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Orange open sources OCast to claw back mobile TV control from Google

Deustche Telekom is the first operator aside from Orange to be testing the newly open sourced OCast software developed by the French telco. OCast is a transmission protocol for transforming smartphones and tablets into platforms for viewing and controlling content on the big screen, in much the same manner as Google Cast – although Orange told Faultline Online Reporter that OCast is not positioned as a direct competitor. With Google’s popular cast technology pre-installed on Android phones and also compatible with iPhones, it has become the go-to source for casting videos to TV sets, and despite claims that the OCast software is not attempting to challenge Google, the similarities are obvious, and it will prove tricky to unhinge the tech…

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