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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.

http://cnet.co/1c2ZBTm

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 08-25-2014, 08:35 PM   #226
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That would require my computer to have an HDMI output.

We have an ancient Dell XPS 420.
I see. I doubt you're wanting to spend a couple hundred bucks, but you can line up a cheap laptop with HDMI for a couple hundo.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:20 PM   #227
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:59 AM   #228
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If I felt capable of figuring it all out, I'd probably just cut the cord completely and go the XBMC route. Sounds like you can get pretty much anything you want, including sports.

I may have to pay for Fish to come to STL and set me up.
Hmmm, I need an excuse to go to ST Louis.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:54 AM   #229
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If I felt capable of figuring it all out, I'd probably just cut the cord completely and go the XBMC route. Sounds like you can get pretty much anything you want, including sports.

I may have to pay for Fish to come to STL and set me up.
For the right beer, that could happen.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:09 AM   #232
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Can't you just hook your computer to the TV through HDMI?

This to me was a better $30 investment.


Word to the wise - that keyboard sucks balls. Look how tiny and out of place that right shift key is. It's a nightmare to type on.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:10 PM   #233
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For the right beer, that could happen.
Hell, name your price. Could probably get some ball tickets if you wanted to go to a game while you were here.

If you're serious, shoot me a text. Going to call DTV again tonight and if they won't budge, I'm setting a disconnect date for mid-September.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:27 PM   #234
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Word to the wise - that keyboard sucks balls. Look how tiny and out of place that right shift key is. It's a nightmare to type on.
It's fine. I'm not composing massive prose here.

Besides, "netflix.com", "hbogo.com", "amazon.com" don't need the shift key.
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:19 PM   #235
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I have two of these already which I use fine and think are great. I'm trying to set up a third one but during the setup it goes into the update and is stuck at 0% for hours. I've tried resetting the chromecast, using the HDMI extender, the power supply, resetting my modem my router...I think I've tried everything. Anybody seen this before and found a fix?
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:10 PM   #236
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I'm using the hell of our the chromecast these days. I purchased the all cast app which, in conjunction with an app called showbox, let's me stream episodes onto my TV. Between Netflix and showbox I am set for TV.
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I'm using the hell of our the chromecast these days. I purchased the all cast app which, in conjunction with an app called showbox, let's me stream episodes onto my TV. Between Netflix and showbox I am set for TV.
Another vote for AllCast - well worth the few bucks to be able to cast just about anything.

I just wish that Amazon and Spotify would stop being assholes and make their apps Chromecast compatible.

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Old 02-05-2015, 12:19 AM   #238
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i have one, it works ****ing awesome for just general surfing and web browsing, i dont try to use it for anything other then that.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:02 PM   #239
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Yep, I use Showbox and AllCast as well. The free version of Allcast though. Haven't even looked into the paid version. I probably should, I have Amazon coins to spend.
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I'm actually up to 6 chromecasts now, I have one for every TV in the house but one. Kids want to watch a show on netflix, pull out the phone and turn on a movie in one of their rooms. I have Plex and Showbox for lots or other movies and shows. I even have a chromecast on my smart tv because it works better than the apps on the TV. I'm all in on these little things. They still have some improvement to do with the browser casting but the app support is really nice at this point.
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