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# 181234 7-Oct-2015 10:49
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Hey all,

I'd love to know more about your experience with Chromecast on Lightbox. If you're willing, click the following link to a short survey: http://survey.lightbox.co.nz/s3/Lightbox-Chromecast-survey 

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  # 1401612 7-Oct-2015 11:01
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Done.

The only way I watch Lightbox at the moment is via Chromecast, which is up and running at my new house after some wifi issues at the old house and then living in a motel for nearly a month.  So happy to be all caught up on Vikings, carrying on with Orphan Black, and just about to start on Mr Robot.

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  # 1401625 7-Oct-2015 11:14
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Wow, I was expecting a couple more questions than that! Anywho, like Andrew above, I only watch Lightbox via Chromecast, and I have been watching it a lot lately, pretty much most days over the past month. The performance is good, no hiccups or buffers in the streams. Every now and then as it switches from one episode to the next it freezes up, and I have to disconnect the Lightbox app from the Chromecast, then reconnect and hit play again. Its not a major, but it happens every day or two.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1401626 7-Oct-2015 11:15
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I have a media pc as well but for any family or friends I just tell them to get a chromecast as its fool proof to use and requires no upkeep




 


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  # 1401648 7-Oct-2015 11:29
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Have done survey, but to expand - using Chromecast on Lightbox (on iOS) to my 2015 Sony TV (Android TV) works perfectly, have never had an issue with it.



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  # 1401652 7-Oct-2015 11:35
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I've added a general feedback option for anything that isn't covered by the survey

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  # 1401667 7-Oct-2015 12:01
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Done. Chromecast via an Android phone is the only way we watch it on the TV.

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  # 1401683 7-Oct-2015 12:37
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Only use Lightbox with Chromecast..




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  # 1403110 9-Oct-2015 15:12
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As an Apple TV3/iPad viewer (well, until recently), should I consider getting a Chromecast to use LB via phone/laptop?

Watching telly on the iPad mini really isn't cutting it lol.



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  # 1404100 12-Oct-2015 08:50
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Smithy100: As an Apple TV3/iPad viewer (well, until recently), should I consider getting a Chromecast to use LB via phone/laptop?

Watching telly on the iPad mini really isn't cutting it lol.


I'd say yes - easy plug & play, HD streaming and is portable. And for that price ($60-ish) it's hard to beat

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  # 1404140 12-Oct-2015 10:10
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Done.




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  # 1404209 12-Oct-2015 11:14
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How 'non-tech' friendly is Chromecast?

 

I'm trying to advise my father of the best Lightbox setup to use. He has a Samsung Galaxy S Mini phone, a Panasonic TV (no Lightbox app), and a Macbook Pro. Based on this, the Chromecast seems like a pretty good setup on the surface, but are there any usability quirks that us technically inclined folks tend to gloss over? 



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  # 1404214 12-Oct-2015 11:17
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dclegg: How 'non-tech' friendly is Chromecast? I'm trying to advise my father of the best Lightbox setup to use. He has a Samsung Galaxy S Mini phone, a Panasonic TV (no Lightbox app), and a Macbook Pro. Based on this, the Chromecast seems like a pretty good setup on the surface, but are there any usability quirks that us technically inclined folks tend to gloss over? 


The only potentially tricky bit is setup - however, by downloading the Chromecast app for Android he'll be stepped through the setup process. They also have excellent online support pages: https://support.google.com/chromecast/?hl=en#topic=2994244 

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  # 1404215 12-Oct-2015 11:20
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KieranfromLightbox: 

The only potentially tricky bit is setup - however, by downloading the Chromecast app for Android he'll be stepped through the setup process. They also have excellent online support pages: https://support.google.com/chromecast/?hl=en#topic=2994244 


Thanks. He lives about 3 hours drive away, so tricky setup may be an issue. He's not totally hopeless with tech, but does have some of the struggles that many over 70 have with it.

For instance, I'm still trying to get him to use 1Password as his password manager (replacing a password protected Word doc). But for some reason I can't quite fathom, he just can't get his head around it. :-\

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  # 1405205 13-Oct-2015 19:19
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KieranfromLightbox: Hey all,

I'd love to know more about your experience with Chromecast on Lightbox. If you're willing, click the following link to a short survey: http://survey.lightbox.co.nz/s3/Lightbox-Chromecast-survey 


Lightbox works OK with Chromecast ex the app downloaded for my mobile phone, but it seems to lack the control you can get if you use a remote control with a dedicated app. For example, with my Panasonic DMR-PWT550GZ there are dedicated apps for Netflix and Quickflix, but not one for Lightbox. I wonder why this should be the case? With Netflix on the Panasonic 550GZ, you can use the remote control to fast forward and rewind video etc.

I have been told that the new Sony Android TVs don't come loaded with a Lightbox app, even though Netflix and Quickfix are included. So, even with the latest UHD Sony TVs, you don't get an app for Lightbox and I was told that you can't download a Lightbox app to the TV either. Is that correct?

However, it does look like many of the latest Samsung TVs come with a Lightbox app, per this page:

http://www.samsung.com/nz/apps/

However, it also says on the Samsung site that:

"The Lightbox App is available on all 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (excluding JS9500/JS9000/JS8000) Smart TV and Smart AV devices."

http://www.samsung.com/nz/lightbox/

It's a pity that it's not on the JS9500/JS9000/JS8000, are there any plans to do this?


Regards
Fred




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  # 1405447 14-Oct-2015 09:23
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frednz:
KieranfromLightbox: Hey all,

I'd love to know more about your experience with Chromecast on Lightbox. If you're willing, click the following link to a short survey: http://survey.lightbox.co.nz/s3/Lightbox-Chromecast-survey 


Lightbox works OK with Chromecast ex the app downloaded for my mobile phone, but it seems to lack the control you can get if you use a remote control with a dedicated app. For example, with my Panasonic DMR-PWT550GZ there are dedicated apps for Netflix and Quickflix, but not one for Lightbox. I wonder why this should be the case? With Netflix on the Panasonic 550GZ, you can use the remote control to fast forward and rewind video etc.

I have been told that the new Sony Android TVs don't come loaded with a Lightbox app, even though Netflix and Quickfix are included. So, even with the latest UHD Sony TVs, you don't get an app for Lightbox and I was told that you can't download a Lightbox app to the TV either. Is that correct?

However, it does look like many of the latest Samsung TVs come with a Lightbox app, per this page:

http://www.samsung.com/nz/apps/

However, it also says on the Samsung site that:

"The Lightbox App is available on all 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (excluding JS9500/JS9000/JS8000) Smart TV and Smart AV devices."

http://www.samsung.com/nz/lightbox/

It's a pity that it's not on the JS9500/JS9000/JS8000, are there any plans to do this?


Regards
Fred



Hey Fred, 

Some might argue that the ability to fast-forward / rewind playback on the Chromecast using the Lightbox app is actually more intuitive than using a remote (dragging the progress indicator to where you want it, rather than having to hold a remote button), but I take your point regardless. RE your Panasonic device, am I right in assuming that this is the Blu-Ray player? We haven't verified that Lightbox works on this device, but I assume you've attempted to find and download the app? It won't be pre-loaded. 

You are right - we don't currently support either the Android or Sony Apps operating systems, but we are certainly looking at how & when we can do that. 

We currently don't support the Samsung JS devices as they run on a different operating system (Tizen) - this requires building another app to support another OS. We are looking at this, but there's nothing in flight at the moment and as such no ETA for Tizen support. 

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