Chromecast
That US$35 dongle just got a whole lot more useful this morning with Google announcing 10 new services and Apps that are compatible with Chromecast.

Amongst the services are action sports, news, music videos services such as :

And the big one which we’ve all been waiting for, the ability to stream local media from your phone or tablet over Plex(PlexPass required), Avia(Chromecasting via $2.89 IAP) or RealPlayer Cloud.

We’re still checking out all the Apps and services that have become available this morning but there seems to be some commments about Vevo being available in the US only. We’re also speaking to Fishpond about getting their Chromecast orders back up and running after they ran out of stock, but for now, those of you who purchased early should be able to play nicely with the new functions, for those who don’t have a Chromecast why not fill in the Ausdroid Reader Survey for your chance to win one!

Source: Chrome Blog.
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    David Anderton
    David Anderton
    6 years ago

    I just want to be able to play games on my phone and use my TV screen. When Chromecast can do this I will be a happy chappy.

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    6 years ago

    What a kinda find annoying is people whinging that Chromecast hasn’t allowed them to stream their local media (read pirated media) on their TV. Some people seem to think that buying Google’s $35 dongle means Google owes them the ability to seamlessly steal copyright material. I’m not having a go at people who consume pirate content. But I do think it’s a bit rich to slam Google for not helping people do it.

    MarkS
    MarkS
    Reply to  whispy_snippet
    6 years ago

    I haven’t received my Chromecast yet, but can it stream videos/photos I’ve taken with my tablet to my TV. Surely sharing videos of the kids is OK.

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    Reply to  MarkS
    6 years ago

    I believe you’ll be able to do it through apps like Plex with official support through the Android OS itself likely not far away.

    MrJayTee74
    MrJayTee74
    Reply to  whispy_snippet
    6 years ago

    Great point. It’s worth noting that it’s not particularly easy for Australians to pay
    for media. The list of web/streaming based content providers that work in
    Australia are pretty slim and I don’t think VPN hackery is an acceptable use of
    their T&C’s, so suggesting that circumventing that in order to make payment
    to them is void. I guess we could use iTunes (BARF). Until Netflix, Hulu, HBO
    and company will take my money, I don’t really think I/we have much choice but
    to acquire media by alternate means (and then not moaning that Chromecast won’t
    play it ; P

    Fred
    Fred
    Reply to  whispy_snippet
    6 years ago

    Talk about building a strawman. The point is a DLNA renderer is literally the most obvious, direct thing you could do with a chromecast device. Passing it a URL to stream a video file from is right at the core of the API. However google have avoid doing this basic thing for local content, functionality that the majority of users want, in favour of allowing paid for providers to put their niche apps on the thing. If google had given away the device, you might have a case. But since the user is expected to pay, then the user has… Read more »

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    Reply to  Fred
    6 years ago

    I wasn’t specifically targeting you (if I was I would have replied to you directly). It was more a general observation of the sentiment floating across the web that Google owes people a method to steal.

    Fred
    Fred
    6 years ago

    DLNA/uPnP renderer

    Until google swallow their pride and implement this, chromecast is dead to me. Plex doesn’t cut it.

    Daniel Tyson
    Reply to  Fred
    6 years ago

    Checking out Avia tonight, but it seems to be a good solution, although $2.89 just to test it out is a bit much.

    MrJayTee74
    MrJayTee74
    Reply to  Daniel Tyson
    6 years ago

    How did you go with Avia?

    Daniel Tyson
    Reply to  MrJayTee74
    6 years ago

    Not well, still does nothing for me.Setting up a Wireless Access point right next to it this weekend to conduct further tests

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    6 years ago

    I had Vevo running this morning on my Chromecast (I’m in Australia).

    subnoize
    subnoize
    Reply to  whispy_snippet
    6 years ago

    Where did you grab yours from?

    whispy_snippet
    whispy_snippet
    Reply to  subnoize
    6 years ago

    I was one of the lucky ones who ordered when Amazon had a glitch with their website. There was a brief window for people outside of the US to order a Chromecast at around $50 Australian including shipping.