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Dan Moir

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Chromecast
« on: December 03, 2014, 07:20:21 pm »
Yeah, I know it's been around for ages.  :ugeek:

It's bloody good though.  Bought a couple of them at £18 each.

No more messing around with HDMI leads and switching audio playback for me.  Plus there is the advantage of using your phone when it's more convenient.  Highly recommend it.

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2014, 07:22:15 pm »
Can you direct from a NAS box to your TV via it?

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2014, 07:26:16 pm »
Can you direct from a NAS box to your TV via it?

I know nothing about NAS boxes.  But if you can get Chrome on it, you can cast from it.  You can also cast from YouTube, Netflix, etc.  You can even put things in a queue to cast and carry on browsing elsewhere while it plays through it all.

EDIT:  Looks like you probably can.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.stefanpledl.localcast&hl=en_GB
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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2014, 07:37:04 pm »
I may look into it if one of my Pi's die. I currently use them with XMBC and love it, but always up for an upgrade if it works better.

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2014, 08:32:54 pm »
whats it actually do
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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2014, 08:37:43 pm »
whats it actually do

Wirelessly streams stuff from your PC/laptop/tablet/phone straight to your tv.

Things like this usually sound good in theory and are then fiddly to work or don't work as you expect.  This on the other hand, just works.

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 08:39:43 pm »
could you use it to get tv on the pc
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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2014, 08:45:19 pm »
could you use it to get tv on the pc

no

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2014, 09:17:08 pm »
then its useless for my needs
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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2014, 10:08:23 pm »
I have one, got it when it came out in the UK on spec and loved it. Good for streaming anything. You can stream movies and shit from your PC too.
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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2014, 10:53:22 pm »
I have one, got it when it came out in the UK on spec and loved it. Good for streaming anything. You can stream movies and shit from your PC too.

That was the main reason to get it for me.  Streaming films and football streams.  I did it anyway but it was always a pain in the arse with hdmi leads and getting the sound through the tv.

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2014, 11:12:36 pm »
slighty off topic, but whats better for pc gaming, vga or hdmi?
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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2014, 11:25:13 am »
slighty off topic, but whats better for pc gaming, vga or hdmi?

Hdmi.

I considered buying a chromecast device, but seeing as I can make a airplay device myself it seemed like a waste to have it for android too.

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2014, 04:53:32 pm »
I'm looking into getting something like this in the new year when I have pennies again...

Is this better than apple TV? That was my initial plan.

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2014, 07:21:18 pm »
I'm looking into getting something like this in the new year when I have pennies again...

Is this better than apple TV? That was my initial plan.

Well I have an ingrained dislike for anything made by Apple.

It does the job really well and is significantly cheaper than Apple TV.  I suspect they're more likely to roll out updates than Apple too.  Apple would probably release an Apple TV 2 and expect you to pay more money.

If you have an iPhone/iPad then it might be worth getting Apple TV.  If you have Android stuff then I suspect Chromecast will be much better for you (not even sure if Apple TV supports Android - probably not knowing what Apple are like).

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2014, 07:39:33 pm »
I'm looking into getting something like this in the new year when I have pennies again...

Is this better than apple TV? That was my initial plan.

Well I have an ingrained dislike for anything made by Apple.

It does the job really well and is significantly cheaper than Apple TV.  I suspect they're more likely to roll out updates than Apple too.  Apple would probably release an Apple TV 2 and expect you to pay more money.

If you have an iPhone/iPad then it might be worth getting Apple TV.  If you have Android stuff then I suspect Chromecast will be much better for you (not even sure if Apple TV supports Android - probably not knowing what Apple are like).

Thought there already was an apple tv 2? Theres like 3 generations now of them, well thats what I thought anyway.


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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2014, 11:32:46 pm »
Apple are rip off merchants who make money from selling hardware. Google make all their money by getting you to use their ecosystem, so they sell at rock bottom prices, even making a loss. So they're great for consumers, especially if you basically live in Google already.
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2014, 12:27:57 am »
Apple are rip off merchants who make money from selling hardware. Google make all their money by getting you to use their ecosystem, so they sell at rock bottom prices, even making a loss. So they're great for consumers, especially if you basically live in Google already.

Everyones a rip off these days, the mark ups on products are insanely stupid, apple are great sales people, they know how to make you buy the phone you already have for more money, that takes skill.

Also, android is far from cheap tbph, the middle ground of android phones (the newer ones) is like 300-400 pounds, thats expensive imho.

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Re: Chromecast
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2014, 01:36:13 am »
i only have the samsung galaxy y which was about £70 or something, and does everything i need. these suped up expensive phones with 100inch screens are totally pointless, the only advantage is being able to play god awful shit mobile games.
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2014, 09:28:06 am »
i only have the samsung galaxy y which was about £70 or something, and does everything i need. these suped up expensive phones with 100inch screens are totally pointless, the only advantage is being able to play god awful shit mobile games.

I don't play games on my phone, don't see the point of it.