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Roku Takes On Google With New Chromecast-Like Feature

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    Roku takes on Google with new Chromecast-like feature | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article)

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    The TV video-streaming companion will now offer a way to stream from third-party apps like Netflix.

    by Donna Tam September 11, 2013 4:57 PM PDT


    -- Roku will add a new feature that will let users stream content straight from third-party mobile apps, mimicking the function of Google's Chromecast device.

    Roku CEO Anthony Wood talked about the new feature, and his company's competition with Google, at the Next TV Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday.

    Wood called Google his company's biggest competitor because of Google's extensive investment in TV and other connected devices. He said the key to succeeding in this market will be TV integration with Roku's technology, and Wood thinks Roku has the leg up on on Google in this area. "We think we are well ahead of Google in terms of licensing," he said at the summit.
     
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    Roku plans Chromecast-like features, disses Chromecast | TechHive (click for full article)

    by Jared Newman - Sep 11, 2013

    -- Roku may not have much love for Google's Chromecast TV dongle, but that's not stopping the company from adding Chromecast-like features to its set-top boxes.

    GigaOM reports that Roku set-top boxes will soon get DIAL support, eventually giving users a way to launch streaming videos on television from their phones or tablets. DIAL, which stands for "Discovery and Launch," is the protocol that Chromecast uses to talk with other devices over the same wireless network. Roku CEO Anthony Wood announced the functionality at the Next TV Summit in San Francisco.
     
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    Good for Roku. Now we just need to see the SDK get finalized and Apps start to support this.
     

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