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Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:17 am

nakatago wrote:Choice is good; especially if they come with prices to match.


Oh, I completely agree with everything you said. If you don't need the features, dont pay for them. For me, just the ability to use any application (not just Chrome) makes the AppleTV worth the extra cost. Everything else is just bonus. (I do watch local HD movies on it by leaving iTunes running on a spare computer on the network). Since OSOD is already paying double for the ChromeCast (almost 75% the cost of the AppleTV), I'm just throwing it out there so people consider all options. There are even better options than Apple TV also depending on the features you want. There are Roku boxes that have less features than AppleTV but more than ChromeCast that price as ~US$50, etc. I think people just dismiss AppleTV because they think it will only be useful for media they buy from Apple (not true), or any other option because they don't realize it exists (Roku).

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Postby PNGMK » Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:32 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
nakatago wrote:Choice is good; especially if they come with prices to match.


Oh, I completely agree with everything you said. If you don't need the features, dont pay for them. For me, just the ability to use any application (not just Chrome) makes the AppleTV worth the extra cost. Everything else is just bonus. (I do watch local HD movies on it by leaving iTunes running on a spare computer on the network). Since OSOD is already paying double for the ChromeCast (almost 75% the cost of the AppleTV), I'm just throwing it out there so people consider all options. There are even better options than Apple TV also depending on the features you want. There are Roku boxes that have less features than AppleTV but more than ChromeCast that price as ~US$50, etc. I think people just dismiss AppleTV because they think it will only be useful for media they buy from Apple (not true), or any other option because they don't realize it exists (Roku).


Where can you get a Roku in Singapore though?
Honestly they're all compromises and I'm down ~$200 on a substandard Android TV box already.

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Postby x9200 » Sat, 27 Jul 2013 1:01 pm

Out of curiosity, what are your complains about the Android box?
I bought recently one from ebay for ca $S70 and although have not tested it yet extensively, performance wise (home HD media receiver + youtube) and functionality wise seems reasonable.

http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/300922832103 ... 1439.l2649

Yet another one (dongle type) I bought for somebody else also seemed fine and it was like $S40 only.

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Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 27 Jul 2013 2:32 pm

PNGMK wrote:Where can you get a Roku in Singapore though?
Honestly they're all compromises and I'm down ~$200 on a substandard Android TV box already.


Amazon? Ebay? Sim Lim? Where did you get your ChromeCast? That's US only right now AFAIK too.

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Postby nakatago » Wed, 31 Jul 2013 6:36 pm

Chromecast can receive video direct from a phone.

https://twitter.com/koush/status/362468200996282368

Things are beta right now so the SDK won't let devs distribute apps for now. It's through a local network so it doesn't need to pass through the cloud.

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Postby PNGMK » Wed, 21 Aug 2013 4:52 pm

1. Easy to set up.
2. You need a solid 5 bar Wifi connection from the Chrome cast to your router.
3. It handles BBC Iplayer ok via a Chrome tab. I haven't bothered with the native apps (Hulu and Youtube) but they are supposedly better.


IS it worth it? I am not sure - if the native apps become more common then maybe. At the moment though I've gone back to running iplayer via HDMI cable and a wireles keyboard.

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Re: Google Chrome Cast Review

Postby nakatago » Wed, 21 Aug 2013 4:58 pm

PNGMK wrote:1. Easy to set up.
2. You need a solid 5 bar Wifi connection from the Chrome cast to your router.
3. It handles BBC Iplayer ok via a Chrome tab. I haven't bothered with the native apps (Hulu and Youtube) but they are supposedly better.


IS it worth it? I am not sure - if the native apps become more common then maybe. At the moment though I've gone back to running iplayer via HDMI cable and a wireles keyboard.


A famous Android dev is cooking up something wonderful. He's just waiting for Google to give the go-signal for app devs to publicly release apps through the Play store.

http://www.androidauthority.com/aircast ... st-256984/

You may want to be on the lookout for this.

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Postby PNGMK » Wed, 21 Aug 2013 5:01 pm

x9200 wrote:Out of curiosity, what are your complains about the Android box?
I bought recently one from ebay for ca $S70 and although have not tested it yet extensively, performance wise (home HD media receiver + youtube) and functionality wise seems reasonable.

http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/300922832103 ... 1439.l2649

Yet another one (dongle type) I bought for somebody else also seemed fine and it was like $S40 only.


It's slow.

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Re: Google Chrome Cast Review

Postby nutnut » Wed, 21 Aug 2013 6:21 pm

nakatago wrote:
PNGMK wrote:1. Easy to set up.
2. You need a solid 5 bar Wifi connection from the Chrome cast to your router.
3. It handles BBC Iplayer ok via a Chrome tab. I haven't bothered with the native apps (Hulu and Youtube) but they are supposedly better.


IS it worth it? I am not sure - if the native apps become more common then maybe. At the moment though I've gone back to running iplayer via HDMI cable and a wireles keyboard.


A famous Android dev is cooking up something wonderful. He's just waiting for Google to give the go-signal for app devs to publicly release apps through the Play store.

http://www.androidauthority.com/aircast ... st-256984/

You may want to be on the lookout for this.


That looks pretty awesome Nak, I am waiting for my Chromecast to arrive from US atm... It was only a matter of time something like this was developed though, I love Android.
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Re: Google Chrome Cast Review

Postby nakatago » Wed, 21 Aug 2013 7:09 pm

nutnut wrote:That looks pretty awesome Nak, I am waiting for my Chromecast to arrive from US atm... It was only a matter of time something like this was developed though, I love Android.


Yeah, koush is awesome. He's done great work for the platform.

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Re: Google Chrome Cast Review

Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:15 pm

nakatago wrote:
nutnut wrote:That looks pretty awesome Nak, I am waiting for my Chromecast to arrive from US atm... It was only a matter of time something like this was developed though, I love Android.


Yeah, koush is awesome. He's done great work for the platform.


Oh well, so much for that:

www.theverge.com/2013/8/25/4657202/goog ... own-videos

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Re: Google Chrome Cast Review

Postby nakatago » Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:32 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
nakatago wrote:
nutnut wrote:That looks pretty awesome Nak, I am waiting for my Chromecast to arrive from US atm... It was only a matter of time something like this was developed though, I love Android.


Yeah, koush is awesome. He's done great work for the platform.


Oh well, so much for that:

www.theverge.com/2013/8/25/4657202/goog ... own-videos


Drop a video into a chrometab then.

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Re: Google Chrome Cast Review

Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:42 pm

nakatago wrote:
zzm9980 wrote:
nakatago wrote:
nutnut wrote:That looks pretty awesome Nak, I am waiting for my Chromecast to arrive from US atm... It was only a matter of time something like this was developed though, I love Android.


Yeah, koush is awesome. He's done great work for the platform.


Oh well, so much for that:

www.theverge.com/2013/8/25/4657202/goog ... own-videos


Drop a video into a chrometab then.


I like how your opinion went from "He's making something wonderful bla bla" to "Just use it the way Google tells you to, noob". :P

I would be more interested in apps that would let you do what AppleTV does, and turn it into a second desktop. Hard to do that since I don't think I can drop my desktop into a Chrome tab.

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Re: Google Chrome Cast Review

Postby nakatago » Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:46 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
I like how your opinion went from "He's making something wonderful bla bla" to "Just use it the way Google tells you to, noob". :P


I did not change my opinion.

Koush is still making wonderful things but Google only stopped one of those things (Koush continues his work on clockworkmod recovery, helium backup, among other things).

The premise is things to do with Chromecast: an obstacle is encountered and I'm just presenting a way to deal with it.

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Re: Google Chrome Cast Review

Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 26 Aug 2013 2:15 pm

nakatago wrote:Koush is still making wonderful things but Google only stopped one of those things (Koush continues his work on clockworkmod recovery, helium backup, among other things).


Ok, fair enough. I didn't realize he did good stuff outside of ChromeCast. The ChromeCast third party stuff sounds pretty dead in the water now outside of official uses.


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