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FenTiger Apr 5th 2014 4:50 pm

Gadgets & Internet TV
 
You may be interested in a new gadget on the market. In UK it costs £30. Basicallly you connect it to your tv if it has HDMI connection. You can watch internet tv via remote control. Obviously you need wi-fi. I have something similar. I have Netgear Push to TV gadget and via my tablet I can control what I watch on TV. It's fantastic.

You need to be aware chromecast does need a power point but you can use usb connection. Same with my Netgear Push to TV but I use power point so I can switch off when I don't need to use it.

Rural Hungary Apr 5th 2014 5:15 pm

Re: Chromecast
 
Cheers Fen, sounds interesting, basically turning your TV into a smart TV!

FenTiger Apr 5th 2014 5:47 pm

Re: Chromecast
 

Originally Posted by Rural Hungary (Post 11205906)
Cheers Fen, sounds interesting, basically turning your TV into a smart TV!

Spot on correct. It turns your tv into smart tv. Amazon have a new gadget out and it will cost £50 to £60. Think this might be a better option. My Netgear Push to tv mirrors what appears on my tablet. For any pc or laptop you need atleast Windows 8.1 . My Netgear push to tv cost £70. Chromecast is £30. This works directly from wi-fi. Amazon's new gadget is around £50 to £60. This also works directly from wi-fi.

Rural Hungary Apr 5th 2014 7:36 pm

Re: Chromecast
 

Originally Posted by FenTiger (Post 11205936)
Chromecast is £30. This works directly from wi-fi. Amazon's new gadget is around £50 to £60. This also works directly from wi-fi.

So what will be the main differences between them?

FenTiger Apr 5th 2014 8:37 pm

Re: Chromecast
 
Netgear Push2TV mirrors your android tablet or Windows 8.1. Laptop to TV, I.e. what you see on your tablet or compatible laptop comes up on your tv. Chromecast ...... I am not fully knowledgeable about this gadget but Amazon released a new gadget with remote control. Think it is similar to Roku SS.

FenTiger Apr 5th 2014 8:39 pm

Re: Chromecast
 
RURAL HUNGARY .....can you change this thread to 'Gadgets & Internet TV?

Rural Hungary Apr 6th 2014 1:30 pm

Gadgets & Internet TV
 
Your wish is my command :)

gcroft Apr 6th 2014 3:38 pm

Re: Gadgets & Internet TV
 
Excuse my ignorance but does this kit do the same as airplay/mirroring on an iPad, or does it do more?

Rural Hungary Apr 6th 2014 3:46 pm

Re: Gadgets & Internet TV
 

Originally Posted by gcroft (Post 11206927)
Excuse my ignorance but does this kit do the same as airplay/mirroring on an iPad, or does it do more?

I read somewhere that it's similar to Apple TV

gcroft Apr 6th 2014 3:55 pm

Re: Gadgets & Internet TV
 
Thanks.
I think that's what I meant!

tweez78 Apr 7th 2014 8:40 am

Re: Gadgets & Internet TV
 

Originally Posted by FenTiger (Post 11205880)
You may be interested in a new gadget on the market. In UK it costs £30. Basicallly you connect it to your tv if it has HDMI connection. You can watch internet tv via remote control. Obviously you need wi-fi. I have something similar. I have Netgear Push to TV gadget and via my tablet I can control what I watch on TV. It's fantastic.

You need to be aware chromecast does need a power point but you can use usb connection. Same with my Netgear Push to TV but I use power point so I can switch off when I don't need to use it.

Hi FenTiger. So the new gadget you're referring to is Chromecast?
Am I right in saying that, so long as I use my iPad/iPhone with a VPN, it will stream whatever I tell it to to Chromecast? (i.e iPlayer live streaming/TV Catchup/SkyGo/anything that's normally blocked outside UK?)

Edit: Hmmm, having done a bit of reading up it seems it won't stream anything, just the apps/content included as part of the device. Thoughts on best gadget to stream UK TV to my 47" TV? (fed up of watching it on my iPad mini!)

gcroft Apr 7th 2014 8:53 am

Re: Gadgets & Internet TV
 
Please interpret the vocabulary from a non-techie but we have Applet Tvs and then stream to them from an iPad connected to a VPN using airplay and mirroring.
It works for us.

Rural Hungary Apr 7th 2014 9:09 am

Re: Gadgets & Internet TV
 
A quick search and it seems there are iplayer and TVcatchup apps so you can stream.

llareggub Apr 7th 2014 9:13 am

Re: Gadgets & Internet TV
 

Originally Posted by tweez78 (Post 11207896)
Hi FenTiger. So the new gadget you're referring to is Chromecast?
Am I right in saying that, so long as I use my iPad/iPhone with a VPN, it will stream whatever I tell it to to Chromecast? (i.e iPlayer live streaming/TV Catchup/SkyGo/anything that's normally blocked outside UK?)

Edit: Hmmm, having done a bit of reading up it seems it won't stream anything, just the apps/content included as part of the device. Thoughts on best gadget to stream UK TV to my 47" TV? (fed up of watching it on my iPad mini!)

Not exactly streaming but the best way to turn your TV into a smart TV and pull down what ever you want is to plug it into a PC, naturally not ideal if your TV is hung on the wall but if you can get a small form tower and remote mouse and keyboard you are ready to rock and roll :)

Rural Hungary Apr 7th 2014 9:25 am

Re: Gadgets & Internet TV
 
There are other options for wireless connectivity from PC/laptop to TV, last year we looked into the wireless usb but didn't go for it. Can't remember exactly why but I think reviews were mixed on the strength of the signal and quality of streaming - not sure.
Some of them are in this article.


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