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Does anybody talk about Miracast anymore?
Have you seen a lot of TVs come out with Miracast built in? Can you name a streaming box that supports it?
Seen an article that mentioned it?
If Google works on this and app developers support it, this has a shot. If they don't, and they forget about it like they did Miracast, then it won't.
It isn't a given yet. The price point SHOULD create a huge market opportunity that forces developers to support it. Maybe.
Roku says nobody who isn't a tech head is going to want this. Normal people want a remote control. Etc. He's probably just hoping that's true. But it might be.
Let's wait and see.
When it comes to casting tabs from Chrome, it works a little different. While you can cast just about, some are optimized for ChromeCast. (Netflix & YouTube initially.) These pages will "cast" just like the apps and stream directly from ChromeCast. Non-optimized pages are more like a mirror and will not work us well. As far as I know, pages that require plugins will not work either.
As for using ChromeCast in a hotel room, there may be issues depending on how the wifi is set up. If the access point has any kind of security to prevent you from seeing devices from other guest rooms, your devices may not be able to see each other either.
This is my understanding from what I have read about ChromeCast so far. I'm still trying to decide if I want to buy one or wait for the rumored new GoogleTV with ChromeCast and the built in camera.
I wonder how it works with stereo receivers. A lot of home theaters have stereo receivers so that the sound effect is not limited by the puny speakers that the TVs come with. I bet when the ChromeCast is hooked up to the stereo receivers, one loses the ability to turn on the TV from the smartphone. But it would be OK if it does.
If it let you watch free Hulu on your TV without issue (I say it won't), it would be a bigger deal. If the tab projection didn't have audio sync and lag issues (maybe they'll fix that) it would be a bigger deal. When it has more app support, it'll be a bigger deal--its not like that Plair device is going to get a lot of app support...
Personally I'm going to try it out in Hotel Rooms. Small enough to take with you. Plays Netflix. I'll try watching Orange is the new Black that way and see how it goes. But these are cheap enough I may pick one up for each TV in my house.
Not to mention, http://home.plair.com/ has already been doing this for an year .. AND more ..as plair re-routes powerpoint presentations as well .. so .. it is good for offices too !
Look, I've already ordered one. But I'm as certain as you that this will all work out perfectly.
The Apps are very limited right now. Will companies support it? $35 should mean a nice installed base in short order I would think. But let's see. Even with that there could be reasons companies won't support it. Remember how all the media companies blocked the Google TV?
The browser is an embedded version. Yes with flash. Yes with some DRM support as req'd by Netflix. But it won't let Showtime Anywhere work for example. It requires you to install a plugin. You can't add new codecs to ChromeCast.
Google has been clear that they won't lie with the user agent. If a company wants to block their content from playing, Google wont stop them.
The Chrome tab play thing? Early reviews sound not so great, but hey, it's Beta. Lets give it time.