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Google launches Chrome Cast, brings internet content to your TV

Sam Loveridge

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Google has launched Chrome Cast, a dongle that plugs into any TV via the HDMI port to allow content streaming from any device.

Running a simplified version of Chrome OS, Chrome Cast is just 2-inches long and plugs directly into the HDMI input on a TV.

Connecting to a Wi-Fi network, Google says it is “fast and easy to set up”, works “across platforms and across devices” and users will have “nothing new to learn.”

Chrome Cast pulls content from the cloud rather than just the device, which allows multiple users to interact with that content.

A new Cast button allows users to send their content to their TV without the TV having to be turned on first. The Chrome Cast can turn on the TV and switch it to the right input without the user having to touch a traditional remote control.

YouTube, for example, already recognises the Chrome Cast to stream content to the TV. The dongle also allows users to change the volume and control the TV with tablets, laptops or smartphones.

Users can create a TV Queue using Chrome Cast that allows a playlist for content streaming to the TV, all based on Google Play Music, YouTube or other music and video apps.

Multiple devices can also add to the TV Queue with any device to create a shared queue that anyone can get involved with. Even if the person streaming content to the Chrome Cast leaves the home with their device, another user can take over control of the TV and the Chrome Cast content without affecting the content on screen.

Not only is Chrome Cast compatible with YouTube, but other apps like Netflix can be streamed directly to any TV with an HDMI port. Chrome Cast plays it in Full 1080p HD and supports 5.1 surround sound as well.

Music apps are also supported with Chrome Cast, and the photo sharing functionality is launching in beta to start off with.

Chrome Cast is compatible with iOS devices as well as Chrome and Android platforms, so there’s no limitations on the device.

Chrome Cast will retail at $35 (£23), available to purchase in the US from today. Other countries will get the Chrome Cast "as soon as possible".

Laurent Lejeune

July 25, 2013, 8:36 am

This sounds interesting but some things need to be clarified.

1. can you stream video content from a NAS to your TV using this dongle?

2. will NFL Gamepass be supported?

3. alternatively, can you stream any Flash video content to your TV with this?

4. Is the video decoding actually done on the dongle or on the other device (tablet/phone)

Thanks for the clarification.

loiar

November 7, 2013, 12:57 am

where is the service located at and can u watch regular T.V

b. de la rosa

December 7, 2013, 8:36 pm

Does it work with a kindle fire HD mom

Aaron Shepherdson

January 10, 2014, 7:35 am

I doubt Game Pass will be available via Chrome Cast- seeing as the NFL seems to be pretty stringent with who they sell rights to. Other similar setups to Chrome Cast like Apple TV etc have not seen NFL app despite having NHL, MLS, NBA etc

I would imagine this has to do with Xbox One being the official sponsor of the NFL? and in built-NFL app within Xbox One is the only legit way to stream directly to your TV with Game Pass

Till then --> Airplay + Apple TV and Game Pass iPhone App :)

corky

February 10, 2014, 5:43 pm

is one person capable of watching Netflix on t.v. and one person able to surf the net at the same time?

MIKE

January 15, 2015, 1:07 pm

AT&T charged me $20.00 because they said when we used Chromecast it used up all of my data. Is this correct?

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