Amazon's widely-anticipated set-top box and what could be a refreshed Apple TV have been tipped for a spring launch according to a leaked Best Buy document, amid speculation of a sizable push by electronics firms to cater to cord-cutters. The planogram, said to be for Best Buy's May shelf reset and passed to Zatz Not Funny!, compares the new Amazon streamer with Google's Chromecast, along with what appears to be an updated Apple TV.
Google's Chromecast will go on sale in the UK in a matter of weeks, according to one retailer, the first launch outside of the US for the streaming dongle. Currys, one of the UK's big box retailers, expects to have Chromecast on sale from March 1st, a spokesperson told TNW, though pointed out that the date was provisional.
This week the app known as AllCast has gone (once again) fully live, ready for the Chromecast world first and foremost now that the Google team behind development for the device has released an official Chromecast SDK. This means software developers of all kinds can work on apps that integrate streaming abilities with the Chromecast hardware while the hardware remains up for sale by Google. The AllCast app was one of the first to take advantage of the Chromecast device's abilities before Google was technically ready to allow 3rd party app developers roll forth.
Google has pushed out the Chrome Cast SDK for its Chromecast wireless streaming dongle, allowing third-party developers to add support in their apps. The new SDK will make it particularly easy for media apps to pipe content through Chromecast, with a default HTML5 player that can be easily reskinned and branded, but non-media apps are also welcome too.
Synology is adding Google Chromecast support to its range of network-attached drives, allowing photo, audio, and video saved on the shared storage to be streamed to a TV. The feature, freshly enabled in the DSM 5.0 beta, will turn a phone or tablet into a remote control for playback of content stored on a Synology DiskStation, though right now the NAS company is still waiting on Google for the final go-ahead.
While the app called AllCast was originally born of the creator’s wishes to connect more media to the Google device Chromecast, it’s made a significant expansion this week. This initial full release - out of Beta, that is - works with Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Panasonic Smart TVs, Xbox 360, Xbox One, DLNA renderers, Google TV, and WDTV. Notice how Chromecast isn’t on that list?
While it'd be easier to think that the world was moving towards an all-mobile environment for consuming media, Hulu suggests today that it's slightly more complicated than that. Statistics shown by the media deliverer today show how it's essentially a 50/50 split between those who use their service on a computer (desktop or notebook) and those who use everything else. At this time, that means that half of Hulu's viewers use a smartphone, tablet, or TV box to experience the entertainment.
The original founders of TiVo are starting a new business venture called QPlay. It's an adapter for streaming TV reminiscent of the plug-and-play ease of Google's Chromecast dongle and app set, but with the all-under-one-roof simplicity of a set-top box. Plug the QPlay box into your HDTV, plug the USB-connected power cord into a wall outlet, fire-on your -- iPad only, apparently -- and you're ready to stream some video and Internet TV from a variety of services, which will possibly include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, and so on.
Google has announced a tweak for Chromecast users concerning casting from the Web: Google Play Movies and Music optimization. With this change, those who don't have their smartphone or tablet available can cast their preferred content from either Music or Movies straight from the Web, no issues or hassles to trifle with. One only needs to have the Google Cast extension on their Chrome browser, and the rest is little more than a click away.