This morning, Amazon announced a new Fire TV product that aims to compete with Google’s Chromecast, called the Fire TV Stick. The device sports a dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, MIMO WiFi, and double the storage of the Chromecast, while still maintaining that same smallish dongle design that plugs directly into an HDMI port on the back of your TV. It also comes with a remote and companion app for navigation.
The Fire TV Stick is available for pre-order today and will ship November 19. It retails for $39, but if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can pick one up over the next 2 days for $19. (more…)
Google announced a new feature for Chromecast this morning, called Backdrop. With Backdrop, users can finally customize the art displayed on their TVs through a Chromecast dongle. Items from your Google+ albums, the Google Cultural Institute, satellite pictures, and more can be streamed when you aren’t watching videos. (more…)
Beginning October 1, running through the end of the year, purchasers of Chromecast dongles can get two free months of Hulu Plus. That represents a savings of about $16.
Deals aside, Google’s venerable streaming dongle continues to impress as more and more apps add casting capabilities. A couple of notable holdouts gained support a few weeks ago and the Slingbox app added it recently, too. Future additions are essentially a guarantee as Google continues to support developers who wish to add Chromecast support. (more…)
Miracast never really caught on; the standard seems to have lost what little ground it had to simpler solutions, like Chromecast mirroring, but it has its niche in environments with flaky Wi-Fi connections and programs which require low latency. The only problem? Finding an inexpensive, reliable receiver. Luckily for those in the market, Microsoft unveiled an option today. (more…)
A growing number of TV providers are publishing apps for watching live and recorded content outside the home, but arbitrary viewing restrictions and intractable UIs make many of them an exercise in futility. That’s why for that purpose a lot of people rely on products from Sling Media, which seamlessly beam the video and audio from your cable box to the internet. And, starting today, there’s another reason to consider them: the Slingplayer app for smartphones now supports Chromecast. (more…)
A few notable apps today are gaining compatibility with Chromecast, Google’s venerable streaming media dongle. First up, WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps are now cast-able, with a caveat – most content is locked behind a TV provider sign-in page, so you will need a cable or satellite subscription to take full advantage. Still, a few clips are available for free. (more…)
According to the official Google Chrome Twitter handle, two more services have added in Chromecast functionality as of late, those being NPR One and Watch ABC.
With the updated apps, users can cast the service’s content straight to the big screen in their living room, such as NPR One’s radio channels, as well as select shows from the Watch ABC app. (more…)
Still don’t own a Chromecast? Come on, why not? Here is your chance to pick one up for $10 under the retail price of $35, priced at just $25 through Groupon. Units are labeled as manufacturer refurbished, coupled with a one-year warranty from Google, so you need not worry if it breaks down on you. (more…)