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Google introduces Chromecast, a $35 HDMI streaming solution for televisions

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by Athlon646464, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Jul 24, 2013 #1 of 119
    Athlon646464

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    Google introduces Chromecast, a $35 HDMI streaming solution for televisions

    Apps that work with the device include a "Cast" button that allows users to push video to their televisions and control various aspects remotely (volume, play, pause, etc.). "Once Chromecast is plugged in, you just go to YouTube on your smartphone," Google reps said. "You'll see the cast button in your UI and you press it -- Chromecast will pull the info you requested from the cloud and play it on your TV."

    Netflix has similar remote control functionality. Google Play movies and television (expectedly) also work with Chromecast, and Google delightedly demonstrated it with Vin Diesel vehicle Fast Five. Finally, Google demoed full Google Chrome projected on a TV and controlled remotely with a "standard $500 Windows 8 laptop." The feature is "still in early days," but a promise has already been made: that users will be able to easily project content to televisions via their web browser.

    Full Story Here

    http://youtu.be/cKG5HDyTW8o


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  2. Jul 24, 2013 #2 of 119
    coolman302003

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    Ordered it from Amazon, the price is very reasonable because you get 3 free months of Netflix (existing & new customers) which makes the net cost around $11 when you factor that in.
     
  3. Jul 24, 2013 #3 of 119
    kevinwmsn

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    I think its an interesting device, but I think the Google TV device is better. It is a little more and it can run all Google Apps, SD MicroCard storage, its a full Android OS.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2013 #4 of 119
    RasputinAXP

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    At $11 net, I bought in.
     
  5. Jul 25, 2013 #5 of 119
    tpm1999

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    At the cost of 11 bucks, I have spent more than that on a cable in the past. As soon as Amazon prime and HBO Go jump on board, this will be even more killer.

    Did I need this? No...but its 11 bucks!

    I just dont know which tv to stick it on....hmmm.

    Oh and most likely I am jumping back into the Android game by buying the new Nexus 7. I need a tablet for my job (to look professional and stuff...lol) and a nice cheap nexus will do the trick. I have been an insane apple fanboy in the past and have tried Android before (original Droid) and was severely disappointed. But I am fairly certain Android has come a long way in 4 years!
     
  6. Jul 25, 2013 #6 of 119
    trdrjeff

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    Google must have had a lot of people cancel once they became available on Bestbuy & Amazon. I tried ordering one shortly after they were on Play store, but they were sold out. refreshed and finally got one with a Aug 4th shipdate. When Amazon released them I ordered there to save shipping w/ my Prime. Went to cancel the Google Play order and it wouldn't cancel tried over and over and all it says was unable to process. Call them and they said it was too late, I will have to just refuse the order. lol

    Amazon order will be here today, I already have a PS3 for most of the streaming stuff, but 3 mos free NF, mirroring the phone/laptop/tablet should be worth it. I think my son will love playing Angry Birds on the 52" :rotfl:
     
  7. Jul 25, 2013 #7 of 119
    SayWhat?

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    Not really sure what this is supposed to do that can't already be done other ways.

    And with the Big G not exactly being well known for user privacy .......
     
  8. Jul 25, 2013 #8 of 119
    Steve

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    Will it truly mirror the phone/laptop/tablet? From what I read, sounds like it can (currently) only stream Netflix and YouTube, based on what you select from your phone/laptop/tablet. Am I not understanding it? :scratchin

    E.g., I'd love to be able to stream home movies from my phone to the TV, but I believe I'd have to upload them to YouTube first.
     
  9. Jul 25, 2013 #9 of 119
    Stuart Sweet

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    It's a price that won't make you think twice. But, that said I don't think it will really catch on. I expect this functionality to be built into other boxes or TVs in the future.
     
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  10. Jul 25, 2013 #10 of 119
    Athlon646464

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    I ordered one. I'll give you my impressions after I use it for a few days. (Not sure when it will arrive (Amazon)).

    I have Airplay on my Denon AVR and use it quite a bit for music. If this makes it easier to throw some video to my TV I'll enjoy it.

    I currently watch Netflix on that TV using a WDTV Live, and I watch Amazon Prime using my Sony B-Ray drive. If this thing adds Amazon Prime, that alone will make it worth the $11 net.
     
  11. Jul 25, 2013 #11 of 119
    trdrjeff

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    Yeah I may be off on the mirroring part, I think it will be app specific.

    Really surprised with all the leaks nowadays that they were able to keep the lid on this, hearing everyone is sold out now, maybe the 2nd one will pay for the first if I can get it on ebay soon enough.
     
  12. Jul 25, 2013 #12 of 119
    Steve

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    The more I read about it, that's what it seems to be. Your iOS or Android device allows you to select content, start playback and pause, FF or rewind, but the content is actually streamed from the cloud, not your local device. Looks like right now, it's just YouTube and Netflix.
     
  13. Jul 25, 2013 #13 of 119
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    Android Central's first impressions here: http://www.androidcentral.com/chromecast-setup-and-first-impressions

    You can get a Chrome browser extension called 'Google Cast' (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-cast/boadgeojelhgndaghljhdicfkmllpafd) "which lets you send any Chrome tab on your computer -- including video sites -- to the Chromecast". This is not a mirroring device for your phone, tablet, computer - once you tell the Chromecast what to do your devices (phone, tablet, computer) are free to be used doing whatever,
     
  14. Jul 25, 2013 #14 of 119
    itzme

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    I am curious what the limitations are if you only have a wireless 10 mb Internet service, a wireless router that's 2 or 3 rooms away from the device, and and iPhone instead of droid. Those are my mother in laws conditions, and I'd love to get her Netflix connected.
     
  15. Jul 25, 2013 #15 of 119
    Laxguy

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    I do Netflix on my Samsung Smart TV (or computer, iPhone, iPad for that matter) on a 3 Meg connection. More is better as those annoying ads say.
     
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    SayWhat?

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    And a legitimate link for that story is:

    http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-google-ends-chromecast-netflix-promotion-20130725,0,483513.story


     
  18. Jul 25, 2013 #18 of 119
    tpm1999

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    Since I ordered online as soon as it went up...I got my code already and applied it to my netflix account. Of course the chromecast is being shipped using ups mail innovations...so it should be another 2 weeks before I get it. :nono2:
     
  19. Jul 25, 2013 #19 of 119
    Tom Robertson

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    Interesting, basically an adapter to add smarts to a TV using the smarts in your phone/PC/tablet. Since I don't Netflix (still won't forgive them for their part in inventing the non-porn pop-up ads), I can Youtube and pandora on my DIRECTV box, and Amazon (not available yet on the chromecast) via my smart TV or game console, I don't need it...

    That said, there bazillions of TVs out there that aren't smart. That is the present niche for many devices these days, so why not Google? :)

    Peace,
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  20. Jul 25, 2013 #20 of 119
    Laxguy

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    Hmmmm. My TV is smarter than I am! It does Netflix wirelessly from about 60 feet away.
     

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