DTG launches first 4K HDMI ‘plugfest’

The UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has launched what it says is the world’s first Ultra HD “product testing zoo” with a 4K HDMI “interoperability plugfest”.  The DTG organized a members-only event bringing together retail 4K TVs from TV manufacturers, set-top boxes, an upscaling Blu-Ray player, an AV receiver and testing equipment from two providers. […]

Firefox to launch Chromecast rival this year

Mozilla, the organisation behind the Firefox browser, is preparing to launch a Chromecast-style HDMI streaming device later this year.  Confirming the move on its blog, Mozilla said that it is working with hardware manufacturer Abitcool on a streaming stick will allow viewers to “fling content from compatible mobile or web apps to an HDTV.” The […]

Google launches Chromecast internationally

Google has launched its low-price Chromecast HDMI streaming stick in 11 countries outside of its home market of the US.  The device is available now in Canada and 10 European countries:  the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. “Since announcing Chromecast in the US, we’ve […]

BBC iPlayer launches on Chromecast

The BBC iPlayer has launched on Chromecast, the Google smart TV dongle that launched in multiple countries in Europe today.  The BBC has added support for Chromecast to both the Android and iOS versions of iPlayer. Chris Yanda, executive product manager, mobile platforms, BBC Future Media, said in a blog posting that the BBC would […]

Roku takes on Chromecast with new TV streaming stick

Over-the-top set-top-box maker Roku is taking on the likes of Google Chromecast with a new HDMI streaming stick that is due to launch next month.  Roku Streaming Stick will be available in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland – the markets where the firm currently sells its products – with customers able to pre-order now. Like […]

Novabase to launch HbbTV-compliant HDMI dongle

Novabase-owned Novabase Digital TV Technologies is set to launch what it claims is the first HbbTV compliant HDMI dongle at CES in Las Vegas next week. The device, an HDMI-stick IPTV set-top, will run Sigma Designs’ SMP8674 media processor and HTTV’s open httvLink middleware.