20 October 2014
March 2014, the Chromecast is released in UK (and other European countries). I couldn’t wait to buy this little cheap device to stream videos on my TV. My expectations were the one of a Google product: simple to use but hackable to do crazy things.
Then come disappointment. The device cannot stream videos from a local device, doesn’t work offline, works only with compatible apps. So except enjoying YouTube and BBC player, there were nothing more to do with it. I’m exagerating, the carousel of the homescreen is pretty nice (troll :).
At that point, I was quite bored of the Chromecast. Especially when you know it could do amazing things, the hardware is pretty good. Even on GitHub, I realised the v1 was easy to manipulate, but after the v2 update the party was over. FYI, the v2 was released month before the Chromecast release in UK.
What happen? I don’t know for which reason but I wanted to use my Arte hack (which has been updated to something more interoperable..) to stream the videos to the Chromecast. In my head I couldn’t accept Google choices to completely lock this lovely dongle. Then I was right, the Chromecast doesn’t need a key to cast a video, there’s a default one for simple streams : HOORAAAAAAYY!
Then after few tests I succeed to cast a video from Arte. At that point, you feel the xmas giggles, a sensation of surprise and happiness. I’m currently working to integrate the the script into my welovearte repo. It’s great to implement features on a public website.