Amazon is pushing a new Universal Casting Standard to work across Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and more

Matter is a new connectivity standard, with support from Amazon, Apple, Google, and others, to make smart home interoperability possible across devices from different manufacturers. One aspect of Matter is a TV and streaming standard that has the potential to replace proprietary casting protocols, like Apple’s AirPlay and Google’s Cast, so that any streaming device can receive playback instructions from any other device, regardless of who makes it. Amazon, without a popular casting standard of its own, has the most to gain from the widespread adoption of Matter’s TV capabilities and is leading the effort behind the new standard. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K gains Miracast screen mirroring with latest software update

The new software update that is currently rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K has added support for screen mirroring through the Mircast standard. This allows customers with compatible phones, tablets, and computers to wirelessly mirror their device’s screen to the Fire TV Stick 4K, as if it were an attached monitor. Screen mirroring support was available on earlier Fire TV models, such as the Fire TV Stick 2 and Fire TV 2, but was dropped when Fire OS 6 arrived on the Fire TV 3. This latest Fire TV Stick 4K software update marks the first time screen mirroring has been made available on modern Fire TV hardware and Fire OS 6. Read more ›

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AirScreen turns your Fire TV into a Chromecast with support for Google Cast and Apple AirPlay

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 ›

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Amazon Fire TV 3 will not support Miracast display mirroring

Amazon’s 3rd generation Fire TV won’t be released until next week but parts of Amazon’s site are already being updated to include information about the new model. One such page that was just updated is Amazon’s “Display Mirroring on Amazon Fire TV” help page. It now says that the Fire TV 3 does not support display mirroring. Read more ›

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Fire TV Stick to support Windows 8.1 Miracast

When Amazon added display mirroring support via Miracast to the Fire TV with the software update, they seemed to only focus on making the new feature compatible with Android devices. Users of Windows 8.1, which supports Miracast by default, were disappointed to find the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick couldn’t mirror Windows correctly. Sharp eyed reddit user FlyEaglesFly04 has spotted an update to the Fire TV Stick’s product page that should make Windows users happy. Amazon has recently added “Windows 8.1 coming soon” to the miracast feature row in the Fire TV Stick’s comparison chart. This is a good indicator that the next Fire TV Stick update should resolve issues with mircast and make it compatible with Windows 8.1’s native support. Even though there’s no mention of mircast or Windows on the Fire TV’s product page, it’s safe to assume the Fire TV will also gain Windows miracast compatibility with its next software update. Once the Fire TV Stick becomes compatible with Windows 8.1 miracast mirroring, it should drive the last nail into the coffin of Microsoft’s ridiculously overpriced Wireless Display Adapter and turn the Fire TV Stick into one of the most versatile options for Windows mirroring.

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