Google has released its Chromecast HDMI dongle that can be plugged into a TV to enable content to be streamed over Wi-Fi. Content from Netflix, YouTube and Google Play can be streamed from phones and tablets running Android and iOS.
Content can also be streamed from laptops running Chrome OS, OS X and Windows. More apps such as Pandora are coming soon and a stripped-down version of Google Chrome can be used to stream any website.
Google Chromecast is on sale for $35 on Google Play, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com and will be available in Best Buy stores in the US starting 28 July. For a limited time, three months of Netflix is included. Learn more on Google Developers blog here.
Netflix has made a deal with DreamWorks Animation to add more than 300 hours of kids’ shows to its video streaming service. It will have exclusive worldwide first-run rights to a new batch of original programming from the studio.
The new shows will be inspired by characters in DreamWorks Animations’ popular movie franchises. Interested in learning more? See the article here.
Netflix has announced multiple user profiles to make sharing an account easier. Currently, family members often use the same account, which causes a mish-mash of recommendations if family members watch different types of movies.
Soon, when users log into a Netflix account, they will be choose their profile and receive a tailored experience with recommendations based only on the movies they watch. Profiles can also be age locked so children only see Netflix’s kid hub.
The new feature will roll out this summer. Learn more on the Engadget blog post here.
Pinterest has partnered with food publications such as 101 Cookbooks and movie databases such as Netflix to add pricing and availability information to pinned recipes and ratings and cast to pinned movies.
To add this information to photos, Pinterest users must opt in to the recent redesign if they haven’t already done so.
Netflix has updated its iOS app. There is a new post-play feature that will display the three best movie recommendations when a movie finishes or will automatically play the next episode in a TV series. The second-screen options have also been enhanced.
Using an iOS device? Download the update from the iTunes store here.
Netflix has announced in a blog post that it will use HTML5 video streaming when browsers implement DRM features that are being developed by the W3C. Netflix currently uses Silverlight to protect its videos and switch between different video streams to match the speed of the user’s Internet connection, but it has been discontinued by Microsoft and will no longer be supported in 2021.
Netflix has updated its Windows Phone 8 app. Previously, the app had a black bar at the top on newer phones that have 720p screens. With this update, these phones now have full-screen video with better image quality.
Using Netflix on Windows Phone 8? Download the update on the Windows Phone Store here.