Google Chromecast Review

Posted in Chromecast by Darrin Olson on November 7th, 2013

Google ChromecastGoogle rolled out its Chromecast media device earlier this past summer and after using it this fall I’m sorry I didn’t get to it sooner. This small device was easy to setup and provided a great solution for viewing my Google Play purchased media on my TV.

The device was very easy to install, simply by installing Chromecast on my Android device and then plugging it into an HDMI port on the TV. the device does need some external power however and comes with a USB cord that can be run from a power outlet or a USB port on the TV (if there is one available). From there the Chromecast software found the device and walked me through a few simple steps to connect it to the internet and get going.

Once setup, users can cast media from their Android phone …

25 percent of Netflix users stream on the Wii

Posted in Netflix by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2011

With so many Wiis collecting dust, who would have thought that a quarter of all Netflix subscribers stream on the Wii? I guess HD doesn’t matter for these people.

Most viewers prefer to watch instantly using a PC for both Netflix and Hulu. Wii viewers will only increase as a new console is coming soon. And besides Mad Men is now available as well. Who needs to watch that in 1080p?

Onkyo Unveils New Android Remote Streaming App

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 26th, 2011

Those of you with an Onkyo music system will like this news. Onkyo has announced the launch of their new Android remote control streaming application. The new Android Onkyo application connects to your music system using your Wi-Fi network and allows you to stream music from your Android devices to an Onkyo network audio system.

The new App also allows you to browse your networked music collection without viewing on-screen menus on a connected display, instead using the touch-screen GUI on your Android device. Pretty sweet. Onkyo will sell more units now that they have a fancy new remote.

CNN now streaming 24 hours of news online and on your iPhone

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

News Junkies will love this news. CNN is finally returning to streaming and is offering live feeds of CNN and HLN, online and through iOS apps. Sounds great right?

It does, but you’ll need to have a pay TV subscription through AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink or Verizon to access those streams. Nothing for Android users right now however, but we imagine they will take care of that soon.

Netflix for Nintendo 3DS now streaming

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2011

Right on schedule, this morning Netflix for 3DS owners is now available. The app gives the game system access to the entire catalog as long as you have a streaming-enabled plan. Bookmarking works and lets users resume on the 3DS or even another device.

Obviously videos on Netflix are in 2D. We doubt that Netflix will start adding 3D anytime soon. The app is free to download from the Nintendo eShop. With the new price structure streaming is $8, but costs $16 for those who also want unlimited DVDs as well.

Microsoft unveils live TV streaming for Xbox 360 from Sky TV, Foxtel and Canal

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2011

Looks like the recent rumors were true. Microsoft has announced a new streaming TV implementation for the Xbox 360 today. The Kinect and Bing-powered voice search which can pull in content from online sources like Hulu, Netflix and Xbox Live Marketplace, will also work with live TV from IPTV partners.

Great news for the console. Right now that list only includes Sky in the UK, Foxtel in Australia and Canal+ in France, but users there will be able to search across those services and view them directly through the console. No info on any US-based partners.

Netflix to stream Miramax movies in June

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on May 16th, 2011

Miramax makes some good movies. Naturally you would like to see them either for the first time or again. Probably you would prefer to watch them instantly on Netflix. Well, Netflix has your back. The movie streaming service has reached an multi-year agreement with Miramax to allow streaming of films from the company’s extensive library.

Movies like Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Kill Bill, and hundreds of others will be added to the Netflix Watch Instantly catalog on a rotating basis, starting in June. This is the first time Miramax films have been available on a digital subscription service. Great news for movie lovers.

YouTube to add 3,000 streaming movies to rent

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

Good news movie lovers. YouTube has confirmed that starting today it will add rughly 3,000 new movie titles for rental in the US, as well as reviews and behind the scenes extras. NBC Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. are the new studios that YouTube is partnering with to add these new and catalog releases. It will double the amount previously available.

Pricing is $2.99 and $3.99 for movies viewed via your PC or Google TV. There was no mention of other devices supported. And though YouTube supports resolutions up to 4K, “most” of the new additions are in SD, which is kinda sad. Still, at least you have more choice than you did before.

Google pulls GrooveShark music streaming service from Android Market

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2011

The already controversial GrooveShark music streaming service is not finding it easy with mobile platform vendors. GrooveShark’s mobile music streaming application was already booted out of Apple’s App Store last year, and now they have been booted from Google.

GrooveShark for Android was removed from the Android Market this week. But don’t worry, the GrooveShark for Android application is still available from the company’s website and can be installed on any Android device that allows sideloading. The iPhone version is also available, though only installable on jailbroken devices. It ain’t easy getting your mobile Grooveshark on. It seems there are too many sharks in the water and not enough chum.

Crackle now streaming free movies to PS3

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2011

Sony’s Crackle service has now received an update that will allow it to provide a full range of ad-supported full-length movies and television series to a variety of devices. The update will now stream content to the Sony PlayStation 3, Roku streaming players, Sony’s Blu-ray players, BRAVIA televisions and Streaming Player with wifi, along with Google TV. This is great for PS3 owners as it’s yet another thing the console can do, but we already have plenty of video streaming services.

You can find Crackle in the Channel Store on Roku, on the PlayStation 3 Internet Browser home screen and on all BRAVIA Internet Video devices including Sony Blu-ray players and BRAVIA televisions.

Avi Stylix iPod / iPhone docking station streams Netflix

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2011

Here’s something that we don’t see everyday. This Avi Stylix iPod / iPhone docking station sports a built in 7-inch LCD capable of streaming Netflix. Other features include a Dock Connector port, twin two-watt speakers, USB port, SD card slot and a remote.

It will also stream Netflix, as mentioned, but just be aware that you’ll need an iPhone or iPod touch with a live internet connection. That’s because there is no WiFi module built into the device itself. Still, it’s a neat trick for a dock, especially at just $99.99. Not bad at all.

Hulu Android app coming soon, but only for some devices

Posted in Hulu by Conner Flynn on March 13th, 2011

Hulu’s Hulu Plus plans for Android are getting closer with a new teaser in its device list. The teaser shows the Plus service “coming soon,” but not for all devices. Only certain ones. Use of the TV streaming will require “select Android OS 2.2 phones,” according to the company.

Pretty odd since the photo shows the Nexus S, which runs Android 2.3, but maybe they are preparing to change the image. As for why the access is limited, it is likely due to Android fragmentation. Netflix knows first hand that the platform has wildly varying DRM support in most versions and it would have to write too much code to support most or all Android devices. So support is coming, but there is a price. It will shut out a large portion of the Android community. Hulu, who is very keen to guard against stream ripping also faces this barrier. One day though, we hope to have Hulu Plus on all of our Android devices. The question is when?

Amazon launches unlimited streaming for Prime subscribers

Posted in Amazon by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2011

We knew it was coming and now Amazon has unveiled its “free” video streaming for Prime members. If you are a Prime member and get your subscription-based two-day shipping, you can now enjoy streaming of 5,000 pieces of “prime eligible” content. This includes some recent movies and a whole bunch of TV shows.

On some foreign films you even have the choice of subtitles or dubbed, and a large portion of this content is still available to “rent” or “buy”. This is only for paid Prime subscribers in the US right now.

Redbox planning subscription streaming movie service

Posted in movies by Reuben Drake on February 17th, 2011

President of Redbox, Mitch Lowe told analysts that its upcoming online movie service would be subscription-based like Netflix and Hulu Plus instead of charging for each movie like others including iTunes, Zune or Amazon.

Users would pay a monthly fee to stream to devices and access discs at kiosks. Redbox will have a partner in the service and the Seattle Times is thinking that it is Walmart Vudu and Amazon. So if you are a Redbox fan, this is good news.

Samsung adds Lovefilm streaming to UK Blu-ray players

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

Europe may not have Netflix, but they have an equivalent called Lovefilm. You might remember that Amazon recently bought the company. Well, now Lovefilm is in the news once again.

Samsung has announced its intententions to include Lovefilm movie streaming as an app on all of its Blu-ray players in the UK. This will enhance both the subscription service’s profile and its own ability to providing the user with multifunctional, “smart” technology. If others start including Lovefilm on their devices, Amazon just may end up owning UK TV screens at some point.