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Google Chromecast work with the Kindle Fire HD or Fire HDX

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Initial post: Dec 3, 2013, 8:32:05 AM PST
Does the Google Chromecast work with the Kindle Fire HD or Fire HDX

Posted on Dec 3, 2013, 8:33:55 AM PST
No it doesn't.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013, 8:39:37 AM PST
Found this on Amazon's Chromecast product page:

What is the compatibility with Kindle, Windows Phone and Microsoft Surface?
Kindle, Windows Phone and Microsoft Surface RT are currently not supported. Kindle can cast from Netflix but does not currently support YouTube or Google Play. Microsoft Surface Pro should work in non-metro mode. Chromecast is compatible with WiFi-enabled Android 2.3+ smartphones and tablets; iOS 6.0+ iPhones, iPads, and iPods; Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows; and Chromebook Pixel.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013, 10:12:18 AM PST
Brian, thank you so much for the follow up.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013, 12:19:08 PM PST
M. Kelly says:
The question should be does Amazon Video work with Chromecast I believe, and the answer is definitely no at this time. Netflix on the Kindle Fire HD supports Chromecast the same way it does on any other android tablet, in fact it works so well, it's pretty much the only way I watch Netflix now and I actually prefer it to Amazon Video for this reason alone. Prior to this feature being available, I wasn't even a Netflix subscriber, but now I'm to the point of considering dropping my Prime account and keeping Netflix. Come on Amazon get with the program and add support for this in the Amazon Video app like it should be.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2013, 8:15:33 AM PST
Greg H says:
Agreed. Amazon should step up on this feature otherwise I also will be considering using Netflix and dropping my Prime account.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013, 8:46:57 AM PST
scoutyjones says:
Netflix costs more than Prime/month and doesn't have the extra bonus that Prime presents (which is primarily a shipping benefit with fringe on the side!)

Posted on Dec 22, 2013, 9:30:07 AM PST
Someone HAS to have sideloaded the Chromecast app to see if it works, right?

Posted on Dec 22, 2013, 11:34:38 AM PST
mikeobrien says:
I used chromcast on my Fire HD and use it on my Fire HDX

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013, 7:09:53 AM PST
Patti says:
How? I am confused?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013, 7:38:42 AM PST
mikeobrien says:
Sideload the app and install. Right now it only does Netflix, Pandora and other non Google apps. But new work arounds are being developed for use on non 100% Andoid like the Fire.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013, 10:16:45 AM PST
MelHus says:
How do you side load that app?

Posted on Dec 25, 2013, 10:31:57 AM PST
fbarich says:
I just tried this out. The Google Chromecast will work on the Kindle Fire Hd. Last years release to be precise. Youtube, Netflix, Pandora & Google Play work via casting feature. Amazon Instant Video does not work via Google Chrome Browser the only browser with the cast feature. Amazon has this locked somehow.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013, 10:34:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 25, 2013, 10:38:42 AM PST
You can use Instant Video with Chromecast, using tabbed casting from the Chrome browser, but you have to disable Silverlight and revert back to Flash for videos.

To do that:

1) In Chrome type "about:plugins"
2) Find Sliverlight
3) Select "disable"
4) Then run Amazon Instant Video
5) It will give you the option to run using that
6) At that point you can use Instant Videos with Chromecast
7) You can then re-enable Silverlight (which you will need for Netflix videos) in Chrome.
8) Amazon from then on will play everything in Flash.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013, 10:57:51 AM PST
fbarich says:
Thanks for the tip. I'll try that. The most disapppointing thing about the Google Chromecast dongle is the fact that it has to be plugged it to a wall outlet for power. Ughhh. it's a gift I got today and will play around with it, but the HDMI cable output still seems to be the easiest way for my Model KFHD.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2013, 11:34:56 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 25, 2013, 11:36:59 AM PST
The power requirement isn't a big deal for me. I went from using a large gaming tower PC to the little Chromecast so it greatly reduced the equipment, blinking lights, power requirements and noise of my living room system. I like navigating with a smartphone. I've also run it from my PC in another room and that's worked as well. I may have to buy an Android tablet but will probably get a cheap under $100 one for using just as my smart remote for Chromecast.

The detriments for me are:

1) With the PC I could get 1080p resolution. Chromecast seems to max at 720p with an "HD" option.
2) The best way to use it is with native applications, like Netflix. As I described above, you can get other video to stream (Hulu is another) but it seems just slightly "laggy". However that could be my Wifi configuration.
3) Every so often it seems to "unhook" from my Android controller (I use my smartphone) and I can't stop or pause the movie. One or two times light on the Chromecast was blinking pink and I had to power cycle it. At some point I'll bother to read what the color codes mean. Again, with the device being shielded by the TV, there could be a Wifi interference. What I did was use the dongle to give it some distance from the TV. Then I moved my Wifi hub right near it, but positioned it in such a way that it's halfway behind and halfway in front of the TV.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013, 3:43:17 PM PST
Oh, another use I found for can tabcast Amazon Cloud Reader!

So, say, as I do, you like to read from far away, what I do is run the cloud reader.
Then set the font really big.
Run it on full screen.

Then I Chromecast it to my large screen LCD/TV.

I can move forward and backward using a little bluetooth keypad that signals to my laptop.

Posted on Dec 25, 2013, 8:59:16 PM PST
K. Wilson says:
Don't mean to state the what some of you may already know, but... The Kindle already has support for screen-casting. It is called Miracast. Miracast is an open standard and overseen by the Wi Fi Alliance . Televisions are already on the market with built-in support for Miracast. Windows 8.1 also supports Miracast. If your television doesn't have built-in support for Miracast, you can buy adapters which plug into an HDMI port. One of the advantages of Miracast is that >anything< which is displayed on your computer / tablet screen will be displayed on your television. It doesn't require any modifications to existing applications to work; unlike Chromecast whereby only applications specially modified can be screen-casted (which is a serious design flaw).

Posted on Dec 26, 2013, 6:35:54 AM PST
fbarich says:
Only the HDX models of the KFHD line have this Miracast capability.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013, 5:23:04 PM PST
TxLonghorn says:
Not true. Using Chrome with the Chromecast extension casts ANYTHING THE browser shows on my Win 8.1 laptop. Just make sure you have the latest version of Chrome. The two problems I have are: Amazon video won't play on my Nexus 7 with 4.4 Kitkat. Period. And I can't find Chromecast to install on my wife's Kindle Fire HD.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013, 5:24:51 PM PST
TxLonghorn says:
Clarify. Computer or mobile?

Posted on Dec 26, 2013, 5:28:33 PM PST
TxLonghorn says:
No one has explained how to install Chromecast on the Kindle Fire HD.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013, 6:14:23 PM PST
fbarich says:
Install Moble1 market and look there.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013, 9:50:58 PM PST
AK4 mark says:
Amazon's lost my business because my chromecast video quality is so much better. I'm just hoping and waiting for the day that you finally provide the the app so I can use my prime video with a quality stream.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2013, 8:10:58 AM PST
MrBook says:
YOu can use the USB cable to power it into a USB port on said TV. It's easier, and faster.
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