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Original Chromecast not receiving major updates, only fixes

If you take a quick gander at the Google Support page detailing the newest firmware version available each Chromecast device, you’ll likely notice that the original Chromecast is on a much lower update than the other devices. While all the other Chromecast hardware is on version 1.40.156414, the 1st Gen Chromecast is all the way back on version 1.36.157768. Looking at the “Preview Program” versions of Chromecast firmware paints an even worse picture. – Kyle Bradshaw, 9to5Google » https://ift.tt/2Zm5JqP

YouTube back on Fire TV as Prime Video comes to Chromecast, Android TV

Effective immediately, the deal between the two firms will see the Prime Video app be available for streaming to Chromecast, Chromecast built-in devices, and Android TV devices while the official YouTube app for Amazon Fire TV is launching on Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube and Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/32hJ2T9

Chromecast overtakes Apple TV

The IHS Technology Connected Device Market Monitor report says there are now 8.1 billion connected smartphones, tablets, personal computers, TVs, TV-attached devices and audio devices worldwide. At the same time, Google Chromecast has finally managed to outship rival Apple TV. It delivered 3.2 million Chromecast units compared to 1.7 million units from Apple. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Chromecast takes 35% of streamer market

Google’s low-cost HDMI dongle continues to lead the standalone streamer market and it has now cemented itself as a top 5 player in the overall Connected TV Device rankings according to the new Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) report Global Connected TV Device Vendor Market Share: Q4 2015 – Broadband TV News

The Official NBC Android App Now Supports Chromecast Video Streaming

The Chromecast support in NBC’s official network app doesn’t come with any other notable changes, though video streaming appears to work with all of the live and pre-recorded video within. A live stream of the national network is available, but only if you log in with a compatible cable or satellite provider. Most of the larger national options are supported. Without a login users can still access trailing episodes of prime-time shows. – Michael Crider, Android Police

Spotify offers free Chromecasts to new Premium subscribers

photo: Engadget

Chromecast offers are normally something we’d associate with Google’s Play Music service, but for a limited period this month, Spotify has decided to get in on the act. From today until February 28th, the streaming service says it will hand subscribers a free Google streamer if they sign up for a three-month Premium account that costs $30/£30. – Matt Brian, Engadget

Turn the Chromecast Into a Standalone Media Player, No Internet Required

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XDA user rundgong has created a custom ROM that allows you to turn the Chromecast into a local media player, no internet required. While it’s super rudimentary—all playback controls are handled by the one small button on the Chromecast itself—it can be handy in some rare situations. Say you want to use it in a hotel without setting up your own Wi-Fi hotspots. Or you can try it because it’s just cool. Keep in mind that this will wipe your Chromecast, so don’t use this on a device you also plan to use normally. – Eric Ravenscraft, Lifehacker

Google is building Chromecast streaming right into Chrome

A Google+ post from François Beaufort indicates the company is working on a way to build the feature into the browser itself. The change means you may soon be able to right click a page in Chrome and see the “Cast” option show up to send whatever’s in your browser window to a nearby Chromecast-equipped TV. – Nick Statt, The Verge
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