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post #541 of 554
There's no problem connecting an ethernet cable to something small. True, it would have to be a little larger in order to accommodate the RJ45 plug. But there have been plenty of small dongles like this using that socket (albeit typically as a USB-ethernet adapter). That and there are things like Ethernet over HDMI (but that's perhaps a whole other train wreck).

As for Amazon, they're pretty good with generating updates. For a new product it's no too surprising to not have all developers on-board until the public release. It's inconvenient, sure, to have old versions, but that can be solved with updates.

Personally I don't really want another set top box with it's own remote. I really do prefer the tablet-controlled, network-sourced Chromecast approach.

It's a very interesting time to be using AV tech right now. Finally, a lot of the vendors are getting out of their own way and providing a better range of interoperability.
post #542 of 554
Just when Google releases there streaming box app developers might update the apps on there quicker and the Fire TV might become the red headed step child for updates. I have seen it with the Android store getting the newer app updates over the Amazon store.
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There's no problem connecting an ethernet cable to something small. True, it would have to be a little larger in order to accommodate the RJ45 plug. But there have been plenty of small dongles like this using that socket (albeit typically as a USB-ethernet adapter).

I agree I use Ethernet whenever I can but if a device only has WiFi I only use 5Ghz and try to avoid 2.4Ghz as much as possible.
post #543 of 554
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Originally Posted by reddice View Post

Just when Google releases there streaming box app developers might update the apps on there quicker and the Fire TV might become the red headed step child for updates. I have seen it with the Android store getting the newer app updates over the Amazon store.
I agree I use Ethernet whenever I can but if a device only has WiFi I only use 5Ghz and try to avoid 2.4Ghz as much as possible.
Amazon vents app submissions so it can take longer than just posting an update to Google Play. I have apps on both. Also most developers find that they get about 1/10 the sales or downloads on Amazon that they do on play so guess where the priority goes?
post #544 of 554
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Amazon vents app submissions so it can take longer than just posting an update to Google Play. I have apps on both. Also most developers find that they get about 1/10 the sales or downloads on Amazon that they do on play so guess where the priority goes?

There's definitely something be said for having apps vetted. But not to the ludicrous level of arbitrary nonsense on iTunes. There's a balance to be struck and Amazon seems to be doing a decent job of it thus far.

As for percentages, I think the numbers would be better explained by number of devices running a given market.
post #545 of 554
Turn around for testing my updates on Amazon have been fairly fast. The took down one app because it wouldn't run on Kindle Fire and they put it back after I reminded them it was up there before they even announced the Fire. It was a useful alternative for folks who either couldn't set up a Google Play (wallet) account. The one app required the Google API because it had Maps in it and Fire just uses the Android API but I made editions for that.
post #546 of 554
Speaking of Amazon, the Plex for Android app is only 99 cents right now (regular $4.99) in the Appstore. Chromecast casting is free through the app (no PlexPass required anymore as was mentioned earlier in the thread). So great time to grab the app for a cheap price if you use the Amazon Appstore on your device. You can of course cast for free without the app on a computer using the Plex Web app. If you don't mind setting up the server, you can't beat casting with Plex in my opinion.
post #547 of 554
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Originally Posted by jprc View Post

Speaking of Amazon, the Plex for Android app is only 99 cents right now (regular $4.99) in the Appstore. Chromecast casting is free through the app (no PlexPass required anymore as was mentioned earlier in the thread). So great time to grab the app for a cheap price if you use the Amazon Appstore on your device. You can of course cast for free without the app on a computer using the Plex Web app. If you don't mind setting up the server, you can't beat casting with Plex in my opinion.
I got it for nothing as I had 790 free coins. I have no plans on using Plex but I got the app for future proof if I decide to try Plex.
post #548 of 554
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Originally Posted by reddice View Post

I got it for nothing as I had 790 free coins. I have no plans on using Plex but I got the app for future proof if I decide to try Plex.

Ditto.

Thanks to JPRC!
post #549 of 554

I've been trying to figure out if chromecast supports 5.1 with HBO GO.  Apparently it does not, according this thread.  I wonder what the easiest/economical device to get 5.1 support would be?  I don't want to buy an xbox or new TV.  Anyone have any suggestions?

post #550 of 554

Looks like the Roku Streaming Stick may work out.

post #551 of 554

Any opinions on the quality of casting Google Play Music?  I bought the Chromecast largely to stream music to my AVR.  I have all-access and have tried a lot of different content and when the audio is coming from the Chromecast to my AVR it sounds noticeably lower quality than if I stream the same music through the webapp (on my PC) for Google Music to my AVR.  I read in an review that the Chromecast has a max bitrate of 192kbps for audio when Google Music can stream up to 320kbps.  I have yet to get that confirmed however - even after talking with Google tech support.

 

The article that talks about stream quality:

http://readwrite.com/2014/04/10/google-chromecast-music-apps-home-audio

post #552 of 554
post #553 of 554
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Originally Posted by NateDM View Post

Any opinions on the quality of casting Google Play Music?  I bought the Chromecast largely to stream music to my AVR.  I have all-access and have tried a lot of different content and when the audio is coming from the Chromecast to my AVR it sounds noticeably lower quality than if I stream the same music through the webapp (on my PC) for Google Music to my AVR.  I read in an review that the Chromecast has a max bitrate of 192kbps for audio when Google Music can stream up to 320kbps.  I have yet to get that confirmed however - even after talking with Google tech support.

The article that talks about stream quality:
http://readwrite.com/2014/04/10/google-chromecast-music-apps-home-audio
First off, I listen to Google Music through a Chromecast connected to my Denon 3313 in my home theater/office daily while working. I think it sounds great and I'm pretty sure I'd know if it was 192 kbps.

Second, I'm not sure the 192 kbps statement is connected to the Google Music 320 kbps statement.

Finally there is this comment: "you might wish you could plug your Chromecast into your ancient-but-awesome audio receiver and speakers". This guy doesn't have a receiver with HDMI? Make me a bit suspicious smile.gif.

It would be nice to know for sure.
post #554 of 554
You can cast live streams from Youtube now. I tested it out from my computer and from the Android app and it worked well.
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