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    Chromecast - the new Google TV



    Dongle that plugs into any TV HDMI port

    Send app content from your phone/tablet(supports Android and iOS) to your TV. Netflix, Youtube, etc.

    Also send any chrome page from your laptop to your TV.

    The device is completely autonomous, it turns your TV on if your TV isn't already on, and it automatically switches to the HDMI input when you send content to it. No need for a TV remote or receiver to switch video inputs. It goes back to your last input(cable/satellite/whatever) once you are done streaming. Everything is controlled via your mobile device/laptop. Volume, pausing, etc. No need to ever touch an actual remote.

    Cost: $35

    http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-medi...-35823617.html

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    Could see many set top boxes like Roku looking fairly obsolete in the span of the next couple months if this takes off. At $35 I don't see why not. Just needs HBOGo and our Rokus are gone and we have less reason to keep the 360 around once we get our PS4.

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    They made it sound like anyone could make their app compatible with it, if the developer so chooses.

    And yeah, $35 is the killer feature. It isn't necessarily any better than a Roku or Apple TV or whatever, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper.

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    If it doesn't have the ability to decode various codecs and containers, then no, I don't see it replacing set top boxes.

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    Well, the device itself doesn't really *do* anything other than accept whatever you are streaming from your phone/tablet/chrome browser. So if you have an app on your device that plays the video you need, hopefully they update the app to be compatible with Chromecast. Basically your phone/tablet is the device instead of a Roku, the Chromecast dongle just accepts video streams from your device.

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    Sounds like the limitations would be app support and Wi-Fi streaming speed. Which at first glance sound easy to overcome
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    For.50.bucks I bought one (tax and shipping) before they sell out.We already.have a Google tv upstairs so I will get to compare it to that. I wonder if this could replace so many cables and connectors in offices.
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    That's hot. I wonder if they will make a wired version. I have an ethernet hub behind my TV already so I would prefer to use that rather than the WiFi that is on the other end of the house.

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    Looks like it's just a streamer so you wouldn't be able to play your own content on it unless you used something like Plex with Roku.

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    can it stream pornos? I assume ones in browsers like 4tube/pornhub/redtube/eskimotube? THIS IS IMPORTANT.
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    Here's the support for media types:

    All Google Cast devices at a minimum support the following media types:

    Video codecs: h.264, VP8

    Audio decoding: HE-AAC, LC-AAC, CELT/OPUS, MP3

    Containers: MP4/CENC, WebM, MPEG-DASH, SmoothStreaming

    Level 1 DRM support: Widevine, Playready

    https://developers.google.com/cast/s...ed_media_types

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    It's sold out on the Google Play store already...damn

    edit - nevermind, tried a few more times and my order eventually went through, the site must be getting slammed.

    $41.92 after tax and cheapest shipping option

    It also comes with a voucher for 3 free months of Netflix, good for new or existing subscribers. Nice little perk there to offset some of the cost.
    Last edited by joeboo; 07-24-2013 at 08:15 PM.

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    It's for sale on Amazon now. I just ordered mine. Flat $35 (no tax and free shipping). If you subtract the $24 for 3 free months of Netflix I would have paid for anyways, this new little toy only cost me $11.

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    For someone like me who could not give two shits about airplay, apple tv, fart face tv dongle III, or whatever.. this sounds awesome.
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    Good call on the Amazon -- just placed my order. I've been dying for something cheap and simple like this. Sick and tired of dealing with my 360 to watch YouTube and Netflix.

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    Sold on both this and the Nexus 7. Google wins again.
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    Thanks for the Amazon heads up, canceled my google play store order and went through them. Might as well save $6 if I can(and get faster Prime shipping)

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    Amazon time to delivery just jumped from 5-8 days to 3-4 weeks. I JUST managed to get in. Again, thanks for the heads-up.

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    I always knew Google would take over the world, no one believed me.. now they will
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