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26-08-2014, 21:15   #61
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Does the Chromecast have to be unused to be rooted?
Not with the latest hack, but the method needs a teensy device to root it.
And as long as it hasn't updated past 17977 and is currently on that version or not update(unused out of the box)

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The chromecast can see the NAS directly (in a way). In your scenario above once the movie starts playing on the chromecast, you can turn off the tablet...the chromecast is effectively streaming directly from the pc/nas. The tablet is now only a remote control in that scenario to set up the stream between the server and whatever player is showing it (be it a chromecast or another android device).
So it's not really seeing it directly you need the man in the middle to allow plex to cast to chromecast. That man in the middle being a tablet (or phone too)
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So it's not really seeing it directly you need the man in the middle to allow plex to cast to chromecast. That man in the middle being a tablet (or phone too)
Yes...something needs to act as the controller to initiate the stream (phone, tablet or pc). After the stream starts they are not really needed...they are just remote controls at that point.

The chromecast is seeing the server directly in that it streams directly from it once started...there is no middleman passing the stream along.
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Not with the latest hack, but the method needs a teensy device to root it.
And as long as it hasn't updated past 17977 and is currently on that version or not update(unused out of the box)

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Mine updated as soon as I used it, unsure what version is on it, will have to check it out.
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For those who may wish to delve into the dark side, Youporn via your browser has casting in it.

A mate told me earlier............
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You need an intermediary I would assume. The tablet is the media browser / remote control.

You have movies on a nas and the chromecast can't see that directly (or can it? Correct me if I'm wrong)
So you need plex to serve the movie to the tablet and from there you cast the movie to the chromecast.
You are serving/streaming media from your NAS, which should have the Plex Media Server s/w installed, and which transcodes CC unsupported media if necessary, to your Chromecast.

Using either the Plex PC App [Free] the Plex Android App [Not Free] you can select and control your media, but the streaming is from the NAS to the CC.

You can of course also choose to stream media to your Android device, or your PC/Laptop with the Plex Apps.

Chromecast is working in exactly the same way via Plex, as it would streaming content via your Internet connection directly to your CC, from YT, or HuLu, Netflix, etc....the many CC enabled Content Providers.
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You are serving/streaming media from your NAS, which should have the Plex Media Server s/w installed, and which transcodes CC unsupported media if necessary, to your Chromecast.

Using either the Plex PC App [Free] the Plex Android App [Not Free] you can select and control your media, but the streaming is from the NAS to the CC.

You can of course also choose to stream media to your Android device, or your PC/Laptop with the Plex Apps.

Chromecast is working in exactly the same way via Plex, as it would streaming content via your Internet connection directly to your CC, from YT, or HuLu, Netflix, etc....the many CC enabled Content Providers.
What I am trying to say is that the Chromecast can't see the NAS directly. As in... I turn on the telly and fire up the chromecast channel but I can't see the files on the NAS. I need to get the tablet (or phone or PC) with plex installed to see the files. Once I start the cast or stream then the tablet etc can be taken out of the equation and the NAS and chromecast do all the work.
Just trying to understand if that's the case as local media is important in this house!

Are there other apps similar to Plex? I know I have PlayTo installed and it can send stuff to my Roku.
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What I am trying to say is that the Chromecast can't see the NAS directly. As in... I turn on the telly and fire up the chromecast channel but I can't see the files on the NAS. I need to get the tablet (or phone or PC) with plex installed to see the files. Once I start the cast or stream then the tablet etc can be taken out of the equation and the NAS and chromecast do all the work.
Just trying to understand if that's the case
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as local media is important in this house!
Not sure what this means to be honest.
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Not sure what this means to be honest.
Means we have lots of Movies, Music and Photos in the house so local files are important and we like to be able to access and play them on the TVs around the house
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Means we have lots of Movies, Music and Photos in the house so local files are important and we like to be able to access and play them on the TVs around the house
ah right yeah...that is what I do..all stored on the laptop.

I use the chromecasts for netflix also but not that often...mainly for streaming local content.
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I've just bought my 2nd Chromecast - fantastic little device. Gonna try Plex out on it later too. I've hundreds of movies on the laptop ready for streaming
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Means we have lots of Movies, Music and Photos in the house so local files are important and we like to be able to access and play them on the TVs around the house
CC itself, the device, is quite dumb, as in there is not much native support for what you are asking.

The CC app was only intended as a method for initial Wi-Fi setup, your local network, and controlling and facilitating those CC enabled apps, like YT and Netflix, etc, those with the "casting icon".

There is no streaming to the control device, as in media streaming.

When Google released the SDK for independent devs, there was then scope for adding stuff not originally intended (allegedly) with 3rd party apps, which can implement extra functionality,like streaming local media, where ever stored, which now includes DLNA enabled servers like Plex, cloud storage like Dropbox and G Drive, G Plus, now natively enabled by latest update.

All Cast lead the way, and Bubble UPnP, and LocalCast.

These could only work with media files which CC supported initially, but there is now transcoding available, somewhat limited, I like Bubble best, tbh.

It has also got a media server, you pay for, but gives much more functionality.

But Plex is very smooth and gas all the functionality needed to stream local content to CC, particularly with the free Web App on your PC or NAS. There is also an Android version, which has all the functionality to allow streaming to any CC in your Local Network.


Google added screen mirroring to the native CC App recently, but it requires quite a high band with local network, and is, IMO, unsuitable for streaming video.

Hope this helps.
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ah right yeah...that is what I do..all stored on the laptop.

I use the chromecasts for netflix also but not that often...mainly for streaming local content.
I think, my personal opinion, you are missing the point of CC, which was intended for streaming Internet based content. You pay for Netflix, but use it sparingly??

And there is a way to stream, for example, BBC iPlayer content, which is also CC enabled, so needs no 3rd party app.

There is also can unmentionable way to stream other, more recent movie and show content, if you are so minded.

Don't ask won't tell, OK.

Most BB plans now offer unlimited broadband, subject to fair usage.

I have dispensed with Sky altogether, we get all the content I need via the Internet and FTA TV.

For music, there is CC enabled Google Music and Pandora.

G plus is CC enabled for photos and video, using numerous 3rd party apps, also Dropbox.

I honestly believe that CC has started a revolution in how people will consume content in the coming years.

I have loads of local content stored on a laptop, and also accessible for streaming via Plex or Bubble, but I use it less and less. I think in future local storage will only be for really treasured stuff.
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HI,
I'm on Meteor, PAYG with unlimited data.
If I have Google Chromecast and enable tethering I should be able to watch Netflix on my tv. correct or are there problems/issues?

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I'm on Meteor, PAYG with unlimited data.
If I have Google Chromecast and enable tethering I should be able to watch Netflix on my tv. correct or are there problems/issues?

Thanks,
Patrick.

You will need a second device to cast stuff from, because your tethered device won't be able to cast. Make sure tethering is allowed on your plan?
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