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


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#21 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:56 PM

Here's c|net's review:

 

http://reviews.cnet....7-35823617.html

 

I'd edit their title to read:

 

"A daringly priced streamer that doesn't do much... yet"

 

The article does point out that the Roku LT, for $15 more, is currently a more versatile alternative.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:19 AM

I didn't know what the thing did but I had a credit in my Amazon account so I ordered one yesterday. They were out of stock but promised me one when they were back in stock. I just heard that Google has canceled the 3 months free Netfilx. It'll be interesting to see if I get it.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:21 AM

My understanding is the cutoff for the Netflix promotion was 1:00pm Eastern on July 25th.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:34 AM

My understanding is the cutoff for the Netflix promotion was 1:00pm Eastern on July 25th.

 
Amazon product page states: Please note that the Netflix promotional offer (which was available in limited supply) has now ended. Customers who ordered their Chromecast prior to 5:31 PM PST on July 24, 2013 will receive a Netflix gift code via email within 5 days of their product's ship date.
 
Google Play store product page states: Please note that the Netflix promotional offer (which was available in limited supply) has now ended. Orders placed before 1PM PST on 7/25 will receive their promotion code once their order ships.
 
BestBuy hasn't updated there product page about the promotion ending yet.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:48 AM

I like the review where the guy goes into BB and finds two hanging next to the 'other flash drives'.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 07:57 AM

I didn't have a lot of time to play with it last night, but it definitely has potential once more apps support it. I only used it for youtube and can see myself watching a lot more content there with this interface, trumps the DTV interface easily, but is also 10x easier to navigate than the PS3. I will have to test more but I think the Picture Quality is better on the PS3, but it is obviously much better than the HR2x. 

 

I have the Google Music service also so this will be the easiest way to access my music library in the living room and also give me access to their Spotify like library. I look forward to Photo Gallery support.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:36 AM

And a legitimate link for that story is:

 

http://www.latimes.c...,0,483513.story

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 10:12 AM

I love this. On Amazon, the Frequently Bought Together for the Chromecast is Tide Travel Sink Packets, 3-Count.

 

What a pairing!


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 12:42 PM

I am interested in this, but I will hold off until I see some hands on reviews on here before investing in it.  


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:18 PM

So is this just basically AirPlay for Android?

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 04:08 PM

So is this just basically AirPlay for Android?


Ni more like "airplay" for everthing
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:58 AM

I love this. On Amazon, the Frequently Bought Together for the Chromecast is Tide Travel Sink Packets, 3-Count.

 

What a pairing!

To make super saver free shipping?



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:41 AM

Chromecast config file hints at HBO Go app testing, prodding reveals DIAL details 
 
Google's Chromecast dongle has already blown through its supply of Netflix discount codes and now that they're in the wild all sorts of people are taking a look at how the devices work. For example, CJ Heres of GTV Hacker points out a configuration file that appears to list testing apps for Chromecast. 
 
While most of the services named in the file are those already announced (Netflix, Revision3, Google Play Music, Pandora etc.) and other devs working on support for AOL On and Songza, there's also an entry for HBO Go. Google told Wired yesterday streaming from the website should work out of the box, however other sites they mentioned will work, like Hulu and Rdio, are not listed in the file, so we may see official app support sooner rather than later.
 
 
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 02:44 PM

So is this just basically AirPlay for Android?

 

Not the way I understand it.

 

Airplay content is either already on your iOS device, or is fetched by your iOS device and transmitted to the Airplay device.

 

Chromecast content is sent from the providers' servers directly to the Chromecast dongle, which is internet connected.The Android or iOS device is only used to select what's sent to the dongle and to control its playback.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:08 PM

Not the way I understand it.

Airplay content is either already on your iOS device, or is fetched by your iOS device and transmitted to the Airplay device.

Chromecast content is sent from the providers' servers directly to the Chromecast dongle, which is internet connected.The Android or iOS device is only used to select what's sent to the dongle and to control its playback.


no, the Chromecast is just an Airplay receiver. it picks up content from your iOS, Android or PC & Mac devices. the dongle itslef is not connected to the internet
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:10 PM

no, the Chromecast is just an Airplay receiver. it picks up content from your iOS, Android or PC & Mac devices. the dongle itslef is not connected to the internet

 

You may want to check-out this first look: http://reviews.cnet....7-35823617.html

 

The other, more subtle distinction is that while AirPlay actually streams content from your device (and also works with locally stored content), the Chromecast is never truly streaming from your smartphone or tablet. For example, with YouTube, AirPlay streams from the cloud to your device, then to an Apple TV, while the Chromecast pulls content straight from the cloud. In practice, it doesn't make much of a difference, although surprisingly AirPlay feels more reliable, despite doing more technical gymnastics.

 


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:15 PM

You may want to check-out this first look: http://reviews.cnet....7-35823617.html


http://www.solidsign...&s=185463000894
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

Not the way I understand it.

Airplay content is either already on your iOS device, or is fetched by your iOS device and transmitted to the Airplay device.

Chromecast content is sent from the providers' servers directly to the Chromecast dongle, which is internet connected.The Android or iOS device is only used to select what's sent to the dongle and to control its playback.


Your link CLEARLY says that is must rely on mobile devices in order for it to work.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

no, the Chromecast is just an Airplay receiver. it picks up content from your iOS, Android or PC & Mac devices. the dongle itslef is not connected to the internet

 

Actually those devices are mere 'remotes' when watching Netflix, YouTube or any built in app.  The 'dongle' is a WiFi receiver and gets its content directly from the web, not from your device.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:19 PM

Your link CLEARLY says that is must rely on mobile devices in order for it to work.

 

Correct. As remotes.


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