streaming media

iMediaShare shoots NASA and TED videos to TV from Android

Bianor has announced that it has updated its iMediaShare Android app to a new version. The update brings the app to version 3.0 and adds in some cool new features. If you aren’t familiar with the app, it allows users to use their Android device as a media remote and stream video content from it to their TV.

HSTi Wireless Media Stick funnels content from Android to your HDTV, more

HSTi is promising to make streaming content between your Android smartphone and an HDTV, digital photo frame or another media player straightforward, with their Wireless Media Stick. The USB stick and the companion Wireless Media Stick Android mobile App funnel photos, videos and music from your phone to the media player, with the stick presenting the content as if it were locally stored. Because of that, even non-network-aware devices, such as older TVs, can use the system, just as long as they can access files stored on a USB drive. The HSTi Wireless Media Stick is available now, priced at $119.99, while the app will be released later this month. Press Release:
Wireless Media Stick™ – the perfect accessory for the Android™ life January 2, 2010, Las Vegas, NV – HSTi announces the Wireless Media Stick™, a game changing accessory that sets Android™-based phones apart from their competition, and will change the way people enjoy media files like movies, home videos, music and photos. Exclusively at the CES 2011, HSTi will unveil the Wireless Media Stick Android™ mobile App that allows the Wireless Media Stick™ to now stream your stored movies, videos, music, and photos, from any Android™-based Smart Phone and Tablet, to your favourite media player without interrupting the use or functionality of the phone. Turn your Android™ Smart Phone into a media hub, for complete entertainment portability. Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Wireless Media Stick™ combined with the Wireless Media Stick mobile App, makes the perfect accessory for an Android™ Smart Phone or Tablet. Based on HSTi’s proprietary and patented technology, the Wireless Media Stick™ is able to deliver to playback devices the files stored in a PC, Mac and NAS device, and also files from your Android™ phone and Tablet’s internal storage. Not only is the phone portable, but so is the Wireless Media Stick™. Plug it into your HDTV and watch a movie, or plug it into the stereo in your bedroom to play your favourite tunes, then go to your friend’s house and plug it into their PS3 to share pictures from your party, all without having to set up the stick again. Attaching to a wireless router, or your Smart Phone’s or Tablet’s built in Wi-Fi Access Point, the Wireless Media Stick™ basically acts as a wireless bridge that plugs into the USB playback ports on media players, game consoles or set top boxes like, a TV, PS3™, Xbox™, DVD/Blu-ray™ player, WD TV™, O!Play, Google TV™, etc and presents the shared files from the Smart Phone and Tablet. The media player reads the file as if it was stored inside the Wireless Media Stick™, but the file resides in the original location. When the user instructs the media player to playback the file, the file is streamed from the original location, wirelessly. The Wireless Media Stick™ is a self contained solution that is easy to setup and use and does not require networked media players for it to work. Plug the Wireless Media Stick™ to a non-networked digital picture frame or even a three-year old DVD player, and stream files from your phone to that device for playback. You can even share or backup documents and files stored in your Smart Phone or Tablet by plugging the Wireless Media Stick™ into the USB port of a computer. The possibilities are endless. “We all create memories, and document our experiences with our Smart Phones. They do a great job of consolidating our lives into one device. But when it comes to sharing it back from our phone, options are limited,” says Ramesh Uppal, HSTi President and CEO. “People want to share their experiences, whether its photos or videos from a trip, or just music selections. The Wireless Media Stick™ is the natural extension of their Smart Phone or Tablet making it a must-have accessory for everyday life.” Unlike other streaming devices that are dedicated or tie up the devices they serve, the Wireless Media Stick™ lets you continue to use your computer, Smart Phone or Tablet, without interrupting your media streaming. Continue to make phone calls, check email, or post on your social media sites, while enjoying your streamed movies, music or photos. The Wireless Media Stick™ is available today in various retail outlets and at hsti.com/shop. The Wireless Media Stick Android™ App will be available on the Android™ Market at the end of January.

chumby Application for Android Available Now

chumby, which is a well known name in the cloud market, has officially launched an application for the Android platform. The application is available right now in the Android Market, but will only appear for those devices that are running Android 2.2 or later. And it's not a free app, with the cost set at $4.99.

SPB TV v2.0 released: Free mobile TV with VoD

SPB TV has been updated to v2.0, and the mobile TV app has lost its price tag in the process. Now free, the streaming TV software offers over 150 channels in more than 20 languages, and is advert supported; SPB promises the ads themselves only last as long as it takes for the video to buffer. There's also support for larger-screen devices like Android tablets, a picture-in-picture mode, video on demand and faster channel switching. SPB has also switched to H.264 for better quality video that's more forgiving of lower-bandwidth connections. You'll need an Android 1.6 device or higher; more information here, and you can find SPB TV in the Android Market. SPB TV 2.0 for Android Main Features:
  • Integrated TV Guide with a list of current and upcoming TV shows
  • Unique browser with fast channel launching and switching
  • Quick channel preview (picture-in-picture mode)
  • On-screen control panel
  • Video on Demand
  • Setting a reminder
  • Video quality switcher
  • Advanced Video Codec support
  • Tablets support
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QNAP QMobile Android app allows remote NAS access

QNAP's network-attached storage has a decent reputation among data backup aficionados, and now the company has rolled out a way for Android users to access their files remotely, too.  The new QNAP QMobile app for Android 1.5, 1.6 and 2.1 devices allows for wireless access of a QNAP Turbo NAS server over WiFi or 3G. While you can access all files stored on the server, QNAP has made the multimedia experience a little more prominent; there's a My Jukebox feature, for browsing and selecting playlists by son title, artist, album and ID3 tag, while you can also upload photos taken with your smartphone's camera directly to the remote NAS.  It's a free download in the Android Market now, though of course you'll need a QNAP NAS to take advantage of it. Press Release:
QNAP Released Official QMobile Application for Android 1.5, 1.6, and 2.1 Platforms Taipei, Taiwan, October 2010 - QNAP Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of world class NAS (Network Attached Storage) servers revealed today the official QMobile application for Android 1.5, 1.6, and 2.1 platforms following the successful release of the app for iPhone users. The QMobile app, when used in conjunction with a QNAP Turbo NAS server and the V3.3.2 management software, allows users to stream music, digital pictures, and videos from their home NAS server and play directly on the Android handsets from anywhere, using Wi-Fi or 3G networks. This reduces the need to have the files synchronized and stored physically on the device while providing a simple and convenient way for mobile consumers to access their home content from anywhere. QMobile's cool My Jukebox feature lets users remotely browse and select playlists created on the NAS to suit their mood by song title, artist, album, even ID3 tags. The QMobile app lets Android users upload pictures to a QNAP Turbo NAS and showcase pictures stored on the NAS on the mobile device. No more wishing you had added additional songs, videos, or pictures before a trip, so long as you have Internet access, you can play it remotely; it's like having a media center in your pocket! QMobile can remotely select and play terabytes of compatible multimedia files stored on a QNAP NAS. Multimedia files can be easily selected to be copied to an Android phone using the QMobile app and the selected files will be placed in "My Favorites". This allows users to play and watch the content offline when they are disconnected from Internet access. The QMobile app will also inform users should any changes are made to their favorite files on the QNAP NAS and let them select whether or not to synchronize the changes to their Android devices. "QMobile is a user-friendly media player application for iPhone and Android users to play and watch their music, pictures, and videos stored on QNAP NAS on the move. By streaming to the NAS, they can enjoy all their multimedia contents and there is no worry about the storage space limit of their mobile devices," said Johnny Chen, Product Manager of QNAP. For more information about QMobile app, please visit http://www.qnap.com/QMobile/ The NAS management software (required to use QMobile) can be downloaded from the QNAP website at http://www.qnap.com/. QNAP offers the broadest lineup of NAS server enclosures currently available. QNAP Turbo NAS servers are available in 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8-bay tower and rack mount configurations to fit consumer's needs, including small/medium business, workgroups, and entry-level enterprise networks. Most QNAP NAS servers feature hot-swap removable cartridge drives with 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drive support, and offer unique features including virtual disk, and dual Gigabit LAN ports with fail-over, load-balancing and multi-IP setting capabilities for all Intel-based models. QNAP NAS servers are ideal for simple website hosting, ultra-high performance RAID storage supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 5+ hot spare and 6+hot spare (5-drive and higher models), stand-alone file downloading, network-wide backups, printer sharing, video surveillance, and a whole lot more. QNAP NAS servers are fully compatible with Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and UNIX networks and incorporate green power management technologies.

Hands-on with SlingPlayer Mobile on Nexus One [Video]

After Sling Media showed off their SlingPlayer for Android beta, we knew we had to have a try ourselves.  After a little cajoling we got our hands on the pre-release software and booted it up on a Google Nexus One for a place-shifting play. The app is clearly almost ready for prime-time, though we did encounter some issues when it came to closing and reopening it.  Image quality over WiFi was decent - especially since we were testing the app in the UK, with content being shifted from a US-based Slingbox hooked up to a DISH Network STB - though we haven't been able to get it working over 3G as yet. [Update: We've spoken with Sling Media about the 3G connection issues we've been seeing, and they think it could be to do with the O2 network in the UK that our Nexus One is using; apparently they've seen similar issues with O2 iPhones.  They're looking into the issue and we'll revisit this when they have a solution; needless to say, they intend Sling over 3G to work on Android, and it's performing just as it should over US 3G networks.] More first-impressions over at SlashGear. [vms 9018052c429cc4e56739] [gallery]

SlingPlayer for Android coming Summer 2010 [Video]

Sling Media have confirmed that their SlingPlayer for Android client will be released Summer 2010, having previously confirmed that they were "keeping an eye on" the Android platform.  The app will stream over both 3G and WiFi, bringing content from your home Slingbox to your Android smartphone screen. It's pretty hard to make out in androidandme's video below, but Sling are showing the client running on both a Google Nexus One and a Motorola DROID.  According to the company rep, the UI for the app hasn't been completely finished, but it's expected to resemble the interface on their iPhone version. No word on how much the SlingPlayer for Android app will cost, though the iPhone, Windows Phone, Symbian and BlackBerry are all priced at $29.99. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brSQk7QxMZs[/youtube] [via UltraMobilePCTips]

Pandora for Android latest music streaming app to launch

Hot on the heels of Spotify on Android comes another popular streaming music service, Pandora.  Capable of streaming a custom radio station over 3G or WiFi connections, the app - which is available to download free through the Android Market - takes an initial artist suggestion and then creates a playlist of similar tracks. Listeners are then able to rate the suitability of the track using simple thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons.  Mark it with the former and you'll hear more songs like that; use the latter and you'll not hear it again.  Unlike Spotify, Pandora doesn't allow for music on demand, but it does take away that "what will I listen to now?!" indecision. There's also a desktop widget which can be used to control playback without delving into the app itself, and it of course continues playing in the background.  Pandora is only available in the US at present; the Android app is available to download now. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in, and Andon for the screenshots] [gallery]

Spotify Mobile hits Android Market

Spotify have finally released their official app into the Android Market, meaning that premium subscribers to the music streaming service can now access tracks on the move.  As promised, the app delivers on-device database browsing, playlist creation and offline playback. The offline playback means that playlist contents are cached, and can be replayed while the Android device is temporarily without a 3G or WiFi signal or indeed switched to airplane mode.  A third-party app delivering catalog access was released back in August, but removed at the request of the company themselves. Spotify Mobile for Android (and the iPhone/iPod touch app, which has also been released today) is available for download now, and requires a subscription to Spotify Premium.  That costs £9.99 per month ($18); currently Spotify is only available in the UK, France, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Spain, though a US launch has been tipped for as early as the end of 2009. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ALGPknOsiU[/youtube] [via SlashGear]

Spotify streaming music mobile demo for Android [Video]

Spotify, who provide a free music streaming service, have demonstrated their new mobile client on the T-Mobile G1.  The new Android app - which is yet to be released - allows tracks to be synchronized with the handset for offline playback, meaning that even without WiFi or cellular data music can be played back. The app also supports on-device searches and custom playlists, with straightforward access to the company's huge catalog of tracks.  It's also synchronized with their existing desktop app, meaning you can search for and add a track on the desktop and have it sync for offline playback on the cellphone. As a desktop Spotify user, this is just what I've been waiting for.  The company has previously said that they'd be requiring mobile users to sign up for their premium service (which cuts out the adverts that intermittently pop up for free account holders) and frankly this looks well worth it.  No word on when we could expect to see a release; they're promising more details at Google I/O. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ALGPknOsiU[/youtube]
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