1. rkemp96's Avatar
    What is the AllShare Cast Dongle app and what does it do?
    11-30-2016 03:42 PM
  2. Tim1954's Avatar
    It's the means with which you can (broad) cast streamed content to other devices (hence all share). So your phone can stream some movie and you can watch it on your smart tv for example... If you don't do that, just ignore it...
    11-30-2016 06:27 PM
  3. C_Hutney's Avatar
    You may wish to hold off on that purchase. I have a Samsung AllShare Cast dongle and a ActionTec dongle. Neither work anymore with the Netflix App. Let me explain....

    (Some of this is also posted in another thread, but I am attempting to share it here to help others and save them all of the weeks of troubleshooting that I have done.)

    For about a month or so Screen Mirroring has been broken for the one App that I primarily use it for: Netflix streaming via the Netflix App. I have spent hours/days/weeks troubleshooting and researching the problem online to find no answers posted. I have even, regrettably, factory reset my phone in an attempt to find a fix. The carrier's Support and Samsung Support were baffled. After much personal troubleshooting on my own I finally found that the problem is not with my phone, not with the carrier, but with the Netflix App update recently pushed out. The update had no warning to End Users that the update would break functionality on existing devices and so the End Users accepted the update, unknowing that it would devalue the App as a video content provider from that point on.

    In an attempt to secure licensed content, Netflix App developers added HDCP code to the App which broke compatibility to any device that does not have code that supports HDCP, such as the Samsung AllShare Cast dongle and the ActionTec wireless dongle.

    Screen Mirroring with the Samsung AllShare Cast dongle or other such device will continue to function perfectly with other Apps, such as the YouTube App and Flixter App, but will no longer work with the Netflix App.

    Note that I have not tried using the Amazon Prime App (as I don't have an account with them). I do not know if it will work with it. Someone else may know and post here, or I will see if I can get a free trial and give it a try.

    Netflix Support states that the Netflix App developers have no plan to fix the break and have no plan to provide a patch to support what they referred to as "old tech." According to Netflix App Support, devices which support HDCP, such as the $1500+ Samsung TV, the Visio TV and Google ChromeCast dongle ("Quantum Leap" technology), will continue to work with the Neflix App, at this time. There is no known End User-side workaround, that I have found and I do not believe rooting the phone will do any good at all, since the problem is with the Netflix App and not the phone itself.

    I hope this helps the next person who is just as perplexed as I was when this happened. I have since bought a MHL to HDMI adapter (Rocketfish) and this will work, but it is not wireless.
    02-21-2017 07:35 PM

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