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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.
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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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    1 from Amazon, 1 from Google, will get them when I get them.

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    On my NAS, I can simply dump all of my torrented TV and Movie files (some 20+GB 1080p DTS-HD MA mind you) into a giant folder and my Boxee set top will organize everything and stream / decode on the fly. I dont see this device replacing it anytime soon. If I am not mistaken, this Chromecast device is only just streaming what you are playing off of your phone / tablet apps. Nothing too groundbreaking to me.

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    Just ordered through Amazon to take advantage of Prime plus no tax and then went to cancel Google play order and it errors out. So I cal google and apparently they can't cancel orders that are more then 1 hour old. I won't be charged for the item until it ships 2.5 weeks from now and then I'll have to be charged for it then wait for it to be delivered then call UPS and tell them I refuse delivery and come pick it back up and then be reimbursed.


    What. The. Fuck?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jysin View Post
    On my NAS, I can simply dump all of my torrented TV and Movie files (some 20+GB 1080p DTS-HD MA mind you) into a giant folder and my Boxee set top will organize everything and stream / decode on the fly. I dont see this device replacing it anytime soon. If I am not mistaken, this Chromecast device is only just streaming what you are playing off of your phone / tablet apps. Nothing too groundbreaking to me.
    Only in some circumstances is it actually streaming from your phone/device, in many cases like Netflix it's just using the UI to manage the stream, while also synchronzing the status and controls across devices.

    Presumably if something else is doing the heavy lifting - like Plex Media Server - it can get the stream to Chromecast in a compatible format and it'd play fine. Just needs that support added.

    Everyone with finicky use cases I am sure will get to enjoy their Rokus and Boxees a bit longer, but will be interesting to see how this product grows (could see my parents even using it) and evolves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meStevo View Post
    Only in some circumstances is it actually streaming from your phone/device, in many cases like Netflix it's just using the UI to manage the stream, while also synchronzing the status and controls across devices.

    Presumably if something else is doing the heavy lifting - like Plex Media Server - it can get the stream to Chromecast in a compatible format and it'd play fine. Just needs that support added.

    Everyone with finicky use cases I am sure will get to enjoy their Rokus and Boxees a bit longer, but will be interesting to see how this product grows (could see my parents even using it) and evolves.
    Not to derail, but Boxee was bought out by Samsung a few weeks back. I can only imagine they will start to have it built into their future TVs, which will be absolutely perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLLy View Post
    Sold on both this and the Nexus 7. Google wins again.
    Same here. I already own a N7, but after seeing their presentation I am going to get the new model. It is a beast for a smaller tablet. Chromecast was mine the second Amazon had it.

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    The licence on the chrome cast site is absurdly restrictive, they claim you need their permission to even distribute code which calls their APIs. (Particularly ironic given their spat with oracle over Android and the Java api)

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    Ordered from Amazon, although they don't even have a shipping estimate at this point. Also, no mention of the three months of Netflix that I can find outside of the announcement. Is that gone already, too?

    Jesus people...

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    Interesting review of the device from Amazon from (supposedly) a developer who has had a Chromecast for several weeks

    765 of 807 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Please Ignore the Idiots Who Haven't Even Used This Device - Opinions from a Developer July 24, 2013
    By Jasper Lynn
    So I came on Amazon to just do some shopping, and I couldn't help but notice how the Google Chromecast somehow has reviews already. I'm sorry, but no consumer has this in their hands yet (until 1-2 more days). I want to provide an honest review with an actual understanding of what and how the product works having had it for a couple weeks, without violating my NDA.

    Look - you can give your "Review" once you have in your hands. Make assumptions based off an uneducated guess or incorrect information just looks stupid, I'm sorry.

    What it Is:
    It's a HDMI dongle that is powered by Chrome OS that is designed for Streaming.

    How it Works:
    You have to connect to the same Wi-Fi network for it to work. Once it's setup you'll see the Chromecast logo and a basic Home Screen with some of the first apps available for Chromecast. A lot of development is going into it, so expect to see more apps from the Google Play store work with your TV. See your phone/tablet/computer more of a remote, rather than an actual streaming device.

    I only tested on the iOS side (I don't have a Droid) and I can tell you that it works very well. It is NOT like Apple's AirPlay where your screen is mirrored, but rather uses "the Cloud" to access your content. It works smoother than AirPlay because it doesn't require buffering from your device, but rather directly to the TV. The only "syncing" that occurs is the Cloud communicating to the Chromecast where you're at. For example: I'm watching a Netflix movie and I'm at 1:06:17. I hit the Square button with the wi-fi looking icon called "Cast" and it syncs it to my Chromecast. This is only different for web-browsing through the currently Beta Chrome Tab Cast, where it'll show exactly what you're looking on Chrome, onto your TV. It's less functional than straight up mirroring like the Apple TV, but it works. You can't switch between apps and have that show on the screen. This is particularly useful in web-based presentations or while you check your email and your friends are watching Netflix.

    Battery Drain on Mobile Devices:
    Because of the way Chromecast works, it's streaming information from the Cloud vs. from your device. I noticed very little increase in the usage of battery on my iPhone 5 and my Macbook Air running Mountain Lion OSX.

    Support for Streaming Services:
    Right now, Streaming Service support is limited. Netflix, Google Services (Google Play, YouTube) and Web-based Streaming is allowed. I had issues trying to load Hulu the past couple days, telling me that my browser was unsupported, but I'll update once I get a chance.

    Power Adapter:
    The power adapter is an optional requirement. In fact, most modern TV's with HDMI 1.4 or higher spec are supported. The Chromecast can draw power from the HDMI port it's plugged into. If your TV doesn't support that, there's also a USB cable and power adapter included in the box. I have a 2012 LG LED and a 2013 Lenovo 27" Monitor with HDMI input and the ports power it with no cable.

    All in all, I feel like it's still a huge work in progress. The SDK will allow for some exciting developments, and I'm happy to say that Google has committed to support this device for quite some time. It gives me piece of mind that this won't become out of date each year.

    That being said, it's only $35. What a steal for a device that really brings value to any TV.

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    The Chromecast can draw power from the HDMI port it's plugged into.
    Awesome. I bought my TV last year (although not a high-end model), so I'm guessing it'll be able to draw power directly. Win.

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    I preordered one, according to amazon it should arrive some time before they come out with the next version. It's funny, I was just thinking last month it was surprising some big company didn't rip this off: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/xb...117a-tvdongle/

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    There's actually a big difference. The indiegogo thing streams content from your device to the TV. The Chromecast receives a "link" from your device, then streams the content directly from the web.

    I'm sure the Chromecast stick can be hacked to do the same, but out of the box, it's rather different.

    It's actually somewhat of a shame. I wish I could outright mirror my tablet on the TV at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jysin View Post
    On my NAS, I can simply dump all of my torrented TV and Movie files (some 20+GB 1080p DTS-HD MA mind you) into a giant folder and my Boxee set top will organize everything and stream / decode on the fly. I dont see this device replacing it anytime soon. If I am not mistaken, this Chromecast device is only just streaming what you are playing off of your phone / tablet apps. Nothing too groundbreaking to me.
    A $35 plug and play device doesn't replace $1000+ worth of computer/NAS/Hard Disks and a $200 boxee box plus a bunch of pirated content? You're right, what a useless piece of shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soriak View Post
    There's actually a big difference. The indiegogo thing does not exist and probably never will based on the track record of these crowd funded gizmos.
    Fixed this for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soriak View Post
    There's actually a big difference. The indiegogo thing streams content from your device to the TV. The Chromecast receives a "link" from your device, then streams the content directly from the web.

    I'm sure the Chromecast stick can be hacked to do the same, but out of the box, it's rather different.

    It's actually somewhat of a shame. I wish I could outright mirror my tablet on the TV at times.
    Some Android devices support Miracast, you just need a receiver or TV that supports it.

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    That developers review sold me on the device, I'll wait until they become available I guess. Should've jumped on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soriak View Post
    Ordered from Amazon, although they don't even have a shipping estimate at this point.
    And now it appears to be sold from third party sellers only... boo. I guess I have my Boxee box, so it's not a huge deal. But holy shit did that sell out quickly. I wonder if I should just order it from Google with the super-slow 5-10 day shipping.

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    My Amazon order shipped for delivery tomorrow.

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    Just ordered it from Google, just amazed at the pricing and couldn't help myself even though I barely watch stuff these days. Will at least allow me to chuck my PS3 that never gets used.

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    we really need a new home wireless tech, wifi is really starting to lag way behind everything we want to do. This shit sounds cool until you realize 1080p isn't possible for most wifi homes, and fuhgettabout 4k and/or 3D. Wireless-N rarely works anywhere I go since the fucking router way is a different wireless-N than the tablet/phone/whatever, and even when it does work I never see ultra fast speeds.

    dammit I want my 100 terabit wireless tech and I want it NOW

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    Well 802.11ac can almost reach up to gigabit speeds so we're not waiting on tech, we're waiting on market saturation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spronk View Post
    we really need a new home wireless tech, wifi is really starting to lag way behind everything we want to do. This shit sounds cool until you realize 1080p isn't possible for most wifi homes, and fuhgettabout 4k and/or 3D. Wireless-N rarely works anywhere I go since the fucking router way is a different wireless-N than the tablet/phone/whatever, and even when it does work I never see ultra fast speeds.

    dammit I want my 100 terabit wireless tech and I want it NOW
    This is why they need a version with an ethernet connector. I already went to the trouble of running cat 5 to my entertainment center because streaming over wifi blows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spronk View Post
    we really need a new home wireless tech, wifi is really starting to lag way behind everything we want to do. This shit sounds cool until you realize 1080p isn't possible for most wifi homes, and fuhgettabout 4k and/or 3D. Wireless-N rarely works anywhere I go since the fucking router way is a different wireless-N than the tablet/phone/whatever, and even when it does work I never see ultra fast speeds.

    dammit I want my 100 terabit wireless tech and I want it NOW
    The best idea I've seen lately isn't a new standard (b/g/n/ac) but a company that is building wireless repeaters into light bulbs. If this can be done for a reasonable price, every room in your home would have a wireless signal just as strong as standing in the room with your router. The new wireless ac standard combined with something like that will easily make streaming 1080p and beyond a possibility in your home. Right now, you just lose so much signal strength going through walls and floors that it isn't even funny. Sign me up for having 10-20 wireless repeaters throughout my home in every single room(and often several per room)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutulTM View Post
    This is why they need a version with an ethernet connector. I already went to the trouble of running cat 5 to my entertainment center because streaming over wifi blows.
    Theoretically HDMI has an Ethernet channel, so if the Chromecast supported it and your TV/reciever supported.... but in reality I've never been able to figure out if any devices support it.

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    Google disconnects Chromecast's Netflix Deal

    What the shit? Trying to find out if pre-orders still get it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amazon Chromecast Page
    Netflix Promotion No Longer Available
    Please note that the Netflix promotional offer (which was available in limited supply) has now ended. Customers who ordered their Chromecast prior to 5:31 PM PST on July 24, 2013 will receive a Netflix gift code via email within 5 days of their product's ship date.
    Oh well CNET also says now:

    Update, 4:11 p.m. PT: A source close to the matter at Google says that the deal ended because the company ran out of the Netflix promotional codes, and not because it was scuttling the offer.
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    saw some blurb that said you can find C: in chrome addy bar and stream your HD through the dongle. working as intended?

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    My buddy already received his and mine should be here by Monday.

    His initial response: it's bare bones right now, but is very good at what it does. Stupidly cool device for only $35. Said he had absolutely no lag streaming from his iPhone (although he was a little disappointed with YouTube - he didn't really get into specifics). Says his phone has pretty much become his TV remote control.

    I'll leave my impressions when mine arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkins4Brazil View Post
    saw some blurb that said you can find C: in chrome addy bar and stream your HD through the dongle. working as intended?
    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/07/25...gh-chromecast/

    Get video file path, paste into chrome address bar, hit the Chromecast button and send it over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenas View Post
    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/07/25...gh-chromecast/

    Get video file path, paste into chrome address bar, hit the Chromecast button and send it over.
    Hope that works well, no more need at all for my Roku if so.

    Should work a little smoother than Samsung airplay if so, on airplay the video has to stream to your samsung phone/tablet, then it's streamed again to the airplay device/dongle. That eats up a lot of bandwith basically having to stream the video twice simultaneously, 720p is barely doable, 1080 is out of the question. Sound like the Chromecast just plays the file straight from the directory path, no passing through your control device first. Can't wait, mine is due to arrive Tuesday from Amazon.

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    Good review, summed up nicely by this quote:

    I’ve been thinking about it all night, and I don’t think I’ve ever been as surprised by a device as I am by the Chromecast.
    http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/28/rev...le-chromecast/

    And just to confirm what was mentioned above about streaming your personal video library"

    While we’re on the topic, the Chrome extension packs a bit of an easter egg: the ability to stream local videos from your laptop to the Chromecast. Just drag a video into Chrome, and it’ll start playing in a new tab. Use the Chrome extension to cast that tab, and ta da! You’re streaming your (totally legitimate, not-at-all-pirated-am-i-right) videos without bringing any other software into the mix. I tried it with a bunch of video formats (AVIs, MOVs, MKVs), and they all seemed to work quite well, albeit with the lowered framerate I mentioned earlier.
    video quality basically just limited by the quality of your wifi
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    Well I just got mine in the mail and am playing with it. Netflix works perfectly. Streaming from a device to Chromecast is no different then streaming to my GoogleTV. I've not yet found a way to play videos on my computer on it (Using the Chromecast browser extension is not working for videos) but I am hoping for a hack/app for that to come out soon.

    My biggest issue right now is that the sound has to go through my TV speakers and I have everything hooked up to go through my surround sound system. Not sure if I can fix this somehow unless I get a system with HDMI In and plug it into that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenas View Post
    http://www.droid-life.com/2013/07/25...gh-chromecast/

    Get video file path, paste into chrome address bar, hit the Chromecast button and send it over.
    Just read this. Will try it.
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    Yeah, we used it all weekend w/ Netflix, some Youtube, great little device. Still wish there was an HDMI passthrough variant or something so then there'd be no source switching.

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    Can you plug it into an HDMI port on your AV receiver instead of the TV?

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    I have four people in my apartment right now. Everyone downloaded the Chromecast app on their Smartphones, and now people are just shooting videos on the fly to my TV. It's like retarded YouTube roulette.

    I can't begin to express how awesome Chromecast is.

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    Has anyone tried twitch.tv with it? The XBMC app works well enough but this may be even easier.

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    So some best buy stores haven't received Chromecast yet, I'm assuming that means they will still have Netflix codes? The employees there barely knew what it was so I didn't expect them to know about the codes.

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    Someone that has this, can you:

    Plug into a TV not near home wifi
    Set up hot spot on your android
    Connect device to that hotspot
    Stream from phone to TV

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    Kedwyn I would assume is meant to be portable. I could shove one of these on my keychain and have an instant presentation at any hdmi tv that I am near.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutulTM View Post
    Can you plug it into an HDMI port on your AV receiver instead of the TV?
    Don't see why you couldn't. It's effectively the same exact thing. That would fix Selix's surround sound issues, assuming he has a receiver with HDMI routing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrutulTM View Post
    Can you plug it into an HDMI port on your AV receiver instead of the TV?
    Quote Originally Posted by Soygen View Post
    Don't see why you couldn't. It's effectively the same exact thing. That would fix Selix's surround sound issues, assuming he has a receiver with HDMI routing.
    Yeah, mine is connected to my receiver, works great.

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    http://www.digitaltrends.com/computi...to-chromecast/

    Verizonís recently launched Redbox Instant and media center maker Plex have reportedly also voiced their intention to offer support for Googleís new gadget. The Mountain View company has already said Pandora, AOL, and the Washington Post are working to become part of the platform, and itís been suggested HBO Go could be coming soon, too. Expect the floodgates to open anytime now, if they havenít already.

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    I ordered mine past the cut off date for the Netflix code but just received the e-mail from Amazon confirming that I would still be receiving one when my Chromecast ships. So pretty good news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intrinsic View Post
    I ordered mine past the cut off date for the Netflix code but just received the e-mail from Amazon confirming that I would still be receiving one when my Chromecast ships. So pretty good news.
    I ordered mine on release date, so still had the Netflix code, but I just got an email that my Netflix code will not be emailed to me until 5 days after the device ships. That sucks, I have Amazon Prime so I have 2-day shipping, so I'll have the thing for 3 days before I can use my Netflix code/trial. Poor timing on Amazons part there.

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    Netflix code is if you don't already have a Netflix account?

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    It will supposedly also add an additional 3 months to an existing account. But yeah, I don't currently have Netflix, so was waiting to start it when I get my code.

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    Bought one yesterday from Best Buy and received a Netflix code. Worked on my existing account and got three free months. World great so far for Netflix and we are having our fantasy draft tonight and I'll be projecting the Google doc spreadsheet of our board onto the living room TV.

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    Been playing around with my Chromecast for the last few hours, here's my thoughts so far.

    Nice device, and has a lot of potential once there are some more robust apps compatible with it, but right now it is definitely not a replacement for a Roku or Boxee-type device.

    It plays Youtube, Google Music, Google Movies, and Netflix great, they all work very well, but those are the only 4 apps so far.

    Playing "downloaded" video through the device from your home network is very sketchy. If the video type doesn't play in your desktop google chrome browser, then it obviously won't stream to the Chromecast. Right now, Google Chrome is not compatible with .avi files, and any .mkv files that contain AC3 audio(which out of my hundreds of HD movies I have downloaded, is a LOT, I'd guess maybe 50% won't play with audio in Chrome)

    Using it to project your PCs web browser to your TV is nice for static images(pictures or documents), but the screen is VERY laggy if you are scrolling around a lot through a large document or webpage. I'm sure some of that has to do with your wireless connection, but I was testing in a pretty typical situation with my ASUS wireless-N router in the same room as my laptop and TV/Chromecast, that should be pretty close to as good as it gets with home use. Any web page that has video but does it through Silverlight, won't work on the Chromecast(namely, Hulu). The video has to be Flash/HTML5 right now to work.

    Hopefully some updates(either first party or some creative 3rd parties) can get some more robust features and codecs into this thing.

    So basically, if there's a specific app, it works great, sending your own files and web pages is REALLY hit or miss at the moment. I'd estimate that less than half of my video files worked. .avi is straight out non-functional and a lot of .mkv will give you audio or video issues depending on the exact encoding types.

    Oh also, mobile Chrome browser (phones/tablets) has no Chromecast plugin, you cant send browser pages from mobile devices, they can ONLY use the specific apps that are built for Chromecast so far.

    Once the Plex app is available for it, that should make a world of difference. I hope it's out pretty soon.
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    Apparently Twitch tv and TI3(dota 2) are being supported by this. Should be interesting.

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    Yeah I fully expect a flood of app support and my opinion to be completely different in just a few weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intrinsic View Post
    I ordered mine past the cut off date for the Netflix code but just received the e-mail from Amazon confirming that I would still be receiving one when my Chromecast ships. So pretty good news.
    Same for me. I had already accepted that I couldn't get it, as I ordered it around midnight (still on release day, though). That made me way more happy than getting $27 should.

    Amazon is pretty awesome... I wonder if they or Google paid Netflix to make this happen. Has to be a significant loss for Netflix since this also counts for existing accounts.

    And for us consumers, that means the Chromecast stick was $8... that's a ridiculously good deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeboo View Post
    Using it to project your PCs web browser to your TV is nice for static images(pictures or documents), but the screen is VERY laggy if you are scrolling around a lot through a large document or webpage.
    Confirming this. I wouldn't even call what I was experiencing "lag" -- in most cases, Chromecast would broadcast the first thing on my screen when I clicked the cast button on my browser, then wouldn't update at all, regardless of what I was doing. I would have to Recast to update the image. Right now there is almost zero functionality with Google's other goodies, like Drive and Docs, which is a shame, but will hopefully get updated in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeboo View Post
    Been playing around with my Chromecast for the last few hours, here's my thoughts so far.

    Nice device, and has a lot of potential once there are some more robust apps compatible with it, but right now it is definitely not a replacement for a Roku or Boxee-type device.

    It plays Youtube, Google Music, Google Movies, and Netflix great, they all work very well, but those are the only 4 apps so far.

    Playing "downloaded" video through the device from your home network is very sketchy. If the video type doesn't play in your desktop google chrome browser, then it obviously won't stream to the Chromecast. Right now, Google Chrome is not compatible with .avi files, and any .mkv files that contain AC3 audio(which out of my hundreds of HD movies I have downloaded, is a LOT, I'd guess maybe 50% won't play with audio in Chrome)

    Using it to project your PCs web browser to your TV is nice for static images(pictures or documents), but the screen is VERY laggy if you are scrolling around a lot through a large document or webpage. I'm sure some of that has to do with your wireless connection, but I was testing in a pretty typical situation with my ASUS wireless-N router in the same room as my laptop and TV/Chromecast, that should be pretty close to as good as it gets with home use. Any web page that has video but does it through Silverlight, won't work on the Chromecast(namely, Hulu). The video has to be Flash/HTML5 right now to work.

    Hopefully some updates(either first party or some creative 3rd parties) can get some more robust features and codecs into this thing.

    So basically, if there's a specific app, it works great, sending your own files and web pages is REALLY hit or miss at the moment. I'd estimate that less than half of my video files worked. .avi is straight out non-functional and a lot of .mkv will give you audio or video issues depending on the exact encoding types.

    Oh also, mobile Chrome browser (phones/tablets) has no Chromecast plugin, you cant send browser pages from mobile devices, they can ONLY use the specific apps that are built for Chromecast so far.

    Once the Plex app is available for it, that should make a world of difference. I hope it's out pretty soon.
    Good review, and pretty much sums up my concerns for it at this point in time. I've currently got the set-up where my PC is already in my family room so all I do is run an HDMI cable from the PC to the TV to stream whatever I want. But it's still a pain in the ass to control since the PC isn't directly in front of the TV. We watch HBOGo on a pretty consistent basis and if Chromecast could get that, perhaps maybe Pandora and some others, I would pick it up, as it would let me remove the HDMI cable plus allow me to control the tv with my phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLLy View Post
    Apparently Twitch tv and TI3(dota 2) are being supported by this. Should be interesting.
    I'd love to get Joeboo's feedback on that..... 60% of my TV Time is Twitch (SC2/LOL) and the least 35% is divx i downloaded (various formats).

    So it's a great alternative from some Android TV i've been looking into :
    http://www.dhgate.com/product/mk808b-mini-pc-smart-android-4-2-tv-box-hdmi/161116889.html#s1-3-1|2279882851
    http://www.dhgate.com/product/2012-new-mk802-ii-android-4-0-4-mini-pc-wi/143420692.html#s1-6-1|3570391446

    As it's stream only you still need a PC / Tablet around, which kinda makes it "meh" ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ValkyrieIATD View Post
    Confirming this. I wouldn't even call what I was experiencing "lag" -- in most cases, Chromecast would broadcast the first thing on my screen when I clicked the cast button on my browser, then wouldn't update at all, regardless of what I was doing. I would have to Recast to update the image. Right now there is almost zero functionality with Google's other goodies, like Drive and Docs, which is a shame, but will hopefully get updated in the near future.
    Yeah, it seems really random. A lot of the time, I would cast a webpage to the TV, and it would just sit on the static image that first appeared when I hit the cast button. Did this over and over again on various web pages. Then a little while later I'm just using my tablet to check some websites, and I look up and the TV is updating and moving right along with me, just lagging a little behind.

    It's wildly inconsistent with web pages right now.

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    Another BIG gripe at the moment. I can't cast web content from my desktop PC that is hardwired at ALL. The setup process completely stops, telling me that my wifi is turned off, when obviously my desktop PC does not need wifi, it's hard-wired into the same network as my wifi.

    Lame

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmiliaEQ View Post
    I'd love to get Joeboo's feedback on that..... 60% of my TV Time is Twitch (SC2/LOL) and the least 35% is divx i downloaded (various formats).

    So it's a great alternative from some Android TV i've been looking into :
    http://www.dhgate.com/product/mk808b...3-1|2279882851
    http://www.dhgate.com/product/2012-n...6-1|3570391446

    As it's stream only you still need a PC / Tablet around, which kinda makes it "meh" ....
    Well all the current apps seems to work great. Watched Netflix and YT videos so far. No lag, decent to great quality. Also here is the link for that.. I thought it said specifically TI3 but I don't see that now, though it does state Twitch.

    http://techland.time.com/2013/07/30/...3A+Techland%29
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    When football starts again, someone tell me if this works to stream Verizon NFL Redzone to your TV. Last year I was able to get it for just a couple of dollars on my phone, but as soon as you plug in any kind of HDMI display extender it immediately disconnects your Redzone feed. I'm assuming that's so you can't hook it up to a TV in a bar and broadcast it for free to hundreds of viewers or some bullshit like that. I understand their intent, but it was still pretty shitty that I can fullscreen my phone on my TV for pretty much every single thing if I want to, but Redzone auto-detects that shit and shuts it off.

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    Not unless they update the Redzone app to include a Chromecast button to cast it to your TV...which I doubt they would do after hearing about the HDMI thing.

    You can't cast from mobile web browsers at all, it has to be specifically built into the app you use

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    Oh ok, thanks.

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    For those interested in seeing what the chromecast is capable of, you might want to check out Koushik Dutta's posts on G+: https://plus.google.com/110558071969009568835/posts

    Since the SDK isn't finished yet he's not allowed to release any of his work on it, but he's got chromecast getting video from google drive, dropbox and directly from a computer, with playback controls on an adroid device.

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    We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on July 25, 2013 (Order# 104-3730093-0877065):

    "Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player"
    Estimated arrival date: October 17, 2013 - October 30, 2013

    /sadpanda

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    Full of fail. You could always check your local Best Buy(s) (search on the website). That is how I found the only 1 left in a 50 mile radius.
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    I finally just got my Netflix code in an email yesterday, a good week after the device was delivered. Pretty slow on Amazon's part.

    I hope the ability to pull videos just straight off of your network is available soon, until that happens I won't be using it a whole lot, I plugged my WDTVLive back in for the time being until more apps/functionality is available for the Chromecast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denamian View Post
    For those interested in seeing what the chromecast is capable of, you might want to check out Koushik Dutta's posts on G+: https://plus.google.com/110558071969009568835/posts

    Since the SDK isn't finished yet he's not allowed to release any of his work on it, but he's got chromecast getting video from google drive, dropbox and directly from a computer, with playback controls on an adroid device.
    That right there. I need that RIGHT. NOW.

    We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on July 25, 2013 (Order# 104-3730093-0877065):

    "Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player"
    Estimated arrival date: October 17, 2013 - October 30, 2013

    /sadpanda
    I didn't realize it was sold out and backordered that far. When did you place your order?
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    Received my order from Amazon today. Haven't had time to try it out yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Selix View Post
    That right there. I need that RIGHT. NOW.



    I didn't realize it was sold out and backordered that far. When did you place your order?
    If it takes months for that kind of stuff to come out.... so lame. Get your shit together Google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intrinsic View Post
    We now have delivery date(s) for the order you placed on July 25, 2013 (Order# 104-3730093-0877065):

    "Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player"
    Estimated arrival date: October 17, 2013 - October 30, 2013

    /sadpanda
    I got an update like this with an estimate for end of August. Then I got another email saying they've shipped it off and it'll get here tomorrow. I think there's a good chance you'll get it before then. Especially if people cancel as a result of seeing that delivery estimate...

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    Best Buy near me told me they're getting around 3 in every shipment. So they're steadily making their way out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soriak View Post
    I got an update like this with an estimate for end of August. Then I got another email saying they've shipped it off and it'll get here tomorrow. I think there's a good chance you'll get it before then. Especially if people cancel as a result of seeing that delivery estimate...
    Same thing happened to me as Intrinsic, but I got an e-mail a couple days ago stating the Oct e-mail was a mistake and to rely on the earlier one.

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    Mine is now being delivered tomorrow / Friday.

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    Got mine in the mail from BestBuy yesterday, ordered it last Thursday. Worked out pretty well, recently got a 10$ best buy rewards coupon just because I hadn't bought anything in a while. So with shipping I paid $26.

    It's a pretty cool device. It's amazing for watching movie trailers, music videos and youtube shows I normally watch. As soon as it has Plex support it will be awesome.

    Oh and my roommates both have Windows phones so I get to mock them incessantly about not being able to cast from their mobiles. Gonna take a spare smartphone not on a plan and make it a living room wifi remote just for chromecasting.

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    We all kind of assumed this I think, but good news nonetheless

    Confirmed: ChromeCast will be able to play local content
    http://www.muktware.com/5860/confirm...nd-order-yours

    So it's abundantly clear that Google is not trying to block playback of local content. It's just that the SDK is in very early stage and developers should refrain from publicly releasing apps as they may break unless the SDK is in stable stage.

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    So I just got this and I am trying to install the app on my desktop. The app is showing an error saying that it cannot find a wifi network. Now, I have a wifi network but when I built my PC I didn't install a wireless card. Do I need to go get a wireless card or is there a workaround to use my local area connection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeboo View Post
    Another BIG gripe at the moment. I can't cast web content from my desktop PC that is hardwired at ALL. The setup process completely stops, telling me that my wifi is turned off, when obviously my desktop PC does not need wifi, it's hard-wired into the same network as my wifi.

    Lame
    It has to be used via wifi(for now), which is pretty dumb IMHO. Works great with my laptop and tablets/phones, can't use it at all with my wired desktop. I hope a workaround/fix comes out for this at some point, but I haven't seen one yet.

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    I actually just found a workaround for that (I am currently casting from a desktop without a wireless connection). You just have to use a wireless device to setup the app and register it to your chrome account. After you have the app installed and linked to your device just install the chrome extension and then you can use it on your hard-wired desktop. Voila! problem solved.
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    Picked one of these up at best buy today, seems pretty slick, especially for the price.

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    I got mine (finally). Ill be playing with it at work tomorrow.

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    Mine has been gathering dust for the last month. I won't be using it much until it gets Plex compatibility. 75% of what I watch on TV is stuff I download, so Chromecast isn't real useful yet, but I hope that changes soon.

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