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William Wells
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James Seddon
James Seddon Journalist and father Kent

Without Hulu, and given the apps available on Apple TVs, you're probably not missing much in the UK without a Chromecast.

The main use it probably does have is for more emerging web-based video services that aren't on Apple TVs eg Now TV, Sky Go's website and Virgin TV Anywhere's site. But I'd expect video providers to get onto Apple TVs a lot quicker as Apple builds out its offering.

Plus any of those providers could disable Chromecast pretty easily as there haven't been explicit agreements between Google and most platforms/content providers.

That said, given the cost, it's probably worth giving it a try even if there's only one website you'd want to stream from.

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Opinion 3 years ago
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James Diamond expert
James Diamond E-Safety & Safeguarding Trainer Leicester, GB
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I think there are two possible reasons I might try the Chromecast.

Firstly, it's a cheaper and more mobile alternative to Apple TV, with the potential to bring Netflix to any TV with an HDMI socket and decent WiFi nearby.

Crucially, for me, is the potential to use it to mirror the screens screens of my Android devices on a television screen.

It's far from perfect yet, but I'm excited by its potential.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Monica J. Vila
Monica J. Vila @TheOnlineMom Rye, US

I think Chromecast has great possibilities.

Streaming content from smartphones, tablets and other devices to your TV has been made possible already by Apple who has been facilitating that for quite some time with AirPlay. However, AirPlay requires the purchase of an Apple TV box ($99) and an HDMI cable to connect the box to the TV. And like all Apple products, AirPlay doesn’t play nicely with anyone else, so owners of Android devices are left in the cold.

On the other hand, Chromecast works with both Android devices and Apple products, including iPhones and iPads. It also works with computers and laptops running Chrome for Mac or Chrome for Windows. Set up couldn’t be simpler. You just plug the Chromecast device into an HDMI port and connect it to your home Wi-Fi. You then open a supported app on your phone or tablet and choose the TV option when you’re ready to play.

When you’re using Chromecast, your mobile device (or computer) is effectively the controller, allowing you to select content, control playback, and adjust the volume. When you are using a Chrome browser, the TV “mirrors” whatever content is displayed on your laptop or computer, including web pages, photos, video, or text.

The drawbacks now is that there are only 3 apps that work on Chromecast: They are Netflix, YouTube and Google Play. To be fair, the Google Play apps include movies, TV shows, music and books (for those who want to read a book on their TV). However, Google says that a Chromecast-enabled Pandora app is on the way, with many more to follow. (Chromecast will automatically update to recognize new Chromecast-enabled apps.)

We shall see how this develops but at $35 (US) this gadget is already sold out...


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