Use XBMC on The Google Chromecast With an Android Phone

Ryan Michael Downey

The Streaming Advisor has covered two ways to watch XBMC on a Chromecast. For a story on how to do so on a Windows laptop with no click here . To learn how to watch XBMC on a Chromecast using an Android phone continue reading.

One day we will report that a new version of XBMC is capable of being launched from an Android tablet or phoneChromecast and rendered on a television via the Google Chromecast. Such a development has been anticipated since the release of the Google Chromecast SDK. In the absence of an XBMC build with full Chromecast integration a talented reader from our community has been working on clever alternatives that will allow users to cast XBMC from an Android device to the Chromecast without any hacks or special patches. This is an exciting development for Chromecast owners. Continue reading for instructions and video.

Another way to to add XBMC to your daily life is through the use of dedicated XBMC based set top boxes. To take a look at a quick demonstration of the JynxBox M1V2 click here.

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How to Install the Google Chromecast with a Laptop

Ryan Michael Downey

The Google Chromecast is well known as a device that integrates with wireless devices from Apple and Android but very Chromecast ready to castlittle has been said concerning the Chromecast is regards to PC’s. Today we present a guide that will help users learn how to set up the Chromecast with a laptop computer and get it ready for action with the Google Cast extension for the Google Chrome browser. This how to article will guide you step by step through the set up process and have you streaming in no time. Read the rest of this entry »


Use XBMC on The Google Chromecast

Ryan Michael Downey

You can watch XBMC on a laptop by using the Dongles full screen mirroring feature. We have two videos that show how it will work for you. The first one will show you step by step how to activate the experimental full screen mode for the Chromecast. The second much shorter video simply shows a computer and a TV screen mirroring XBMC. This development is something that XBMC and Chromecast fans have been waiting for. For a written guide click here. Feel free to steam our videos on to your TV with a compatible device.   

Step By Step to set up the Chromecast for full screen mirroring

 

Demo of Computer Mirroring with the TV


Can The Chromecast Overtake It’s Competitors

Ryan Michael Downey

Google is reporting that it has sold millions of $35.00 Chromecast dongles since it debuted in the summer. This is a tremendous Chromecast Dongleaccomplishment for the company and the product itself. Considering its limited applications its yet unconfirmed success points to the possibility that Google may have hit the sweet spot with consumers. Initially offering access to Netflix along Google properties YouTube and Google Play as well as access to mirror Chrome browser tabs the company has seen more major services adopt its protocol as it has gained attention. Recently Roku seemed to acknowledged the threat from Google when it announced its new HDMI streaming stick with at $50.00.
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New Roku Streaming Stick With YouTube Included Poses Major Threat To Chromecast

Ryan Michael Downey

Roku is on a fighting front these days. It has been since the late fall of 2013. The company went punch for punch with Apple through Roku StickNovember and December with sales on its entire line, an online and television add campaign, and a the release of numerous new channels over a three month period. Roku continues to push itself towards innovation and growth. Now it has taken aim at another rival.
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New Apps For Chromecast Rolling In But No XBMC, ESPN, CBS, or NBC Sports Extra So Far

Ryan Michael Downey

Things should be getting exciting for Google Chromecast owners right about last week, but so far there has been no new buzz about Chromecast Donglethe Chromecast Dongle item. Google released its software development kit in February and the release has been followed by a major uptick in Chromecast compatible apps for IOS and Android devices. In less than a month the number of apps available for Android has swelled from 12 to over 50. IOS devices now sport at least 20, but so far the apps are not exactly game changers. A majority of the apps currently available for Chromecast are one variation after another on the ability to share media that is on a tablet or phone via television. This means that if you have a home movie on your phone and want to watch it with a Chromecast you
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Roku May Launch New Streaming Stick to Compete Against The Chromecast? Will Roku Mirroring Finnaly become a Reality

Ryan Michael Downey

March Madness may take on a new meaning if Roku and Apple have anything to do with it. Rumors already point to a possible update ofRoku Logo Apple TV in March and According to the technology blog Zats not funny Roku may be about to launch a direct answer to the Chromecast. The site reports that Roku will be releasing a new version of the Roku streaming stick in March that eschews the MHL port in favor of powering the device via USB, like Google’s Chromecast. While the current streaming stick and the Chromecast  look very similar they could not be more different. The streaming stick only works on TV’s that are equipped with MHL ports which can both transfer the audio and video signals as well as power the device without the need for an external power source. Once equipped on a compatible TV the streaming stick opens the entire Roku lineup of channels minus YouTube which is still currently only available on the Roku 3. The Chromecast on the other hand is a simple device that utilizes a normal HDMI port and allows users to send select audio and video apps from smart phones and tablets to a TV as well as mirror chrome tabs from a computer.

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Chromecast Continuing to Evolve

Ryan Michael Downey

The evolution of the GoogleCast extension for the Chrome browser continues. When launching the GoogleCast extension Google Chromecast picnow 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. 
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Allcast App Now Compatible with Chromecast Again

Ryan Michael Downey

The new SDK release for the Google Chromecast has brought about the triumphant return of the All Cast App which burst on to the All Cast Appscene 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.


Can You Add XBMC To The Chromecast? Googles SDK Release Paves The Way

Ryan Michael Downey

Google made the long awaited announcement that its Chromecast SDK has been released to all developers in an action that is sure toChromecast pic 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.
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How Google Can Add An Appstore and Games To The Google Chrome Cast Using its Browser Appstore and Available Mobile App Tools


Ryan Michael Downey

The Google Chromecast has remained popular since its launch in the Summer of 2013. The item is so

Google already has an app Store integrated in to its browser.

Google already has an app Store integrated in to its browser.

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 14 compatible 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
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What is Wrong With Chromecast and What is Right with Chromecast? Google’s Device Has Great Potential and Major Problems

Ryan Michael Downey

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 Chromecast picweb 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.

What It Has Done Right

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How Can You Watch The Super Bowl From Overseas? Watch American Network Television For Free Online With USTV Now

Ryan Michael Downey

One of the easiest ways to watch American TV stations online is a service called USTV Now. The service, which is available via its home page as well as through apps for XBMC and a private channel

US TV Now Provides US TV Channels Online

US TV Now Provides US TV Channels Online

for Roku allows users to watch an American based cable package overseas. Viewers using the service via a browser can access the basic networks; CBS, NBC, ABC, CW, Fox and PBS for free. Apple TV users can access the service via mirroring and a compatible laptop or IOS device.

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You Can Watch Plex, ESPN and Use The Google Chromecast As A Presentation Device With Experimental Full Screen Cast Feature

Ryan Michael Downey

The Google Chromecast has been called a “Roku Killer” an “Apple TV Killer” a “limited device”, and

More possibilities abound for the Chromecast

More possibilities abound for the Chromecast

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.

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Roku Adds Official YouTube Channel

Ryan Michael Downey

An official Youtube Channel is now available for the Roku 3.

An official Youtube Channel is now available for the Roku 3.

After years of waiting an official YouTube App is now available for Roku owners. At the moment YouTube is only available for owners of the Roku 3, the companies top model, which normally retails for $99.00. At the moment many retailers are selling the model for $89.00. The roll out is perfectly timed for the last frantic holiday push and will likely increase demand for the highest end model over its less expensive brethren until the service is available on those devices. Owner of older models can still add YouTube functionality via the MyVideoBuzz app.

New Channel Debuts New Capability
The Roku YouTube Channel can also be paired with computers and mobile devices so that videos can be played directly from a mobile device, does that sound a bit like the capabilities of another popular streaming device? There were reports earlier in the year that Roku was looking to add DIAL support and it appears that this is the beginning of the roll out for that protocol. Will Roku soon support something akin to Google’s Google Cast which in the case of the Chromecast mirrors Google Chrome browser tabs on a TV screen? It would be shocking if Google allowed their browser to be used by a Roku in the same way it is by a Chromecast but Firefox and Microsoft Explorer on the other hand may be very interested. There has even been reporting that Firefox was working on support for mirroring their browser through the Roku. There will be more to come on this story for sure.

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