JW Player gets Chromecast support in new update, bringing casting support to millions of sites

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JW Player, a video playing platform used by millions of sites, most notably including ESPN, Chevrolet, AT&T, EA Games and more, just received a major update that will bring Chromecast support to the platform.

That means that with the new release (version 6.9), you’ll now see the Chromecast button on the bottom of the screen, adding the ability to stream the content directly to an existing player.

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Google now showing Google Play Movies purchases in YouTube app

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To access your purchased Google Play Movies content, you previously had to go to the Google Play Movies & TV application.

But today, Google has updated its YouTube app to now integrate Google Play Movies & TV, allowing you to access your purchased videos straight from YouTube.

Check out the “Purchases” screen after the break.

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YouTube live events now supported by Chromecast via mobile device

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If you were watching a live YouTube broadcast via your computer in the past, you’ve had the ability to push it straight to your Chromecast if you wanted to. But if you wanted to do the same from your mobile device, you were not able to.

But today, Google has updated the feature, now letting you push live events on YouTube straight to the TV screen via Chromecast on your mobile device.

While the feature apparently has been out “a little while ago,” Google hasn’t mentioned it until a post on Google+ today.

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AllCast app will soon be able to stream to devices from Google Music app

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Super-developer Koushik Dutta is back with another awesome update to his AllCast application.

According to a Google+ post on his page, in the app’s next version, root users will be able to cast to any device that AllCast supports, through Google Music. The Fire TV is on such device.

The Google Music app will be able to see all of the user’s casting devices, which can be selected and streamed to from there.

Dutta said that the update is “coming soon.” Hit the break for his demonstration video.

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OnLive is alive and back again with a new subscription plan to stream your Steam games anywhere

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OnLive shut down its business a few years ago and sold out to Lauder Partners in 2012 for just $4.8 million. The company released a statement back in August 2012 regarding the change of ownership stressing that this matter would not affect the development and production of Onlive.

Now, a few years later, Onlive is back with full potential offering customers two new services, the PlayPack and CloudLift plan. PlayPack charges customers a mere $9.99 monthly subscription fee that will give them access to Onlive’s collection of 250 titles in the cloud via mobile devices.

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VH1 launches Android app with full show streaming, music videos, and watching companion

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vh1VH1 is joining many of their network competitors and launching an Android app, after the iOS version of the app was launched in October of last year. Once you sign in with your cable provider’s credentials, you can stream full episodes of many of VH1′s hit shows. In addition to streaming, the app allows will provide special content for  users, like the re-release of their movie “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.”

In addition, the app doubles as a viewing companion, which makes your device a second screen for information while the show is running on your TV. You can chat with friends, cast members and other people around the world from inside the app while you watch on your TV.

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Chromecast’s best competitor is finally here— but will it survive?

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It may not come with the same branding and reputation that Google’s Chromecast does, but Airtame certainly has plenty to boast about.

Airtame, the result of an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign, received $1,268,148, going way (way, way, way) over its initial $160,000 goal. Yeah, a lot of people believe in this product.

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Hulu Plus for Android updated to include slide-out navigation and persistent resume bar

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Hulu_Plus_UpdateHulu Plus is the latest Android app to change its look to be more consistent with Google’s design standards. The update includes a slide-out navigation panel that allows for easy access to sections like TV, Movies, Kids, Originals, Latino & British, and a redesigned layout for shows that have multiple seasons. Also, there’s a persistent resume bar, which works well with Chromecast, to allow resuming playback across all devices.

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New Chromecast app developed allowing for streaming of local media

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As expected, the recently released Chromecast was taken apart, put back together, rooted, hacked, and investigated deeply by tons of developers this past week, as the device became available to the public in limited quantities.

It looks like some good has already come out of it, as Koushik Dutta has already built an application that will allow users to stream local media from their phones straight to their TVs via Chromecast.

He made the announcement yesterday on his G+ page.

Wrote my first Chromecast app. Send anything in your gallery to your TV via the standard share button. Images and movies (at full framerate). It works like magic.

Also looking at sending music and playlists.

He later reveals that he is looking into working on a desktop application or Chrome extension which will allow for the same streaming of local media, but on the computer.

This definitely makes Chromecast even more useful for a ton of people, however the application cannot yet be distributed to the public because of Google’s policy with its Beta SDK, which states that written permission from Google is required before releasing the app. If Google sends it through to the Play Store, this will be good news for everyone.

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Sonos app updated, feature added allowing for music playback from Android devices

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The Sonos Hi-Fi wireless music system has been gaining a lot of respect from both the audiophile and music-newbie communities alike— its sheer power and easy syncing abilities make it one of the best sound system products on the market.

Now, they’re adding even more functionality to their Sonos app for Android, as you can now play music and podcasts straight from your library on your device. The previous version required users to download all of their music to their computers and media servers— streaming all the music stored on your phone or tablet is now possible.

If you’ve got a Sonos player, go grab the update now— it’s live in the Google Play Store. And if you don’t have Sonos, then what are you waiting for? Go get it!

Check out more information below, a link to download the update, and a link to get your own Sonos player.

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