Target wants go get a piece of the Prime Day buzz, so they’re putting a few things on sale as well this week. Most notable right now is the Chromecast Ultra which just went on sale for $49.99. One key advantage it has is that it is one of the very few devices that supports both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos surround sound. I don’t keep track of Chromecast pricing as closely as I do Amazon devices, but I believe this is the lowest price the Ultra has ever been. If you don’t care about 4K or HDR, Target also has the regular Chromecast on sale for $25.00, which is $10 off the regular price. If you use a Target RED card, you’ll receive an extra 5% off of each of these prices. I’ll be posting all the best Prime Day deals as thy go live, so be sure to check back often during the next couple of days.
A new app called AirScreen has just arrived in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices that adds support for all the major casting protocols. It is compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models and makes it possible to cast videos and your entire screen to your Fire TV from an Android device, iOS device, Mac, or Windows PC. It supports Google Cast so it works exactly like a Chromecast and supports Apple AirPlay, so it works like an Apple TV for iPhone casting. It also supports Miracast, which is what Windows PCs use for screen mirroring, as well as DLNA. Read more ›
Amazon has re-listed the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV, as first spotted by CNET. This is significant since Amazon removed both devices from their website two years ago after being unhappy with the state of Amazon Video on both platforms. This should relieve tension between Amazon, Google, and Apple, which may be the first step to avoiding the upcoming ban of YouTube on the Fire TV by Google. Read more ›
If you’re looking for a way to cast from your phone or PC to the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, now that Amazon seems to have abandoned Miracast support, try sideloading the CastReceiver app. XDA forum user josuelopezv has discovered that it works well to add limited Chromecast capabilities to Fire TV devices. Read more ›
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Google officially revealed the new Chromecast Ultra at their media event this morning. The new device will be the first Chromecast to support 4K UHD video, as well as HDR content, both HDR10 and Dolby Vision standards. It will be $69, as rumors predicted, and available in November. Read more ›
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Google is expected to reveal the first 4K capable Chromecast next month, among other devices, at their October 4th media event. The Chromecast Ultra, which is what it will reportedly be called, will look nearly identical to the existing Chromecast if the above image uncovered by VentureBeat is accurate. Notably different is the lack of a Google Chrome logo, which has been replaced by Google’s “G” logo.
The Chromecast Ultra is expected to be priced at $69, which many believe may leave it dead in the water, since a device like the Xiaomi Mi Box is available for the same price, also acts as a 4K Google Cast receiver, and does so much more with its dedicated physical remote control and Android TV interface. We’ll have to wait until next week to see if Google has anything new up its sleeve to justify the Chromecast Ultra’s price.
The new 4K capable Chromecast Ultra, expected to be announced on October 4th at Google’s upcoming ress event, will allegedly cost $69, according to a report by Android Police. If accurate, that’s a pretty hefty price for a device that doesn’t include a remote or a TV interface. That’s especially high considering we’ve just learned the Xiaomi Mi Box, the newest 4K capable Android TV box, will also cost $69 and can do so much more, including function as a Google Cast/Chromecast receiver. The Chromecast Ultra, which still may not be the device’s final name, will reportedly also have HDR support. Android Police is also reporting that Google Home, Google’s upcoming competitor to the Amazon Echo, will cost $129.
Google will be holding a hardware focused event on October 4th where, among other devices, they will reportedly reveal a 4K capable Chromecast, according to Android Police. Sources say the device will either be called the Chromecast Plus or Chromecast Ultra, but not much else is known. Given the simple and minimalistic nature of the Chromecast, I’d expect it to function identically to the existing Chromecast, but have the horsepower to decode 2160p streaming video.
Google will reportedly also “fully detail” the Google Home speaker, which is their competitor to the Amazon Echo. Additionally, they will reveal two new flagship phones, called the Pixel and Pixel XL, instead of Nexus branded phones like they usually do, and Google’s VR headset, called the Daydream View.
Based on this news of a 4K Chromecast, the likelihood that Amazon will be announcing a 4K Fire TV Stick soon has just shot up from unlikely to pretty likely in my book.
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Amazon’s decision to stop selling streaming devices that don’t support Amazon Prime Video has ruffled quite a few feathers. Many see this decision as a way for Amazon to hurt the sales of competing devices, but there is a lot more to it than that. The real issue, and likely the driving force behind this decision by Amazon, is with in-app purchase restrictions imposed by Apple and Google, as well as the closed nature of the Google Cast protocol. Read more ›
The gloves have come off as Amazon will reportedly stop selling streaming video devices that do not support Prime Video, like the Apple TV, Chromecast, and Nexus Player. Bloomberg Business is reporting that Amazon marketplace sellers have been sent an email from Amazon outlining the changes. New listings for non-Prime Video streaming devices will not be allowed and existing inventory will be removed from Amazon on Oct. 29th. Devices like Rokus, Xboxs, and PlayStations will not be affected because they support Prime Video streaming. Read more ›