Demand appears to be sky-high for Google's $35 TV dongle. The low price tag proved to be appealing to consumers, who have been quick to adopt the company's latest gadget. Hours after being announced late last month, the Chromecast had already sold out across a variety of outlets.
Despite there being only a handful of compatible applications, such as Netflix, Google Play Music, and YouTube, various workarounds have been discovered that enable more content to be delivered to the popular device.
Here are a few tips and tricks that could improve your Chromecast experience:
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Google's Chromecast dongle turns your HDTV into a smart TV, able to stream audio and video from the likes of Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play (with more content providers to come).
The free CheapCast app (not made by Google) enables nearly any Android device to function as a Chromecast, effectively playing the role of the TV as you stream media from your other Android device.
Why would you want to do this? Well, if you have an Android tablet with an HDMI output, you could plug it into your HDTV, then use your smartphone to drive it. Voila: free … Read more
Samsung, which launched its first 55-inch OLED TV outside of Korea during an event Tuesday in New York, joins rival LG in only releasing curved versions of the new TVs. As CNET reported earlier this month, LG won't be selling a flat-panel version for the foreseeable future, and neither will Samsung, executives confirmed to CNET on Tuesday.
"Up to now, [we have] no plans," B.K. Kang, senior vice president of Samsung's consumer business division, told CNET … Read more
The South Korean company is holding its launch event at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT Tuesday at Cipriani's 42nd Street restaurant, near Manhattan's Grand Central Station. CNET's David Katzmaier, Ty Pendlebury, Sarah Tew, and I will bring you all the live news, photos, and commentary about 15 minutes before the event.
Join CNET's liveblog of the Samsung Home Entertainment press conference at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT … Read more
About a year ago, Roku stole a little Apple TV thunder by adding "Play on Roku" capabilities to its iOS app, making it possible for users to stream music and photos from their mobile devices to their TVs via connected Roku boxes.
Last week, Play on Roku was updated to include support for videos. That brings Roku boxes one step closer to matching Apple TV functionality, at least for iDevice users. The Android version of Play on Roku still limits you to music and photos, at least for now.
Let's take a look at how to use … Read more
For almost as long as there's been a rumor of a next-gen Apple TV, there's been a rumor of an Apple game console. In a year where Apple's product portfolio has been conservative -- to be kind -- it feels like new products, like the fabled iWatch, might be sliding off toward 2014.
So what, if anything, could Apple surprise with? Of all the new products Apple could release this fall, a revamped Apple TV/game console would be the easiest to make...and could deliver a huge unexpected disruption to the upcoming next-gen game consoles from … Read more
Roku added a small, yet significant, addition to its app for iOS on Thursday. With the new 2.3 update, users can now stream videos stored on their iOS device directly to their televisions.
The new functionality is part of an update to the "Play on Roku" feature that the company announced last September. "Play on Roku" lets users stream music and photos stored on a phone or tablet via a Roku device to a television. Basically, it's Roku's answer to the Apple TV's AirPlay. "Play on Roku" also works with … Read more
When we think of the "dangers" of TV and children, we're reminded of studies about kids watching too much TV or TV shows that encourage violence, overeating, or bad habits. And while there is some controversy about those issues, there is little doubt that TV becomes a real danger to kids if a set falls on them.
A study published in July by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that "more than 17,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency departments each year for a TV-related injury, equaling one child every 30 minutes."
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Word on the street is that Apple TV owners may soon be able to access Vevo's vast music video library. The free entertainment platform is said to be developing an app for Apple TV that will let users watch music videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, according to AdAge.
Vevo launched its service in 2009, which lets users watch music videos from the platform's catalog of more than 50,000 videos. The service offers videos from three of the four major record labels, including Universal, Sony, and the bygone EMI.
Apple TV won't be … Read more