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Old 07-27-15, 11:15 PM
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Re: The Google Chromecast Thread

Just picked up one of these at Target since you get a $10 Target gift card with them this week, essentially lowering the price to $24. A bit awkward that it has no controls (I use my laptop, don't have a smartphone) but at least it lets you watch Netflix with no end-credit intrusions like it does on the newer Roku models. It also does Google Play in 5.1 which the Roku doesn't; Vudu is only 5.1 instead of 7.1 (on a handful of titles). Also found you can watch Crackle without the "Crackle" onscreen logo that its Roku app has.

Will be watching for any interesting tricks or hacks for this thing. Already found one called "PlayTo" that claims to cast "any" video to the Chromecast, and it worked on a background video for one webpage which was pretty neat, but can't get it to work with the Hulu website- it plays the first commercial then stops after that, and you can't activate it later when it plays the actual show.

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Old 07-28-15, 07:52 AM
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Yeah, I recommend purchasing a cheap tablet or something if that's the route you're going to go. It's much easier overall imho.
Old 08-06-15, 11:58 AM
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HBO NOW Adds Support For Google’s Chromecast

HBO’s over-the-top streaming service may not be making money just yet, but it is rapidly expanding its footprint. Starting today, the service will support Google’s Chromecast for streaming from your mobile device to your TV, according to the update text in the iOS version that just arrived on the iTunes App Store. The Android app has not yet been updated, as of the time of writing, but will arrive later today.

This is the second streaming media player platform that’s gone live with HBO NOW beyond Apple TV, though the company recently announced that Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick support were also coming soon.

Initially, HBO’s $15 per month streaming service was an Apple exclusive, which meant that the only devices supported at launch were the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. However, during that time, the network also forged deals to bring HBO over-the-top through other partnerships, including with Dish’s Sling TV and Cablevision, the latter which offered access to HBO NOW to its internet-only customers.

And as the exclusivity period wrapped, other platforms quickly followed. At Google I/O in May, for example, the company announced a Google Play app was in the works, which would include support for Chromecast. That Android app arrived last month, as did the Amazon Appstore version, but Chromecast support was not immediately available. Oddly, it’s the iOS app that’s the first to see Chromecast built-in – the Android app still hasn’t been updated. But HBO tells us that it will become Cast-enabled starting today.

HBO also recently announced a second ISP partnership with Verizon (disclosure: Verizon owns AOL, TechCrunch’s parent company). Similar to the Cablevision deal, Verizon will resell HBO NOW to its broadband customers, but it will also become available on Verizon’s forthcoming mobile video service Go90.

One big platform that HBO still needs to address, however, is Roku. The website no longer lists Roku as one of the platforms where an app is “coming soon,” though. Asked about this, HBO told us recently that Roku’s lack of mention shouldn’t be read into too much.

“I don’t have specific details to share about Roku timing, but our goal has always been to make HBO NOW have parity with HBO GO in terms of devices supported,” a spokesperson said. (Whew.)

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