Streaming locally stored videos and music with Google’s Chromecast streaming stick just got a lot easier: Android hacker Koushik Dutta released an app this weekend that streams any video from your phone’s gallery, Google Drive or Dropbox to a Chromecast device within the same network. And the best thing: It’s not based on Google’s SDK, so you don’t need to jump through extra hoops to make it work. Check out a video of it here, and download the latest release of the Android app here.
Al Jazeera started blocking U.S. visitors from accessing its news videos on YouTube this week. In light of the clashes in Cairo, timing couldn’t be worse. Read more »
Just when you thought that those enterprising third-party Chromecast developers have tried everything, they’re taking it one step further: Leon Nicholls, who previously experimented with local content playback, online shopping and other cool stuff on Chromecast, has managed to hook up his Kinect to a web app running on Google’s new TV stick. The result is a video playing via Chromecast that can be controlled with simple gestures, and us wondering what folks like Nicholls come up with next.
Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and… Michelle Phan? YouTube’s most popular makeup artist has launched her own makeup line in partnership with L’Oréal Luxe. Read more »
Adap.tv, the ad exchange that AOL agreed to buy for $405 million last week, may have a problem with ads running on bogus sites where they are viewed only by bots, according to an Adweek report that quotes multiple researchers and ad buyers, some of which deemed between 30 and 80 percent of Adap.tv’s ad impressions suspicious. The company denies any wrongdoing, but it may just be part of a bigger problem in an industry where hidden ads are standard practice.
Aereo won’t say how many subscribers it has gained from CBS going dark on Time Warner Cable, but there’s data showing that interest in Aereo is definitely up. Read more »
A number of companies including Apple, Intel, Sony and Google have reportedly been trying to secure rights to build an online pay TV offering, and now we’ve got news about the first brokered deal. Sony struck a preliminary agreement to stream Viacom’s TV stations online as part of its still-unannounced TV service, the Wall Street Journal is reporting today. Expect more of those deals to become public over the coming months.
The spat between Google and Microsoft may be about more than just a YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google is now alleging that Microsoft’s mobile browser technology makes it impossible to develop modern HTML5 apps. Read more »
ESPN is opening up streaming of the ESPN3 feed on its WatchESPN iOS app to college students and military personnel that use an on-campus or on-base Wifi network. The cable network, which previously only served up live streams on iOS to pay TV customers, is slated to announce the change as part of the relaunch of its iPad app Thursday. The new app comes with a revamped UI and a number of new features, including the ability to watch a live stream and an archived video at the same time – because, what else is there to do in a dorm room, right?
(Updated at 7:50am to clarify that this only covers ESPN3 live streaming.)
Love talking about food, but don’t like to invest a lot of effort into video production? Then you might be a good candidate for Tastemade, which just got a new round of funding. Read more »
Forget video conferences: Perch wants to connect office workers through always-on video feeds via wall-mounted iPads. Read more »
I tested Google’s new Chromecst TV dongle for three weeks, and it quickly became my default way to watch Netflix and YouTube. Here’s what I liked about and what’s missing from Chromecast. Read more »
Apple has bought Matcha.tv, a social TV startup that shut down three months ago. Here’s what this says about the social TV space as well as Apple’s ambitions. Read more »
Looks like cord cutting isn’t exclusive to the U.S. anymore: The Hollywood Reporter is pointing us to a new study that shows declines for Canadian pay TV operators for three consecutive quarters, and quoting one of the study’s authors with the words: “Interestingly, the cord-cutting situation in Canada mirrors what is happening south of the border.”
Ariana Huffington herself penned a post on Huffington Post Tuesday to remind us that the site’s live video offering HuffPost Live just turned one. And guess what: it’s going well. HuffPost Live generated over 445 million video views in its first year, reaching more than 13 million unique visitors a month. Visitors spend an average of 22 minutes viewing HuffPost Live videos, of which there are now more than 9000.
Neil Young’s HD music downloads will play on your old equipment as well – they just won’t sound as good as on Young’s Pono player. Read more »
Roku has struck a partnership with casual games SDK maker Marmalade, which could bring a number of the mobile games you know and love to your Roku. Read more »
Google+ users are now able to share SoundCloud widgets directly within their stream, thanks to a new cooperation between Google and the audio sharing service. SoundCloud was quick to point out in an emailed press release that this marks the first such integration of audio within Google+, but I’d expect that it won’t be the last, and that we are going to see a lot more third-party media sharing on Google+ within the next few months.
Netflix wants TVs to be better at handling online content, and it just added a new leadership position to advance its partnerships with consumer electronics makers. Read more »
Cyanogenmod developer Koushik Dutta managed to bring Chromecast support to any app that uses Android’s default media player. This hack could one day allow anyone running Cyanogenmod to beam any audio or video content to their TV — think AirPlay for Android. Check out a demo video on Dutta’s Google+ page. Somehow, I doubt this will find its way into the next version of Android. Google seems to be more keen on getting media app developers directly involved.
Want to pair your phone with your computer? Then get the dog out of the house: A Google engineer has figured out how to use ultrasonic sound to network your devices. Read more »
Users of the Roku iOS remote control app can now stream videos directly from their phone to the Roku player. The update to the app, which was first spotted by the Verge, went live in the app store today, and the Roku blog states that it will come to select Android devices soon.
The new feature should make it easier to play local content on a Roku player, but we a still holding our breath for a more complete mirroring solution like Miracast coming to the device. Miracast maker Broadcom announced a partnership with Roku at CES, but we haven’t heard much about it since.
Rdio just got a bit more like radio: The music subscription service added personalized stations that keep the music playing even when you can’t decide what to listen to. Read more »
BandPage wants to give bands a chance to control the content displayed on their bio pages on third-party services. Eventually, this could translate into real money. Read more »
YouTube co-founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley are getting ready to launch their new video service Mixbit.com, and we were able to take a first peek at the site. Read more »
Ever wondered how Netflix comes up with all those movie recommendations? Wired interviewed two of the company’s engineers, who talk about the logic behind its algorithms, the fact that people don’t rate movies as much as they used to and those 40 people that hand-tag videos for Netflix all day long. An interesting read, even if you don’t always agree with Netflix’s suggestions.
Imagine you are shopping for a shirt online. To get a closer look, you simply fling a picture of it to your TV. Chromecast could soon make this possible. Read more »
Vdio, the TV and movie-loving sibling of Rdio, is launching in Canada just two months after opening up to the public in the U.S. Read more »
That cover song you heard on YouTube the other day? Music publishers want to get paid for it, and have now sued a major YouTube network. Read more »
Netflix has picked up the rights to the historical drama Marco Polo as one of its next big original series after the project stalled at Starz. Read more »
Redbox Instant by Verizon, the streaming service that combines a Netflix-like subscription plan with DVD rentals through Redbox kiosks, launched its app on Roku devices Monday. The new app will be available on all second- and third-generation Roku devices, and offer access to some 5500 movies as part of the subscription plan, according to Redbox. GigaOM first reported in May that Redbox Instant was planning to launch on Roku devices, and the company now seems to be eyeing Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter.
Cablevision’s CEO rarely watches any TV at all, and his kids prefer to stream Netflix. Now he’s thinking about becoming the country’s biggest cord cutter. Read more »
Spotify is adding playlists curated by music experts to its service. Feel like you’ve heard this before? That’s because it’s the main pitch of the yet-to-be-launched Beats Music service. Read more »
Chromecast was just the beginning: Google and Netflix have both been working on making smart TVs better, and we’ve chronicled their work and the problems it is meant to address in a series of long-form stories. Read more »
Roku quizzed some of its users about their YouTube video viewing habits this week. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the company is about to launch its own YouTube app. Read more »
Semiconductor companies can’t just make chips anymore, they need to address the needs of consumers across devices, something that Chromecast enables. Read more »
For users, one of the most painful things about using a smart TV is the remote controls. That’s why Google and Netflix are now looking to reinvent the way users communicate with their TVs. Read more »
Chromecast is getting more support from publishers as Hulu, Vevo, Blip and Devour are all pledging to join. But is the platform ready for a lot of new apps? Read more »
Thirteen percent of all broadband users under 35 don’t get any of their TV fix from traditional cable or broadcast TV, a new survey finds. Read more »