'The Crown' rumours dismissed: Netflix says no plans to cast Imelda Staunton as the Queen in Season 5

Netflix called the rumours of Staunton being casted 'pure speculation'.

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Known for her roles in films like 'Vera Drake' and 'Harry Potter' franchise, Imelda Staunton has not been cast for 'The Crown'.

LOS ANGELES: Netflix has dismissed the reports that British actor Imelda Staunton has been cast Queen Elizabeth II for the fifth and sixth seasons of its critically-acclaimed show 'The Crown'.

There were reports that Staunton, best known for featuring in films 'Vera Drake' and 'Harry Potter' series, will replace Olivia Colman, who currently stars as the British monarch in the show's third installment.


Colman will reprise the role in the fourth chapter, which will arrive next year. Before her, Claire Foy played the part in the royal drama's first two seasons.

According to Variety, the streamer on Thursday called the reports of Staunton's casting as 'pure speculation'.

"We are currently filming season 4 of 'The Crown' but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement.

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The third season of 'The Crown', which debuted on Netflix on November 17, also features Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

Stream Smart: Tips & Tricks To Make The Most Of Your Apple TV, Chromecast, Firestick
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With multiple streaming services vying for your attention, it’s no surprise that on-demand video is seeing a massive uptick in subscribers. If you already use a streaming service, chances are it’s probably through a Chromecast, Fire TV Stick or Apple TV. These devices are a lot more powerful than we give them credit for. Hitesh Raj Bhagat shares some of his favourite tips & tricks for all three.

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Since Apple TV doesn’t need to be visible to you (remote is RF, not infrared), you can place it inside a cabinet or purchase mounts to stick it behind the TV or on the wall in an inconspicuous place.

The beauty of AirPods is that you don’t need to individually connect them to your Apple devices. This applies to Apple TV too. Just make sure you’re signed in with your Apple ID and your AirPods will connect to Apple TV.

The remote’s touchpad is glass which means it can break. If you or others in the family tend to drop it often, you can get a soft silicon case for it for as less as Rs 199.

In the tvOS 13 update (public beta in July, final coming later), Apple is going to add full screen video previews, picture-in-picture (watch videos while in another app), multi user support (each user gets their own custom interface & suggestions) and support for Xbox/PS4 game controllers.

Apple TV is powerful enough for big screen gaming. There are already games you can play with the remote or a third party controller. To extract this full potential, Apple Arcade is coming soon. This will effectively turn it into a proper game console with various exclusive titles.

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Chromecast can play games. Search for ‘Chromecast games’ on the Play Store using your phone and you’ll find games like Tankcast, Doodlecast, Dinoh Family Games and Just Dance Now. These games are designed to cast, so you’ll be looking at the TV and using the smartphone as a controller.

If your TV has HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronic Control), it can be controlled by Chromecast. Make sure the HDMI-CEC feature on your TV is enabled and you can wake the TV from sleep and switch to the correct input source by starting a cast.

Sharing your Chromecast with friends while watching video is easy. Just make sure they’re connected to your home WiFi and they can use their own phone to cast. There’s also a guest mode on Chromecast itself. With this active, devices can connect directly to Chromecast instead of your WiFI network.

The tiny Chromecast is the perfect companion if you regularly spend a lot of days in hotel rooms. You’ll need a separate WiFi hotspot (dedicated hotspot or phone) so that you can connect both your phone and Chromecast to it. Then you can cast videos to the hotel TV just like you do at home.

When you want to cast something at home without disturbing others, you can use an app called Local Cast. This will cast the video to your TV and keep the audio on your phone. Then just use your headphones paired with your phone to continue watching.

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If you find the built in app store limited, don’t worry because you can easily install Android apps. Get the free Easy Fire Tools app on your Android phone and enable app installs from unknown sources and ADB debugging on Fire TV (find it in Settings > System > Developer options). Check your Fire TV’s IP address (Settings > Network > System Info) and enter it into the app. Then you can install any app from your phone straight to your Fire TV Stick.

Can’t find the remote? Amazon offers an official Fire TV remote for both iOS and Android (it’s called Amazon Fire TV). Make sure the phone and Fire TV are on the same network and the remote app will automatically connect. It also includes gesture control, voice search and a keyboard for much easier text input.

If you have an older Fire TV stick and don’t want to upgrade to the 4K version, you can still buy the new voice remote separately for `1,999. This gives you the advantage of Alexa voice control and infrared features to control your existing TV/sound system. You will only need to pair the remote with your Fire TV Stick before first use by holding down the Home button.

Your Fire TV Stick supports Bluetooth headphones. Just head to the settings to pair your headphones and you can continue watching without disturbing anyone else. Make sure to put your headphones in pairing mode so that Fire TV Stick can see and connect to them.

Apart from the multiple sales and offers you get on Amazon India, you can score an ever better deal on Fire TV Stick from Amazon USA. We’ve seen prices as low as US $29 for the regular version. Just get someone to carry back one for you and it will work just fine after signing in to your Amazon India account.

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