What is your Android or Windows setup for slinging media to your TV or speakers?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ozaz, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. ozaz, Jan 26, 2014
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    ozaz macrumors 65816

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    As we know, Airplay works seamlessly for displaying iOS and OS X based movies/music/photos on our TVs and music through our speakers.

    However, I am not at all clear on the landscape of approaches for accomplishing these tasks on Android, Windows Phone, or Windows. Therefore I'm very interested for people to share their own approaches and let me know whether they are satisfied with their setup.
     
  2. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a

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    For music, I use BT to play my music in my car. My car is equiped with BT audio.

    On my older car, I actually used my Nokia N97 Symbian phone. This phone has an FM transmitter. It will broadcast the music over an FM frequency and I can tune into that FM frequency with my car radio. I do the same for my stereo at home.

    For playing movies on my TV, I use a mini-HDMI cable to plug may tablet to my TV.
     
  3. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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    I use PLEX to stream media from my Mac Mini to my TVs (via Roku boxes). Same set up would also work with Windows.
     
  4. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    Best cross-platform solution I have found is Roku3.

    It handles:

    Locally attached storage
    Amazon
    Hulu
    Netflix
    Youtube
    Plex
    TED
    Google Music (unofficially)
    and many many others.

    I have a headless Linux file server/Plex server.

    I then use the Youtube, Plex, Netflix apps under both iOS and Android to either watch on the device (iPad) and can use them to cast to my Rokus.

    It is much more flexible than AppleTV.
     
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    AllCast Beta - though with my rMini and iPhone I rarely am pushing anything from my Moto G.

    Most of the time its simply home sharing from my iMac.
     
  6. ozaz, Jan 28, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014

    ozaz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the responses so far. A couple of specific questions I have on top of the more general original question.

    1. Can you display photos & videos from the Android Gallery or Google Photo app on the TV via the Roku? What are other options? Am I correct in my understanding that this is not possible with Chromecast?

    2. Are there solutions for streaming audio from an Android device (aim is be able to stream both Spotify & Google Music) to speakers in a similar way to iOS+Airport Express? I want to avoid bluethooth and use of a TV.

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    How does this work in practice? Share from these apps to Roku app which then relays the content to Roku?
     

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