Chromecast


Google rolls out updated Chromecast

Google has updated its Chromecast streaming player, promising a 15% improvement in hardware speed for the same price as the previous generation model. The updated Chromecast will support streamed content in 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second, offering what Google described as “a more lifelike image”. It will also work seamlessly with Google Home […]

IDC: Amazon leads streaming device market in Q2

Sales of digital media adapters like Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast grew by 26.8% year-on-year in the second quarter, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Smart Home Device Tracker. Amazon’s line of Fire TV products led the market in Q2 2018 with close to 5 million units shipped worldwide, according to the research. Google’s Chromecast […]

Conviva: Apple TV leads growth as streaming viewing hours ramp up dramatically

Growth in viewing time on Apple TV devices in the first quarter of this year outpaced all other devices by almost two times, according to data analytics outfit Conviva’s All-Screen Census Report Q1 2018. According to statistics from Conviva’s customer base, Apple TV saw 709% increase in viewing hours year-on-year in Q1. During the same […]

VLC 3.0 launches with added Chromecast support

VideoLAN, the outfit behind VLC, has launched a new version of the open source video player that includes support for the Chromecast streaming device along with the ability to play HDR video, 8K content and 360° video. VLC 3.0, also known as Vetinari, enables 4K and 8K playback, 10-bit and HDR video, 360° video and […]

Divan.TV launches Chromecast support

Divan.TV, an interactive TV service for Ukrainian and Russian-speaking audiences, has launched support for Google’s Chromecast streaming player. Chromecast users will be able to sign up to two Divan.TV packages – ‘Ridny Kray’ and ‘All World’, priced at US$7.99 (€6.80) and US$9.99 per-month respectively. Ridny Kray will provide access to VOD content and 69 channels […]

Roku increases lead in US battle of streaming devices

Roku is increasing its lead in the battle for supremacy between streaming media player providers in the US, according to research by Parks Associates. According to the research group’s Reinventing CE: Transforming Devices to Service Platforms, 37% of streaming media device owners in US broadband homes owned and use a Roku device as of the […]

Finland’s DNA launches Android set-top box

Finnish service provider DNA has launched the DNA TV-hubi, its Android TV-based box that comes with Chromecast functionality built in along with access to Google apps. DNA initially announced plans to launch the box in May, becoming the first Finnish player to launch an Android-based 4K-enabled box. The box provides access to the online apps […]

Google Play launches HDR movies for Chromecast Ultra

Google Play Movies & TV has become the latest online video provider to add support to HDR for TV viewers via its Chromecast Ultra device. Google will make HDR movies available in the US and Canada initially, and content will only be available via Chromecast Ultra, plugged into an HDR-compatible TV. The content is not […]

One in five US OTT homes now pay for ‘three or more’ services

One in five US streaming subscribers now pay for three or more services, with investment in original content increasingly cited as a key reason for signing up, according to a report by 451 Research. According to 451 Research’s quarterly Voice of the Connected User Landscape (VoCUL) survey, 19% of streaming subscribers are paying for three […]

Filmstruck adds Chromecast support

Turner’s recently launched subscription video-on-demand service, Filmstruck, has added Chromecast support. The US service, which offers arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films, is available now on second-generation Chromecasts and Chromecast Ultra models. Filmstruck said in a post on Facebook that a Roku launch is now “definitely a priority” on its 2017 roadmap. It also aims […]

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