21
Apr
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Most apps that stream video to the Chromecast come with support for a few sources like local storage, Dropbox, Google Drive, and so on. The new CloudCaster app comes with support for 23 different cloud sources, plus local content and DLNA files. You can even give it a shot for free.

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CloudCaster certainly has a ton of file sources for casting, but it's only compatible with the Chromecast – the similar AllCast app supports DLNA receivers and other devices like the Fire TV as well. Most of the sources in CloudCast can be streamed directly to the Chromecast, but three (SugarSync, Copy.com, and SMB/CIFS) need to use the device as an intermediary. This new app is really speedy – opening DLNA locations is a snap (once you figure out it's in a right slide-out menu). It was actually noticeably faster than AllCast, so we (Artem, actually) asked Koush if he could speed up AllCast and he obliged.

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CloudCaster is very new, so Dropbox hasn't finished approving it yet. Consequently, all the preliminary user tokens are gone for the moment. As soon as the app is certified, new users should be able to add Dropbox as a file source. The app is free with support for one cloud account and some ads. If you want to upgrade to pro, it's about $3.72 via an in-app purchase.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • jj14x

    One question/concern I've always had with apps like these... since this app needs to log onto my accounts, that means that this app has the ability to read/write all data from that account.
    I get it - if an app needs to stream data from my cloud account, it obviously needs to read data from it. But what's preventing a rogue app developer from mining data from all accounts that users are using with that app?
    Is it technically not practical to restrict access to a specific folder? I realize this is something that the cloud storage provider would need to do, but that would be neat!

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      It would be quite easy to implement (for cloud storage providers)

      • Thomas’

        Never assume something would be easy to implement based on your programming knowledge alone.

    • Jays2Kings

      Dropbox has such a feature, where certain apps are given a folder and only have access to that one folder. The problem is not many apps do that.

      • jj14x

        Interesting - never knew that dropbox supported that! I'll look into that. Thanks.

  • North

    Anyone know if this will stream videos from a hard drive attached to a router or another network storage drive. If not is there an app that will do it?

    • jj14x

      If your NAS supports Plex, you could try the Plex app (paid app)

    • unni123456

      This is what I do to stream from my HDD attached to router.
      Directly from mobile:
      Navigate to the HDD using Solid Explorer (paid app). It has a plugin called Solid Explorer Cast I think. With that plugin, you can cast from any folder. The only problem is that 1080p videos buffer every 2-3 seconds and is unwatchable. 720p seems to be ok. Don't know if its my mobile or router at fault for the buffering.

      Alternative is to have the videos transcoded using PC in real time. For that,
      1. Install Plex in PC. Point Plex to your HDD folder.
      2. Install BubbleUPNP server in PC.
      3. Use BubbleUPNP android app to cast.
      This method is free, but would need your PC to be on.

  • NinoBr0wn

    Anyone know a way to get twitch to stream through Chromecast?

    • unni123456
      • Kie

        does Lakitu have a search function? Cant find anything I want through their interface

        • unni123456

          Search is missing as of now. I hope the developer will add search functionality soon.

        • Joseph Lee

          yes there is a search function after a recent update

    • WestIndiesKING

      I am puzzled to the fact that Twitch hasnt added the casting ability to their app yet. I currently just cast from my browser

      • NinoBr0wn

        You'd think they would be one of the apps/devs to jump at the opportunity, right?

    • http://www.arealcoolhand.com arealcoolhand

      Give GameCast a shot:

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trecstudios.twitchcast

      The same guy also has a site that does the same thing through Chrome:

      http://nitrousstudios.com/twitchcast/

      It was originally TwitchCast but he changed it preemptively to prevent legal trouble.

      PLEX is also an option but I have to admit Twitch didn't run the best for me on ChromeCast through PLEX.

      Seriously though, it's ridiculous that this isn't built into to the Twitch app already, especially considering there's already chat-only mode. That would make for a great second-screen experience with ChromeCast.

      • NinoBr0wn

        I think you have the wrong link for gamecast?

  • Arnold

    Wow. This makes AllCast look like a complete joke.

    • Melad360

      allcast is a joke, only allowing one minute of picture and video streaming and only one song in the queue before it tells you to upgrade to pro, FOR ALMOST 6 DOLLARS. what a ripoff, don't get me wrong the app works and is nice, but koush just tries to squeeze money out of everyone

      • mobilemann

        it's an interesting case study. It's sad a system like airplay can never be setup without something like core video.

      • Arnold

        If it worked, then it would be fine. But it doesn't work.

        • Koushik Dutta

          What's broken?

          • Arnold

            Go read the reviews of your app.

      • Koushik Dutta

        The trial time limit is 5 minutes, not 1 minute. How would you propose doing a freemium model?

        • Melad360

          well in Canada the price is $5.48, so Idk. and like the other apps, ad supported! :)

        • Arnold

          Solid Explorer offers a two week trial before the license expires, asking you to buy the full app. That's a much better alternative. Even a few days would be better than what you're currently offering.

          • Koushik Dutta

            If the user uninstalls and reinstalls, they'll get the 2 week trial back. Unless I start doing some insane server DRM stuff, which is a pain.

  • WORPspeed

    Does it play video's from box.com that box.com can't even stream to free users?
    Still have like 50gb of free storage there going to waste :S

  • firesoul453

    I like foldersync when it works but his support of the paid app is HORRIBLE.

    • My name is….

      Never had an issue with foldersync.
      I blame you for it not working

      • firesoul453

        He doesn't have a real support email. You have to post on his google group. The first time he either ignored my post or missed it. The second time I posted it took a week for him to reply and all he said was "should be fixed in the future"

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  • mobilemann

    this is an app attempting to solve an unsolvable problem. Chromecast won't be awesome until it's like airplay, and anything that plays video is castable. (like every video, that uses core video in iOS, aka, all videos.)

    for me it's not massive, as i use plex for most of my video, which already supports chromecast, but in reality, it's a fucking joke.