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  Reply # 917659 20-Oct-2013 10:25 Send private message quote this post

"Google hints at Chromecast expansion as its apps go international". 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/19/google-chromecast-ios-android-app-expansion/

This looks promising - hopefully they will allow the baked-in US DNS settings to be changed.

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  Reply # 917678 20-Oct-2013 11:53 Send private message quote this post

One thing I have noticed about my CC is when I cast from my desktop say iSky after about 10 ~ 15 minutes it just disconnects. When I go back to the PC the CC is not always visible. However from my cell fone or tablet with You Tube no problems..

Agreed with that stupid locked DNS entry..




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  Reply # 917694 20-Oct-2013 12:32 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

I've been 'casting' from Chrome for a few weeks now, and virtually no problems other than having to adjust both the site's quality and reducing ChromeCast's projection quality to get smooth flowing TV picture, BUT I suspect that might be wifi reception.

Am about to try placing ChromeCast unit higher (TV's HDMI sockets are at lower-left of back panel and sheilded quite a bit from wifi signal there), using HDMI extension cable.

A mate in the USA overcame similar problem by using a wifi repeater (Apple Express I think) in the lounge near the TV itself.

Would be nice to have a unit with ethernet connection though.

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  Reply # 920958 24-Oct-2013 12:51 Send private message quote this post

sonyxperiageek: Yep the Chromecast has just been announced and let's you (sort of) "mirror" content from a range of devices with Chrome to your TV with just this HDMI stick! Yes there are also some cheap chinese Android sticks around but for this price (35USD) this is seriously a no brainer; but not currently available in NZ..

So I guess it's time to get out my "lightning-speed mouse" and try to score one off Amazon later today. May also be my first time to try out Youshop as well as it will probably not ship to NZ yet.. :(

Approximate total cost of package would be 62NZD with Youshop.

Anyone else buying one (or 24) as well?


I do know of a person who regularly imports them from the states, haven't had a chance to get one myself though haha




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  Reply # 921164 24-Oct-2013 19:45 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

Well to be honest, I am kind of disappointed with this.. When tab-casting, sound doesn't work; when desktop-mirroring it lags behind; Not a lot of compatible apps at the moment even with the XDA guys hacking away because of Google tightening its security on this (well atm); DNS is hardwired so no Netflix etc in NZ. So only useful for viewing YouTube on the TV at the moment...




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  Reply # 921166 24-Oct-2013 19:47 Send private message quote this post

How good is the youtube on tv? Heard conflicting reports about if it is the actual 1080 stream it plays or the lower quality ones.




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  Reply # 921184 24-Oct-2013 21:24 Send private message quote this post

Youtube is fantastic on the chromecast. There is no way to tell what definition it plays in but most stuff looks HD. Some streams are low quality but it seems to be dictated by the original content.




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  Reply # 921460 25-Oct-2013 10:21 Send private message quote this post

I've just found out that the Chromecast extension now carries the ability to display (cast) the entire computer screen (desktop, etc) rather than just a Chrome browser tab.

Found the setting and sure enough up came my Desktop and any application I chose to open/run ... I even had my webcam picture up there frightening the horses .

The cast is a little skewed but playng with the extensions' settings should make adjustments for the TV being used.

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  Reply # 921473 25-Oct-2013 10:23 Send private message quote this post

This feature was available (as beta) since the first release. Have they just changed the name now?




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  Reply # 921483 25-Oct-2013 10:39 Send private message quote this post

Mauricio,

As I said, I've just found out ... slow off the mark aren't I?

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  Reply # 921845 25-Oct-2013 19:08 Send private message quote this post

Oh and just wanted to let you guys know (if you didn't already) that the Chromecast app for Android is now officially available for people outside the US on the Google Play Store - http://nztech.co/1agQgoC




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  Reply # 924593 31-Oct-2013 09:29 Send private message quote this post

Am I right to say the Apple App is also now available in NZ?

I've got it - but I haven't actually used it with a Chromecast as it's still in transit - but it looks good to go!

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  Reply # 937235 19-Nov-2013 12:07 Send private message quote this post

Just got my Chromecast now, finally! Have setup my Router (with Gargoyle installed) for unlocator DNS, anybody know how to get NZ geolocked websites to function using this setup as now all devices cannot access tvnz on demand etc, Netflix working ok though. I seem to remember unblock us having settings for NZ websites.

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  Reply # 937243 19-Nov-2013 12:24 Send private message quote this post

Interesting Netflix is working as I thought Chromecast had the Google DNS hardcoded - or is you router intercepting requests to 8.8.8.8 and responding to them?




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  Reply # 937248 19-Nov-2013 12:27 Send private message quote this post

Gargoyle can intercept DNS requests and use custom DNS servers.

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