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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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!
- Press the Menu button until you’re at the top level (the screen with all the channel icons).
- Navigate over to Settings on the top left and click the Enter button.
- Click on General.
- 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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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.
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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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.
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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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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).
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.
The content on your Mac screen will now automatically be shown on your TV screen.