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    Default Chromecast now can play local content!

    Avia media player is now available for Android phones, tablets & Google TV. You need the upgraded version (all of $2.99) to be able to cast the local content to your Chromecast. Works Great with my DNLA server. Pictures, Video & Music.


    No, this is not an ad... I have no connection to Avia.

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    Looks like overwhelmingly negative reviews. Sure would be nice to have functionality back that I had when I bought this thing in July.
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    Im probably in the minority on this, but Im not too keen on the ability to cast local content from our phones/tablets at this point in time.
    Its basically sending the file(s) via Wi-Fi to the router who then sends it via Wi-Fi to the Chromecast. This is probably ok for pictures or music. But just like casting a Wi-Fi connected PC Chrome tab, lag due to insufficient bandwidth becomes an issue with HD videos.
    I think the next generation Chromecast should really be a small box (like the Nexus Q) about the size of the original Nexus 4 wireless charger. It should have the option to connect to the router via Ethernet in addition to Wi-Fi. Using a physical cable should easily eliminate bandwidth lag issues.

    As an aside, if you want to cast local video files, just upload them to Youtube as unlisted videos. Then you can just cast them with your YouTube app.
    If you want to cast local music files, just upload them to Google Music. Then you can just cast them with your Google Play Music app.
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    Using avia and my Samsung s4 I am able to watch hd videos stored on my phone with no skipping or stuttering at all.

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    The App is great, gave me the option to cast my media files from my phone or from my NAS server.

    But the only problem the lack of support to other extensions only support to mp4 files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qortuba View Post
    The App is great, gave me the option to cast my media files from my phone or from my NAS server.

    But the only problem the lack of support to other extensions only support to mp4 files.
    Plex has a ton more functionality than Avia. Direct casting from the cast icon in the Plex player is right now only available to subscribers but will become free soon. And in the meantime, if you don't want to subscribe and your computer is suitable for tab casting, you can run Plex Web in Chrome and cast the tab and play everything in the Plex Web app for free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpr View Post
    Plex has a ton more functionality than Avia. Direct casting from the cast icon in the Plex player is right now only available to subscribers but will become free soon. And in the meantime, if you don't want to subscribe and your computer is suitable for tab casting, you can run Plex Web in Chrome and cast the tab and play everything in the Plex Web app for free.
    Well Waiting for Plex to release their feature for free, but for now Avia is giving me the option to cast my content without the need for the pc to around.

    Thanks
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    I've been trying them out, they are made for different purposes. With Plex I think there is more work to do, you have to setup a server, so you have to have a NAS setup, which I don't, or have your computer running.

    While Avia don't have cloud feature, it can play, cast and DLNA any of the local contents in your Android device, instead of having to log into some server to do it. It does allow some more freedom than Plex. But right now the app is crippled because it have trouble playing AVI and audio in MKV files.
    Last edited by someguy01234; 12-26-2013 at 09:40 PM.
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    I don't want some dumb subscription just to cast local storage if avia does it cheaper with no email subscription crap I'm going a via

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy97 View Post
    I don't want some dumb subscription just to cast local storage if avia does it cheaper with no email subscription crap I'm going a via

    Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or Moto G
    You really should learn what you're talking about before making posts about it. You're free to use whatever you like but what you just posted was utter nonsense. You're only making yourself look really bad.

    I'm not against using Avia - I bought it and tried it. It is very limited right now. Hopefully, it improves. If what you are looking to do falls within it's limitations, then of course someone can use it if they like.

    I specifically responded to a post from someone talking about the lack of support for anything other than mp4 and gave solution to that using Plex. There is both a totally free solution as I posted and a subscription solution, which will shortly also become free.

    Plex also does transcoding, which Avia does not. This is HUGE difference between the two and a big advantage for using Plex. Plex does require some work initially setting up the server, so Avia is easier for people who don't have a media server and don't want one and just want to cast supported filetypes from their phones - mostly music. For people who want to cast video and people who do have a media server, they know that although Avia can connect to a dlna server, it will not cast the majority of filetypes on it rending it mostly useless for video.

    If the filetypes you want to cast are all supported by Avia and you don't want to cast from computers and use all the other benefits of Plex, then use Avia and be happy with it. If like the person I responded to you want to be able to do things that Avia can't do, Plex is one very good solution.
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    I got Avia, but when I try to play local media I get the sound but not the the picture. Anyone else have this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by f1nzup View Post
    I got Avia, but when I try to play local media I get the sound but not the the picture. Anyone else have this problem?

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3
    Like I was talking about above, Avia has next to no support for video files.
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    It isn't Avia's fault, you should pretty much expect only media codec Chromecast supported to be playable, so only these:
    Plex does the transcoding on the fly for you which is why it plays everything on the Chromecast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy01234 View Post
    It isn't Avia's fault, you should pretty much expect only media codec Chromecast supported to be playable, so only these:
    Plex does the transcoding on the fly for you which is why it plays everything on the Chromecast.
    Avia doesn't even work with most of the Chromecast supported codecs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy01234 View Post
    It isn't Avia's fault, you should pretty much expect only media codec Chromecast supported to be playable, so only these:
    Plex does the transcoding on the fly for you which is why it plays everything on the Chromecast.
    I am trying to play an MP4. Is that not an acceptable format in Chromecast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by f1nzup View Post
    I am trying to play an MP4. Is that not an acceptable format in Chromecast?

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3
    mp4 is but the video codec may not be. Additionally, like I mentioned, Avia fails even at playing supported codecs that should be playable on chromecast. First, see if the video codec is even supported though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f1nzup View Post
    I am trying to play an MP4. Is that not an acceptable format in Chromecast?

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3
    Strange...

    I can play MP4 and MKV files with zero problem... The only other video files I use are AVI.... But Chromecast doesn't support AVI.
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    I have this problem with some of my videos. Most of the one on my S4 play fine, but others I either get sound and no picture or it buffers a lot.

    Posted from my nexus 7
    Posted from my iPad mini.
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    I was excited to find Chromecast support in Avia... finally a use for my Chromecast!!!!

    Well that is until I upgraded to the Avia Pro app and tried to use it. I have a DLNA server running and I can see the content via the Avia app on my n4. The m4a, mkv and mp4 files play just fine on my phone. However they refuse to play on my Chromecast, all I get is the "unsupported format" message from the Chromecast.
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    I tried Plex and I uninstall it. I added a folder that had lots of sub folders. when I deleted some of the subfolders so it would not show on the server, it deleted the files from the pc. Not good Plex not good....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrvco View Post
    I was excited to find Chromecast support in Avia... finally a use for my Chromecast!!!!

    Well that is until I upgraded to the Avia Pro app and tried to use it. I have a DLNA server running and I can see the content via the Avia app on my n4. The m4a, mkv and mp4 files play just fine on my phone. However they refuse to play on my Chromecast, all I get is the "unsupported format" message from the Chromecast.
    I do the same, and it works fine. I start Avia on my tablet, select the video, as it's starting, I hit the "cast" icon in Avia...and the play just fine. Do make sure your Chrome cast has the latest build. It should be 14975

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    Thanks, I'll check the version and make sure it updated itself. I'll also try this on my Nexus 7 (2012). I need to dig up some more video files to try as well.
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    I also have the Avia Pro version and it plays my mp4 and mkv from my Nexus 7 (2012) and my HTC Rezound with no problem. I stream from my DLNA server also. So, Chromecast and Avia works perfectly for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Legobricke View Post
    I also have the Avia Pro version and it plays my mp4 and mkv from my Nexus 7 (2012) and my HTC Rezound with no problem. I stream from my DLNA server also. So, Chromecast and Avia works perfectly for me.

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    What DLNA server are you running Legobricke? I have avia and it works really great on on the Local media on my phone. It finds all my media on my network and plays it on the phone. It however will not cast any of my pictures or videos on the network. It will play all my network music however and cast it to my phone. I am just using Windows media player and enablling file sharing on my media files. Once again Avia is finding all my stuff and playing it but wont chromecast network files other than music.

    I was wondering what DLNA server you are using? I really dont want to pay monthly for plex. I have heard avia can find your DLNA files if you have the free version of Plex and play them. I saw a youtube video that confirmed that for me. I was wondering if that was how you are casting all your media using Avia to find your plex media and plex is transcribing it for Avia that way? I was also wondering if avia would find XBMC media and if that would be a work around for this issue?
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    While it can now cast local content why does the wifi network have to have internet connection? I travel for work with a portable wifi router(hotel wifi don't work) thinking I could create my own non-internet connected network to cast local content from phone to Chromecast using Avia. Chromecast does not like not having an internet connection. Chromecast does not work at all when the wifi network it is connected to does not have internet connection. Why? It should allow local network functionality.
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