Chromecast expected to support HBO Go, Pandora, Songza, Vimeo

By Shawn Knight
Jul 30, 2013
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  1. Google introduced Chromecast last week as an easy-to-use solution to beam videos from your mobile device or computer directly to your television. The $35 price point proved to be a hit among consumers as it quickly sold out on Amazon,...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Which they had them now you can order them on Amazon, just have to wait until they get more in.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,633   +1,031

    I might be wrong, but I don't think you can beam videos from your mobile device to your TV. You use your mobile device to tell Chromecast to start streaming from Netflix via your home wifi.

    I also heard it comes with 3 months of Netflix, which is worth $24. So if you don't have Netflix because you lack a Netflix device, or perhaps don't have the ability to plug it in, this is a great way to get hooked up with Netflix.

    $35 is an unheard of price for a new technology, so any complaints people have aren't going to carry much weight.
  4. Unfortunately the Netflix offer expired -- apparently they ran out of 'supplies' within the first day of orders. Not a good launch for Google, considering their past problems with new products :p

    But I agree, it looks like a killer device. Maybe more versatile than my Roku, with the Chrome tab streaming.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    I right code for tablets just that using mini HDMI to full HDMI cable to the HDTV was pain. Now to have it go Wireless to HDMI would be neat to see if I can use NAS video to HDTV without using MCE devices on WTV files. I have the Android Player that can play such files just to get them to work via wireless would be neat. Not all tablets can do this though either dual core or quad core with at lease 1GB of RAM.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,473   +963

    I think I am gonna get one of these. I hope they add Spotify streaming.
  7. So the Chrome Tab method of streaming allows you to stream video from non-supported sites (Dailymotion, etc.) right? No lag? Good audio? 1080p? If so, I'm totally getting one.
  8. Got mine this week; I can say that it doesn't play videos from Chrome tabs very smoothly. Since the Pandora widget hasn't been incorporated yet, I've been using the site via tab, and that's fine, but non-youtube vids are a bit balky. If you're hoping to use streaming sites, you're out of luck, at least for now. (Maybe my cable internet is just weak or maybe the chromecast is.) Still, the YouTube and Netflix capabilities alone make my $35 well spent so far. I'm hoping that MLB At Bat gets added; that would be perfect for me.

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