AirPlay lets you stream content to Apple TV, while Chromecast lets you do the same to a connected display. But with the newly released AllCast app, you can “cast” photos, videos, and music from your iOS device to Apple TV, Chromecast, and a number of other supported devices.
AllCast’s supported casting destinations include Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox 360, Xbox One, WDTV, and Panasonic, Samsung and Sony smart TVs.
As for the content it can cast, AllCast supports photos, videos, and music from iOS’ local storage and online sources including Dropbox, Google+, Google Drive, Instagram, and media servers.
To use AllCast, make sure your iOS device and preferred display are on the same Wi-Fi network. Then, open the app, navigate to the content you want to stream, tap the cast button, and choose your casting destination.
That’s it. As touted in the promo video below, using AllCast is “as simple as pie.”
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Note that the initial free download of AllCast shows ads on your iOS device, shows splash screens on connected displays, and limits the length of streamed videos. To remove the ads, the splash screens, and the video playback limitation, you have to unlock AllCast Premium via a $4.99 in-app purchase.
And you probably will, if you’re keen on using one casting app to rule them all.
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