Tag Archives: Linux

Firefox 33 arrives with OpenH264 support, sending video to Chromecast and Roku from Android

Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 33 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Major additions include OpenH264 support as well as the ability to send video content from webpages to a second screen. […] The biggest addition for the desktop platforms is OpenH264 sandboxed support via Cisco Systems’s H.264 open source H.264 implementation. Thanks to the networking company, Firefox can now decode and encode the video compression format (for WebRTC, but not the video tag yet) without Mozilla having to pay MPEG LA license fees. – Emil Protalinski,VentureBeat
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Netflix arrives on Linux, if you use Chrome

Netflix officially arrived on Linux this week: Linux users can now access Netflix streams without resorting to any complicated workarounds. All they need is Google’s Chrome browser, as well as the latest version of a security library called NSS. […] Netflix has started to embrace HTML5-based streaming. HTML5 has already been used by Netflix for some time to deliver streams to users of Google‘s Chromebooks, and the company made some advances in recent months to bring the same approach to full-blown Linux distributions such as Ubuntu as well. – Janko Roettgers,Gigaom
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Armada Mach 8 Pure Linux Review

The box will feature a quad core processor, and ship with a customized XBMC skin running Gotham 13.2. While the quad core power is a major hit with this box the skin is what may set the product apart in the marketplace. […] The new Armada Mach 8 will feature simple over the air updates with the push of a button. […] One of XBMC’s most popular features is its ability to utilize numerous video and audio apps. The challenge of the platform has been how to find the ones you want. In the past this involved adding content sources, changing the entire structure of the skin and more. – Ryan Michael Downey,The Streaming Advisor  
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Microsoft working on Miracast Dongle streaming hardware

Microsoft is getting ready to launch a Wi-Fi streaming dongle, an FCC filing suggests. The FCC Wi-Fi certification document names the product simply as “Miracast Dongle” and categorises it as a media adapter. […] Interestingly, it runs on Linux rather than a stripped-down version of Windows, whereas both Apple TV and Chromecast use a light version of their proprietary operating systems. […] It’s potentially lacking in terms of interoperability – the Roku Streaming Stick and Chromecast both support Android, iOS, Windows and Mac operating systems, while Apple TV supports iOS, Mac and Windows. – Jane McCallion,PC Pro
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Popcorn Time Adds Apple TV Support, iOS App Coming Soon

Today one of the most popular Popcorn Time forks releases a highly anticipated feature. The developers inform TorrentFreak that the latest version now has Airplay support, making it possible to stream movies directly to Apple TVs and other supported devices. Ironically, Airplay support is currently limited to the Windows release, but a Mac version is due early next week and the Linux release will follow shortly after. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak