Post Reply Let's Talk About Chromecast
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Posted 7/24/13
Earlier today, Google announced the Chromecast a product that can stream video, music, and web content from selected apps and services onto your TV with no hassle. You can use Android, iOS, or select Mac, PC, or ChromeOS devices to stream the content without worry of compatibility. Compared to the Roku, Xbox or PS3, it's incredibly simple to start up and doesn't require you to start up a completely different product - just use the one you have in your pocket.

That may sound all fine and dandy, but why bring a service over to another device whenever Crunchyroll already supports so many?

Because the Chromecast is only $35, and it's being sold on Amazon, BestBuy, and Google Play starting today. Considering it's around a third of what the Roku and Apple TV cost, I'm going to predict it's going to sell like hotcakes.

You also don't need to create a new app, just update the current apps you have for mobile, tablet, and the video player for browser.

So, what do you think?




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Posted 7/24/13
The first thing I did, after looking at it on the Play store, was to search and see if it would work with Crunchyroll.

Since it will work with Chrome, I assume I can stream from this site through Chromecast, but it probably won't be as nice as the interface on the Roku. It looks like developers can build support for it, though, so hopefully Crunchyroll decides that Chromecast is worth the development effort.
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Posted 7/24/13
From the looks of it, it seems to tie up, or at least use resources from, whatever device you use to control it by broadcasting what you are playing. (I watched a demo video on Google). Still nifty, yes, if you can use the chrome web browser on your PC/Mac to cast to a TV, that opens up pretty limitless possibilities, where a Roku or other such device is limited to the "channels" it has available (Youtube is still notably missing on Roku again)... But the reason for having a Roku, or other set-top box is having a stand-alone solution that you control independently to free up your PC or other device from having to be up and running.

And it did also seem from other articles elsewhere, that to do it from the Android (or IOS) platform that any given app would have to be updated to "talk" to the Chromecast dongle. So probably no streaming changes server-wise would be needed, but it seems that app programming changes would still need to be involved...

I could see there being a market for it, yes, (so CR probably should start looking into it for their Android app)... Especially if it works with 1080p and from a browser, since Crunchy seems to run the best in that environment for me. It would still be personally annoying to me though, to have to have a window running somewhere using up resources. As for the price you can get a "base" Roku model for $50 (that does 720p), so not that much more than the $35 Google wants. So browser functionality vs independent operation. There will be both. I see Google is sold out already...
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Unfortunately for me, I only use a Samsung ARM Chromebook, which tab-casting is unavailable on this device. The real charm is being able to pop Crunchyroll up any of my devices (HTC One, iPad, iPhone, soon-to-be new Nexus 7) and just playing it from there seems like a dream come true.

What I meant by the "no new app needed" is referring to the fact that CR wouldn't have to make a whole new app, such as a Vita, PS3, or Xbox 360's independent app, just modifying the existing one.

I feel like the Chromecast (with a little help from the Xbox One) could dominate the living room. If the Chromecast is truly platform agnostic, you could play content from any device, just by tapping a button (the fact it turns on your TV for you, and sets the input is amazing) is incredibly smooth. While the Xbox One is your one-stop-shop for entertainment. So instead of having to use an Xbox, cable box, Roku, (an AppleTV if you're invested in their ecosystem), you could just have two things that are remarkably different in use - one being a quick fix, while the other being a powerhouse. Best of both worlds.

Side note: If Crunchyroll is on board with the Chromecast, hopefully we see an update, clean refresh of their app's design. It's quite frankly, really boring. Spice it up, CR!
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Posted 7/24/13
Here's the dev blog for those who want to build a Chromecast app: http://googledevelopers.blogspot.com/2013/07/cast-content-from-your-apps-to-tv-with.html
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Posted 7/24/13 , edited 7/25/13

asharka wrote:
I see Google is sold out already...

Currently it shows "Ships in 3-4 weeks" if you go to purchase it from the Google Play Store. Earlier, it was showing as sold out unless you logged in, at which point it would give you an estimated ship date and allow you to add it to your cart. Now you get the same result whether you are logged in or not.

August 2 may be over a week away, but I'm glad I ordered mine while I was home from work for lunch.


Amazon currently shows temporarily sold out, but at the moment, Best Buy is still showing "Shipping: Usually leaves our warehouse in 1 business day", and they are offering free shipping.


EDIT: I went ahead and placed an order online with Best Buy. By paying $5 for expediting shipping, they are estimating mine should be delivered on Monday or Tuesday (July 29-30), whereas free shipping was going to be August 2 at the earliest.

I had considered cancelling my Google Play order, until I saw the bids these are getting on ebay. (At the moment, one ending in 10 hours is at $101).

Frankly, I'm tempted to go back to BestBuy.com and order more.
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Posted 10/11/13 , edited 10/11/13
It would be a great opportunity for crunchyroll to market on the google play store. So far Netflix and Hulu plus are the only non google apps that run on chrome cast. Being among the first to embrace the technology would give crunchy a lot of exposure.
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Posted 10/15/13
There are a few other apps that support chromecast already besides Netflix/Hulu/Youtube, but none of them are apps people often use.

I agree, it would be an awesome thing to add to the iOS/Android versions of the Crunchyroll apps, although I'm going to assume that is different than the miracast-like system people are talking about earlier in this thread.
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Posted 10/31/13
So yea, Pandora just announced chrome cast support yesterday. Will crunchyroll be next?
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