I just saw the video about Chromecast and I am interested in knowing how can I enable this on my Ubuntu PC. My TV has an HDMI port.
It looks as if all you need is the browser Chrome or Chromium and the extension below: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-cast/boadgeojelhgndaghljhdicfkmllpafd
I got a Chrome-cast for $49au.
I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on my PC & Android 4.3 on my Phone.
First you need to plug the Chromecast in and change the TV source to that HDMI port.
Next install the Phone app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app
Then use the Phone app to connect the Chromecast to your wifi and then it will update and reboot.
After that, go to your Ubuntu PC and open Chromium and install app. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-cast/boadgeojelhgndaghljhdicfkmllpafd?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon The Chrome-cast device is now listed. it's that simple.
For video file playback : Goto File/Open File... locate video and open. The Chromium browser has a media player built in. then you can stream it, remember to go "full screen" (F11) . :) That's it.
The most important thing is the streaming works out of the box.
Here are the codecs that work in Chromium : http://www.chromium.org/audio-video
There are other projects like VLC or XBMC that are working on Chromecast compatability, so it won't be long till we can stream everything. If you use Steam you can install VLC or XBMC and stream from one Steam box to another already.
The documentation from Google indicates that the Google Cast extension is not supported in Linux, but it actually does work.
To get this working in Ubuntu:
I just got my chromecast device. It can stream YouTube and tabs from Chrome. Because Netflix is not available on Ubuntu you cannot stream movies from Ubuntu. Tab streaming gives you a lot of cool features. I already tried: streaming photos from Flickr, streaming videos from Vimeo, streaming music from SoundCloud or Google Music (I connected it to Receiver, so experience is awesome).
I did not see any issues with music streaming, but in video you can see some dropped frames (but not really, I watched some imdb.com trailers and overall it was fine).
I could not make Chrome with Chromecast play avi files from my local PC. It allows to stream it, but I see black screen on TV (I guess this is not supported).
And I did not do anything special to install Chromecast plugin on Chrome, it just works.
Be careful, the Ubuntu crowd will (as always) unnecessarily over-complicate things.
It's a super-simple, and super-cool device.
Just be sure you have an Android device and/or Chrome installed on your box(es), install the free Chrome extension (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-cast/boadgeojelhgndaghljhdicfkmllpafd)
It's suggested that it's Windows-only at this point, but that's not really true. The extension seems to work fine for me on Ubuntu 13.04 (running the latest Chrome).
You need Google Cast server app on Ubuntu based PC or your NAS.
Chromecast device is new ... question is: "Does this app exist yet?" It is a new opportunity for linux developers.
more info: https://developers.google.com/cast/
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