Google Chromecast: stream stuff to your TV for $35

Google Chromecast: stream stuff to your TV for Martin already covered the new Google Nexus 7 and Jelly Bean Android 4.3 stuff last night, so it’s over to me to cover the other big announcement thingy, namely Google Chromecast.

In a nutshell, Google Chromecast plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, and allows you to throw all sorts of viewing content at it.

While in years gone by the TV served as the primary (read: only) display for content, it’s increasingly taking a backseat in this age of smartphones and tablets and laptops and what have you.

Google Chromecast looks to redress the balance, with your portable device simply launching content and subsequently acting as a remote.

How does Google Chromecast work? It connects to your home network via Wi-Fi, and rather than content flying from your portable device to the HDMI dongle, Google Chromecast pulls it directly from the cloud.

Compatible apps include Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music, and support for Pandora will reportedly follow soon. Expect to see a spanking new “Cast” button on Chromecast-friendly apps.

The Google Chromecast dongle goes on sale in the US this week for the seemingly reasonable price of $35, including a power adapter and three months of free Netflix action.

As for a UK release, there’s no sign of Google Chromecast on our Google Play for now. Bothered?

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mrew42  Jul. 25, 2013 at 12:13

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=chromecast
Logged in as a UK user it does say "...not available in your country"

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 25, 2013 at 12:29

Same here...I wouldn't mind picking one up for a measly 30 quid.

Stelph  Jul. 25, 2013 at 13:35

Looks an intersting concept, espcially for the price, id quite like to find out more about it tho, for example

- In the presentation it stated that the chromecast could control your TV (switching it on, altering volume etc), does that work with any TV or is it spectic ones?

- What do apps need to do to work with this? I can see this working well as long as developers can easily add it and also assuming devs dont cripple its use. Using airplay as an example from memory some apps like the catchup services (4OD) refused to work on airplay which was a pain

Its also interesting to see this is run using Chrome not google TV, an odd choice or perhaps they have acknowledge that GoogleTV was too complicated?

mrew42  Jul. 25, 2013 at 13:43

Interesting that they've gone the Chrome route rather than Android.
Wonder if iPlayer etc are available too....
In that case I could be very interested

mrew42  Jul. 25, 2013 at 13:49

Interesting that they've gone the Chrome route rather than Android.
Wonder if iPlayer etc are available too....
In that case I could be very interested


Took me so long to type (I'm actually in a meeting. oops) that Stelph beat me to it.

It would appear that It's managed via Chrome (on your device), and youtube to control the TV.
Re: the power & Volume via HDMI, should be widely available. My HDMI connected home theatre system can power on my TV, Manage the audio etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI#CEC

Stelph  Jul. 25, 2013 at 17:13

Interesting that they've gone the Chrome route rather than Android.
Wonder if iPlayer etc are available too....
In that case I could be very interested


Took me so long to type (I'm actually in a meeting. oops) that Stelph beat me to it.

It would appear that It's managed via Chrome (on your device), and youtube to control the TV.
Re: the power & Volume via HDMI, should be widely available. My HDMI connected home theatre system can power on my TV, Manage the audio etc.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI#CEC


Aha that would make sense, essentially making it like a chrome extension? I guess that does mean to use it to its full extent on iOS you have to use the chrome browser then which is a shame, iOS very forcefully makes you use safari unless you are jailbroken

Interesting feature in the HDMI, I dont think my TV has that feature but then it is circa 2007 so maybe its another excuse to upgrade! I hadnt been that impressed with the various smart TV's that are around at the moment, but this could be the one to tempt me to upgrade..

Also another question, I wonder if it will allow you to access a NAS or media server?

mrew42  Jul. 26, 2013 at 11:01

If your NAS or media server is accessible from Chrome, then yes.
You cast a 'tab' from Chrome onto the TV, so contend that isn't app specific (such as Youtube & netflix etc) can be displayed.
I'm getting more and more interested in this the more I read about it :)

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 26, 2013 at 11:32

mrew42,
are you saying that you get full fledged browser with this thing that has flash support?
It would be good to be able to stream different content that is not application specific. There are a lot of websites that provide streaming programs using their own versions of players embedded in flash.
This is what I primarily looking for and ability to stream pictures and videos from NAS.

mrew42  Jul. 26, 2013 at 13:07

Not sure of the Flash-ability but the implication is you can cast any tab as long as the source device can render it, so can Chromecast

Addendum - I've just read that it CAN play flash, but as I mentioned it relies on a chrome plugin to cast the tab of the Chrome browser to the Chromecast device. Needs a good enough spec PC & decent wi-fi speed for this to operate well
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-cast/boadgeojelhgndaghljhdicfkmllpafd

For clarity - it's the source device that does the work, Chromecast just displays whatever its told to.

Stelph  Jul. 27, 2013 at 07:13

Interesting, I had though the concept was the source device just "pointed" the chroma at at the media that you wanted it,to play, and that then the chromecast went and got it, thereby meaning you could do other things with the source device while playing back (hence why it was good as its one step ahead of AirPlay in that way)

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