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pete

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What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:38:58 AM »
I know I may be told to search for the answer. But I have spent an hour or more trying to answer this question and I have ZERO confidence in what I have found.

So I put the question to the gurus.  As of March 13, 2014.

I have a Windows 8 tablet and a Windows XP desktop. 
I gather the XP desktop is useless. 
I have tried casting via the Chrome browser method from the tablet and the result is useless.

So, just what can I do?
First, of course free services? 
I can't seem to find a YouTube app.  Is that right?
Is there anything else?

For paid services, can I do a direct connection (not casting via the Chrome browser) to:

Netflix,
Hulu,
Hulu Plus,

What else?

Thanks,

Pete



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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2014, 12:55:22 PM »
Why do you say the desktop is useless?  Is it because the desktop doesn't have wifi?  if that's the only reason then it is easily rectified by adding a wifi card or wifi USB dongle.

Why do you  say casting from your Win 8 tablet is useless, what issues do you have there?  I can use my Win 8 tablet or my Android tablet or phone.  I'm not sure if any Win 8 Metro apps support Chromecast or if any plan to.

Have you tried using any of the Chrome apps that are available in the Chrome store?  There is a YouTube app, there's also an app called Videostream that allows you to cast local content.  Not sure what other free services there are, I tend to use Netflix.
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pete

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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2014, 06:27:53 PM »
I said the desktop is useless because it uses XP.  I have seen in multiple places that Chromecast apps don't work on XP.
And it is wired to my router.  I am not going to buy a wi-fi adapter for something that is connected already.

I tried using the WINDOWS  tablet and the picture was very jerky using Chrome Cast.  Thus useless.  That is why I am asking for a Windows app.

I don't have an android phone or tablet and I am not going to buy one just to use Chromecast. 

I could not find any Windows apps on the Chrome store.  I could not find a youtube app for Windows.  It looked like Videostream was for videos on my system.  I want to stream from Amazon, youtube, etc.

Now I have another question.  Why did you waste your time and mine attacking me and not doing a single thing to help me?

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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2014, 08:51:41 PM »
If you consider my reply to your post an "attack" then you need to step back, take a deep breath and reread my post.  I was not attacking you in any way, shape or form but instead was trying to understand exactly what issues you were having.  Simply stating that something is useless doesn't help anyone to understand your issue.

I'm sorry that I tried to help.  My Windows tablet works fine using Chrome apps and I have no desire/need for Windows specific apps.

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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2014, 10:30:04 PM »
Did you install the chromecast extension to the chrome browser? If its buffering too much there could be WiFi interference. All I've seen for windows so far is casting from chrome.
http://www.nextofwindows.com/streaming-anything-with-chromcast-on-windows-tips-and-tricks/


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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2014, 11:10:16 PM »
Apparently, YouTube and Netflix will cast directly to the chromecast when selected from chrome. Instead of to the computer, back to the router then to the dongle. I'm getting jerking with local HD video over Ethernet, back to the HDMI.

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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2014, 11:51:11 PM »
YouTube casts no problem, use the cast button on the video, not the browser. Netflix should be the same.

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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 08:34:59 AM »
YouTube casts no problem, use the cast button on the video, not the browser. Netflix should be the same.

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mat, 

Thanks, I'll try that when I get home.

Anybody know of any other video sources that work with Chromecast?

I also gather there are no windows apps so people shouldn't waste time searching for them like I did.

Pete

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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2014, 10:32:58 AM »
WiFi is choking the local stream from browser casting. The embedded video cast just sends the link to the dongle. If you have local video to play you can set up a server on a computer and control it with an android tab, not sure if plex or bubble upnp has a windows version.

Since my Toshiba laptop has HDMI out, I haven't bothered with casting.

The chrome extension is still beta, maybe it will improve with better data compression.

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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2014, 07:42:47 PM »
I have a Win7 laptop and the only decent quality videos I can cast are from Netflix and HBOGO. ESPN sucks, XFinity sucks. Is this device ever going to do anything useful? I have a Roku and it is pretty much flawless.

Am I missing something? What is the Chromecast good for?
Is it equal to Roku yet?

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Re: What Can I Do Using A Windows Computer Today
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2014, 08:00:38 PM »

 


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