VLC not showing Chromecast Living Room TV option.

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  1. Paul Black's Avatar
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    VLC not showing Chromecast Living Room TV option.


    I have been mucking about with this literally ALL day and I have decided to seek help. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it doesn't.

    I open a video file, lets say .MP4 in VLC, and it plays. If I click Playback > Renderer, it only shows Local and Scanning [ Scanning Greyed Out ].

    I can cast YouTube Videos, my computer Desktop etc to the TV through Chromecast. VLC is upto date and on a version that supports this. My Network is set to Private which was recommended, and it did work. It is set to, and shows as Living Room TV in Google.

    As I say, it does work on very rare occasions. It is almost like it needs the Router IP address or something, but I couldn't find an option to enter that. A reboot sometimes allows the Playback > Renderer > Living Room TV option to appear, and when I click it, it plays on the TV.

    I have tried many things like restarting Chromecast and the computer more times than I can remember. I have reinstalled VLC [ Several times ], reset Chromecast [ Several times ], and applied any Chromecast updates that were available. The Firewall is set correctly to allow VLC. I have also been through ALL the VLC Advanced Settings.

    I have investigated a solution for this on the Internet ALL day. Has anyone had this problem and resolved it, or got any ideas please?



    EDIT:-

    Just for anyone following this thread. I did have to be signed in to Google, and NOT have Block All Cookies checked. I checked Block Third-Party Cookies instead and that allows me to play [ Cast ] YouTube videos etc.

    I might investigate Chromecast Compatible Apps in the week ahead, preferable those which do NOT include Ads [ Lightweight Apps with Google Cast Support ].
    Last edited by Paul Black; 05 Dec 2021 at 17:33.
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  2. MaloK's Avatar
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    Hi Paul,

    Do you have apple Bonjour installed ?
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  3. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Hello @MaloK,

    Thanks for the reply, it is appreciated.

    MaloK said:
    Do you have apple Bonjour installed ?
    No, I don't.



    You are NOT going to believe this, BUT, I have found a workaround.

    I open the video file with VLC, and then immediately Pause it. I goto my Google Chrome Browser and . . .

    • Click the 3 Dots.
    • Click Cast.
    • From the Sources Dropdown Menu I select Cast Desktop.
    • Click Living Room TV.
    • Goto VLC and Press Play.

    It works!

    I would however, like to try and find the proper solution.

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  4. MaloK's Avatar
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    Whaaaaaaaattttttt ???? Leave me a moment....
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  5. Paul Black's Avatar
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    MaloK said:
    Whaaaaaaaattttttt ???? Leave me a moment....
    Sorry, I do NOT understand.
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  6. MaloK's Avatar
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    I'm trying to reproduce that...
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    MaloK said:
    I'm trying to reproduce that...
    Ah, OK. Please let me know how you get on.
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  8. Paul Black's Avatar
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    On investigation, this seems to be a general problem [ MANY entries on their Forum ], which unfortunately, does NOT have a definitive answer.

    My main use for this is because I have restructured my Videos [ Films & Series ] and Music onto two designated external HDD's [ 3 TB Each ], with VLC being my Media Player of choice.

    I know I have a workaround for this issue, as per the above, but, it would be nice to get this to work correctly.
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  9. MaloK's Avatar
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    @Paul Black,

    Your trick worked on all my LG TVs but not on the Samsung and Sony, And I have also the same problem VLC stays stuck on "scanning..."
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  10. Paul Black's Avatar
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    Thanks for getting back @MaloK,

    MaloK said:
    Your trick worked on all my LG TVs but not on the Samsung and Sony.
    I do NOT understand why, because if the TV's show a picture once it is loaded then it should work. It means that the computers are having difficulty finding it!

    My TV is a Panasonic by the way.
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