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Re: Device Management with Chromecast

Hi @knrp , 

 

Thanks for getting in touch. 

 

As mentioned by @artesea as long as the stream is stopped on the device other than Chromecast, another user will be able to stream NOW TV.

 

If you have any further questions please feel free to get back in touch. 

 

Many Thanks, 

 

Karl 

NOW TV Team

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Crankyhorse
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Re: Device Management with Chromecast

I agree.

They may as well count HDMI leads as a device if they are going to count the Chromecast as one.

It would make mores sense to only allow you to use chromecast with Now TV registered devices.

I can't even get one of my rarely used devices to unregister so this update has only managed to ###### me off!

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Re: Device Management with Chromecast

Havign thought about this again, if Now TV are using the Chromecast correctly, then the Chromecast SHOULD take up an extra device slot.

 

When you are casting from your phoen to the chromecast you are NOT pulling the stream data into your phone and sending it accross the room to the Chrome cast. All your phone is doing is telling the chromecast that you want to watch XXX and the chromecast is downloading it direct from NowTV. Therefore 2 devices are accessing the NowTV server.

 

In theiory if you start the cast session from the NowTV menu on your phone then the phone shouldn't pull any movie data off the NowTV servers so shouldn't ever register its self as a device... Of course by then you'll already have watched a movie on your phone so it will be registered as a device.

 

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Re: Device Management with Chromecast

My test last night showed that it's possible to continue watching on the Chromecast without the mobile being present. I'm guessing it would also then be possible to start watching something else on the mobile after disconnecting.

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Re: Device Management with Chromecast

My current setup is 2 now tv boxes - for main tvs, 1 ipad (son uses), 1 laptop (daughter).

 

I would love to have NOWTV on my phone so when I was out and about I could use nowtv, so when I heard chromecast support was available I was hoping I could use the phone for my device and when I want to display the screen on the chromecast that would be fine. The phone can only display on either the chromecast or the phone screen so it would seem to have made sense that way.

 

Unfortunately if I was going to use the Chromecast instead of the NOWTV (all TVs have a chromecast) then the children would lose their devices and ultimately I will have lost out - gone from 4 devices to 2 devices.


I hope that Sky rethink this - was going to make NOWTV a fantastic service as it is I don't view the Chromecast addin as useful at this point.

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Re: Device Management with Chromecast

An extra device slot when it takes 2 devices to watch 1 stream? Do me a favour! The Chromecast can't run independently from another device so the tablet/phone becomes nothing more than a remote control....

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Re: Device Management with Chromecast


@buzzmadman wrote:

An extra device slot when it takes 2 devices to watch 1 stream? Do me a favour! The Chromecast can't run independently from another device so the tablet/phone becomes nothing more than a remote control....


Whilst it requires a device to start it, it doesn't require it to continue running. Nor does the other device actually need to be one of your four.

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Re: Device Management with Chromecast

 


@artesea wrote:

@buzzmadman wrote:

An extra device slot when it takes 2 devices to watch 1 stream? Do me a favour! The Chromecast can't run independently from another device so the tablet/phone becomes nothing more than a remote control....


Whilst it requires a device to start it, it doesn't require it to continue running. Nor does the other device actually need to be one of your four.



You are correct it doesnt require the device to be running after starting the stream, but it is inevitable that you have to keep it running to control the Chromecast, also if you just let the stream run without the device the device cant play any Now tv content as if you start the app it re-connects to the Chromecast, as for the device not having to be one of your 4 it inevitably always will be otherwise 99% of users wouldnt have installed the app in the first place. 
The best solution for both Sky and their customers in my opinion would be to have a device and their first registered Chromecast paired and counted as one device and all subsequent Chromecasts take a slot each.

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Re: Device Management with Chromecast


@buzzmadman wrote:

 

as for the device not having to be one of your 4 it inevitably always will be otherwise 99% of users wouldnt have installed the app in the first place. 


 

I've now installed the NowTV app on the other Android devices in the house to control the Chromecast whilst I'm not around, and I'm sure others will to due to the limitations of the Chromecast in that it needs a second device to use it, unlike the NowTV box which has a simple remote.

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Re: Device Management with Chromecast


@artesea wrote:

@buzzmadman wrote:

 

as for the device not having to be one of your 4 it inevitably always will be otherwise 99% of users wouldnt have installed the app in the first place. 


 

I've now installed the NowTV app on the other Android devices in the house to control the Chromecast whilst I'm not around, and I'm sure others will to due to the limitations of the Chromecast in that it needs a second device to use it, unlike the NowTV box which has a simple remote.


Congratulations! Welcome to the 1% club,this is a solution provided everyone in the house has a compatible device, kind of the original purpose of the Chromecast in reverse,lots of devices for 1 Chromecast not a network of Chromecasts making your device a content distributer around your home...

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