Chromecast back on sale for $29.99 at Amazon

Chromecast

 

If you are still in need of a Chromecast, or you just need another one, Amazon has it back on sale for $29.99.  I know it’s not much, but saving $5 is better than nothing right?  Click here to order.

  • Supports Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Plex, MLB.TV, ESPN, Crunchroll, MLS, Crackle, Rdio, Vevo, Flixster and Google Play Movies and Music mobile apps as well as select content through Chrome browser, works with recommended modem
  • Box includes Chromecast, HDMI extender, USB power cable, and power adapter. No remote needed. Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows.
  • Easy setup: Plug into any HDTV and connect to your home WiFi network
  • Works with Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows
  • Stream online video, music to your TV using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop; Available for Windows computers running Windows 7 or higher

Chromecast

Chromecast Amazon Prime Instant Video how to




Chromecast Amazon Prime Instant Videos

Many people who have purchased Google’s Chromecast device have wanted to Chromecast Amazon Prime Instant Videos to their TV.  Since Amazon doesn’t officially support Google’s Chromecast API, people will need to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos using the Google Chrome web browser and the Google Cast extension.  Click here to see how to cast Vimeo videos.

Step 1: Download and Install Google Chrome

If you already have Chrome installed, continue to step 2.  You should already be using Chrome anyways, but if you aren’t, then go to the following website https://www.google.com/chrome to download and install Chrome.

Download Chrome Browser

Step 2 – Installing the Google Cast extension

After you have downloaded and installed Google Chrome, open up Chrome and go to the following link to download the Google Cast extension.  Click the Add to Chrome button.  This will install the Google Cast extension to your Chrome browser.  You are almost ready to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos!  Note: this may require signing into your Chrome browser with a Google account.  Google Cast extension

Google Cast Extension Install

Step 3 – Casting your Chrome browser tab

Installing the Google Cast extension will give you the ability to cast your active Chrome browser tab to your Chromecast.  This will work for viewing web pages other than just Amazon Instant Videos.  You can cast Vimeo and other video sites as well.

Click the little cast icon (shown below) in the upper right corner to start casting your Chrome browser tab to your Chromecast.  After you have verified that your current Chrome tab is being cast to your TV, you are now ready to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos.  Browse to the Amazon Instant Video website and try watching a movie or TV show.  If everything is working, then you are all set!  If not, see below for some additional tips.

chromecast-amazon-prime-button

 Note: Once you click on the cast logo, you will have the option to select your Chromecast Device!

Troubleshooting

Disable Silverlight

The most common problem when trying to Chromecast Amazon Prime videos is that you need to configure your web browser to use Adobe flash to play the video.  Please see my guide here on how to disable Microsoft Silverlight and enable Adobe Flash.

 Lower the quality

If you are experiencing poor performance, see my post here on how to uninstall Microsoft Silverlight.

Click the Chromecast icon and select options

chromecast-chrome-options

Select Standard quality

change-video-quality-chromecast

 Pink screen of death

In the rare occasion your TV only shows a pink screen after you begin casting your Chrome tab, click here for the fix.

[UPDATED] Chromecast Amazon Prime Alternatives

[UPDATE 4/22/14]

Since this article was published back in January, Amazon has released the Amazon Fire Tv.  The Amazon Fire TV retails for $99 and is the best solution for anyone looking to get Amazon Prime Instant Videos on their TV.  Fire TV also supports other services such as Netflix, Hulu, WatchESPN, Crackle, Pandora, Showtime and more.

Amazon-Fire-TV

 

Buy Fire Tv

So you have reviewed the instructions and possibly even tried casting Amazon Instant Videos to your Chromecast using Google chrome but its just not working for you.   Well the good news for you is that there are still plenty of devices that natively support watching Amazon Prime Instant Videos on your television set.  Below I will go through a few different options to watch Amazon Prime Instant Videos on your TV.

Alternative TV content devices

If you have heard of or own a Chromecast, then chances are you have already heard of a few of the following devices.

1.) The Roku 3

Roku 3

 

The Roku 3 is capable of playing 1080P content on your TV.  Not only does it support Prime Instant Video, it also supports video content providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB TV, NHL Gamecenter, NBA League pass and more.

$99 on Amazon.com

2.)  Google TV Boxes – VIZiO Co-Star, ASUS Cube,  Netgear GTV100-100NAS, Hisense Pulse, and the Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player

HiSense Pulse NetGear GTV100 Vizio Co-Star
HiSense Pulse $120 NetGear GTV100 $129 Vizio Co-Star $99
Asus Cube Sony NS7-GS7
Asus Cube $139 Sony NS7-GS7 $199

Google TV is based off of Android and allows you download and install apps from the Google Play store.  One of the coolest features about Google TV is that it overlays the video on top of whatever you are watching on TV.  You do not have to change inputs when you try to watch something or open an app, and when you are done, simply close the app and continue watching TV.  Google TV also comes with a full web browser which can make it an attractive add on to your TV setup.  All of the Google TV boxes shown above support streaming Amazon Instant Video.

3.) Blu Ray Players by Samsung, Sony and Panasonic

Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Samsung BD-F5900
Panasonic DMP-BDT230 Samsung BD-F5900
Sony BDP-S1100
Sony BDP-S1100

If you have a Blu Ray player, then you may already have a device capable of streaming Amazon Instant Video.  Fire up your Blu Ray player and check to see if you have an Amazon Instant Video app or check Amazon’s list to see if it’s supported.

4.) Video Game Consoles

If you have any of the following video game consoles, then you can use them to watch Amazon Prime Instant Videos.

Simply open up your consoles respective app store and install the Amazon Instant Video app.

5.) Smart TVs.

Check out my previous post here about Televisions that support streaming Amazon Instant Video.

 

This is just a list of a few great Chromecast alternatives for watching Amazon Prime Instant Videos on your TV.  If you are still unsure as to whether a device is compatible, you can always check the following link for a list of compatible devices.

Supported Instant Video Devices

 

How to Chromecast Vimeo videos


Being able to Chromecast Vimeo videos to your TV is one of the most requested features of Google’s Chromecast.  Using the VidCast plugin on your Chrome browser allows you do so without much hassle.  The best thing about it is that it works pretty good and it’s completely free!  I have created a short YouTube video as well as a step by step guide to help you start watching Vimeo videos on your Chromecast.

Chromecast Vimeo video how-to

1. Download Google Chrome
If you have followed any of my other guides, you should realize by now that if you want to cast anything to your TV using your PC, you will need Google Chrome and the Google Cast extension.  If you have Chrome installed, skip to step 2.

Download Google Chrome from: https://www.google.com/chrome

download-google-chrome

 

2. Install Google Cast
In order to Chromecast Vimeo videos to your TV, you will need the Google Cast extension installed in your Chrome web browser.

You can download the cast extension from here.

google-cast-extension

3. Bookmark VidCast
Go to http://dabble.me/cast and add the website to your bookmark bar.  You can do this by following the instructions on the website or by pressing the Ctrl key and D on your keyboard at the same time.  You can also drag the VidCast icon to your bookmark bar.

bookmark-vidcast

4. Play Vimeo videos
VidCast is what actually allows you to Chromecast Vimeo videos to your TV.  The way that VidCast works is that when you are on a webpage that has a video on it, such as Vimeo, you can click the VidCast bookmark to be redirected to the VidCast website which will allow you to cast the video to your Chromecast.

Browse to the Vimeo video you want to watch and click the VidCast bookmark on your bookmark bar.

vidcast-vimeo-video

 

Press the play button to start casting your video.
When you click on the VidCast bookmark, you will be redirected to the VidCast website where you will see an embedded window of the video you want to cast.

vidcast-webpage

 

Select the Chromecast to play the video on
After you press the play button, your web browser will ask you to select the Chromecast device you would like to cast your video to.  Select the appropriate Chromecast.

select-chromecast-device

 

That’s it!  Be sure to share this page on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus to help your friends out!

TV’s that support Amazon Prime Instant Video

If you are in the market for a new TV and don’t want to mess around with a Chromecast, buying a TV that is already capable of streaming Amazon Instant Video is a smart decision. Below is a list of a few different TV sets that allow you to stream Amazon Instant Video.   Click here for a complete list of TVs that support Amazon Instant Video.

Samsung

Both the televisions below are smart TVs.  This means that not only will you be able to watch Amazon Instant Video, you will be able to watch Hulu, Netflix among other things.

40 inch UN40F5500

Samsung UN40F5500

 

55 inch UN55F6300

Samsung UN55F6300

LG

The following TV is a smart TV as well.

47 inch 47LA6200

LG 47LA6200

Sony

47 inch KDL-47W802A

Sony KDL-47W802A

Vizio

E47oi-A0

Vizio E47oi-A0

 

List of televisions that support Amazon Instant Video

Google Chromecast and Amazon Prime

Google Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast has been all the rage lately.  The Chromecast was launched back in July of 2013 and was sold exclusively on the Google Play store.  The Chromecast is now available on Amazon.com for $35 and ships free with the economy shipping.  The Chromecast is a little dongle that plugs into the back of your TV and allows you to watch content from different apps on your TV.  You can control what is being cast to Chromecast via your Mobile device or through a plugin in your Chrome web browser on your PC.

Services that currently support Chromecast are the following:

  • Google Play Movies
  • Google Play Music
  • Pandora
  • Hulu Plus
  • HBO Go
  • YouTube
  • Vevo
  • Red Bull Tv
  • Songza
  • Plex
  • PostTV
  • Viki
  • RealPlayer Cloud

As you may have noticed, Amazon Instant Video is not on the list.  The question has been pondered many times as to whether or not Amazon will ever support the Chromecast.  As of right now, there are no news or rumors as to whether or not Chromecast will be supported.  Even though, there is no native way to cast Amazon Instant Videos to the Chromecast, you can still cast videos by casting your tab in Google Chrome.  Users that have done this state that you need to disable Silverlight and enable watching videos in Adobe Flash.  You may also need to lower the quality to 720p.  Even though this will not work as good as an app that natively supports casting to the Chromecast, it is one way to get your Amazon Instant videos on the big screen!

$35 on Amazon.com

Download Google Chrome here.

Download Google Chrome cast plugin here.

How to disable and uninstall Microsoft Silverlight

If you experiencing an issue casting your Google Chrome browser tab to your Chromecast, you may want to try and uninstall Silverlight.  Doing this will enable your PC to watch Amazon Instant Prime videos using Adobe Flash.  There are a few things you can try before forcing Silverlight off of your PC.

Option 1 – Disable the Chrome addon

In the Chrome address bar, type “chrome:plugins” without the quotes.

chrome-pluginsNext find Silverlight and click Disable.

chrome-disable-silverlight

 

Try casting a movie or TV show to your Chromecast.  If this doesn’t work, try uninstalling Silverlight from your PC.

Option 2 – Uninstall Silverlight

On your PC, go to the Control Panel then select “Programs and Features” for Windows Vista and newer or “Add or Remove Programs” for XP users.  Find Microsoft Silverlight in the list and click uninstall.

Programs and Features Silverlight

This should completely remove Silverlight from your PC.  If you are unable to remove Silverlight, try to manually remove it with the following step.

Option 3 – Forcing Silverlight removal from your PC

I recommend only doing this as a last resort.

  1. Click Start and type Notepad in the Search box
  2. Double-click on Notepadfrom the list of results above
  3. Copy and then paste the following text into Notepad.
    reg delete HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Silverlight /f
    reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Installer\Products\D7314F9862C648A4DB8BE2A5B47BE100 /f
    reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Products\D7314F9862C648A4DB8BE2A5B47BE100 /f
    reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{283C8576-0726-4DBC-9609-3F855162009A} /f
    reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\install.exe /f
    reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AgControl.AgControl /f
    reg delete HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AgControl.AgControl.5.1 /f
    reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{89F4137D-6C26-4A84-BDB8-2E5A4BB71E00} /f
    rmdir /s /q "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Silverlight"
    rmdir /s /q "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Silverlight"
  4. Click File and Save As and type CleanSilverlight.cmd
  5. In the Save astype box, click All Files (*.*)
  6. In the Save in box, click Desktop, and then click Save
  7. On the File menu, click Exit
  8. Right-click the CleanSilverlight.cmd file on your desktop and click Run as administrator
  9. When the uninstall completes, right-click the CleanSilverlight.cmd file on your desktop and click Run as administratora second time

Credit: Microsoft