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    Google is getting ready to launch its popular Chromecast dongle in international markets, but the device may get more and more competitors in the future. One of them is Airtame – a crowd-funded project that closed its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign at $1,268,148, surpassing the $160,000 goal it started with in late November by a huge margin. According to its creators, Airtame is an HDMI device that promises to offer more features than Google’s dongle.

    With Airtame, users will be able to stream local content directly to an HDTV or projector, but also to other computers that have the Airtame application installed. Airtame will also offer screen mirroring support for multiple displays, and allow users to wirelessly extend their desktop to a bigger screen.

    Such features aren’t available from the Chromecast, or at least not yet, but Google’sdongle can be used with smartphones and tablets as well, a feature Airtame did not initially offer. However, the company has reached additional funding stretch goals, which will allow it to develop Airtame apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

    Backers who have pre-ordered their Airtame dongles will get them at some point in May. The device is likely to cost more than $89 when it’ll become commercially available later this year.

    The following videos explain how Airtame works.














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    Chromecast without artificial limits (on what can be "cast") ?
     
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    It’s no secret that Google wants to bring its very popular Chromecast dongle to international markets this year, and it appears that buyers in the U.K. may be the first to officially purchase the device. The Chromecast will apparently launch in the country “within weeks,” according to The Next Web. Local electronics retailer Currys expects to start selling the dongle on March 1st, although Google apparently told the publication the date is “provisional” for now.

    Pricing details for the international Chromecast, which sells in the U.S. for just $35, have yet to be unveiled. The device is expected to be similarly affordable in other regions as well. It’s not known yet whether the Chromecast will also be launched in other European countries staring with March, although Google’s device has been unofficially available in international markets ever since it was unveiled last year.

    Only recently, Google has officially opened doors to developers by releasing the highly anticipated Google Cast SDK for the device, which will allow app creators to add Chromecast support to their apps. So far, there’s only a limited number of Chromecast-ready applications, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and a few others that can offer access to plenty of digital content.



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    Right now it's pre-selling for $99 on their site, expected to ship in July 14. For the Airtame to compete with Chromecast it'll have to come down in price by at least half
     
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    In the following article (see link below) it's explained that the Airtame device doesn't support mirroring from phones or tablets (only computers). Chromecast doesn't support mirroring from mobile devices (yet) either - but mirroring from a mobile device can be accomplished with a $30 Miracast dongle.

    Airtame wants to mirror (almost) any screen to any other screen | Ars Technica

    From the article:

    *** The big "but"


    There's one big problem, though: Airtame does all kinds of mirroring to and from the desktop, but it doesn't support mirroring from or to smartphones or tablets.


    "We see huge demand for that-it has been one of the biggest demands from the campaign," said Airtame CEO Jonas Gyalokay. "But we are constrained by the manufacturers to actually allow the screencast of smart devices to our dongle."


    "You need system permissions," elaborated Sukosd. "You can't do it from a normal app." Rather than deliver browser tab sharing like the Chromecast, the Airtame crew wants to be able to offer full screen sharing of a mobile device, and at least for now, this isn't possible. Sukosd went on to explain that this is because Airtame would need access to the device's framebuffer in order to compress and stream its contents, and that's not possible-at least, not without action on the user's part.


    "Technically it's possible with jailbreaking or rooting, but obviously, we can't support that," he said.


    Mirroring an Airtame-equipped PC onto an iOS or Android device would be possible through the use of an app, but at this stage in development Airtame is focusing purely on desktop and laptop screen sharing. There are no immediate plans for an iOS or Android app, though one is on the roadmap and ought to be forthcoming later in 2014. ***
     
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    Don't understand why they don't just add miracast support to there airtime dongle as well.

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    Brightcove on Wednesday announced it will offer developers a way for easily inserting ads in their iOS or Android apps that will have Chromecast support. The announcement follows the recent Google Cast SDK release, which will allow more developers to include Chromecast support in their existing and future applications.

    Brightcove Once will let developers “quickly deploy and monetize feature-rich video on Chromecast, including personalized video ads.” Brightcove Once is apparently a “high-end delivery alternative” for ads that don’t require “client-side code, SDKs or plugins.”

    The geo-targeted ads that can be integrated into the video stream without buffering will offer a “television-like” experience, Brightcove says in its press release, although that may not necessarily be what Chromecast buyers may be looking for. The company says it can offer developers various features including analytics, interactive video ads and a way of preventing fast-forwarding during ads playback.

    Google’s popular digital content consumption dongle
    has been one of the best-sold devices of the company, with many developers anxiously waiting to bring their content to the Chromecast. Interestingly, Google is yet to include any kind of ads in the Chromecast, even though most of the company’s revenue is generated by online ads.


    The full press release follows below.

    Brightcove Once Empowers Google Chromecast Publishers to Monetize Video Content with Personalized Advertising

    Developers using the open Chromecast SDK can create a smooth advertising experience with Once

    BOSTON – February 12, 2014 – Brightcove a leading global provider of cloud services for video, today announced that content providers developing apps for Google Chromecast can now use Brightcove Once to quickly deploy and monetize feature-rich video on Chromecast, including personalized video ads. Coming on the heels of Google’s recent announcement that it has unlocked its Chromecast software development kit (SDK), Brightcove Once now enables publishers to deliver personalized advertising in streams delivered to Chromecast viewers.

    “Chromecast has quickly become one of the top three selling electronics devices on Amazon and offers some of the most popular online entertainment options, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and Google Play movies and music, with new apps coming on board at a rapid pace,” said AJ McGowan, Brightcove’s chief technology officer. “Broadcasters and content owners that want to quickly take advantage of Chromecast can now leverage Brightcove Once to deliver premium video content streams that include targeted advertising.

    ”
    Google Chromecast is a $35 dongle users can plug directly into any HDTV to stream their favorite movies, TV shows, YouTube clips, music and much more, via Wi-Fi, using their smartphone, tablet or laptop as a remote control. Brightcove Once is a cloud-based ad insertion and video stitching service that reduces or eliminates the need for platform-specific ad technology, making it possible to reliably deliver live or on-demand video with customized programming and targeted advertising to a wide range of devices.

    Brightcove Once offers Chromecast publishers a high-end delivery alternative to quickly bring content to market without client-side code, SDKs or plugins. Brightcove Once facilitates the automatic transfer of metadata back to the user’s Apple or Android-based Chromecast app to allow for the seamless delivery of applicable, geo-targeted ads that integrate into the video stream without buffering. As a result, Chromecast publishers can deliver a seamless, television-like experience, complete with personalized ads stitched directly into the video stream. Using Brightcove Once, publishers can also easily reach a wide range of mobile and connected devices in addition to Chromecast without additional investment.

    Additionally, with Brightcove Once UX, Chromecast publishers can incorporate interactive video ads, insert ad overlays in video streams, hide controls to prevent fast-forwarding through ads and more. Brightcove Once also captures detailed analytics so publishers can assess content and ad performance in real time.


    About Brightcove

    Brightcove Inc., a leading global provider of cloud services for video, offers a family of products that revolutionize the way organizations deliver video experiences. The company’s products include Video Cloud, the market-leading online video platform, Zencoder, a leading cloud-based media processing service and HTML5 video player technology provider and Once, a cloud-based ad insertion and video stitching service. Brightcove has more than 6,300 customers in over 70 countries that rely on Brightcove cloud content services to build and operate video experiences across PCs, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.

    For more information, visithttp://www.brightcove.com.


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    Now that Google has rolled out Google Play Services 4.2 complete with the fullGoogle Cast SDK for the Chromecast, developers have already started adding Chromecast functionality to their apps. One such app, Dayframe, has already been updated to offer users the ability to cast local files right to their TV sets, including images and GIFs stored on their tablets and smartphones or in the cloud. The app supports Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, 500px and other social services.

    In addition to letting users enjoy their pictures on a big-screen TV – a Chromecastfeature buyers have been waiting for since getting Google’s popular device – Dayframe can also transform the TV into a large photo frame, that will automatically move through their photos. The app also has an auto play that can be set up to run when not using the device. However, the app will not just be able to autoplay pictures, giving users various ways to interact with the images.

    The latest Dayframe update, released on Friday, will let users that get the $2.99 Prime version of the app via an in-app purchase enjoy these Chromecast features on their devices. Otherwise, Dayframe is available as a free download for Android devices running Android 3.0 or later, and requires 12MB of storage. The app has been installed up to 500,000 times and has a rating of 4.0 stars out of five, from over 5200 reviews.

    The following video shows some of the features Dayframe offers to Chromecast users.









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    After teasing the feature on his Google+ account a few days ago, well-known CyanogenMod developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta has posted two short videos that demo how Android mirroring on a TV hooked to a Chromecast device works. The first short one-minute video shows Koush playing a game of Flappy Bird on the big screen TV, though some lag can be seen. In a second video, Koush shows Chromecast mirroring Spotify audio from Android.

    The Android mirroring feature has not yet been released for AllCast, Koush’s app that can be used to stream local content on various media devices connected to a big-screen TV, including Google’s Chromecast.

    While developers can include such features in their apps now that the official Chromecast SDK has been officially released, it’s not clear when Google’s own Android mirroring solution will come to the Chromecast. The company appears to be working on such a software feature for the dongle, according to Koush’s findings.

    “Did some poking around to see how far along Google is with their Chromecast mirroring solution. There’s plenty of evidence that there’s some (possibly half-baked) solution in the Play Services APK, and it is not totally disabled,” Koush wrote on Google+. “This is why people are seeing their ‘Cast’ quick-setting tile sometimes light up.”

    Koush also cryptically added that “if Chromecast exposed access to the full array of the chrome platform APIs, some incredible things could be built,” without exploring on the matter.

    AllCast is available as a free download in the Google Play Store, requiring 4.7MB of storage and Android 4.0 or later to run. The app has an average of 3.8 stars out of 5, from over 10,000 reviews.

    The following videos show AllCast’s Android mirroring on Chromecast feature.
















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