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Apr 08, 2014

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Jeff Kunkler

Hello Mr. Grabowski,

After reading your experience with the Chromecast device and rather quick dismissal of it, I thought I'd give an opposing view, as I find the device quite useful.

Set up for me was a snap. I loaded the app on my Android phone, plugged in the device to my less than stellar Visio LCD television, entered my WiFi password and it quickly connected to my WiFi network. Right away I was able to stream my Hulu and Netflix to the screen, no delay, with perfect picture. YouTube also works well. It is an excellent and low cost alternative to using a Roku or similar device. Once the stream is started, I can then use my phone or tablet (I have a lot of Android devices) as I want without interfering with the stream, as you correctly stated the Chromecast device gets the stream directly from the router. If I want to pause, go back or advance in the stream, I do so on the Android device I'm using just like a remote. It is no slower than what I experience using the Android device standalone for streaming.

I spend time with my daughter sitting on the couch finding science or animal documentary videos from YouTube (not too much, we also go outside and play soccer) and talk about them. We also stream music for her to dance to (she is four).

For $35 dollars, there is no other device that allows me to attach to an HDMI equipped display and connect to a WiFi network then stream my subscriptions. It's simplicity and portability are key elements for me. I look forward to the enhancements that Google is no doubt working on. I highly recommend the Chromecast device. In my experience, far from "impractical".

Sincerely,

Jeff kunkler

Jsarfati

Ralph,

I think that you had the wrong expectations. The US$35 Chromecast is NOT a replacement for your US$600 Mac mini.

I recently bought a Chromecast to replace a broken Roku box. We use our Chromecast to Listen to Pandora music, watch Netflix, HBO GO, and youtube videos. The Chromecast works with our Andoid and IOS devices.

Jerry Sarfati
Siemens PLM Software


Ralph Grabowski

Bad news for those with a Chromebook running Developer mode of Chrome OS. The latest version breaks the Chromecast extension, so that it cannot broadcast screens to the tv.

Julianh72

Ralph,

No, that's not all!

I can only assume that your home WiFi (and / or broadband) is not up to the job, because my experience has been very different, and I LOVE my Chromecast.

I buy / rent movies and TV shows from Google Play, and casting them to the big screen from my phone / tablet works brilliantly. I also use Google Play Music All Access, and casting from my phone / tablet to my HiFi system is a great way of controlling my music. Yes, I know there are innumerable ways of buying / renting music and video content on-line, but at $35, Chromecast is hard to beat, as long as your broadband and WiFi are up to the job.(And it also works with all of my family and friends' phones too, so that we can watch their content as well.)

There are several apps that can cast audio, video and image content from your device, or from anywhere on your home network, to your Chromecast - RealPlayer and Avia are two that are worth a look, but there are several others. It's such a breeze to use Avia on my tablet to browse all of the computers on our home network, find some content, and cast it to the TV - works SOOOOO much better than my Sony "Smart TV's" native interface.

The latest "killer app" for me is that I have enrolled in a couple, of Coursera college / university courses, for which the lectures are available as streaming video. I play the videos on my Samsung Chromebook (which is a very low-cost / low-specced host device), and cast to my Chromecast to watch on my 55" screen. The video lags by about 1/2 second from what I am seeing on my Chromebook screen, but the video quality is good and stutter-free, and the audio is perfectly synched.

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