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Dish Network signs deals with ESPN, Disney to enable mobile content streaming

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Dish and Disney have reached a distribution deal that will allow subscribers to watch Disney content on their computers and mobile devices.

Using apps found in Apple’s App Store, Google Play, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows store, viewers will be able to watch live programming from ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney XD, as well as live network streams of ABC, which are currently available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, Fresno, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.

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How to stream local content from Android to Chromecast – AllCast vs Castaway

The Chromecast SDK was finally made available to all developers recently, which also removed the restriction that needed the hardware to be whitelisted, and gave developers the opportunity to allow users to cast content to their TV. There are two applications, both of which are available from the Google Play Store, that lets you stream your local content to the big screen – AllCast, created by ClockworkMod, and Castaway, created by Primetime Coder. Let’s take a look at how both this applications fare in a head to head!

AllCast

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We’ll begin our quest to find the best way to cast local media on to your TV with AllCast, created by one of the most well-known Android developers on the scene, Koushik Dutta, aka ClockworkMod. There have been a lot of ups and downs with relation to Chromecast support with AllCast, but with the release of the SDK, the app now comes with full Chromecast support.

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The app itself is very easy to use. All you need to do is to connect to your Chromecast, after which you will be taken to your gallery. The gallery divides your local media into three lists, including All, Photos, and Videos, as well as a separate section for Audio that is accessible from a side menu. Scroll to find what media you want to stream, and tapping it will result in it playing on your TV via Chromecast. Of course, AllCast is also compatible with other devices as well. You control the media from the app, or from the notification menu of your device.

The free version of the app allows for one minute of media streaming, with the premium version required for anything longer. 

Castaway

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Next up is an application that has received little exposure as of now, called Castaway, developed by Primetime Coder. This app is also very easy to use. Once again, all you need to do is connect to your Chromecast, scroll through your images and videos, and tap on the selection you want to play. Unlike AllCast, Castaway only supports Chromecast, with streaming media content restricted to images and videos, although I did find that the app could play GIFs as well. The app uses the Google recommended Holo interface, and you can slide between your images and videos fluidly.

You get full functionality with the free version, albeit with ads, which can be removed by upgrading to the premium version.

Functionality

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When opening AllCast, it takes you to an option screen that lets you choose which device you want to stream your media to. As mentioned before, AllCast not only supports Chromecast, but other devices like Roku, Apple TV, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and more. You can find a full list of supported devices in the app description in the Google Play Store.

You’ll notice a clean interface once you get into the gallery. Swiping between menus and flipping through your media is fast and easy. Apart from multiple device support, the added benefit of AllCast is the option the play audio, which can be found in a separate tab accessible from the side menu.

AllCast is still in its infant stages, so you do face some issues with the app crashing, or sometimes even being unable to play some media. The good news is that the developer actively updates the app, including a recent update that introduced the new user interface, and with it getting better with every revision, all the bugs should be ironed out quite quickly.

On the flip side, Castaway takes the route of specializing in only one thing, in this case its Chromecast support. It also allows streaming of only photos and videos, but if this restriction isn’t a problem, Castaway is one of the easiest apps to use. The interface is clean and easy to navigate, and videos play in just a few seconds. There is some sluggishness with larger videos, but after a few additional seconds of buffering, video playback is as smooth as expected.

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With Castaway, you can also control the application and media from your device lock screen, with saves you from the additional step of unlocking your device if you need to do anything. This application was published very recently, and there are some bugs that need to be worked out. In some instances, videos cannot be played, but simply closing and restarting the app seems to fix this problem more often that not. That being said, this application does mostly work really well, and should continue to get even better with every update.

Wrap Up

In many ways, you get a jack of all trades with the AllCast, which, as the name suggests, lets you stream all your media files including photos, videos, and audio, to a long list of compatible devices. On the other hand, the Castaway is meant only to be used with the Chromecast, with streaming of audio files not available as of now. But if this isn’t an issue, the free version of the Castaway app comes with full functionality with ads, while the free version of AllCast is quite limited.

You can download AllCast from the Google Play Store here, and Castaway here.

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What are your thoughts? Which, out of the two, do you think is the better application to stream your local content to your TV? Let us know in the comments section below!


    








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Netflix on Apple TV throwing up the dreaded ‘An error occurred loading this content’? Here’s how to fix it!

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You grab a snack and a tasty beverage, crash down onto your sofa, grab the Apple TV remote, cue up Netflix, hit play, and… get the horrible ‘An error occurred loading this content. Try again later.” message. You do, and… same error. Again, and again. You snack turns soggy, your beverage goes flat, and Netflix still gives you nothing but errors and frustration. That’s me. Tonight. Well, here’s how to fix it!

  1. Press the Menu button until you’re at the top level (the screen with all the channel icons).
  2. Navigate over to Settings on the top left and click the Enter button.
  3. Click on General.
  4. Click on Reboot.

Wait for Apple TV to turn off and turn back on, then go back into Netflix, choose your show, and you should be good to go. Yes, the solution is sub-optimal. Having to reboot, especially if it happens frequently, is super annoying. It would be better if, after the error occurs, Apple TV would automatically kill and cycle the app/connection. But, this works for now. (If only the lack of Netflix content outside the U.S. were so easily fixed!)

If you get the content loading error, especially if you get it frequently, let me know how often, and let me know if this fix — or a better one! — works for you!

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Play Store UK getting HBO content, starting today

HBO content can be tough to get hold of. You need a subscription to HBO for he HBO GO app to matter much, and that doesn’t come without heavy caveats from the cable company. For US customers, the Play Store was a source for content, as we could readily purchase shows, starting at .99. Starting today, the UK Play Store will also have HBO content, with no interruption on availability.

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From Game of Thrones to Boardwalk Empire, all the HBO content from the US Play Store is available. The pricing is similar to purchasing the seasons on Blu Ray or DVD, saving your he trouble of dealing with hard copies. Once you purchase it, it’s yours forever, and always available.

Play Movies & TV should be loaded onto your device, so keep that in mind when purchasing content. YouTube integration of TV shows is spotty, so we can’t recommend that you simply access purchased content that way. Most devices probably have Play Movies & TV already, but just keep that in mind when you start snatching up episodes of True Blood.

We only wish the Chromecast was widely available, as it would be a great workaround for UK customers who would rather watch on the big screen. For those on the go, this is still a great option, and it makes the Nexus 7 that much more useful this holiday season.

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Trial By Survival version 1.10 update with new features and content

Pearl River, New York – Nah-Meen Studios has updated Trial By Survival to 1.10. The update brings exciting new features including a food mechanic and night time searching to Survival Mode. Players will have to find food within the ruins of the wasteland to use for traveling the world map. This mechanic brings a new level of depth to Survival Mode, making each day count even more.

If players are brave enough, they can now venture out into the night where they can double down to get more supplies and food for the next day. Players searching at night will find it harder to see and will have to use flares or fire to illuminate the area. More weapons have been added to the player’s arsenal. One new weapon is the Torch, which uses fire instead of blunt force to dispose of enemies. When players are out at night, the Torch can be used to set objects on fire to see where the danger lurks.

Six additional arenas with their own leaderboards have been added to Arena Mode with the integration of Game Center. Each new arena presents a unique challenge whether it’s a dungeon atmosphere, closed quarters or heavy tree cover.

Device requirements:
* iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, iPod touch 4th gen and iPad
* This app is optimized for iPhone 5
* OS 5.1 or later
* 75.3 MB

Pricing and Availability
Trial By Survival 1.10 is free to play and available world wide on the App Store in the Games category.

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Nah-Meen Studios is based in New York and consists of two guys working to make games nights and weekends. The studio was started in 2012 and released it’s debut game, Meowch! that same year. Copyright (C) 2013 Nah-Meen Studios. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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Dropbox to Chromecast Android app by Koush streams content directly from Dropbox, not available for download yet

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A new Android app for the Google Chromecast lets users stream content from Dropbox directly to the TV hooked up to the dongle.

The developer of the app is the same Koushik “Koush” Dutta, who has recently shown us an application that lets you explore the gallery from an Android device on a TV screen via Chromecast.

The new unnamed app – it’s currently described as Dropbox to Chromecast – isn’t available for download just yet. The developer revealed with his previous app that, as per the terms of the Chromecast’s beta SDK, he couldn’t share APKs for these apps at this time.

However, you can see the app in action in the following video. What the app does is pretty simple: it lets you share content from your Drobox account via Chromecast directly from your Android device.

While this isn’t exactly playing locally stored files, as it basically uses the Dropbox cloud to stream videos, it’s still a neat trick that expands the things you can do with the device – assuming you have access to the app though.

There are plenty of other Chromecast tips and tricks you should check out, and we have a video on the matter for you (also embedded above).

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How to view content from your Mac on your Apple TV with AirPlay Mirroring

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If you own a Mac running OS X Mountain Lion and either a second or third generation Apple TV, you have the ability to display content from your Mac on your TV wirelessly with AirPlay Mirroring. If you are familiar with how AirPlay works for iOS with display mirroring, it’s very similar.

If you’ve never used AirPlay on your Mac before, follow along and we’ll show you how.

  1. Turn on your TV and your Apple TV.
  2. Make sure your Apple TV and your Mac are both connected to the same wifi network.
  3. In the task tray in the upper right corner of your Mac, look for the AirPlay icon. How to view content from your Mac on your Apple TV with AirPlay Mirroring
  4. Click on the AirPlay icon and you should see your Apple TV available for mirroring. Simply click on it. How to view content from your Mac on your Apple TV with AirPlay Mirroring

The content on your Mac screen will now automatically be shown on your TV screen.

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European Galaxy S4 launch comes with exclusive content including free NFS: Most Wanted

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In partnership with Electronic Arts, Samsung will offer a custom Need For Speed Most Wanted free game to the first 100,000 European Galaxy S4 buyers, but the company will also include additional content in its Samsung Hub for its European customers.

The popular racing game will feature in-game Samsung branding and will be available for download from Samsung Games to Galaxy S4 buyers. Galaxy Note 2 owners will also have access to this Samsung-branded NFS game from the Hub.

The company also has “key partnerships” with Gameloft and Glu for more Samsung Hub gaming content.

In addition to the custom EA game offer, Samsung will also offer users other apps via its Samsung Hub to Galaxy S4 buyers, including Michelin’s Michelin Traffic, Michelin Restaurants and Michelin Travel; Goodbean’s Nighty Night and Little Fox Music Box and 3400 Random House Mondadori eBooks in Spanish.

While the books will appeal to Spanish-speaking Galaxy S4 buyers only, the apps are a bit more international. Here’s what each of them will offer you:

  • Michelin Traffic: access to real-time traffic information in 11 European countries
  • Michelin Restaurants: restaurant locator for France and Germany with support for photo uploads and user reviews
  • Michelin Travel: app to launch this summer at which point it will feature recommendations for around 30,000 tourists attractions in Europe
  • Nighty Night: available in 8 languages, interactive book app for children
  • Little Fox Music Box: available in English and German, exclusive from Samsung Hub, sing-along interactive book entertainment app for children

At the end of the day we shouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung bundle additional content with its flagship device, considering the increasing amount of money the company spends each year to market its Galaxy products, especially the high-end ones.

The Galaxy S4 is available for pre-order in certain European markets already, including UK and Germany, and will be launched on April 26 in UK from a variety of carriers and electronics retailers. The following press release also mentions that April 27 is the release date set for the “Galaxy S4 across Europe.”

Samsung Revs Up for GALAXY S4 Launch with Key Content Partnerships

EA’s Need For Speed™ Most Wanted: Exclusive Samsung Edition and other content partnerships announced

CHERTSEY, United Kingdom – April 16, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that the highly anticipated GALAXY S4 will introduce an exclusive edition of EA’s bestselling racing title ‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’. The game which has been optimised for Samsung will feature in-game Samsung branding and will be available for download from Samsung Games.

“Samsung is committed to delivering the best user experience possible and rich content sits at the heart of our vision. We are delighted to have exclusive branded Samsung content in a triple A game from one of the world’s foremost video game publishers. We have also secured further partnerships that deliver on our promise to open up the world of possibilities to our customers,” said Lee Epting, Vice President of Media Solution Center Europe for Samsung Electronics Europe.

Glenn Roland, Vice President for New Platforms and OEM at EA said, ‘The introduction of Samsung’s GALAXY S4 will bring outstanding mobile gaming experiences to its players. Our ‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’ offering at launch is one of several EA games specifically optimised for Samsung and will include exclusive content.’

As part of the partnership, Samsung and EA are offering the first 100,000 GALAXY S4 customers across Europe the opportunity to download the app for free via the Samsung Hub.

The partnership with EA is one of a number of agreements with that will deliver content through the Samsung Hub to coincide with the launch of the GALAXY S4 across Europe on 27 April 2013. Centered on gaming – where Samsung has key partnerships with Gameloft and Glu – books, kids and food, these partnerships demonstrate Samsung’s commitment to delivering the most diverse range of high quality content to customers across Europe.

The ‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’ Samsung edition is also available to play on Samsung GALAXY Note II.

Michelin
Samsung is proud to present the ‘Michelin Traffic’ application, which gives users access to real-time traffic information in 11 countries in Europe and provides very detailed coverage including major cities and most motorways. The partnership also includes ‘Michelin Restaurants’, an app that lets users locate a restaurant in France and Germany with multi-criteria search options such as the Michelin restaurant selection. ‘Michelin Restaurants’ app also lets users upload photos of their visits and even pen their own reviews of the meals. The partnership between Michelin and Samsung apps will continue in the summer with the launch of the ‘Michelin Travel’, an app that provides recommendations to users about 30,000 tourist attractions across Europe.

Goodbeans
Smartphones are a fantastic entertainment portal for parents with young families and to bolster the family oriented content available on Samsung Apps, app developer Goodbeans is bringing ‘Nighty Night’ (available in 8 languages – Italian, Spanish, German, English, French, Russian, Portuguese and Dutch) and ‘Little Fox Music Box’ (available in English and German), exclusively to the hub. The GALAXY S4’s incredible screen is perfect for enjoying these enchanting and immersive apps that have already gained huge popularity with over three million fans from around the world.

Random House Mondadori
To complement the existing range of Spanish-language books available, Samsung has partnered with Random House Mondadori to bring an additional 3,400 titles for readers to enjoy. These include books from international best-selling authors such as Ken Follett, E.L. James, or Stephen King, as well as Latin American and Spanish authors like Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges and Ildefonso Falcones.

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