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Google is going after the TV market once again, this time with a little dongle called the Chromecast that plugs right into your TV’s HDMI.

The Chromecast is $35, which includes 3 months of Netflix for free.

The Chromecast is an accessory for your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. It works with iOS or Android, and with the Chrome browser on a laptop.

Videos and music are wirelessly sent to the Chromecast, and show up on your big screen TV. The iOS or Android device act as remotes allowing you to control the video on your TV.

It’s competition for Apple’s $99 Apple TV. The difference between the two gadgets is that the Apple TV is a bigger box that has some applications built right into it. The Chromecast is just a conduit for whatever is sent through a mobile device.


Source: http://au.businessinsider.com/google-chromecast-2013-7

Cool beans!
Wiing
it is actually pretty good for $35, although i am a bit concern about streaming at 1080p over wifi, it will be a little choppy at the least. I would still prefer an old style connected via cat6. Maybe if it had 802.11ac it might more viable, although not many homes would have a 802.11ac router yet.


Here is another good article.
http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/24/45533 … g-tv-stick
kiral
Yeah mang, nothing like a sleek Apple TV.

So I haven't read much about this, how is it powered? Does it have to be plugged into USB at the same time, or does hdmi power it?
Cailaris
kiral wrote:
Yeah mang, nothing like a sleek Apple TV.

So I haven't read much about this, how is it powered? Does it have to be plugged into USB at the same time, or does hdmi power it?


Depending if you're TV has a MHL, or powered HDMI port really, it doesn't need it. But more than likely, you will need to plug it into power to an unused USB port, or into a power point, pretty easy to do.

The way it works, is that its simply receiving a link/information from your device and it just loads it on the screen, its like enhanced chrome browser on your TV, very simple stuff, sort of the what the Nexus Q should have been. I would love one for the price point.
Fork
I got given a Chromecast from a mate who bought a few cheap on a trip to America, and have been playing around with it the last few days.

This thing is made of black fucking magic.

Plug it into HDMI, plug the other end into USB for power (it also comes with an actual power plug if you want to use that) and turn on the TV.

Run the app on your phone to set it up - once only to connect it to WiFi - and you're set.

Then you just open a chromecast supported app (Plex, Youtube etc) on your phone, hit the 'cast' button and choose which one to stream to.

Then you select what you want to play and it'll play on the TV instead of your phone.

Black. Fucking. Magic.

Plex is the standout app here, my whole tv/movie collection is in there from the HTPC and it's super easy to navigate. Start something up and within 10 seconds it's streaming like a bawse.

We had a WDTV in the bedroom but the Plex connectivity was pretty bad, navigating all those WD menus with the shitty remote. It was such a pain we ended up moving what we wanted to watch onto a USB stick and plugging it into the front, which is a huge pain in itself. The Chromecast blows this out of the water.

It wasn't all smooth though. The bedroom was a bit of a black hole for my WiFi network so it was a bit stuttery. I picked up a Powerline Wifi Extender and set it up which bolstered the WiFi to full bars up that end of the house and playback is silky smooth. This was something i've been meaning to do for fucking ages, quite glad it worked out well.

I also got the Chromecast extension for Chrome (*gasp*) which allows you to cast your browser to the TV, but I'm yet to play around with it. Don't really have a use for it since I have an actual HTPC, but it's there if needed.

I like this thing, it's simple and does what it says on the box. If I got another TV and wanted to be able to stream shit to it, this would be my go-to solution.

Anyone else played around with these?
Cailaris
It is pretty much black fucking magic.

We have a PS3 in our house, an a smart TV that both have YouTube, but it is nothing compared to the easy of use of Chromecast, my room mates are using it more than they ever thought they would.

It's so easy to just put something on YouTube on, I didn't know it worked with Plex, I'll have to look into that.

You had any luck streaming Twitch? There are heaps of apps out their, but Twitch has never worked for me.
Bain
Haven't played with it. I just have a TV that can use the plex app natively.

Fuck plugging other shit into my TV.

Logitech harmony remote, seamless integration to all my shit.


Have any of you looked at raspberry pi?
Dwy
Fork wrote:
Then you just open a chromecast supported app (Plex, Youtube etc) on your phone, hit the 'cast' button and choose which one to stream to.

Then you select what you want to play and it'll play on the TV instead of your phone.

Black. Fucking. Magic.

Plex is the standout app here, my whole tv/movie collection is in there from the HTPC and it's super easy to navigate. Start something up and within 10 seconds it's streaming like a bawse.

We had a WDTV in the bedroom but the Plex connectivity was pretty bad, navigating all those WD menus with the shitty remote. It was such a pain we ended up moving what we wanted to watch onto a USB stick and plugging it into the front, which is a huge pain in itself. The Chromecast blows this out of the water.

It wasn't all smooth though. The bedroom was a bit of a black hole for my WiFi network so it was a bit stuttery. I picked up a Powerline Wifi Extender and set it up which bolstered the WiFi to full bars up that end of the house and playback is silky smooth. This was something i've been meaning to do for fucking ages, quite glad it worked out well.


I have 2 of these in the house working alongside 2 ps3's to allow streaming to 4 rooms. The chromecasts are definitely great devices for what they do, but it's clear what they don't do. If your noticing some stuttering over wifi it's probably because the media needs to be transcoded. Plex is definitely the standout app to run with these, everything else is a bit meh. So the device essentially costs $49+buying the plex app on each phone you might want to use $5.

Have noticed some stuttering but only over wifi at a great distance, looking at buying some wifi extenders.

Overall a strong little device at $49 if you want to instantly add streaming capabilities to a number of tv's in the house. Would recommend.
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