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  1. Greenveg

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    Hi,
    I have a Samsung Galaxy J3 phone. I have been trying to cast from the phone to my tv. There is a Google Chromecast plugged into the HDMI socket on the tv, and I have the Chromecast and Allcast apps on my phone. I have no problem casting a video. I have an app called Mobdro installed on the phone. When I stream tv channels or tv shows with Mobdro from the phone to tv, it is ok, but live sports channels are presenting a problem. I can watch a particular sports channel on the phone, but when I try to cast, it shows on the tv that it is searching for that channel, but all it shows is the Mobdro logo on the tv screen.
     

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    Could be DRM copyright protection to restrict screen-casting of the sports channels, especially if the TV shows are casting OK. Check with the provider I think.
     
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    I have a Hudl 2 Android Tablet and screen casting these sports channels are no problem.
     
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    So just to clarify, you can cast these sports channels from your tablet but not from your phone, and you're using this Mobdro app on both? As Mobdro is not on Google Play and needs to be side-loaded, are both your phone and your tablet running the same version of the app?
     
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    I can cast these sports channels from my Hudl 2 tablet to my tv. Anything that is showing on the tablet can be mirrored to the tv. I am using the same Mobdro app (version 2.0.16) on the phone and tablet.
     
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    I opened Mobdro > Menu (3Bars) > Settings > Enable hardware decoding. I switched this on, and the sports channels were screening to my tv. A bit sporadic, it would screen, try again and a message said "Connection Error". Try again, and it would screen. I don't know if this is a Wifi issue. I live in the UK.
     
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    OK, there's a clue. I've now realized that Mobdro is illegal pirate streams, things like paid premium sports channels for free etc. UK ISPs can and do block illegal pirate sites and streams. Are you with BT, Talk Talk, Sky, Virgin Media, EE, etc?
     
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    My ISP is Sky UK. You are correct, Mobdro is a free streaming site, and very popular in the UK. I have watched Sports channels live with Mobdro when I have been on holiday in Spain, France and other countries in Europe. Mobdro stream a lot of American sports channels too. Nobody has ever told me that Mobdro is illegal.
     
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    Trying not to be too judgmental but if nobody has told you it's illegal is that because you're just not listening? Actively seeking solutions to watch pay-for content for free has an ethical twist to it too.
    Selective availability based solely on profit-motive and anti-consumerism are all issues tied to DRM and those who benefit from it, but no matter what we're all stuck in a world where money rules.
     
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    FYI
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-21601609

    BTW my father's ISP is also Sky. And I have found that some of the illegal sites and streams I can access no problems in China, are indeed blocked by Sky.
     

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