Google Chromecast: $35 Smart TV Dongle

Google has just released Chromecast, a $35 dongle which will plug into any HDTV with a HDMI port and bring Smart TV like streaming features to it.

This is of great interest to us here at HDTV News, and clearly to much of the world. It has sold out from many places such as Amazon in just a few hours after it was released.

Once the dongle is set up and connected to your WiFi, you can use a number of Android devices (phone, tablet etc) or even Apple iOS devices to “Push” streaming content on to your TV with a single button press. If you’re watching a YouTube video, or Netflix video, you can press the button to broadcast it to the HDTV in Full HD.

At first glance it will sound similar devices such as the Apple TV, but the Chromecast is better in many ways. Rather than the video stream coming directly from your smart phone or tablet device (as the Apple TV does), Chromecast will stream from the cloud in the best quality available, often in Full 1080p HD.

The very low price tag of just $35 will obviously attract a lot of people, especially those with non Smart TVs. At that price it would be tempting to get one for every HDTV in the house. Assuming you own at least one Smart Phone or Tablet computer of course, as these are essentially used as the controller for the Chromecast.

Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

There have been similar devices to this before, such as the popular Roku series, especially the Roku Streaming Stick. But the streaming stick will only work on newer HDTVs with a special MHL HDMI (powered HDMI port).

The Google Chromecast on the other hand will work on ANY HDMI input. It is interesting how Google has glossed over the fact that the Chromecast actually has a power cable to power it, the port for this can be seen in the many photos, but you never see it plugged in. I’m wondering if you plug it into a MHL HDMI port, the power cable won’t be needed. Either way, I’m a happy camper as a number of my HDTVs don’t have this MHL HDMI port.

You can currently buy it direct from Google for $35, and it should be available at Best Buy stores and other places by the end of the month (July 2013).

I have ordered mine, and also contacted Google press as I can’t wait to get my Google Chromecast review, written and video, up for you guys asap!

Be sure to watch the video below for more information.

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