Last week, Scott Wilkinson reported on the addition of several important apps to the Chromecast library. Now, another major player in the app universe has joined the family—Vudu.
Taking advantage of Vudu on Google's streaming stick is simple. Thanks to the DIAL (DIscovery And Launch) protocol, there is no need to set up a Chromecast as a new device; instead you use the Vudu website (on a PC) or a Vudu app (on Android/iOS). Vudu has already updated its apps to incorporate the new functionality.
I'm excited about this development, because I have a rather large library of Vudu movies and TV shows in Vudu HDX format. It's nice to see Vudu achieve such ubiquity—the service offers a viable and high-quality alternative to Apple's iTunes. As a bonus, using Chromecast to watch Vudu content is faster and easier than it is with my Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player. That alone is enough to make Chromecast my Vudu playback device of choice.
Are you excited to see Vudu make this move?
There are significant obstacles to getting that to work in a Hotel room unless you also bring your own internet connection or know how to work around the public internet login. Bringing it to a friend's house should be a piece of cake.
I use an HTPC for EVERYTHING... so I would be more excited to see Vudu come to the Windows app store. As far as I know (I am not subscribed to Vudu because of this) Vudu does not allow for Dolby Digital output via the browser (Google Chrome in my case). This is the same for Amazon Instant Video I believe. I've only been able to get DD+ via the Netflix app in Windows 8.1
I guess this is the downside of having an HTPC as my sole media player... If only the Windows app store would catch up.
I suppose if I did get the chromecast, I could connect it to my HDMI input on the back of my receiver, however, would I believe to control the chromecast if it is hidden behind my receiver in one of the inputs? Is it IR line of site or is it controlled via blue tooth?
Living room theater set-up:
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1124-K.
Speakers/Sub: (4) NHT Classic Two and an NHT TwoC center + PSA-XV15 subwoofer.
HTPC: z97 mobo, 16GB mem, i5-4440, SSD+HD, LG BD drive, Win 8.1 pro w/WMC + MB3.
Content sources: OTA Winegard HD7698P, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Netflix etc.
HDTV: Sharp LC-60SQ15U (ehhh).
That is the fault of CEDIA and CES. You can't expect hotels to handle that kind of desired bandwidth for a small subset of conventions.
Is there an app I am missing that can utilize the home runs and cast it to the chrome cast?
I like the chrome cast a-lot, it streams netflix at 1080p good and regular. Does anybody know why my oppo 103 and xbox 360 can not stream higher than 480p? I have tried wired and wireless on both with no luck.