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Do I need to have Plex pass subscription in order to cast my own media to the Ccast?
This is the msg I got when I click on the "Casting" button. its say its blocked, unless I have subscription...

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The message you got is correct. Currently you need a Plex Pass subscription to enable connection to the Chromecast from the Android app, the iOS app, or the Plex Web app. There's no independent capability to connect to a Chromecast in the free Plex Media Server or its built-in Plex Media Manager. In other words, you need to pay to play until such time as Plex decides to open it up to everyone.
 
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Do I need to have Plex pass subscription in order to cast my own media to the Ccast?
This is the msg I got when I click on the "Casting" button. its say its blocked, unless I have subscription...
If you have stuff outside of Plex, Avia (paid option) and RealPlayer Cloud (free) will do it as well.
This is covered in the (long) FAQ.
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Has anyone heard a date when Plex will offer this without the Plex Pass?
 
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That was already discussed in the other Plex thread, but to summarize: nobody knows, Plex isn't giving any hints, feel free to speculate all you like.
 
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Im using plex and chromecast every day but im dissapointed with fullHD 1080p videos. They are transcoded so they lose quality even with direct play turned on. Anyone know some way how to stream local content to chromecast without lose quality?
 
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Im using plex and chromecast every day but im dissapointed with fullHD 1080p videos. They are transcoded so they lose quality even with direct play turned on. Anyone know some way how to stream local content to chromecast without lose quality?
Your Source videos must be MP4/H264/AAC to direct play on CCast.
 
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Your Source videos must be MP4/H264/AAC to direct play on CCast.
so i need convert all of my mkv to one of those formats? for example via http://handbrake.fr/ ?and it will not lose quality?
 
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so i need convert all of my mkv to one of those formats? for example via http://handbrake.fr/ ?and it will not lose quality?
Conversions always lose some amount of quality unless the target format uses lossless compression (which Chromecast doesn't support and is generally impractical anyway). The key is whether the loss is visible.

As long as you use a reasonable bitrate, there is no perceptible quality loss. 4-6 Mbps is a good starting point.
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so i need convert all of my mkv to one of those formats? for example via http://handbrake.fr/ ?and it will not lose quality?
Only need to do that if you want Direct Play without Transcoding.

But I do NOT suggest people go re-encoding their Library just to make their files CCast compatible for Plex... it's just way too soon in the development of Plex to say that drastic a step needs to be made yet.

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