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May
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Google's little media streaming dongle has managed to take off, and now it's time to further leave the nest. The gadget that launched in the US has already expanded to Canada and countries all through Europe. Now the dongle has made its way across the Pacific to South Korea, the first country in Asia to receive access.

Korea

The Chromecast is going for 49,900 won, which roughly translates to fifty bucks. That's a little bit pricier than it its $35 tag stateside, but even that isn't all that much to ask for a product that's proven to be rather nifty and is only becoming more so with each new app update. There isn't much of an easier way to stream media to the TV, whether it's the stuff we stream here in the States, K-Pop (erm, which we also stream over here), or content from Tving and Hoppin. Just hit up the link below.

Chromecast in Korea

Sources: Google [1], [2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Cory S

    Off subject, but my Chromecast is skipping a lot of videos that are "age restricted" I am hosting a bachelor party and have a lot of music videos setup on a playlist and only about half of them play. Is there any work around for this?

    • akshay7394

      Are you using YouTube to stream the playlist?

      • Cory S

        Yep. The "naughty" videos play fine if I disconnect from the chromecast, then reconnect and play only that video. But it seems like that may be a bug and not working as intended.

        • akshay7394

          Oh Damn. :P I was just going to say it might be SafeFilter

  • bungadudu

    Why don't you guys write an article about how chromecast supports native mirroring and just waits for Google to allow this to all users (not just Spain / rooted) !?
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2718525

  • Android Developer

    I'm thinking of buying a Chromecast device.
    Does anyone know if any of the apps on the play store can show video files with Hebrew subtitles well ? Also, is it a part of the official features, or is it still considered a hack ?

    I know that AllCast and LocalCast claim to be able to show subtitles, but I have no idea if Hebrew ones are supported.

    • Metsie

      Most apps support SRT Subtitles so if you have a hebrew Sub then you should not have an issue.

      • Android Developer

        I know they support SRT, but it doesn't mean they also show Hebrew subtitles well.
        Many don't show Hebrew characters well at all.
        That's why I ask this.

        • Metsie

          Well since most Apps don't do the Subtitles ON the CCast itself I suppose that if the fontset (which is the real issue isn't it?) is on the launching device then it should work.
          I'm pretty sure Plex supports it because it hardcodes the subs on the server during transcode.

          • Android Developer

            No I think it's related to correctly decoding the characters to real Hebrew characters. Maybe identifying the correct encoding.

            I also wonder about something else:
            There is a feature for "cast screen" (on "settings"->display"). I'm not sure if it's part of Android, or something of custom roms.
            Is it Miracast perhaps? does it work for all devices? what exactly does it do? will it cast to chromecast?

          • Metsie

            Yes it started out as Miracast but it will soon be available for Mirroring to Chromecast.
            It's all there and working but not whitelisted anywhere apparently except in Spain. And maybe that only applies to a unit bought in span as opposed to the geolocation the unit is set to.
            Eureka Rom has got it working on Rooted CCasts.
            Android OS does matter, 4.4 at least and CM11 also supports it.

            It needs to be baked into the rom so it varies from manufacturer to Manufacturer.

            I expect them to go public with it for Google I/O

          • Android Developer

            About the subtitles, do you have chromeCast perhaps?
            Can you try it out?
            Do you think it would work well with CM (and CM based roms) for my device (I9300) ?

            About the screen recording, I've now tested it and it's super slow on I9300. I know that on Nexus 4 it's much faster, so I wonder if maybe they used the CPU instead. I also wonder if CM (or others) will succeed making it faster for this device, and if HDMI (MHL) will also be supported.

          • Metsie

            Well I could try it but I would be hard pressed to know if they were working properly! Kind of need to be able to read Hebrew don't ya? LOL

            I believe Mirroring works in the same way as the Cast a tab does and that capability needs to be baked into the ROM and driver Support for the code must be in the Kernel.

          • Android Developer

            Just check that the letters are shown. Here's the Hebrew alphabet (on the right area) :
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_alphabet

            About mirroring, so I guess it wouldn't work either. :(

          • Metsie

            Not right now Mirroring won't work unless of course you live and purchased your CCast in Spain.
            But it will work eventually for any KitKat devices that are close to Google Experience or via flashing CM.

            I will check when I get home for you on the subs.

          • Android Developer

            Thank you.

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