Anybody try the new Chromecast with HDHR?

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Anybody try the new Chromecast with HDHR?

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Am considering this to replace my MiBox 3, that appears to be useless with its new update,

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Mine is still on the way. No local stores have it. Early report by a user says it stutters on MPEG2 video which is similar to the problem with MiBox S after a firmware update to 'improve' the performance :)

Mine suppose to arrive tomorrow.

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Mine is arriving Sat., will be testing it out.

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I picked up two this morning from Home Depot. I setup one up earlier, HDHomeRun App works fine on the new Chromcast with Google TV. However.... copy-protected channels do not work... They give the copy protected content notice. I'm pretty sure they work(ed) on my MiBox3's (at least prior to the Android 9 update that is...) before. FYI you will have to log into the Google Play Store on a PC to install the HDHomeRun app, I couldn't install via the Play Store on the Chromecast because it was in Beta status. But log in on a PC and hit Install and choose the Chromecast from the list and it installed fine.

Edit: I just checked one of my Android 9 MiBox3's and the Copy Protection doesn't work on it either, can't remember if worked on Android 8 or not. So not sure the copy protection is new issue or not... I could have sworn copy protected viewing was working as long as it an unrooted Play Store supported device. I guess I'm wrong.

Second Edit: So to quickly answer, after playing with the new Chromecast with Google TV for an hour so, I did not notice any issues with stuttering playback of Live TV via the HDHomeRun app nor the Live Channels app. It certainly seems to perform much better than the Android 9 upgraded MiBox3.

Third Edit: See further below, Copy Protected channels do work. The HDHomeRun app must be given Location Access permission in the OS. Once changing that setting the channels now work.
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I've noticed that if I reboot my MiBox and go right to Live Channels, DRM enabled channels don't work. I have to kill the app then run the HDHR app first and verify that location tracking is enabled). Once I get HDHR to successfully show a DRM channel, the Live Channels app works.

Location sharing seems to be key to getting DRM enabled channels to work.

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jasondeanny wrote: Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:26 am I've noticed that if I reboot my MiBox and go right to Live Channels, DRM enabled channels don't work. I have to kill the app then run the HDHR app first and verify that location tracking is enabled). Once I get HDHR to successfully show a DRM channel, the Live Channels app works.

Location sharing seems to be key to getting DRM enabled channels to work.
More info...
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jasondeanny,

Thanks for the tip. Can confirm that did work. I went in to the App permissions and turned on Location Access, then did a Force Stop on the app and opened it back up and the Copy Protected channel now works. Thanks again!

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I'm happy to report that all aspects of HDHR app work just fine. Even Fios 4K broadcasting with HLG works correctly. I've tested various MPEG2 channels, AVC channels, DRM channels and 4K channels (with recording).

Last weekend, I was using nVidia Shield (which does not support HLG) watching College Football games in 4K on FIOS. It was too dark and colors muted because of the lack of HLG support. Hopefully this weekend with this new toy will make a huge difference.

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Is the deinterlacing as bad as every other Amlogic device?

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As far as I could tell, there is no deinterlace issue.

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So this new Chromecast device has an MPEG2 decoder like the 4K Fire Stick and Nvidia Shield?

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It is an Android TV device. So it does have a working MPEG2 decoder. Same can not be said about other similar boxes like MiBox etc.
It also support DRM channel watch unlike Fire TV devices.

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foxbat121 wrote: Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:20 pm As far as I could tell, there is no deinterlace issue.
But if you watch sports on a 1080i channel, do you get fluid 60Hz motion like you do on a Shield or PC, or the 30Hz motion that most other devices provide? I assume it's the latter since I've never seen an Amlogic box that can do proper deinterlacing to 60Hz, but I thought I'd ask before passing on that deal Google has running.

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@jasonl,

What you described sounds like my soon to be bricked MiBox 3 (as soon as it auto updates to Android TV 9, it will be useless). Just watched some NFL on CBS and compared to my PC, Samsung 4K TV with DLNA and my Shield, I didn't notice any difference.

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Right, the MiBox 3 is bad at deinterlacing (and always has been, even when it was running Marshmallow and actually worked right otherwise), but my FireTV pendant and FireTV TV aren't any better. For $15 or whatever after factoring in the Netflix bundle I guess it's worth a try. I wouldn't mind having a better device for the third screen.

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