Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jul 2013 17:21 UTC
Google "Google is making another foray into the living room with the Chromecast, a small $35 dongle that allows users to stream videos from a phone or tablet to their TV using Chrome. Essentially, it turns every TV into a smart TV, but it uses the same basic interface as whatever device you're on." Looks like an absolutely fantastic product, especially with the low price point and SDK for developers. I want this. Now. Too bad 95% of the world can't buy it for now.
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by fretinator on Thu 25th Jul 2013 16:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Re:"
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Sure it has Hulu support. Browse to Hulu in Chrome. Find your video, start watching it, send it to your TV. The same is true for the others. The point of Chromecast is this - instead of having little applets for different services (Hulu App, Netflix App, etc), such as on ROKU and Smart TV's, ANY video service you can access in the Chrome browser can now be shown on your T.V. This way, you don't have to wait for developers to support your favorite video service. I think it is great and I bought one.

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by WorknMan on Thu 25th Jul 2013 23:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Re:"
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2005-11-13

Sure it has Hulu support. Browse to Hulu in Chrome. Find your video, start watching it, send it to your TV. The same is true for the others.


There are two factors here:

1. I've heard that airplay can get a bit laggy going directly from device-to-device. How much worse is it going to be when using a wifi router? I suppose reviews will tell us this in the near future ...

2. On Android and iOS, not every video service is playable in a browser, esp not without Flash, which is no longer being supported anyway. You could do it via a Chrome tab on a desktop/laptop, but if you don't have one close by, you're not going to be able to make adjustments to the video, or whatever. This sounds a lot more cumbersome than just using a Roku-like device and a remote control. And assuming you did have a PC close to the TV, you could just hard-wire it with HDMI and save yourself from needing the dongle in the first place.

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