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Author:  Trooper [ Tue Mar 18, 2014 17:55 ]
Post subject:  Re: Amazon set-top box?

No RF out on the HD boxes anymore.

Author:  Bobbyaro [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:45 ]
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would http://www.skifta.com/ work for your set up?

Author:  Sir Taxalot [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:54 ]
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Trooper wrote:
No RF out on the HD boxes anymore.


Really? What a swiz. A long RF cable and the in-line 'sky-eye' remote sensor was a quick and easy way to get sky up to the bedroom telly.

Author:  KovacsC [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:56 ]
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Cant you use sky go, and plug that device into a tv?

Author:  Cras [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:09 ]
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Sky Go blocks Airplay, irritatingly.

Author:  Lonewolves [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:19 ]
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Cras wrote:
Sky Go blocks Airplay, irritatingly.

Really? What a cunt.

Author:  Cras [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:22 ]
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To be fair, I'm willing to bet 80% of Sky Go usage is by people who are just using it because the account holder doesn't. It makes sense to restrict it in that way.

Author:  KovacsC [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:23 ]
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Cras wrote:
To be fair, I'm willing to bet 80% of Sky Go usage is by people who are just using it because the account holder doesn't. It makes sense to restrict it in that way.


*looks sheepish*

Author:  Trooper [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 14:50 ]
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Sky go doesn't let you play the content that is saved on your sky box though, that's what we really want.

Author:  Grim... [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 14:51 ]
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No help to you, but you can to that with Virgin.

Anyway, surely "big cable" is the best bet (although I have no idea if you are allowed to drill holes or anything).

Author:  Trooper [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 14:52 ]
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Bobbyaro wrote:
would http://www.skifta.com/ work for your set up?


Nope, I can already do all that. It doesn't solve my problem ;)

Author:  Trooper [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 14:54 ]
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Grim... wrote:
No help to you, but you can to that with Virgin.

Anyway, surely "big cable" is the best bet (although I have no idea if you are allowed to drill holes or anything).


Heh, no Virgin in my block of flats :hat:

Big cable is the best bet, I agree.
I'm pretty certain I'm allowed to drill holes, i'll ask the owner though... Apparently I said it is fine :D

Author:  DavPaz [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 15:04 ]
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Bed in the living room.

Author:  Trooper [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 15:06 ]
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DavPaz wrote:
Bed in the living room.


We have had the living room for a while now, it's pretty well understood and settled.

Author:  DavPaz [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 15:22 ]
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Trooper wrote:
DavPaz wrote:
Bed in the living room.


We have had the living room for a while now, it's pretty well understood and settled.

:applauds:

Grim... wrote:
DavPaz wrote:
If someone would buy me one... that would be lovely.

They come out tomorrow, say the papers. They're ever so cheap, so just buy one yourself.


Done.

Author:  KovacsC [ Wed Mar 19, 2014 15:24 ]
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Trooper wrote:
DavPaz wrote:
Bed in the living room.


We have had the living room for a while now, it's pretty well understood and settled.


:DD

Author:  DavPaz [ Fri Mar 21, 2014 13:44 ]
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Got my Chromecast this morning. I've had a quick play in the office and it's pretty nifty. It should be perfect for the second tv.

Author:  Trooper [ Fri Mar 21, 2014 13:50 ]
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"In practice, the video quality is low and the display can lag and skip frames."

These sort of comments in online press reviews i've read worry me. I'd be interested in a proper review if you get the time :)

Author:  DavPaz [ Fri Mar 21, 2014 13:55 ]
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I didn't see any lag in the few youtube vids and netflix stuff I've tried, but i've literally only tried it for 10 minutes. The boss told me to turn it off. Fair do's, I was watching Avengers on work time :D

Author:  Grim... [ Fri Mar 21, 2014 14:01 ]
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Trooper wrote:
"In practice, the video quality is low and the display can lag and skip frames."

These sort of comments in online press reviews i've read worry me. I'd be interested in a proper review if you get the time :)

I've not seen any difference between streaming to Chromecast and my (wired) TV's built in app at all, except Chromecast is faster.

Author:  Grim... [ Fri Mar 21, 2014 14:07 ]
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Bear in mind it's like two feet from my wifi router, though.

Author:  Doctor Glyndwr [ Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:05 ]
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Video quality on Netflix on my Chromecast is great. No idea what that review is on about.

Author:  Cras [ Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:24 ]
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Whatever, shill.

Author:  MaliA [ Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:54 ]
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Forgive me for being simple:

I can buy a chromecast, plug it into the HDMI port on the tellybox upstairs, set it into the wireless network and use a phone to control netflix and iplayer through that tv? All for £30?

Author:  DavPaz [ Sat Mar 22, 2014 13:12 ]
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MaliA wrote:
Forgive me for being simple:

I can buy a chromecast, plug it into the HDMI port on the tellybox upstairs, set it into the wireless network and use a phone to control netflix and iplayer through that tv? All for £30?

As long as you have a clever phone

Or an ipod/ipad.

Author:  MaliA [ Sat Mar 22, 2014 13:14 ]
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DavPaz wrote:
MaliA wrote:
Forgive me for being simple:

I can buy a chromecast, plug it into the HDMI port on the tellybox upstairs, set it into the wireless network and use a phone to control netflix and iplayer through that tv? All for £30?

As long as you have a clever phone

Or an ipod/ipad.


Superb. I shall get one.

Thanks.

Author:  DavPaz [ Sat Mar 22, 2014 13:14 ]
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Excellent. They're ace.

Author:  asfish [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:36 ]
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This will no doubt be "Free" for Prime users, meaning the cost of Prime will go up to cover it :p

Author:  GazChap [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:53 ]
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Chromecasts are indeed ace. Bought two of them late last week and now have my entire media library streamable pretty much everywhere I need it.

Although Plex Media Server fucks me right off in that it won't show anything that it can't match up to the databases.

Author:  Curiosity [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:01 ]
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How do I use this to get content from my computer playing on my telly. Is that possible? If not, why not?

Author:  Trooper [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:03 ]
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Curiosity wrote:
How do I use this to get content from my computer playing on my telly. Is that possible? If not, why not?


Look up one post...

Author:  Grim... [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:07 ]
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GazChap wrote:
Although Plex Media Server fucks me right off in that it won't show anything that it can't match up to the databases.

I can play obscure 4x4 event videos through it with Chromecast so I can't see how that's right.

Author:  Trooper [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:17 ]
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Grim... wrote:
GazChap wrote:
Although Plex Media Server fucks me right off in that it won't show anything that it can't match up to the databases.

I can play obscure 4x4 event videos through it with Chromecast so I can't see how that's right.


I think you can choose where it sources its info from too, it might default to IMDB but you can swap it to local files, which should sort the issue I would have thought.

Author:  Curiosity [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:29 ]
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Trooper wrote:
Curiosity wrote:
How do I use this to get content from my computer playing on my telly. Is that possible? If not, why not?


Look up one post...


I need a Plex media server that fucks me off?

Author:  GazChap [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:59 ]
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Trooper wrote:
Grim... wrote:
GazChap wrote:
Although Plex Media Server fucks me right off in that it won't show anything that it can't match up to the databases.

I can play obscure 4x4 event videos through it with Chromecast so I can't see how that's right.


I think you can choose where it sources its info from too, it might default to IMDB but you can swap it to local files, which should sort the issue I would have thought.

I'll have to have a look in the settings. WHEN THE BLOODY APP STOPS CRASHING.

(it's great when it works)

Author:  DavPaz [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 14:22 ]
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I use Media Browser. WHICH ALSO CRASHES A LOT.

Tsk.

Author:  DavPaz [ Mon Mar 24, 2014 16:58 ]
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The missus is home with poorly kids today. She has been using the Chromecast with the barest minimum of instruction. No greater endorsement needed

Author:  MaliA [ Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:06 ]
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DavPaz wrote:
The missus is home with poorly kids today. She has been using the Chromecast with the barest minimum of instruction. No greater endorsement needed


Seconded. I've been really impressed so far. The only problem is some flickering and snow. I think this is due to the HDMI connection in one TV as on the other it is absolutely fine. Well worth £30.

Author:  zaphod79 [ Tue Apr 01, 2014 15:22 ]
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DavPaz wrote:
The missus is home with poorly kids today. She has been using the Chromecast with the barest minimum of instruction. No greater endorsement needed


What about if they add squizzles ?


Author:  Kern [ Tue Apr 01, 2014 18:36 ]
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What's tempting about the Chromecast is that it has YouTube. Fond of I am of my roku, it lacks this (so far as I can tell)

Author:  TheVision [ Tue Apr 01, 2014 18:54 ]
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Kern wrote:
What's tempting about the Chromecast is that it has YouTube. Fond of I am of my roku, it lacks this (so far as I can tell)


What's a Roku? I thought everything had YouTube these days? Even the 3DS.

Author:  lasermink [ Tue Apr 01, 2014 19:17 ]
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I've given this thread a new title to reflect the direction it has taken.

Author:  Kern [ Tue Apr 01, 2014 19:27 ]
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TheVision wrote:
Kern wrote:
What's tempting about the Chromecast is that it has YouTube. Fond of I am of my roku, it lacks this (so far as I can tell)


What's a Roku? I thought everything had YouTube these days? Even the 3DS.


Box I bought so I could watch BBC Iplayer and Netflix on my telly. It has loads of other apps (4od, Sky Now, Demand5 as big names, but also bizarre collections of WW2 propaganda films and Angry Birds, amongst others) but not YouTube. It has Vevo and Plex though.

Author:  Kern [ Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:31 ]
Post subject:  Re: Chromecast, and things like it

They have finally launched a Youtube app for the Roku.

Author:  markg [ Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:03 ]
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Cool, I'll grab that later.

Author:  DavPaz [ Wed Apr 30, 2014 14:17 ]
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After trying my Chromecast on the main TV with unexpected success (it's attached to the back of the the AV receiver inside the cabinet, so I was skeptical as to it's wi-fi signal potential) I have bought a second Chromecast for the kids' room.

Author:  Trooper [ Wed Apr 30, 2014 14:30 ]
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I has one of these now, it's very good.

Author:  MaliA [ Sun May 11, 2014 19:35 ]
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Would dust in the hdmi port cause the chromecast picture to come and go and often fill about half or a third of the screen with a snowstorm?

Author:  GazChap [ Sun May 11, 2014 20:11 ]
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It's possible, but when that happened to me it was that the USB cable was taut, and was pulling the Chromecast "down" slightly and making the connection suffer.

Author:  Grim... [ Thu May 29, 2014 16:38 ]
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£4.99 of Play money if you have a ChromeCast: http://chromecast.com/offers

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