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    Two more apps from Koush: RSS to Chromecast and Twit.tv Chromecast Android Remote.





    The following Android app looks very promising too.

    BubbleUPnP playing XBMC video to Chromecast


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    CyanogenMod + Chromecast = Awesome!


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    CheapCast is now available for free in the Play Store...

    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=at.maui.cheapcast

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    This Android app looks good...

    AirCast - Play any videos on your Chromecast

    I spent a couple hours yesterday reverse engineering the Chromecast protocols. Great success! I am now able to get around all the developer whitelist restrictions. I'm actually not using the Chromecast or MediaRouter SDKs at all anymore.

    AirCast is an Android app that lets you share videos from your Gallery, Dropbox, or Drive, straight to your Chromecast enabled TV.

    It's straightforward to use, share, play, and control the stream via the remote in the app (or notification area).

    And here's an APK!
    http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/AirCast.apk

    The APK will self destruct in 2 days; just looking for bugs and feedback right now. Any crashes, etc, should be accompanied with logcats.

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    Really looking forward to the Chromecast being released here! Shame I haven't seen any clues as to when this may be. Soon I hope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ant View Post
    Soon I hope!
    I hope so too. The UK release date can't be that far off since Google recently added TV Shows to the Play Store.

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    Fling Java tool streams local PC media to Chromecast, uses VLC to transcode practically any format « Android Police

    The latest tool to take advantage of Google's dirt-cheap media streamer is called Fling, from Plano, Texas developer Leon Nicholls. Unlike most of the tools from Koushik Dutta and others, this one expands Chromecast's desktop streaming powers. The Fling Java tool streams local video and audio files directly to Chromecast, and uses the popular VLC media player to transcode the ones that Chromecast doesn't support.
    Fling doesn't use the Google Cast SDK, so it can be distributed freely. Since both the Java Runtime Environment and VLC are cross-platform, Fling should work equally well on Windows, OS X and Linux. VLC is not technically required, but if you don't have it installed on your system, you're limited to the officially-supported video and audio formats.

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    Google Chromecast working on the PS3

    Something that you may not know however, is that if you own a PS3 then the YouTube app on the PS3 actually supports Chromecasting.

    All you need to do to get it working is simply install the YouTube app on your PS3 & your Android device. Open the YouTube app on your PS3 and then Chromecast it from your Android device as usual. This also works on a number of TV’s that have YouTube apps.

    Something that should be noted here is that the Chromecast simply utilises the DIAL Protocol, so whilst its not technically Chromecasting, it’s using exactly the same technology to get the job done – hence why your Android apps see them as Chromecast devices.

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    It's looking like Google do not want you to be able to stream your own content to the Chromecast. Not good!

    Google blocks Chromecast app that let you stream your own videos « The Verge

    Google's latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled 'video_playback' support from the ChromeCast application.

    Given that this is the second time they've purposefully removed/disabled the ability to play media from external sources, it confirms some of my suspicions that I have had about the Chromecast developer program:

    The policy seems to be a heavy handed approach, where only approved content will be played through the device. The Chromecast will probably not be indie developer friendly. The Google TV team will likely only whitelist media companies.

    I'd strongly suggest holding off on buying a Chromecast until we can see how Google chooses to move forward on third party applications. There are also other (open) platforms and stacks that one could buy/support as well. (LeapCast, NodeCast, etc.) (Source)
    Last edited by Arthur; 25th August 2013 at 09:00 PM.

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    Apparently this was due to an SDK change to be fixed in the near future:
    Confirmed: ChromeCast will be able to play local content, go ahead and order yours | Muktware

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    to be fixed in the near future
    It doesn't sound like it will be fixed.

    We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It’s still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available. (Source)

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    I must be reading that paragraph differently from you then. I read it as Google saying it was a change in a brand new and undocumented api that was on developmental pre-release and they'd like to support all types of apps including local content, so presumably if they would like that to happen then they would make it happen when they release teh final SDK.



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