TV4 launches Play on Chromecast

Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 has made its TV4 Play online services available via the Google Chromecast platform.  The move will enable users of the TV4 Play mobile app to view their content directly on the TV via the Chromecast HDMI dongle. An update, available in the Google Play store, enables Chromecast users […]

Streaming media devices bought by 10% of US homes in 2014

Some 10% of US broadband homes bought a streaming player or stick in the first three quarters of 2014 with Roku retaining its lead of the market, according to Parks Associates.  The research said that Roku accounted for 29% of US streaming device sales, followed by Chromecast with 20%, which overtook Apple TV at 17%. […]

SVT adds Chromecast support for SVT Play

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has added Chromecast support to its on-demand service SVT Play, via a new version of the SVT Play app for Android. The updated Android app is available to download from the Google Play store and also includes an enhanced user experience for several models of Android device. “We are improving and constantly […]

Streaming media devices to top holiday gift sales

Streaming media devices, games consoles and other connected entertainment goods, as well smart watches, will be the most popular gifts this holiday season, according to Parks Associates.  Parks said that 37% of smart watches, 25% of streaming media devices and 20% of gaming consoles acquired in 2014 were received as gifts. It also named tablets, […]

Chromecast adds Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street

Google’s Chromecast HDMI streaming device has added support for seven new apps, including Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go and Nickelodeon.  The other new apps are for US TV networks EpixHD and Encore, Indian TV service YuppTV and internet radio service TuneIn.

Intel could enter HDMI dongle market

Intel could be the next company to enter the HDMI dongle market in competition with Google’s successful Chromecast product, according to various reports. Intel’s SVP and general manager, PC client group, Kirk Skaugen, unveiled a device at an Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, California, but did not give details of its capabilities beyond saying […]

Google adds games to Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast HDMI streaming stick has added support for a range of games that let players use their phone or tablet as the controller for their TV screen.  The new games include Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads and Simon Swipe. Also new to Chromecast in the US are catch-up services by Showtime […]

Torrent application Vuze lands on Chromecast

Vuze has added Chromecast support to its torrent app for Android devices, allowing users to stream torrent files from the app directly to their TV. Vuze claims that its app provides a simple and efficient way to access torrent files and gives users direct control of media from within the app’s interface – including pause, […]

Google updates Play Movies and TV app for Android

Google has updated its Google Play Movies and TV app for Android, offering viewers extra information about films and shows on their second screen when they ‘cast’ content on their TV using Chromecast. Google said users will now get actor or soundtrack cards on their phone or tablet while they are watching, with extra information […]

Amazon launches Chromecast rival, Fire TV Stick

Amazon has launched a HDMI dongle version of its Amazon Fire TV streaming device, going head-to-head with Google’s rival Chromecast TV stick.  Amazon’s Fire TV Stick will retail at US$39 (€30.70) in the US, marginally more than the Chromecast’s US$35 price tag, however Amazon claims that its device has twice the memory and 50% more […]

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