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Old 07-24-2013, 12:16 PM  
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Google introduces Chromecast - 35 bucks?!?

This looks like it will really test Roku/Apple TV. For that price point, I'm not sure how it couldn't. From what I'm hearing, you can stream anything from your desktop to the connected device, but not from mobile. Only supported apps from mobile will stream. More to come, I'm sure.

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Google's taking yet another stab at the living room.

Today Google introduced Chromecast, a stick-like device that connects to one of your TV's HDMI inputs and accepts video pushed from smartphones, tablets and the Chrome browser. It's available for just $35 starting today from the Google Play store in the US, with availability in other countries to follow.

The compact 2-inch device will work with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies and TV, and Google Play Music at launch, with support for future services, including Pandora, coming soon. It's a cross-platform device, with support for both Android and iOS devices, as well as the Chrome browser on both Windows and Mac computers. More details are currently available on the Google's Chrome blog.

Chromecast's approach is different than most devices on the market: it's half-remote, half-streaming media box. The idea is instead of designing a TV-optimized user interface, you'll be able to select and control content from your smartphone or tablet. Browse the Netflix app, find your content, then tell it to play in your living room. Chromecast even goes one step further, by automatically switching your TV to the correct input and giving you the ability to adjust the volume using your mobile devices built-in volume controls. The ability for Android devices to pause content without unlocking the phone first seemed particularly well-implemented.

You'll also be able to juggle control between multiple mobile devices, with Chromecast syncing between connected devices. You can start playing Netflix from your tablet, then later use a smartphone to fast-forward. Using the YouTube app, you can also create a shared queue of content, stringing together several short web videos for an extended viewing session. All-in-all, Google's demos looked particularly slick.

As sleek as the Chromecast device looks, Google's initial presentation skimmed over some of the rougher edges. The specs in the Google Play store list both a USB power cable and a power adapter, which indicate that the Chromecast will have some wires hanging off it -- it's not truly "just a stick". It's the same method PLAiR used to power its similar HDMI-based streaming stick.

The hardware itself supports 2.4 GHz WiFi 802.11, which isn't quite as nice as the dual-band Wi-Fi offered on Roku's Streaming Stick. The internal processor is capable of playing back full 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound.

I haven't had any hands-on time with the Chromecast yet, but from the initial announcement, the biggest limitation appears to be app support. Supporting only four services out-of-the-gate puts Chromecast well behind established players like Roku and Apple TV, and limited functionality was also one of the major knocks against the ill-fated Nexus Q.

However, the big difference with Chromecast ultralow $35 price. It's a lot easier to accept those limitations when you haven't paid much upfront and the low price should also help spread adoption, which should encourage services to include Chromecast at a faster rate.

This is a developing story so stay tuned for further details as we get them.
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Old 11-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #136
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Yes. Chrome will broadcast whatever is in the browser to the TV.
That's how it works.


OK. I was hoping the interface was direct to the Chromcast so that it can be controlled on the TV screen.
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:07 PM   #137
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That's how it works.


OK. I was hoping the interface was direct to the Chromcast so that it can be controlled on the TV screen.
Well, all the apps (Youtube, Hulu, etc.) that have been cleared DO go straight to the Chromecast. So you tell it you want to stream a Youtube video, the CC actually goes and fetches the video straight from your WiFi. However, if you're streaming from Chrome to the Chromecast so you can see what's in your web browser, it goes from WiFi to your computer to the CC.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:09 PM   #138
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^This.

Officially supported apps allow me to stream using my cell phone as the remote/media hub/
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:20 PM   #139
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Can you use it to view web pages on your TV? My mom likes to play online poker and I was hoping this was something she could use to play it on her big screen TV.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:46 PM   #140
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Well I started writing, "my only complaint is no HBO Go support," but apparently that changed 3 days ago! SWEET! Buy it.

And evidently they are about to hold a "hackathon" for the chromecast and release the dev kit, which is going to be awesome.

So again, buy it.
It's taken WAY too long for them to get the dev kit going, but I'm optimistic that new apps will start appearing in a hurry as soon as it's out.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:22 PM   #141
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #142
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It's not much, but...

http://chrome.blogspot.com/2013/12/n...-holidays.html

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Just in time for the holidays, 10 new apps have been added to the Chromecast family. Beginning today you can enjoy action sports, news, music videos, and more with the addition of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod.

And for those many holiday gatherings, you can also cast your personal media straight to your TV using Plex, Avia, or RealPlayer Cloud apps. There’s no need to huddle around small screens when you can share your own photos and videos using your phone, tablet, or laptop.
Hopefully this is the sign that things are gonna start moving more quickly now.

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Old 12-10-2013, 08:00 PM   #143
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Hopefully this is the sign that things are gonna start moving more quickly now.
Did the dev kit finally release? Once it does you are going to see a snowball effect.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:43 PM   #144
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Hopefully this is the sign that things are gonna start moving more quickly now.
Songza ****ing rocks. This is a game changer for how I will use this.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:55 PM   #145
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Songza ****ing rocks. This is a game changer for how I will use this.
Not sure why it wasn't in that blurb, but Plex is on the list now too. That's huge for a big group of people, though I don't personally use it.

EDIT: Nevermind, I'm and idiot. Added the next paragraph to the quote.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:55 PM   #146
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Not sure why it wasn't in that blurb, but Plex is on the list now too. That's huge for a big group of people, though I don't personally use it.

EDIT: Nevermind, I'm and idiot. Added the next paragraph to the quote.
I need to use plex. I am guessing you endorse this idea?
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:23 AM   #147
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Old 12-11-2013, 08:29 AM   #148
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I need to use plex. I am guessing you endorse this idea?
I am a plex user - and I endorse this.

I am very excited to see plex support as I love Plex - the problem is that its currently only available to PlexPass subscribers.

They always get the new features first (pay to be a beta tester really)

But they will make its way down to normal plex users - I just have to wait a little longer.
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I signed up for Netflix when I got mine, and it's been pretty sweet. HBO Go, YouTube, and Pandora have all worked very well, too.
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I am a plex user - and I endorse this.

I am very excited to see plex support as I love Plex - the problem is that its currently only available to PlexPass subscribers.

They always get the new features first (pay to be a beta tester really)

But they will make its way down to normal plex users - I just have to wait a little longer.
Man, that's horseshit. They really better change that.

This device could be infinitely more useful if they'd just ease up on their silly stranglehold on the content....
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