Chromecast with Google TV

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  1. Noelmel

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    Was about to say the same thing I assume they will just update the current iPhone app ... hopefully sooner rather than later and I was using google chrome to add to watch list on iPhone but always use safari so good to know it works on any browser


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  2. AussieFigjam

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    Thanks, I've downloaded, will side-load this evening to see what happens on TS4K
     
  3. AussieFigjam

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    Doesn't install on the TS4K, looks like this link might point to the phone (non TV interface) version. I'll dig around to see if I can find another version.
     
  4. markp99

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    Hmm. This version installed onto my ShieldTV without complaint.
     
  5. AussieFigjam

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    OK, I just used the X-Plore app to copy it off my Chromecast. App name is LauncherX if anyone is interested. It has the same version as the one available everywhere else:

    LauncherX [1.0.331643392].apk

    But interstingly enough the date-stamp is different, new build date is October 9th, and it it has a different checksum. I'll try to install on my TS4K to see if it makes any difference.
     
  6. AussieFigjam

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    OK, I spotted the misunderstanding here. The Update you posted was the new version of Google Play Movies and TV (now called Google TV). On the ATV platform this is the app that allows you download and buy stuff from the store, or play content that you bought. I also have this on the Chromecast, but I never use it. Not to be confused with the updated launcher (also called Google TV, but not the same thing).

    So, the upshot is that they didn't update the launcher at all with this new Chromecast update, so all this bugs associated with the launcher on TS4K are still there :(

    Having said that, I have started to notice that it dynamically paints in the results as I scroll down, and when it does have to refresh on the Chromecast (very rarely), it takes less time. Maybe things are getting better, but I can only assume this due to a server change (e.g. server now indicates "I'm done loading" faster). In theory, this would also benefit the TS4K since the launcher app itself did not change, but maybe it is something related to the system update (e.g. only works on ATV10). There was an update to Android in this new download, so it's possible.
     
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  8. Noelmel

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    I’ve watched shows from Netflix. Started 2 diff ones from HBO MAX and HULU. Still don’t even have a continue watching strip listed at all under “for you” or “library”. I started them from my watch list not the apps themselves. I know not every service is integrated yet but read at least those ones were supposed to be. Watching something from Prime now and know that wasn’t supposed to be integrated yet. This is my first and only google device. Didn’t even think I had a gmail but apparently I did connected to YouTube. I have an iPhone so I can’t download the google tv app yet. Is that why? Or is there some setting I’m missing?


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  9. Alex_7

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    This is a known issue. For me I can’t get Netflix, prime, and Hulu to pop up on continue watching. But hbo max does work.
     
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  10. Noelmel

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    I know people have trouble with one or the other service but I can’t get ANY to work and don’t even have a continue watching row at all. Did you by chance test HBO MAX shows lovecraft county or the third day? Nether of those worked on mine


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  11. Alex_7

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    I will try lovecraft later today. It worked for two movies I was watching. I don’t think it’s title specific. It either works or it doesn’t. I have been waiting for a fix but the recent chromecast update did not fix this issue
     
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    Is there a usb hub that has been confirmed to work? I think you mentioned that the one you had purchased did not work for ethernet?
     
  14. Alex_7

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    Yes the one I posted is not compatible. The tricky part is finding one that actually works! Troypoint claims that this one works without the need of connecting a stronger power brick adapter just plug and play with the power brick and cord that came with the chromecast:

    USB C Hub, UtechSmart 6 In 1 USB C to HDMI Adapter with 1000M Ethernet, Power Delivery Pd Type C Charging Port, 3 USB 3.0 Ports Adapter Compatible for MacBook Pro, Chromebook, XPS, and USB C devices https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2ZS1B5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vE5HFbD95RCYM

    Purchase at your own risk, I have yet to test this myself but I am planning on ordering this one this week.
     
  15. Noelmel

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    Yah I was thinking more along lines of movies vs tv shows cuz someone else had a screenshot and it showed movies too. Thanks!


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  16. Alex_7

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    No problem I’ll keep you updated
     
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    Had an old 1st gen fire stick laying around, so I did the prime day trade in and got a Fire TV Cube for $55. I think I'll be saying goodbye to both TS4k and Sabrina, even though Sabrina won't arrive till tomorrow, but based on my experiments with Google TV on TS4k, I don't see how it can be good enough to trump the Cube. I've been hating my Fire TV boxes and sticks because they are all laggy with the UI, but the Cube has been the most snappy Fire device I've owned. Their live guide will integrate youtube tv as well as well as pluto tv, the two services I happen to use. I think these features have been on my fire devices, but I just didn't bother cause of how laggy they are. But the cube is winning me back.
     
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  18. mschnebly

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    I have to agree with you. The Cube and the ATV4K seem to just work without any fooling around. I like the Tivo Stream 4K and this new Chromecast a lot but weird things happen on them every now and then. I've eliminated all my ethernet now and everything is on WiFi with no buffering or problems. I also don't have a need for additional disk space on devices so that makes it easy.
     
  19. markp99

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    My ShieldTV using Launcher X is quite snappy. Very happy. Sabrina sits on another Input on the same TV (for science :)), just a tad slower clicking around, but streaming via wifi seems pretty solid, surprisingly. The only deal breaker on Sabrina for me is playing Plex content NOT in AC3/DD format (Sonos Issue) - a stuttering mess. ShieldTV handles the transcoding flawlessly for me.
     
  20. fattymcbuckles

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    I just got this hub yesterday.I can confirm that Ethernet works and usb works.I plugged in a Sandisk 32gb flash drive and expanded my storage.
     

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