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Xbmc to Chromecast - Just got easier

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26th June 2014, 09:41 PM   |  #21  
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I don't disagree with anything you said in the last post and I never said this was great solution. I only disagreed when you implied you were transcoding non-native Chromecast files in Plex and achieving 1080P.



UOTE=Asphyx;53701323]Vincent you really need to read what I'm saying.....

All of these channels (XBMC and PLEX) are nothing more than Metadata menu creators that take information from a publicly available internet website (either via RSS, XML or Direct DB read), And create a list of links to go to and view the content.

You can get everything you think you are getting now without the need to run XBMC (or Plex for that matter) by simply going to the website for that content DIRECTLY..and then you have the option of casting a tab if you have to or in some cases those sites will have Chromecast support already in their Player (see ESPN who uses JW Player that now has CCast support natively).

You will get just as good a quality as you think you are getting from XBMC (or Plex) with screen casting and in cases where CCast is supported, even BETTER quality as no transcoding is needed at all!

I would LOVE IT if XBMC supported CCast....I just wish everyone who wants it to work with CCast would get on XBMC Dev's case and get them to implement it.

I sympathize with the Cord Cutters need to get channels in an easy to use interface on a CCast...
But we would all be better off if we would all focus more on getting the channels you want working on a product that DOES support the CCast...
Or getting XBMC to get with the program and support the desires of it's user base![/QUOTE]
3rd July 2014, 07:54 PM   |  #22  
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You could use this to watch any stream, not just Xbmc.


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I don't disagree with anything you said in the last post and I never said this was great solution. I only disagreed when you implied you were transcoding non-native Chromecast files in Plex and achieving 1080P.



UOTE=Asphyx;53701323]Vincent you really need to read what I'm saying.....

All of these channels (XBMC and PLEX) are nothing more than Metadata menu creators that take information from a publicly available internet website (either via RSS, XML or Direct DB read), And create a list of links to go to and view the content.

You can get everything you think you are getting now without the need to run XBMC (or Plex for that matter) by simply going to the website for that content DIRECTLY..and then you have the option of casting a tab if you have to or in some cases those sites will have Chromecast support already in their Player (see ESPN who uses JW Player that now has CCast support natively).

You will get just as good a quality as you think you are getting from XBMC (or Plex) with screen casting and in cases where CCast is supported, even BETTER quality as no transcoding is needed at all!

I would LOVE IT if XBMC supported CCast....I just wish everyone who wants it to work with CCast would get on XBMC Dev's case and get them to implement it.

I sympathize with the Cord Cutters need to get channels in an easy to use interface on a CCast...
But we would all be better off if we would all focus more on getting the channels you want working on a product that DOES support the CCast...
Or getting XBMC to get with the program and support the desires of it's user base!

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7th July 2014, 10:59 PM   |  #23  
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I agree that CC implementation in XBMC would be awesome, but I've been using a sort of "integrated" solution to cast my (temporary) XBMC library.

I just moved and haven't set up all of my AV stuff or my desktop computer (just using a laptop for now). I picked up a Chromecast to watch... stuff (Netflix) on my TV while I redo my fairly complex setup including my main XBMC library. I'm really impressed with the device, IMO much better than watching Netflix in a browser window or XBMCflix. Anyways, I've had the Mediabrowser3 server, which is fantastic for scraping metadata / artwork for media and integrates with XBMC via the MB3 plugin, installed on my desktop since around Gotham. Also the Android app is quite nice, and as I've learned, recently integrated Chromecast streaming (!!!). I've always thought Plex was ok, but I have several problems with it. The show-stopping one is that the server simply will not connect through my vpn, and as my research has revealed, there's just no workaround. MB3 server (on LAN at least) isn't affected at all by connection / disconnection to the vpn, so that alone makes it the clear winner.

So while I've mainly been using the CC for Netflix, I've also used it to stream new content from my laptop, on which I installed the Mediabrowser server and organized new content XBMC library-style (which I'll add to my main library once it's up and running).

TL;DR Plex kind of sucks, IMO. MB3 is awesome and integrates with XBMC. MB3 can then play any content from your XBMC library to your Chromecast via the Android app (to a different, or even remote, TV perhaps?)
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14th July 2014, 03:43 PM   |  #24  
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Guys i am using XBMC on mobile. Need to cast channels on xbmc to chromecast !

Have tried the playercorefactory method but not all files play on it ! I have avia player and bubbleUpnp but not getting all the channels thru ! Can anyone help ?

Thanks.
14th July 2014, 06:35 PM   |  #25  
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Guys i am using XBMC on mobile. Need to cast channels on xbmc to chromecast !

Have tried the playercorefactory method but not all files play on it ! I have avia player and bubbleUpnp but not getting all the channels thru ! Can anyone help ?

Thanks.

Channels will always be hit and miss with the CCast basically because of it's limited codec support.
If the Video is H.264 and Audio is AAC or MP3 then it should work...
The other issue is the Stream protocol used by the channel.
CCast is also limited in the types of streams it can accept.

The only solution is to hope that at some point all of these providers switch to something HTML5 compliant that do not require and plug in or add on to play...

As it stands now if the video doesn't play in a fresh install (no Add Ons) Chrome Browser then it probably will not play correctly on the CCast.
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