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Now footloose and fancy free, or at least self-employed and unencumbered, Koushik "Koush" Dutta is expanding his popular AllCast streaming app to Amazon's new Fire TV set-top box. Unlike the Chromecast, Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, and various other gadgets with relatively open streaming profiles, the Fire TV needs a separate app to receive content from your phone or tablet. Just install AllCast on both and you should be good to go for local video and audio streaming.

The Fire TV component of AllCast is free, as is the basic demo Android app, but you'll need to pay five bucks for the premium version to get access to unlimited streaming. According to Dutta's Google+ post, the Fire TV receiver app also includes a screen mirroring feature which is currently in beta. The remotely-viewed screen looks pretty good, with streaming audio supported as well, though it's not quite quick enough for animation-heavy gaming.

The screen mirroring functionality is especially compelling. If the quality can be boosted beyond the level shown in the beta release, it could be a way to get games that are only available in the Play Store to display on the Fire TV, to say nothing of more general Android apps and media.

Source: Amazon Appstore

Michael Crider
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  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Now.... if he would just make the Chromecast part work..... The version initially released and the next version after that - worked really well, but every version after that has failed to find any Chromecasts on my network, even though Plex and Avia work fine. However I recently got a UK Chromecast so we now have 2 imports and a UK version and AllCast will occasionally see the UK version but still won't see the imports. I doubt I will bother donating to anymore of his projects.

    • IamTheFij

      It finds my Chromecast. Did you send him any logs so it can be debugged?

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Sent a message on Google+ but never got a reply, said I would be happy to provide whatever logs/info was needed. https://plus.google.com/+AndrewJonesMcGuire/posts/WwAPvoMvDBt

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  • primalxconvoy

    The Fire TV app also works on Ouya, so it's possible to steam media content to that, too. I found that music playback wasn't great (if I played a new track, it didn't respond right away), plus there is no folder view for media content (a pain for me). I haven't found the mirroring function though, yet.

  • Jason Halbert

    Too bad it will be bug-ridden and then abandoned mid-development, true to Koush tradition.

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