Google Chromecast

As I read this breaking story from Wired

What Google’s Chromecast Has That All the Other Web-to-TV Devices Don’t


I’m not sure I buy the premise – that this is device has SO many more features than Roku. All I really see is CHEAP. But that’s the scary part right? Google is practically giving it away. Just like they do with basic internet and Google Fiber.

Five years from now what will be Google’s role in TV? Probably huge. More to follow.

Update 7-26-13

Wow. Chromecast  is already sold out on Amazon.



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9 Responses to Google Chromecast

  1. Jamie says:

    I don’t believe the mirroring function of this device works as well as the Apple TV. I have read somewhere it is much more limited.

  2. Greg says:

    I’m waiting for some legitimate reviews to arrive. But think about Google practically giving this away, along with Google Fiber internet, and YouTube. Subject of future post.

  3. Len Mullen says:

    I got my chromecast today. I hooked it up to a small hdtv plugging the usb cable into a usb port on the television. Then began the fun. I wanted to see if I could do everything with a Kindle Fire. I was surprised that opening the setup url in Amazon’s browser opened the Play store and invited me to install the app. That is as far as that went.

    Next stop my desktop. I installed a usb wireless dongle but was not able to complete setup that way. Then my work laptop which blocked access to the unsecure network. Finally, I grabbed the wife’s laptop and things went better. I was able to connect to the chromecast and tell it how to logon to my wireless network. The TV screen reflected my changes and indicated a connection to my network, but the laptop kept telling me that it was not successful downloading the information to my chromecast. For giggles, I installed the chrome addon. Everything worked. I was able to install the addon on my desktop and run the chromecast from there.

    Operation is as easy as setup was hard. Once you install the addon, a chromecast button appears in the chrome browser, the youtube player, and the netflix player. To cast something, start it up and press the button. When appropriate, you will be prompted to choose local screen vs chromecast and you can stop the cast of choose a different chromecast with the button.

    It’s been a long week and I need some sleep, but I wanted to chromecast something. I’ll do a proper review when I’ve had a couple hours behind the wheel.

    Good night!

    • Greg says:

      Thanks Len for the initial review and thank your wife for having friendlier laptop.

      I think you are in the Boston area one of the areas in the TWC CBS dispute. Would Chromecast give someone a way around that? Who is your internet service provider?

      Keep us posted.

      • Len Mullen says:

        Funny thing is I didn’t know anything about the dispute until I read it here. We have relied on an antenna for three years. Chromecast offers no direct relief in that area, but Aereo does and people can try it free for a month. So, if you got a Chromecast for $11 and subscribe to Aereo for $8 for a month, you can tab-cast CBS via Aereo to the Chromecast.

  4. Greg says:

    Funny side-note. Chromecast is selling on eBay right now between $50 and $60. Some of those $35 originals were obviously swept up by resellers.

    • Len Mullen says:

      I should have bought five…

      • Greg says:

        Who’d have known Google would run out so fast. These eBay bubbles tend not to last long. I saw the same thing when Hostess Twinkies went out of business LOL

        • Len Mullen says:

          I didn’t expect it to work so well. I have been watching free hulu on my chromecast via playon in a chrome tab. Again, flawless. If someone could tell me how to get my hdromerun or windows media center to open in a chrome tab, i’d be ecstatic!

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