Does the Chromecast have its own apps? Is there an App Store? What else can I use on the Chromecast? Right now the Chromecast officially has 14compatible mobile apps, apps launched from a smartphone or tablet, but many who purchased their Chromecast early are unaware of the new additions which include Vevo and Plex. There is a lot of competition for the living room right now and more on the way but Google can position itself from a place of strength without reinventing the wheel but by using tools and capabilities it already has in place.
Google Should Stop Ignoring its own Built in Ecosystem
The Google Chromecast offers a great value for its $35.00 price tag. It is simple to operate and provides access to the most popular web based video services Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and HBO-Go. While there was tremendous hype surrounding the product during the summer of 2013 there has been very little news since. Roku owned the fall and winter so far. It stepped in to the spotlight rolling out new models, YouTube (for Roku 3) and debuted TV sets with the Roku interface. There are also plans to add YouTube to the new current Roku LT, 1 and 2. A $50.00 Roku LT with YouTube could be a real problem for Google. Why has this been an uneven year for the Chromecast so far? Today we look at what Google has done right and what it has done wrong.
Are you a current Netflix customer. If you have been considering starting a Netflix streaming only account you may want to get it in place before the pricing plan changes. GigaOm’s Janko Roetgers
is reporting that the service which recently announced a subscriber base of 44 million people is exploring a pricing structure for new members that would include different prices based on the number of access points one uses.
This may be a way for Netflix to curb the sharing of accounts among multiple users . The existence of these sorts of arrangement has been acknowledged by HBO CEO Richard Plepler. According to an article by Buzz Feed’s Mathew Lynley, Phleper thinks that people who access HBO through other means especially while they are young will become paying customers later in life.
Whether it is an attempt stop such a practice or an attempt to increase revenue going forward Netlfix, in a rare case of customer loyalty, says that current Netflix members will be allowed to keep their plan in place. Netflix may have already tipped their hand on pricing as the company has recently rolled out a family pricing structure that charges 11.99 for use of four devices at the same time as well as a less expensive plan for 6.99 that only streams in standard definition.
The Google Chromecast has been called a “Roku Killer” an “Apple TV Killer” a “limited device”, and
a “groundbreaking game changer”. Our review of the device covered the advertised features of the Chromecast including using the Chromecast to play Netflix and YouTube from a computer and a wireless device. The ability of Chromecast to “cast” Google Chrome tabs is an under marketed and underutilized feature but even more unknown is its “experimental ability to mirror an entire computer screen display.
Mirroring a full computer screen unlocks the potential to use the Watch ESPN Channel, View Plex Via its online portal and even use the Chromecast for presentation purposes.
It appears that the firmware issue which effectively disabled the Google Chromecast feature Google Cast has been repaired. The previous firmware update caused a severe lag between the video content and its accompanying audio content. Users are again be able to seamlessly cast their Google Chrome tabs to their Chromecast and television directly from their Wi-Fi enabled laptop and desktop computers. Google Cast for Google Chrome adds a versatility to the Chromecast that far exceeds the $35.00 cost of the item itself because it expands the amount of video content that the Chromecast can access from compatible smart phone apps to include anything capable of being viewed from within a Google Chrome Tab on a computer. Video content that is compatible with the Chromecast’s Google Cast feature includes the free version of Hulu at hulu.com as well as full episodes of programming from CBS’s website.
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